I can’t believe Lex’s birthday and christening was only a month ago. I’ve been insanely busy since then so am only just getting round to writing this post…
It was a big day for us, we decided to kill two birds with one stone and have a joint Birthday and Christening. Why splurge twice?
So there we were, planning a lil christening shindig. I was torn whether to go all out or intimate. Turns out I did both. Papa had to reign me in so while the invite list was intimate the decor was all out…what I mean by that is I had stuff made and shipped from Australia. I know, I’m crazy!
Many people say to me “It’s just their first Birthday, they won’t remember it”. Which is true, and I listened to it. But I think for the first Birthday it’s not about them; it’s about us. The mum. The dad. The exhausted parents who have survived this momentous year, probably the most challenging year you will face together.
So when parents go all out on baby’s first birthday I get it. I don’t judge, I don’t roll my eyes, I embrace it. I fist pump with them with a big yesssss! You did it! And trust me, as a mother after child labour, and a mother after the first year, you feel invincible! In the words of MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This!
As for our petit Prince he was a superstar for his christening. We had a house full of Frenchies, ten people stayed that weekend (yes ten!). We had a BBQ for all our family to come together the night before, a big old christening on the Sunday morning followed by afternoon tea in the church hall in the afternoon.
Venue-wise it could’ve been more grand (so says my mum) but it’s all about the company right?! And in true Mathieu style Fé’s brother Charles, a music scholar in one of the best music schools in Paris, whipped out his violin and had us all jigging away. It’s tradition now. It wouldn’t be a Mathieu party without Charles and his violin.
The afternoon tea spread was provided by a local tea shop, Rosey Lea Tea Rooms, who now do a catering service. It worked a treat as it’s very British (so while they were having tea on The Mall for the Queen’s 90th, we were sticking our pinkies out too). So that’s our nod to you Ma’am!
I had a top table full of sweet treats, a Time Capsule 2035 for everyone to write a prediction or note to Lex for him to open when he is 20, and plenty of cake, three big ones actually. A rainbow cake for his birthday, a red velvet cake for his christening and a carrot cake for his dad who’s Birthday fell on the same day as the christening. It’s his partner’s Birthday the day before and Fe’s brother two days before that. June is a busy month. Gemini overload!
Anyhow, there was plenty of cake sitting below the tassel garland which I had made and personalised especially for us from @lavenderandhoneyco. I had watched and admired her stuff on Instagram and found nothing quite like it on Etsy or the like from the UK. There I was at crazy hours calling my friend Naoise who’s recently emigrated to Oz asking her to send the garland, cake toppers and party hat all the way from Sydney.
They arrived just in the nick of time and looked fab. Something that definitely wasn’t last minute was my dress. I had that little number lined up months in advance. I wanted something pale blue, for my little boy, with a touch of lace detail. Given that it was a church occasion shoulders and knees had to be covered. Now try finding something that specific for he occasion. It’s no easy feat. I decided my best bet was ASOS and kept refreshing my search every morning. And when a pale blue a-line dress with cut out lace like sleeves came up I just knew that was the one. And get me, Mr Lean-in-15 had me in a size 10. Thank you to @thebodycoach!
Lex looked super cute and was a happy chappy all day! I was bursting with pride and forever grateful to all our friends and family who not only travelled from far and wide to share the day, but spoilt us with their generous and thoughtful gifts too.
Fé and I spent the evening afterwards going through his time capsule…we were so overwhelmed and Fé even choked up at a message from his sister. I know, I know. Reading them now is cheating. I promise, I have forgotten what they say already! However, one thing I won’t forget is his Christening day. Worth every effort and worth every penny. We came. We saw. We conquered. Parenthood ain’t easy but first year down I say bring on the next one…no hold up. Gimme another year, just to recover from these celebrations at least!