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Christening Gifts

At the weekend we went to a christening. It was a lovely day full of pregnant ladies, babies and dressed up adults. The sun came out just in time for everyone’s arrival at the church and we spent the party afterwards on the terrace sipping Prosecco with kids frolicking round the garden.

I ummed and ahhed for ages over what to get as a gift but finally decided on this French 1930s mother of pearl rosary.

French 1930s Rosary

The silver was a little tarnished when it arrived from France but with some silver dip and a little elbow grease it came up much shinier than in this photo. I thought as it was old and unusual they may not get anything similar as a gift. I hope it will rise in value as the little one gets older so when she’s older she can trade it in for something that she likes. If you like it, this rosary is quite similar in style but from the fifties.

After I bought it of course, I kept hankering after other christening gifts that could also have been perfect. This silver money bear was one of them, he’s £10 from Three Jelly Moulds and a Wardrobe. Isn’t he sweet?

Silver Teddy Bear Money Box - Three Jelly Moulds & a Wardrobe

I also really like this Noah’s Ark pendant, the top opens to reveal tiny pairs of silver animals inside. It’s £35 from Lullaby Blue. There is an owl and pussy cat version too.

Noah's Ark Opening Pendant - Lullaby Blue

Finally, this clever little bracelet spells out god-daughter in morse code. It’s £69 from Between You & I. Although if you’re not a godparent you can get it personalised to whatever message you like.

Goddaughter coded bracelet - Between You & ICan someone else I know get their child christened please so I have an excuse to buy these?

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Folded Heart Book Decorations

When I came across these book decorations, I thought ‘how clever’ followed by ‘they hurt a book!’ but then I read that they don’t cut the pages they fold them down, which makes it even more clever.

Folded Heart Book Decoration by Stuff by Losy Posy

There are three versions each at £25, a children’s book, a romantic novel and another version with more manly titles. Each version has a choice of two titles with corresponding coloured ribbon.

Children's Book Folded Heart Book Decoration by Stuff By Losy Posy

I think the Water Babies one would be lovely for a christening or first birthday, they also include the original dust jacket which would be nice to frame separately. The other versions could make nice wedding or mothers/fathers day presents.

What do you think, pretty decoration or grievous book harm?

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Dresses Fit For a Church

After I wrote about the beautiful Junkaholique dress, a lovely reader asked me to keep my eyes peeled for a shorter dress suitable for her daughter’s christening. I’m not altogether au fait with what a mother should wear at a christening but I’ve found a few dresses that I think  are smart and elegant but not too sexy for the church. If you’re attending any spring or summer weddings they’ll work for them too.

This navy lace pencil dress from Dorothy Perkins is really pretty and only £30, there are also grey, blush and lavender versions.

Navy Lace Pencil Dress - Dorothy Perkins

I think this bubble pink Suzie Wong draped silk dress is really special and teamed with a little shrug might be perfect for a spring christening or wedding. On ASOS at the moment it’s down from £365 to £125. With the draped front you could eat several plates from the buffet and not have to hold your tummy in all day.Suzie Wong Draped Silk Dress-ASOS

Ele Horsley’s Jubilee Dress is very elegant, I love the floaty sleeves and the square buttons on the waist band. At £210 it’s not cheap but it’s timeless and no-one else will be wearing it.

Jubilee Dress-Ele Horsley

This dress by Oasis is £65 and is available with a pink or blue skirt and belt. The back has a lovely draped section and although it has a shorter under-skirt I think the longer pleated over-skirt keeps it suitable for a church.

Pleated Drape Back Dress-OasisWith the Sophie dress Coast give you monochrome, a halter neck, bow (which I thought was a butterfly) and ruffles. What more could you want? A discount? That too, it’s half price at £75.

Coast Sophie Dress

This tie neck knitted dress is my wildcard choice from Anthropologie. The style is demure but the colours make a bold statement and I love the forties feel to it. It’s £128.

Tie Neck Knitted Dress - Anthropologie

Now I’m not really one for hats but I think this would look great with a wide-brimmed hat. I know hats are traditional at weddings but do people wear hats to christenings?

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