Here are some LDS baptism ideas to help you plan your little girl’s baptism. From photos to invitations to luncheon food, we’ve got you covered. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort to plan a great baptism. We hope you will find our tips useful.
If you are not LDS, you could apply these ideas to your child’s birthday party or other special event.
BAPTISM DRESS IDEAS
This dress comes from SophiasStyle.com and is $55. I love it’s simple style and my little girl would love the bow. I also like that it has sleeves. I just think it looks better on little girls when they wear sleeves.
I love the detailing on this one from Dillards and the price tag is right, only $30! A simple sweater would look adorable over it for chilly winter or spring days.
BAPTISM PHOTOGRAPH POSES
We simply took our daughter in the back yard and snapped a few shots of her doing cute and silly poses so that we could include them on the invitations. We have a ladder trellis in our back yard where we train hearty kiwi plants and this photo is taken there. I have also done some simple editing in Photoshop such as adjusting the brightness and contrast and cropping. This photo was also developed on the canvas and displayed on the table with the programs at the baptism. After the baptism, we put it on a prominent place on our wall so we could remember her special day!
I wanted a couple photos that really captured our daughter’s friendly personality. If interested, the dress she is wearing was purchased at Sears in Seattle (a gift from her Aunt) and the sweater she is wearing over the dress was purchased at none other than Target in Utah. I did see some all white Easter dresses at Costco this year for $18!
This is another fun one that shows her fun personality and i love how the light plays into the photo and dances on her face. Because these photos are taken in our backyard and spontaneously, they aren’t perfect, but they did the trick!
This photo shows her baptism dress nicely and I love the contrast between the red, green, and white on this photo. We used it for the program.
I wanted to design my own invitations for the baptism based on a template a friend showed me. I ended up getting frustrated trying to make my own, so I went on tiny prints to find a cute pre-made design. I needed 50 invitations and was on a budget so I didn’t really find any there in my price range, so I turned to Walmart.com and settled on a simple design at under 25 cents per card including envelopes. It’s a drag and drop system and the whole process took me less than 30 minutes to create, order, and have sent to my home. Private information has been blacked out on the image below.
Baptism Program Ideas
We tried to include all of our close family (especially those coming from out of town) in the program of the baptism and since our daughter was the only one being baptized that day, we had more flexibility on the talks and songs. We also used the color photos we took in our backyard for the cover of the program. There was an insert with the music to the songs the congregation was singing as well. On the left side of the program we included scriptures about baptism and on the right side was the actual program itself which included:
- Name of child being baptized
- Opening Song (We used “When I am Baptized”
- Opening Prayer
- Talk on Baptism (by her 5 year old brother, 2 minutes long)
- Talk on Baptism (by her Aunt, 5 minutes long)
- Musical Number (We used “When Jesus Christ Was Baptized” sang by the children who attended)
- Talk on the Holy Ghost
- Baptsim/Confirmation takes place (prelude music to follow)
- Musical Number (We used “They Holy Ghost” played on the piano by her sister)
- Closing Remarks by the Bishop of our Ward
- Closing Song (We used “Baptism”
- Closing Prayer
The program and baptism/confirmation took about 45 minutes total.
As a keepsake, we took photos of each family as they arrived so we could remember who came to the baptism. This is one of our daughter and her siblings. Instead of the jumpsuit, we opted for a white dress that we borrowed from another stake. As you can see, we French braided her hair which made drying off and dressing very quick and there was no blow-drying involved. It was wonderful and she got dressed in record time!
BAPTISM GIFT IDEAS
If you are looking to give a gift to your little girl for her baptism, here are some good ideas
- CTR Necklace
- CTR Ring
- This is what we got our daughter and it’s sitting on her desk to remind her of the love she felt on her baptism day.
After the baptism, we held a kid-friendly luncheon at our home which was prepared the night before. It included:
- chicken salad sandwiches served on rolls (see recipe below)
- baby carrots
- watermelon wedges
- goldfish crackers
- pink & yellow cupcakes
- lemon water to drink
My 8 year old helped a lot with the preparation for the meal and we had lots of fun together making it. Everything was very simple so we were able to make everything in just an hour or two including grocery shopping. The chicken salad was a big hit with our guests and many people commented on how good it was. We had quite a bit left over that we’ve been eating for the last few days and it is still very tasty.
- 8 (12.5 oz) cans of premium chunk chicken breast, drained
- 2 (11 oz) cans mandarin oranges, drained
- 2 cups purple grapes, halved
- 2 cups mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 1/2 - 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
- 1 head green leaf lettuce (optional)
- 50 dinner rolls
- Mix all ingredients throughly. Chill until ready to serve. Serve on dinner rolls with a lettuce leaf (if desired). This recipe is also delicious on a bed of lettuce without the rolls. This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Serves 50.
We bought disposable plastic platters at the dollar store and served all of our food on them and we had virtually no clean up. We basically just had to wipe of the counter and empty the trash. It made for an enjoyable and easy day so we could focus on the baptism and the special Spirit our daughter felt that day. My husband is a lean mean watermelon cutting machine. Seriously! Aren’t these slices beautiful? They tasted as good as they looked. After the luncheon, my kids ate at least 10 slices each!
All in all, the baptism went off without a hitch because we were very well prepared. We had most things finished the night before and enjoyed our daughter and our guests the day of the baptism.
We hope you found our LDS Baptism Ideas post to be useful and helpful in planning your next baptism. Feel free to leave comments with other ideas and tips!
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Thank you for your wonderful post! Was looking for ideas for our 6th grandchild’s baptism next month. I made a dress for or 1st granddaughters baptism that has now been passed down. I did sew drapery weights in the hem that really helps in the font.
Wow, Naida, that’s really impressive! I would love to see a photo of the dress 🙂
Best of luck to you with the baptism and the baby boy 🙂
Thank you for these wonderful ideas! My oldest son will be baptized in a few months and I am not a big party planner person, but I wanted it to be a special day. Your ideas set my mind at ease:) They are simple, elegant, easy to do, and will add to the spirit of the day, just my style:) Thank you!
Glad it was helpful for you and good luck on the upcoming baptism! How many kids do you have?
3 boys (7,5,&1) and another baby on the way!:)
Sweet! Is your baby a girl or boy? We have 4 (12,9,6, and newborn).
We find out next Thursday:) My husband and I are thinking BOY…we’ll see:)
It’s a girl!!:)