And this spring it finally happened, we planned Sebastian’s Baby Blessing Ceremony to coincide with his first birthday…and it was a very special celebration indeed. Everyone pitched in, giving freely of their talents to make this first birthday party a remarkable one. Here’s how we did it.
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Last fall, while at the Bacon & Lox Society Full Circle Meal, I got to chatting with my friend Nicole who had recently had a baby. In the five months since giving birth, this end of summer dinner party, was their first time out alone as a couple again. We started talking about ways to mark and celebrate the addition to their family. Immediately, what comes to mind for most people raised Catholic, is a christening or baptism, but since, Nicole and Lou no longer belong to a house of worship, a religious christening or baptism didn’t seem to make sense for them. Before the night was over, we agreed that we’d work together to create a special way to welcome her new son into the world.

And this spring it finally happened, we planned Sebastian’s Baby Blessing Ceremony to coincide with his first birthday…and it was a very special celebration indeed. Everyone pitched in, giving freely of their talents to make this first birthday party a remarkable one. Here’s how we did it.

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Garland made of snap shots of Sebastian for each month

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Everyone gathered in a circle to start.

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Then Lou, Nicole and Sebastian stood in the center of everyone, as we talked about what his name meant and why he was given it.

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VOWS: mom and dad took turns making promises to Baby Sebastian.

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Then it was big brother Julian’s turn. We spoke about the importance of sibling relationships and then I asked him if he would make a promise to be brave in life enough to follow his own dreams, knowing that his younger brother would always look to him as an example. This commissioning of a big brother, was one of everyone’s favorite parts of the entire day.

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Every family was invited to bring a symbolic ingredient to create a shower of blessings. Here big Brother Julian adds a some blades of grass for Adventure. 

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Everyone took the time to research which symbolic ingredient best captured their hopes for Sebastian’s life.

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A pitcher full of love, hopes and blessings.

We moved outside for the Shower of Blessings, the whole family huddled under the parasol for it.

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Everyone brought something for the Time Capsule that will be opened again when Sebastian turns 18.

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Sebastian’s birthday tree, everyone took turns adding a handful of soil or watering it. Before the ceremony began, I earned my Baby Blessing Celebrant chops by helping to plant the placenta under the root ball. 

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Thank you Amanda Brooke for this portrait of my celebrant birthday twirl.

There was a sushi food truck… (the rest of the photos here are ones that I took)

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While everyone enjoyed sushi and summer noodles, there was just enough time for a costume change. No self-respecting birthday honoree goes without at least one.

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Then things got Wild.

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Baby Sebastian, thoroughly blessed and loved, is WILD for his grandma’s carrot cake.

Photographer: Amanda Brooke Photography
Celebrant: Alisa Tongg Celebrant
Sushi Food Truck: Wabi Sabi Kitchen
Three Layer Carrot Cake: Grandma Deb
Venue: Dutot Museum
Wild Things Boat and Birthday Suit: Gifts for the Good Life

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