Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Baptism Planning

I am taking suggestions!!!

We are planning Pearl's baptism, set for October 4th (the feast of St. Francis), and I am trying to get a menu set. The baptism will take place at our Parish's 5PM Mass and then we are inviting guests to celebrate with us afterwards. I would like to offer foods that have "religious significance" to the baptism. So if you have ideas, tips, stories of your own to share, suggestions, etc. BRING THEM ON! Thanks.


Lucy said...

I have a cooking with the saints cookbook and it has a yummy looking cake type thing under St. Margaret. Let me know if you want me to scan it in and send it to you. Other than that I have no suggestions, we just had hamburgers and hot dogs after Greta's baptism.

MaryM said...

Hi Nicole,

We saw our request in the comments section of one of our Catholic Cuisine posts.

I'm looking for ideas for our daughter's baptism party. All I've come across are "white, light and sweet" listed as the way to go. How can I apply that to a menu besides cake?

We brainstormed among the contirbutors and came up with some possibilities for symbolic foods.

Like you mentioned "white, light, and sweet" would be good. That could include:
-anything with a whipped cream topping
-cream puffs or cream filled donuts (glazed or white frosting)
-mashed potato dish

Since water is one of the main symbols of baptism, nice sparkling waters ("light" and bubbly) could be served.

Shells (cockle) are also a symbol very much tied to baptism. Clams or scallops in the shell could be served. The shell shaped mini cakes, called madeleines, would be a wonderful shell shaped food to include. They are also light and sweet. Shell shaped pasta is a possibility. There are actaully lots of ideas that could come off the shell shaped theme (cake pans, cookie cutters). Cookie cutters can be used to cut lots of different foods not just cookies - like cheese, little finger sandwiches, tortillas, etc.

One of the contributors ran across this suggestion:
"After the baptism meet the family members at a house or church basement. Serve a fun themed menu appropriate for the religious. Rack of Lamb of God, Holy Rolls, Communion Corn on the Cob and Divine Dessert are cheeky titles yet presented in the most reverent of ways.

To make Holy Rolls acquire one loaf of frozen bread dough, 2 tbsp. Melted butter, divided, finely minced garlic or small amount of garlic powder, optional, 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. Grated Parmesan cheese, divided, and 3/4 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled, or use mixed Italian herbs or rosemary. Next brush frozen bread loaf with 1 tablespoon butter. Cover with a clean cloth and thaw at room temperature 2 or 3 hours, or thaw in refrigerator for 6 to 10 hours. Sprinkle loaf with 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese; knead until well blended. Cut dough into thirds. On lightly floured surface roll each third in a 25 inch rope. Braid ropes together. Invert a custard cup or small jar on greased baking sheet; grease cup or jar. Shape braid into wreath around cup or jar; pinch ends together to seal. At this point, if desired, add a small amount of finely minced garlic or a little garlic powder to the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cheese and the basil. Let rise in warm draft free place (I turn the oven on warm then turn it off and let it rise in there) 35 to 45 minutes until doubled. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 20 minutes or until golden and done. Remove to rack to cool. This recipe makes 1 bread wreath, about 16 slices."

Hope this helps with some ideas.

E: said...

We have our babies baptized when they're 1-2 weeks old, so for the party prep, i try to keep it simple and relevent.

I normally focus all of my 'significant to baptism' efforts on the dessert table. We put their first and middle name on a a cake thats decorated with white icing, shells, or other baptismal symbols.

On the dessert table, I also put up a little display about the patron saint, which may include a statue or booklet about the saint, his/her writings, etc. Makes a nice center piece, and is also a source of info about why you chose the name for those attending, eps. those who may be undercatechized. ;)