Our Fabulous Baptism Party

This past Sunday we were finally able to baptize our youngest son.  We have wanted to get him baptized for quite some time, but my parents wanted to be there, and this was the earliest we could make it work.  They live in North Dakota, and it takes some planning for them to be able to come.  They have been there for the baptisms of both of the older kids so wanted to be here for this one.

Things got wild (and so much fun) when I came across an adorable pin on Pinterest for a baptism party.  And as they like to say, the rest is history.  I decided that there were way too many cute ideas to not have an all-out bash to celebrate this important day.

I’m kicking myself because unfortunately, I ended up running around playing party host too much to get great pictures of everything.  The party did turn out SO cute.  I have some pictures to share but I feel like I’m missing out on a few great pictures of the food.

Backyard Baptism Party

 The Theme

I decided to go with a shabby chic theme. With blues and greens as the primary colors.

Baptism Party Treat Table

The Decor Included:

  • Treat Table (which turned out adorable!  It’s pictured above before the treats were set out)
  • Beautiful Fabric Bunting
  • Personalized Onesie (to wear under his christening gown)
  • Customized Oatmeal Jars
  • Mason Jar Centerpieces
  • A Beyond Cute “Guest Book.”

Baby Onesie for Baptism saing "I was Baptized" today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son’s godmother was a godsend for the entire party and helped me out with quite a few things in addition to helping me prepare several things before the party including these amazing mason jar centerpieces.  I added a picture of our son to each jar.

Mason Jar Centerpiece with white flowers and baby picture

The day began with Sunday service at our church.  The pastor talked about the sacraments during the sermon and mentioned his baptism.  She also centered the children’s sermon around his baptism as well.  My favorite part is the song they sing after the sacrament of baptism.  It’s like a lullaby that included his name.  I made it without crying up until that point.  It was waterworks after that!

baptism-ceremony

The Menu

After the church service, everyone came over to our house for a fabulous brunch and to celebrate our sweet boy.  My husband (the amazing chef) whipped up a delicious meal.  The Menu was:

  • Breakfast corndogs (this was a huge hit!!)
  • Blueberry bread pudding with a cream cheese topping
  • Mushroom and cheese egg frittata
  • Roasted red potatoes
  • Steel cut oatmeal bar
  • Fresh fruit

Fixings for Steel Cut Oatmeal Bar

We also had OJ, both hot and iced coffee and water.  I had originally wanted to do a mimosa bar but after I considered the cost decided against it.  To my surprise, someone brought Champagne and so we still ended up with mimosas!

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As a guestbook, we asked everyone to make their thumbprint and add their name to an outline of a tree.  This beautiful collective work of all of our guests turned out to be one of my favorite mementos from the party.  It is an amazing keepsake that my son will have for years to come.

We used a white picture frame (you can get a similar idea here), and our son’s godmother drew the outline of a tree and added a Bible verse.  To sign the books, we got a few different ColorBox complementing colors of pigment ink pads and laid out a few archival quality pens.  Each guest made their thumbprint and signed their name.  I am thrilled with how it turned out!

It was such a wonderful day with lots of family and friends and our neighbors.  I hope that you have enjoyed reading about the fabulous baptism party!  I was so happy that we were able to dedicate our son in God’s love.

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You’re Married to a Chef?!

Considering I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for 13 years and he has been in the culinary arts since shortly after we met, I have heard this statement a time or two.  Now this is the point where I usually lose them.  They drift off into a daydream of visions of having a 24/7 personal chef.  Of gourmet meals and a permanent hall pass from cooking duties.  Unfortunately what I say next usually bursts their bubble and brings them back down to earth.

Being married to a chef is hard.  REALLY HARD!  My husband is an amazing chef if I do say so myself.  And it’s not just me that thinks so.  He is an award-winning chef, has received excellent reviews from patrons and food critics alike and was even featured on a cooking competition on a major cable network.

But it took years and years of really, really hard work.  20 hour days/7 days a week opening a new restaurant, can we say burns and cuts?!, working for minimum wage , being told he was no good by a world renowned chef, working off the clock, working every weekend, major holiday, you name it.  It takes a long time to “pay your dues” in the culinary world and even if you do, there is no guarantee that you’ll come out successful on the other end.

And so while he puts on his time, guess who is at home going to every family function (and it’s usually his family) by myself?  Guess who is trying to raise three kids with someone that you only see a few hours a week if you’re lucky?  And, of course, guess who is home cooking herself dinner?  (And let me tell you, I don’t cook!). LOL!

So before you slip off into la la land with dreams of a three-course dinner every night, know that it is so far from reality that I find it amusing.

But there’s gotta be some perks right??  Heck yeah!  When they come, they are awesome.

My Top 5 Perks

Perk 1 Now that he is where he is in his career, he usually gets Sunday’s and Monday’s off, which is awesome!  It gives us enough of a balanced family life.  He still has to work an occasional extra day or two but for the most part, he gets two days off in a row together.

Perk 2 Considering I have 3 kids and it means I either have to hire a babysitter or take them with me, it doesn’t happen very often but when I do get to go into his restaurant, it is awesome!!  He really is an amazing chef and his food is so delicious. And because I’m married to the chef, I usually get an extra course or two.  Score!

Perk 3 When he is home, he cooks!  And his idea of whipping something up or making lunch from whatever is in the fridge always turns out delicious.  He cooks our family dinner on Sunday nights and while usually simple, is my definition of delicious comfort food.

Perk 4 He gets a small allowance from his employer to try out other restaurants.  He can check out what his competition is doing, try new flavor profiles, or find inspiration.  It’s a win-win and a really smart benefit for a chef.  And best of all, I’m usually his dinner date!

Perk 5 Now this is a big one!  I have all of our kids all night every night.  He usually gets home sometime around midnight, or later.  This means a lot of the household management, behavior, preparation responsibilities fall to me.  But in consideration of this, my amazing husband has assumed the morning routine with the kids!  No matter how late he gets home, he gets up with them every morning, helps them get ready, gets them breakfast and lunches packed and takes them to school.  Usually, I still have to get up early and get to work but occasionally this means I can sleep in a little bit.  Considering I am not a morning person, this is awesome!!

So “being married to a chef” is nothing like most people dream about.  I don’t know the exact statistic but the divorce rate among chefs is ridiculously high.  It’s a crazy life that I probably wouldn’t recommend.  But if you’ve gone and fallen in love with a chef, it can be truly amazing too.  Just probably not for the reasons you would think.