Thursday, May 1, 2014

First Communion Day + DIY Decor

Hello Everyone!

This past weekend, my daughter Maia celebrated her First Holy Communion Day. A big deal in the Catholic Religion! 

As you all may already know I'm a huge DIY'er, if that is such a thing, lol! So as you can imagine I did do it ALL... a bit stressful as I had a bit of a sinus infection last week, but thank goodness I had a lot of the preperations done ahead of time :) 

For those that want to attempt DIY'ing things for an event like this, I would highly recomend you buy yourself an electronic cutting machine. My go to machine is the Silhouette Cameo, but there are many others out there! My poor Cameo was very useful over the last few months in preperation for the big day.

WARNING: this post is picture HEAVY! But hey, who doesn't like pictures!

Let's start with the cake table :) 
As you can see other than the cake, treats and roses, most of my table decor was made out of paper! All the files that I used come from SVG Cuts, love that their files are so versatile! For those of you interested in the exact files I used, they will be listed throught out and at the end of this post :)

Here is my sweet and simple, yet elegant banner!

Here is a closer look at the details.

How do you like my celing decor? Tule, a few balloons and a tissue ball... Oh, and a few flowers I stuck randomly on the tissue ball. That's it, SO easy!!! I just used push pins to hold the ends of the tule up on the ceiling (when the ceiling is textured you can barely see any holes). I had this up on Monday night and the party was on Sunday, almost a whole week... even the balloons! Keep reading and I'll even tell you my secret on how to keep them from deflating!

How cool is this Chalice? For those of you that are SVG Cuts Fans, you may recognize the top as the tea cup from Tea For You and Me SVG Kit and the bottom is the lamp base from Maison de Madeline SVG Kit! Clever, I know ;)

and what about this beautiful cross! 
(K, just ignore the little pearl that fell off... didn't catch that when I took the photo, dang it!) Anyways, back to the Cross... It's actually the letter "T" from the 3D Letters SVG Kit plus the iron Cross from the Christian Elements SVG Collection. Cool, eh? Yup, I am Canadian!

Flowers were used everywhere! I first used them on this cute Topiary Tree, then walls and finally as little accents throughout... they kind of became weeds, lol. Same flower different sizes, various layers!

This perfect little book is where my daughter stored her keepsakes from the day... it's already jammed full! Kind of wished I had made it a little bigger! 

The invitations I made below, I think have to be one of my favorite projects from the event. Simple and easy to make especially when you have a bunch to make! Aren't those the cutest pearl grapes ever?! 

Here is a peek at the inside, done by using the Print n Cut on the Silhouette Cameo.

How darling are these little favor boxes?!? They are the perfect size for a little Thank-you for your  guests to take home.

See, I told you those flowers were everywhere! Weeds, I tell you!!! They even made it to every single pew down the center isle of the Church (not one picture of them did I get... "OUCH"... that was me kicking myself!)

and some more weeds, lol! But, look how they pretty up the vases ;)

O, o, and here is the cake! Isn't it purty!?! SO delicious too! I tried to make it somehat look like my daughters dress... well to the best of my abilities! 

OK! Are you ready for the SECRET to keeping balloons from deflating (well at least 1 week!) Scotch quick dry glue!!!

While I was experimenting with how to cover a balloon with tule, I had a light bulb moment! I knew that the balloons that you get filled up at the party places get some type of liquid squirted insided them to make them last longer, so I thought to myself why not squirt a little bit of glue at the end of the balloon (where you tie your knot). Well, my idea worked and few days later the balloons were still the same size except for the one balloon I didn't do my glue trick to, which was all shriveled up!

As promised for those of you that want to know how to recreate these paper projects, here are the recipe! Most files I used were not altered, only changed in size.

Favor Boxes - Playful Parlour SVG Kit
Invitations - (card) Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit
(bread and chalice) Christian Elements SVG Collection,
(window) Silent Night SVG Kit

Here is a pic of my little Princess Maia, cause that's what she felt like and acted like all day! She was even doing the royal wave... SO funny!

Hope this blog post has been helpful in providing you with a few ideas for planning your special day! Not only for a Communion but there are so many other religious type events that these project could be adapted to!

For more Communion ideas, check out my son's Communion Day or if your looking for Confirmation day ideas, Click HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting and Party Planning  :)

Sharing this with my Crafty Peeps!


  1. I totally had to pin this post. Not that I have any girls, but I can use some of these ideas when my oldest makes his First Communion next year. Especially that chalice! Awesome idea. I have no clue how you got all of this done!

    1. Thanks so much Beth! So happy you liked and pinned it... my job is complete knowing that it has inspired and given ideas to some other crafty moms out there! With a year to plan, I had plently of time... it's the week before that gets a bit chaotic!

  2. This kind of project is enough difficult. Stunning decoration!! Stunning pictures!! What to say, love everything. Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Thanks so much Monika! So glad you liked it all :) It truly makes my day... as you well know it is a lot of work, but SO worth it all!

  3. OMG! What a beautiful job you've done. The work the love for such a special little girl. I just loved everything. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much and you are so welcome! I really appreciate your comments :)

  4. WOW!!! What a gorgeous first communion party and a lot of work. Your daughter looks beautiful. My son made his 1st communion last weekend. Congrats!!

    1. How cool is that Leslie, I know it's Communion Season! Thanks so much! Congrats to your little man. I will stop by your blog soon :)

    2. Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing this lovely party on the link up! I look forward to seeing more of your craftiness!!! Leslie :)

  5. Very pretty decorations I love seeing other peoples decorations. Thanks for sharing at the Memory Nest.

  6. What gorgeous decorations!! You did an amazing job! So glad you shareed w/ us at TMN!!!

  7. Beautiful!!!!! Do you think it would be too much to use the tulle covered balloons as centerpieces for a communion party? I have 12 tables. How many do you think I should use for a bunch??

    1. Hi Grace! Thanks SO much! I think that would look beautiful! I probably would do 2-3 balloons per table, more may be too much! Hope that helps :)

  8. I've read other sites that the tulle weighs down the balloons so they don't float. Did you have any problems with that? What size balloons did you use?

    1. Hi Lori! That could be a problem but I didn't even think about that! My balloons were faux suspended, meaning they were actually hanging from above. I used a fishing line, so it is very difficult to see. I also had a rosary hanging off of them which I could have never done if they were helium filled. Maybe you can do the same! Sorry that really didn't answer your question.


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