Jude’s Succulent Baptism was put together by Tracy Harris, Jude’s mum. She is an energized wife, mother, Instagram strategist, content marketer, biz mum blogger and professional podcasting host on her Podcast, Mums With Hustle. The weekly podcast is one part of the Mums With Hustle business which aims to uplift and educate Mums in business with a positive mindset, work habits, and actionable advice. The aim is to unlock the potential of the MWH in order to grow their online presence, all the while, acknowledging the complexities of having your own business and being a mother. It’s about mothers supporting and not competing. It’s about action not about dreaming and it’s all about passion and purpose!
We chose the theme basically because I love succulents and greenery. I also really liked the idea of having something “living” as a theme for our celebration. The different greens gave a nice accent to the white (the traditional and sacred colour of Baptism). Green is also the colour symbol of “Ordinary Time” in the Catholic Church, the time where nothing particularly “significant” is happening. There are no major feasts or celebrations like other times in the Church year. For me, ordinary time challenges me to find the extraordinary in the ordinary! It’s a time to reflect and breathe gratitude. So, I guess the colour green holds that significance for me. Having the symbol of plants, a “living” element, was perhaps also subconscious way of symbolising the Living Word of God. Geez, that does sound deep, now that I put it on paper! I also didn’t want to accent in blue. I did that for my eldest. Jude needed his own colour pallet. I also just love succulents! Haha.
Styling and Decor
We were fortunate to have our celebration at Barenz, a really cool and super delicious venue in Camden NSW. We hired out the back courtyard area, which is closed off to the public and allowed for the children to be kept contained! This space is pretty funky on it’s own. They have greenery on the ceiling and around the perimeter of the courtyard too #InstantStyling. There was also a massive wall of synthetic grass which made the perfect backdrop for our dessert table. I purchased a simple white cardboard bunting from our local bargain store to go on that grass wall. The dessert table had two bunches of balloons, in white, with white ribbons and white weights, on either side. We had a white linen table cloth and all cake plates and serving ware was white. This allowed for the green of the succulents on the cake to pop. Other green food items, like the macarons and the cacti cookies, also stood out beautifully.
The tables were set with a chocolate favour, done in our succulent theme and made to match our invitations, as well as the print that was displayed on the dessert table.
I arranged some eucalyptus and other greenery in the centre of the tables with some tea light candles to create a soft, yet semi formal mood. It was very beautiful. We also had some mint green straws kindly supplied by Oh Sunny Day Party, which had custom toppers on them (Jude’s name and crosses in white).
I placed Jude’s Baptism candle on the dessert table too, as we had it designed to fit in with his theme.
I used real succulents to decorate the cakes which I made (white mud and a vanilla layer cake). *Always wrap the stems in clingwrap and foil.
I also had the best macarons in green (mint filling) and white (coconut filling) made by the talented Linda at My Sweet Macaron. I first came across her goodies at a friend’s party and I had to find her for myself!
I worked with Jessie and Meredith from Dough Re Mi to create themed cookies for Jude. They make the most deliciously perfect cookies in some crazy-cool flavour combos, but I opted for vanilla shortbread. The ladies do custom cookies so they designed us J cookies with Jude’s name stamped onto the icing, embossed white cross cookies and the sweet little cacti in pots! They were beautiful to look at and eat!
We love the chocolate favours from Print and Party. We used these on the guests place settings but we also bagged up left over cookies and macarons from the dessert table and had these displayed on a table for guests to take home. I had purchased clear cellophane bags in advance and the staff at the venue helped to bag them up for me.
Print And Party – invitations, A4 Print and chocolates
My Sweet Macaron – macarons
Dough Re Mi – cookies
Oh Sunny Day Party – mint straws with personalised white glitter toppers, cross cake topper, timber spoons
Bespoke Baby Co – Baptism Candle
Terrariums By Brooke – succulents
Zilvi – Name topper
Roni’s Narellan – bunting and balloons
We asked guests to consider donating money to Bears Of Hope, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, rather than give Jude a gift. I think that made his little heart smile.
Jude thoroughly enjoyed endless cuddles from his guests and he also had a sneaky lick of cake. I think that was his favourite part! 🙂
Thank you so much to all the wonderful brands we worked with. Love is in the details and these brands love what they do! Our celebration won’t be forgotten.