Although the rituals of Christian baptism ceremonies may vary by denomination, they all celebrate the introduction of a little boy or girl into the family faith. Naturally, a special day deserves a special party, so we’ve collected 42 creative baptism party ideas to help inspire you to plan the perfect celebration with family and friends.
From dessert and food ideas, to DIY cross centerpieces and personalized favors, you’ll find a range of baptism party ideas that your guests—and camera—will love. Once you start planning your theme, color and party design, don’t forget to choose an adorable newborn photo of your little one to add to your baptism party invitations.
42 Unique Baptism Party Ideas
Winnie the Pooh Food Table
If your child loves Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too, use these iconic characters in your baptism party decor. Take a step beyond a themed cake and add character descriptions around your tablescape to get the children excited about eating all of the colorful veggies.
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You Are My Sunshine
Frame adorable quotes and place them around the room at your baptism party. This “You Are My Sunshine” framed quote paired with fresh flowers adds brightness and color to the room.
Photo Credit: Cary Diaz Photography
Cross Tree Centerpiece
Suspend white crosses from decorative branches to create a simple yet lovely centerpiece. Your guests will admire the creativity and will love that they can still see the other guests across the table.
Photo Credit: Deb Den Designs
Noah’s Ark Desserts
Bring the animal kingdom into your baptism party with cute animal macarons and cookies. This display in a Noah’s Ark is almost too adorable to eat!
Photo Credit: Events by Nat
Fall Baptism Display
If your child is being baptized in the fall, use classic autumn snacks and decorations, like ears of corn and brightly colored leaves.
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Rustic Prayer Décor
A rustic wooden board lettered with a Psalm makes an appropriate decoration for a picnic-themed food table. Display with picnic baskets, white flowers and delicious treats to bring the whole theme together.
Photo Credit: J’adore
Sacred Garden Cake
Host a garden-themed baptism party with natural-looking elements represented throughout the decor. Stick with a classic white tablecloth and cake to emit a fresh and clean feel while also adding touches of greenery to make your theme pop.
Photo Credit: Jem Events
Child of God Sandwich Toppers
To bring simple sandwiches to the next level, top them with personalized toothpick labels that share baptism quotes and phrases such as “I am a Child of God.”
Photo Credit: Kara Allen
Sweet Honey Favor
Thank your guests for “bee-ing” at your child’s baptism with miniature jars of honey and matching honey dippers. They’ll get a kick out of the creative pun!
Photo Credit: Kara Allen
Cross-Shaped Photo Gallery
Get creative with a cross-shaped photo display at your baptism party. Choose a variety of your favorite pictures of your little one and display them in a central location at the party. To create more of a nostalgic look, print the pictures in black and white.
Photo Credit: Katherine Tolliday Events
Cake Pop Cross Favors
To make a cake pop favor that’s perfect for your baptism party, attach a personalized label with a baptism quote or saying such as “God Bless.” If you want to take it a step further, attach a miniature white cross with a ribbon.
Photo Credit: KC Bakes
Teal and Pink Dessert Table
Can’t decide on one color? There’s nothing wrong with combining a variety of colors in your decor. This dessert table nicely ties together pink, teal and gold to create an inviting color scheme.
Photo Credit: Lee Bird Photography
For a fun addition to the kids’ table at your baptism party, write the names of your little guests on a kraft paper table runner. To keep them entertained, you can even give them markers so they can draw on the paper tablecloth themselves.
Photo Credit: Lisa Costin
Little Prince Cupcakes
For a party theme drawn from The Little Prince, use classic drawings of the fox, sheep and the little prince himself as inspiration for your cupcake toppers.
Photo Credit: Little People Photography
Yogurt with Monogrammed Spoon
Personalize sweet, healthy parfaits of granola, fruit and yogurt with monogrammed wooden spoons. Your guests will love this as an alternative to heavy desserts!
Photo Credit: Lizzy Write
Pink Flower Cake
If you want to throw a whimsical-themed baptism party for your little girl, use soft pastel colors throughout the decor. This elegant cake features intricate pastel pink flowers that fit the theme perfectly and look stunning against the white frosting.
Photo Credit: Lux Event Rental
White and Gold Balloons
If you’re planning on using a classic white color scheme, try adding a pop of gold for contrast. For inspiration, take a look at these white balloons splattered with gold paint.
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Create an impressive backdrop with simple materials! You can create this heaven sent scene with fluffy material for the white clouds, sheer white fabric and white poster board for the letters.
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Noah’s Ark Centerpiece
Noah’s Ark is an adorable theme idea for your baptism party. Try making fun centerpieces that feature an ark filled with animals. Just remember to keep the centerpiece small enough so your guests can still see across the table.
Photo Credit: MR Villar Photography
Pink Cross Cookies
Ice cross-shaped sugar cookies to match the baptism party color scheme. You’ll only need one drop of food coloring to create a soft pastel color fit for a baptism party.
