If you are here, it probably means that someone in your life is preparing to receive the Eucharist in their First Holy Communion — Congratulations! What a wonderful and special occasion!
Although the most important thing about this occasion will happen at the Mass, it’s also a time that we often find ourselves busy with preparations for banners, parties, gifts, and many other things. I believe this is truly a testament to what a special time this is! I hope to make this time easier by providing resources to help you along the way.
First Communion Banner Patterns and Preparation Guide
First Communion Preparation and Printable Patterns eBook – Angie from Many Little Blessings and Rob from Art for Kids
Holy Communion and Reconciliation Worksheet and Activity Packet
First Communion Banners
Not all parishes require banners for those celebrating their First Communion, but many do. You have lots of options for this project, whether you make it yourself or buy a kit to put together.
How to Make a First Communion Banner – This is a Step by Step Tutorial with Pictures and Lots of Ideas
55 Examples of Catholic First Communion Banners – A collection of 55 First Communion Banner examples from Spring 2012.
More Than 40 First Communion Banner Examples – This post has six long photos (which can be enlarged by clicking) that show a total of more than 40 First Communion Banners. This is great for inspiration when deciding how to create one.
First Communion Banner Examples – Another post with pictures of actual First Communion banners to help inspire you.
Noah’s First Communion Banner – This is the very first First Communion Banner we made at our house.
Using a First Communion Banner Kit – If you don’t want to go with the total do-it-yourself route, check out how I used a kit that cost under $20 to make a great First Communion Banner (or even a family inspirational banner).
Banner Kits can be purchased, if you don’t feel confident about working from scratch. A company that has become near and dear to my heart, Catholic Child, has many First Communion Banner Kit options for a very reasonable price: Lamb Design, Cross Design, Arch Design, Ten Commandments Design, Holy Spirit Design, and Adoration Design. Catholic Child is also a great source for First Communion gifts!
There is a 32 page pamphlet available called Pointers for Parents: How to Make a First Communion Banner. While I haven’t seen this pamphlet, it might be a good source for more information, if you still like you still need some help along the way.
First Communion Gift Ideas
First Communion Gift Guide 2012 – Featuring handmade gifts from Catholic small businesses
First Communion Gift Guide 2011 – A feature of ten wonderful, Catholic small businesses and the unique First Communion gifts they have available.
First Communion Party
Sample Menu Ideas – My Big Fat Catholic First Communion Party and Our First Communion Party Menu (aka Way Too Much Food)
Homemade First Communion Themed Cakes – Fun ideas for skipping out on buying a store bought cake and making themed ones at home instead!
Lots of Recipes Can Be Found in My Recipe Index
Easy First Communion Cookies – Catholic Icing
First Communion Cakes and Food Ideas – Catholic Icing
Cookies for First Communion – Bake at 350
First Communion Crafts, Games, and Lessons
Holy Communion and Reconciliation Worksheets and Activity Packet – Many Little Blessings
Craft a Monstrance with a Gold Doily – Catholic Icing
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist File Folder Game – The Catholic Toolbox
Catholic Coloring Pages (including First Communion) – Parents Duty
Holy Eucharist Lesson Plans – The Catholic Toolbox
Holy Eucharist Bingo – The Catholic Toolbox
First Communion Attire
Make Your Own First Communion Veil – CraftStylish
Make Your Own First Communion Veil – Chica and Jo
Flower Hair Wreaths – We ordered our daughter’s floral hair wreath from Holly’s Wedding Flowers on Etsy and we were thrilled with it! (Veils can even be added to the floral hair wreaths.)
First Communion Invitations
If you want to have cards printed, be sure to check out Tiny Prints for some beautiful First Communion options!
First Communion and Autism
You Mean I Get to Take Communion Every Week? – First Communion can be a time that can make many parents nervous, but it seems to be a special worry for parents of children with special needs. I learned a lot about trusting in God the year that my son with Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning form of Autism) made his First Communion.
First Communion Preparation for Kids with Autism (and Other Special Needs) – A review of the Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit available through Loyola Press.