Model: Sophie Cook, Photography by: Linda Smith
The First Communion is a rite of passage for the second grade catholic child. We all remember it. The big day, the dress, the party, the M-O-N-E-Y. I remember for mine, my uncles moved the homemade bar outside, and this was not a card table, this was a giant wooden bar, my grandma Sophie cleaning the pasta sauce off my white dress while I was howling with tears. My aunts clogging up the kitchen as they scurried around with more food than could ever have been eaten….
In some ways its not much different now. We will have the bar outside on the patio, although I will artfully dress up a Costco table. And I am sure my friends will be scurrying around the kitchen helping with the food and drinks. And I am sure I will be cleaning up sauce off of Sophie’s dress since that is what she requested for food, although she has her wardrobe change already selected.
But times have changed too. Our families are different. A mix up of different relations and religions. It’s not the giant homogenous family of Italians I grew up with. My kids will go to Bar Mitzvahs and Baby Namings. Those are some serious parties. Whew. The good thing is we appreciate this diversity and love that our kids get it. So everyone will be here to celebrate Sophie’s big day.
So what about the party? Of course I will have to put my Designer touch on it!
We still want that little decorative element that gives the event that something special. We are doing a little backyard garden party theme at home.
Probably around 40 people. Nothing too big. Being the oldest of sixteen cousins, now that we have multiplied, inviting the “family” includes an instant 50 plus. Tack on all the kids, friends, and kids of friends, we are looking at over a hundred. So instead we are keeping it small and celebrating our little darling dressed in white.
Speaking of white, we have the white dress, funky white floral headband (no veil for the gal!) , shoes and of course the new pearl earrings and jewelry. No gloves or anything fussy like that. Just our Soph and all her sparkly personality. I am sure Linda will capture her in all her glory, since she is accustomed to her own personal paparazzi.
So lights, and flowers, and cupcakes, and bubbly drinks for kids and adults. And a special fun day for Sophie, that’s all you really need for a good memory, right?
HAPPY FIRST COMMUNION SOPHIE, GOD BLESS YOU! WE LOVE YOU!
Photography by: CDowney Photography