Photo Credit: My Cookie Clinic
Brunch Baptism Party
For a tasty and easy-to-make baptism spread, try creating a brunch food table filled with bagels, yogurt, croissants and more!
Photo Credit: My Paper Crush
Footprints in the Sand Favor
Get inspired by the popular Footprints in the Sand prayer to create a dreamy beach-themed baptism party that will impress your guests. Head to the local craft store to pick up glass jars and other decorative elements to make these beautiful favors. If you live on the coast, add sand from your local beach for a local tie.
Photo Credit: Neat Houses Sweet Home
Pretty in Pink Desserts
If you love all things pink, create a dessert table for her baptism that features pink rose decor. Pops of greenery in your flower arrangements will bring your table to life!
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You can never go wrong with a monkey-themed baptism party! Surprise your guests with personalized chocolate bar favors with your son or daughter’s name on them or your favorite baptism verse.
Photo Credit: Party Printables by Akrivi
Elegant Purple and White Tablescape
Create an elegant tablescape for your baptism party by using white as your base with color in your flower arrangements and lights. A textured tablecloth will provide an added layer of definition to your tablescape.
Photo Credit: Paula Scherr Photography
Give your guests a sweet treat to take home after the baptism party by handing out cupcakes in a glass cloche as their favor!
Photo Credit: Paula Scherr Photography
Chocolate-Covered Cross Cake Pops
For a delicious baptism party dessert that perfectly commemorates the day, create chocolate-covered cake pops decorated with a white icing cross.
Photo Credit: Pint Sized Baker
Use antique items within your decor for a rustic feel. This globe and treasure chest adds a nice touch to the favor and gift table.
Photo Credit: Presta Photography
Burlap bunting adds a nice touch to an outdoor baptism party. Pair it with matching burlap baptism party favors to add to the rustic theme!
Photo Credit: Quanitly Garcia
Lamb Jar Favors
Add custom stickers to the favors of your choice to instantly tie them to a baptism party theme. These miniature jars are personalized with the baby’s name and baptism date, which is an adorable way to share a meaningful keepsake with your guests.
Photo Credit: Rebekah Meredith
Mustachioed Dessert Table
Create an eclectic and memorable party for your newly baptized little man by decorating your dessert table with mustaches and serving mustache-shaped cookies.
Photo Credit: Rock Paper Scissors Events
Hanging Ornament Centerpieces
Celebrate your little one’s baptism by throwing a magical forest-themed party! For the centerpiece, color large branches with gold spray paint and hang clear ornaments with pink tissue paper inside. Tall centerpieces will look extravagant and don’t get in the way of your guests view across the table.
Photo Credit: Sheona Beach
Using a pop of color amongst gray and white tones will create a clean and simple color scheme. If you’re sticking with traditional colors, choose blue or pink tones as your pop of color on your cake, tablescape and favors.
Photo Credit: Simone Addison Photography
Crown Cookie Favors
Bake favors that your guests can eat! These brown and white crown cookies are the perfect royal treat.
Photo Credit: Simply Sienna
Crème Brulee Dessert Shots
For a delicious individual-sized dessert, serve crème brulee in shot glass. The dessert fits in perfectly at baptism party with a white color scheme.
Photo Credit: Stephy G Photography
Kisses from Baby Favor
Show your guests how much you appreciate them coming to your child’s baptism by giving them kisses from your baby as party favors.
Photo Credit: Sweet CS Designs
Takeout Box Favors
Give your guests an adorable takeout box filled with treats as a thank you for celebrating your child’s baptism!
Photo Credit: Sweet Event Styling by Thanhn
Colorful Paper Angels
DIY party decor will add character to your baptism party! These beautiful and bright hanging paper angels add a pop of color to the white branch centerpiece.
Photo Credit: The Craft Train
Polka Dot Cross Cookies
A cross-shaped cookie is a wonderful baptism favor. For a creative twist, decorate the cookie with fun patterns, like polka dots.
Photo Credit: The Sugar Bee Bungalow
Mason Jar Party Favor
Place your favorite baptism quote or message such as “Child of God” into mason jars to create fun favors for your guests!
Photo Credit: Yellow Bliss Road
White Chocolate Strawberries
To create an elegant baptism party that your guests will adore, use white and gold elements throughout your decor. This dessert table styled by Sweet Society nicely ties together gold-sheened white chocolate strawberries and tasteful candies for a display almost too beautiful to eat.
Photo Credit: Casamento Photography
Two Little Birds
Doves symbolize the Holy Spirit that the newly baptized receives. This symbol of purity can be tied into the decor in many ways at your baptism party. At this baptism party styled by Maddy K, the cake featured two doves perched beside an unhatched egg—an adorable way to incorporate the sacred symbol.
Photo Credit: Prizma Productions