Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"My Baptism" :: Scallop Shell Baptism Favors and Printable Tag


In addition to making the Baby's Baptism Cross for on top of the cake, I also decided to make some Baptism Favors for the reception following our baby's baptism.  These were also inspired by Cupcake's Baptism Reception. The challenge was finding white candy melts, since the local store was completely sold out of them after Christmas and New Years, and I had used my stash for our Gingerbread Fun on New Year's Eve.  I was finally able to get to Michaels, when I went to town to order the cakes, and then started making a few candies at a time, when I had free hands.  Thankfully they are quick and easy to make, and between Sunday-Wednesday I had found the time to make about 50 Baptism and First Holy Communion favors. (This ended up being not nearly enough, but I had no idea we would have nearly 100 guests on a Friday morning!  Who says there isn't enough interest for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in our area?!)

There are a number of candy molds to choose from, but like Charlotte I decided to go with the Seashell Chocolate Mold, since it is the symbol of Baptism.

"Scallop shell: the sea shell, especially the scallop shell, is the symbol of Baptism, and is found frequently on Baptismal fonts. The dish used by priests to pour water over the heads of catechumens in Baptism is often scallop-shaped. The scallop, too, is a symbol for the Apostle James the Greater."

Charlotte made her shells a beautiful pink and white swirl.   They just didn't look right with blue and white, and I wanted to make them as quickly a possible, so I decided to make ours solid white.

I packaged the candy shells in Clear Treat Bags, tying them with White Curling Ribbon.  I then made my own tags for the favors.

I decided to create some tags that read "My Baptism...Deo Gratias!" and some that were customized with "God Bless (Baby's Name)"at the top, and the Date of Baptism on the bottom.  Here is the link to my document for the "My Baptism" tags, which I printed out onto white card stock, in case anyone would like to use them in the future.  These could also be used for cupcake toppers.


I just used scissors to cut the circles, which really didn't take long, but I would love to purchase a 2" circle punch for the future.  I cut the 2 1/2" scalloped backgrounds using my Cricut, Winter Woodland Cartridge, and silver card stock.  

I placed the favors in one of our Easter Baskets, placing the Joseph's Studio Baptism Wall Cross I found for the baby at our local Catholic Book store next to the basket.  I was very pleased with the results!

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing, Jessica. I have added the seashell mold to my Amazon cart. We will be having our baby baptized in late April or early May, assuming this little one waits that long to make an appearance.

    I enjoyed seeing the photos of the baptism and First Communions too.

    I thought you might appreciate hearing that we now have two FSSP priests up here.

    May God bless your familY!

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    1. What a blessing! We keep praying that someday we will have the FSSP in our area. In the meantime, we are very thankful that my husband's brothers are able to come out to baptize our little ones.

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  2. How beautiful Jessica! How do you make your own tags and print them from the computer? It goes through scribd, right?

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    1. Yes, you can download the document (pdf) I made at scribd. You would then need to print the document and assemble the tags, either using them just as circles, or adding the scalloped silver background. :)

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  3. What a beautiful and special way to celebrate such a wondrous day! Plus, they look yummy. :) On a slightly related note, any ideas for small, meaningful gifts for godparents?

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    1. I would love some ideas as well! I am working on a Photo Book of the Baptism for our little guy's Godparents, since they just couldn't make it out, and also had Catholic Embroidery send his Godmother a Catholic Apron.

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    2. Those are two great suggestions, Jessica! The aprons *always* make beautiful, special gifts, and a photo book is a nice alternative to a single framed photo. Our second blessing won't be here until May -- more time for me to keep thinking and if I stumble upon any other ideas, I'll be sure to share!

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  4. How lovely! I really like that Baptismal cross, too.

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    1. Isn't it beautiful?! I pretty much love EVERYTHING made by Joseph's Studios! :)

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  5. Jessica, you are amazing! Your husband and children are blessed. Peace and prayers, Annita +JMJ+

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  6. These favors are really nice and would love to do them for my sons christening. I was wondering if there was a way to keep the image and just change the text. I would like it to have his name and date or say thank you. I have already downloaded the doc.
    Thanks in advance !!
    God Bless

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    1. If you send me your email address I can try and find my original word document to forward to you to modify. God bless you too!

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