The Story Of Lydia’s First Holy Communion In Photos

You have all shared in on Lydia’s First Communion Prep with me, and I would love for you to join in on our celebration day as well! I’m going to let the photographs tell the story of our day. :-)

lydia in the historic church

first communion photo in front of stained glass

first communion portraits at church

waiting for first communion

first communion procession

first communion photo

first communion hug for daddy

first communion with mom

first communion portrait

first communion- banner on altar

first communion cake table

first communion guest book pages

first communion food table

first communion table centerpiece

first communion tea party

first communion tea party 2

baby tea party

tea cup with cream

first communion girl at tea party

first communion gifts

first communoin gift- a book

cake and tea

first communion veil

first communion doll

first communion portrait idea

catholic icing kids

Thank you to everyone who helped this day happen! I’m going to take a few days “off” now, but wanted to share these with you first. :-)

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Write A First Communion Poem- Printable Template Available!

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As Lydia prepares for her First Holy Communion this Saturday, I wanted to do a few personal things for her to keep in her First Communion Journal, and I decided it would be so sweet if she could write a Eucharistic poem! We went with a haiku to make it short and simple.

haiku poem pic

A haiku poem is a traditional Japanese poem. The basic “rules” are that it’s 3 lines: the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables. Yep, those are the only rules. :-)

Here is the haiku poem Lydia wrote about the Eucharist:

eucharistic haiku poem- Catholic

The host tastes like bread.

I know that it is truly

The Body of Christ.

First she brainstormed list of words and phrases that she thought of when she thought of the Eucharist. The she started writing stuff out, and trying to make the syllables work. When she was finished, she neatly wrote out her final version.

I will admit that I was honestly trying to steer her towards something a little more emotional, including words like “precious” or “excited”… but she is very logical and straightforward like her Daddy. ;-) So then I wrote my own:

Blessed, precious, loved,

I adore in total awe,

My Lord and my God.

monstrance coloring

We combined Lydia’s poem with her beautiful monstrance coloring page from the Sense Of Sacred Coloring Book (which is beautiful and I totally recommend, by the way).

I did happen to make a Eucharistic Haiku poem download that you’re welcome to print for free, and has another beautiful monstrance to color on it.

Print your Eucharistic haiku template page here.

printable haiku poem template for first communion

This would be a great activity before or after First Communion, or anytime really! Haiku poems are such a fast and easy way to get children started in poetry.

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First Communion Party Ideas- With An Easy Cake Idea!

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I went to an amazing First Communion party last year, and I’ve been looking back over the pictures for inspiration as I plan Lydia’s party this week. I wanted to share these great party ideas with you- and thank my friend Robyn for the inspiration! ;-) Just to be extra super clear, these are pictures I took of my friend’s First Communion party.

first communion party ideas- Catholic

I’m definitely doing the same thing she did for her cakes, and that is ordering cakes. She ordered a cake with a cross that she put her own crucifix onto when she got it, and she bought 2 cheesecakes and decorated them herself with that decorating gel like hosts.

cheesecake for first communion cake

I’m pretty sure this is what we are doing for Lydia’s cake because she loves cheese cake, and I have no time to bake my own this week. (Plus, 2 of my kids have birthdays in the next 2 weeks, so I’m going to be all baked out.)

easy first communion cake idea

She also made her own centerpiece, which I think is gorgeous for First Communion!

first communion centerpiece idea

I think she said she spray-painted the container gold, filled with floral foam, and put her own fake wheat, grapes, and bread inside. So pretty!

first communion party photos

She displayed it in the center of the table along with her daughter’s Baptism certificate, and Baptismal candle. She also displayed a guestbook keepsake for everyone to sign in the middle of the table.

first communion party ideas

Although I’m borrowing some ideas from my friend this year, she borrowed quite a few ideas from me as well! She made my jello chalice snacks, but she took it a step further- she spray painted the plastic wine cups gold before making the jell-o!

first communion party food ideas

These were such a hit with the kids!

She also had a First Communion craft to do with all of the kids at the party- make a pool noodle monstrance! She had also taken this a step further than me by spray painting the pool noodle slices gold as well. She was a spray-painting fool! ;-)

first communion party craft

crafting for first communion

They also displayed her silhouette chalice craft at the party.

first communion party craft ideas

This was an awesome First Communion party! The little girl’s dad worked at the local Catholic school, so they were able to have the party at the school cafeteria, which worked out really nicely for the size of crowd they had.

first communion party ideas

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Unleavened Bread Recipe- Great Activity For First Communion Or Holy Thursday

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Before I lose anyone- trust me… you can bake unleavened bread! It doesn’t involve any yeast or rising or anything! Seriously, you can’t mess it up. Take that from someone who is far from being a gourmet chef. ;-)

bake unleavend bread wtih kids

Baking unleavened bread with your kids is a great activity for anytime you’re learning about the Last Supper. We are already counting down the days to Lydia’s First Communion on her countdown calendar, and we are very excited! We have made unleavened bread before on Holy Thursday, and I plan on doing so again this year in preparation for her First Holy Communion.

In the picture above, the bread (and grapes) are sitting in front of our Last Supper craft that you can download for free here. It’s pretty easy to put together.

Ingredients Needed For Unleavened Bread: Makes about 12 pieces. *note*- this is not meant to be actual communion bread, just a fun recipe to try at home with your kids.

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 8 Tbs honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbs softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 5 cups flour (we used white)

Recipe For Unleavened Bread:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix all above ingredients except for the flour.

bake unlevened bread with kids

Slowly add the flour. Knead until the bread is elastic.

dough for unlevened bread

Oil your hands, then shape balls of the dough in the same way that you shape hamburger patties. Ours were also about the same size as hamburger patties. Then poke holes in them with a fork.

poke holes in bread with fork

Grease the pan, and place the bread on it.

unlevened bread with kids

Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edge. (Can you guess which ones I made and which ones Lydia made?) ;-)

made unlevened bread with kids

We served ours with grapes.

unlevened bread recipe

These are the perfect addition to any Holy Thursday dinner. :-) Kids are really capable of this mostly on their own given the easy nature of the recipe. Don’t forget to actually teach them about the Last Supper when you do this. ;-)

how to bake unlevened bread with kids

You can find more Lent and Holy Week resources for kids here.

Find all of my First Holy Communion resources for kids here.

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