Chapter 1; Introduction 1; A new trend; What is a naming ceremony?; What are your options?; Making everyone feel welcome; Welcoming a stepchild or adopted child; The question of godparents; Chapter 2; Planning the event; When to hold the naming ceremony; Choosing a time for the ceremony; Feature: Brunch party; Choosing a venue; Holding the ceremony at home; Feature: Beach party; Holding the ceremony outside; Holding the ceremony at a register office; Holding the ceremony somewhere different; Ideas for decorations; Feature: Afternoon tea party; Choosing music; Entertainment for children; Planning food and drink; Baby naming cake; Feature: Winter party; Making a toast; Gifts and thank yous; Chapter 3; The ceremony; Designing your own ceremony; Leading the ceremony yourself; Asking someone you know to lead the ceremony; The welcome Introduction; First reading; Announcing the name; Parents' promises; Godparents'/sponsors' promises; Second reading; Music and singing; Special ways to mark the day; Ending the ceremony; What happens at a register office; Chapter 4; Special ways to mark and remember the day; Doing something special; A best wishes book; Singing together; Making the ceremony personal; Handprint art; Balloon release; Sky lanterns; Photographs, DVDs and videos; Flowers; Planting during the ceremony; Planting trees; Candle lighting; Fill a time capsule; Sponsor a child; Name a star; Give your child the moon; Adopt an animal; Birthstones; Chapter 5; Poems and readings; Selecting poems; Poems for adults to read; Poems for children to read; Poems with a religious theme; Readings; Chapter 6; Choosing a name for your baby; Most popular boys' names in England and Wales; Most popular girls' names in England and Wales; Appendix: Further reading and resources.
Becky Alexander is mother to Isabel (7) and Polly (3). She lives in St Albans, where she is the food columnist for the local newspaper, and judge at the recent food and drinks awards. She has written recipes for a book on toddler food.
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