Plan out your pictures. Don't wait until you actually get to the church to try to catch great photos. Trust me, you are going to be running around trying to get your child at the right places at the right time, searching for good seats and greeting everyone as they get to the church.
I knew I wanted to capture this photo. However, in order to do so, I would have to be right next to Trinity as she knelled down to pray. Hopefully, she would have closed her eyes and folded her hands just like this.
Rather then risk missing out on this photo, I made sure to get to the church early in order to have her knell down and let me take this picture.
I got so many compliments on this shot. All the other parents were sad they didn't get their child in this pose.
This would NEVER have happened during the ceremony. So again, I was happy I remembered to do this before the service started.
Think about the types of photos you want and get them before or after the ceremony. That way you will be able to relax and enjoy the service without the worry of taking photos.
The banner also was made so that it tied into her "Purple Bling" party a little bit. Rather then getting a kit and making it look like every other banner, her banner was done in the purple color of her party and also had some of the "bling" added to it with rhinestones and glitter letters spelling out her name.
It really stood out from the other banners at the church.
To greet everyone, we had this sign made and it was in the front yard with purple balloons attached to it so everyone knew which house the party was at.
Again, we used the color of her party to tie it in with everything.
The easy way to go was to not worry about the main food and just stick with the desserts.
One thing was the chocolate covered Oreo cookies. I used purple colored chocolate for the party color and a cross to bring in the 1st Communion party. Also, they were on a dish with rhinestones to add in the bling of the party.
They also made everyone feel like they were brought into the party and got to have some excitement with the hope of winning. Rather then giving money like a real lottery ticket, we gave away gift cards.
Even the bigger kids had a blast in here.
While it didn't really go with the theme of the party at all, it turned out to be a big hit in order to keep the kids happy and allow the adults to enjoy the party more.
My brother put together a DVD of Trinity throughout the years. It was set to music and the photos had most of guests in them. That way, not only did everyone like seeing Trinity grow up over they years but they got to see themselves too. After all, everyone loves to see themselves, even if they say they don't.
This was the biggest way we were able to make this party super personal. It showed so many memories and everyone loved this so much, they asked to watch it a 2nd time.
Here Trinity is with her Daddy. It's one of my favorite pictures. One she will always be able to look back on and remember that little special talk and smile she shared with her Daddy on her special day.