A baby boy baptism

I thought I would share a few snapshots from Baby P.'s baptism. My goal was to keep this family party simple, using only party supplies I owned. Low budget, low hassle, because, frankly, baby are expensive and all-consuming.

I put my milk glass collection to use and incorporated grocery store flowers to whip up some basic arrangements. I also incorporated the collection of black and white gingham tablecloths that I had in the closet. I purchased them from H&M for our housewarming party and have used the heck out of them ever since.

Okay. I realized I lied. I did purchase some party supplies (aside from the flowers). I forgot that I purchased the blue table runner you see below at Kroger, and in full truth, it's actually wrapping paper. I needed a way to soften the black and white. And does it really count as a party supply if you buy it at the grocery store?

My cousin Christy, who kills it with cake baking, created the cupcake cross. Simple, beautiful and easy to serve...definitely a win in my book.

I pulled dollar store frames that I used for another event (see that party here) from my stash and printed a few of my favorite baby photos to feature throughout the space.

(That face...It gets me every time!)

I have to take a second to brag about two people who helped make this party look polished...1) Katy from Spoonful of Sugar Cookies always amazes me with her custom designs and takes my dessert table to the next level and 2) my aunt who put together the amazing spread below.

I also have to give a big shout out to my mom, who always chips in to help me pull everything together. Especially as a new mom myself, it's hard to commit to throwing an extravagant celebration, especially when it comes to food prep. She helped me make it all happen.

Hope you enjoyed this glance at what it's like to throw a party when you have a super small budget. My tips: Use what you have and shop your grocery store. Pretty doesn't have to be expensive!

At the end of the day, what is important is that this little guy was officially welcomed in the church.

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