Our sweet little boy, Noah, had his big Baptism day a few weeks ago. But it all started many, many months earlier when I was pregnant with him. Knowing that I would want a really special way to celebrate his christening, I got to work designing a Noah’s Ark Baptism theme all based on the most beautiful Noah’s Ark Music box that his big brother received on his Baptism day. Little did I know at the time that I would end up having a little boy … and naming him Noah. I guess some things are just meant to be. The Baptism turned out beautifully, and the theme ended up being a perfect fit for our little one. I made up sweet and simple favors with a little turquoise grass on the bottom and lots of animal crackers. How can you have a Noah’s Ark party without animal crackers?!
For centerpieces, I used one of my favorite tricks … dollar store clear glass vases and some coordinating scrapbook paper. It’s a super simple solution for a centerpiece that coordinates perfectly. Not only is it an inexpensive option, but you can use the same vases over and over for different events so you don’t have to store tons of vases in lots of different colors. So here’s how it works:
1. Purchase medium sized cylindrical clear glass vases. (I usually get them from the Dollar Store, but you can find them at craft stores and in floral departments).
2. Print out (or purchase) your coordinating scrapbook paper. (This is one reason why I usually include digital paper in my printable party kits). Measure the vases and trim the excess paper off.
3. Roll the paper into a circle and place inside the vase … I like to tape the ends on the inside just to keep everything nice and tight in the vase.
4. Find a smaller glass or cup (I like juice glasses) that will fit in the vase. You’ll want to use this to actually hold the water for the vases so that the paper doesn’t get wet. Arrange your flowers and put them into your juice glass. (Hint: Purchase flowers from floral departments at grocery stores. We have a lovely store by us that will special order the flowers that I want. Much less expensive than a florist and a much better option for someone like me who knows nothing about flowers or arranging them).
5. Place the juice glass inside the vase… and that’s it! I like to decorate the vase either with a nice bow (and maybe a cupcake topper hanging from the bow) or in this case, I used some coordinating paper wraps printed on Avery full sheet sticky labels. I also designed some sweet little placemats with fitting biblical quotes for the event, and mixed and mingled the patterns for some extra visual interest.
I wish I was able to grab some more photos of Noah’s day. It’s so hard to grab your camera when you’re taking care of a little one and chasing a toddler around and keeping everyone happy, but overall, it was a fabulous day! And I’m so glad that my little one got to celebrate with something made just for him.