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How to Host a Catholic Blessing Party

Are you wanting to shower an expectant mama with love and prayers prior to the arrival and birth of her new babe? Consider hosting a blessing party! The Little Rose Shop makes it easy with a completely free Blessing Party Guide + all the printables you need to make it a special day.

 

 

What exactly is a blessing party? 

A Blessing Party is a beautiful way to bless pregnant mamas and their babies through prayer and community. Each time a mother brings life into the world, a miracle is happening and is deserving of celebration. Oftentimes, once a mother has had a baby and a traditional baby shower, it may feel uncomfortable to have a baby shower again for any subsequent children because the baby essentials have already been received. However, each time a child is born, mom and family undergo another big transition and can always use prayers and encouragement even if they don’t necessarily need all the “baby shower” gifts. This is where a Blessing Party can be thrown! Blessing Parties are not about gifts (although there’s no reason why it can’t be combined with a baby shower or specific gift requests like meal gift cards or diapers). A Blessing Party’s main purpose is to provide prayers and encouragement to mom and baby and be a time of community and spiritual motherhood as women gather to bless mom and the beautiful gift of life she is growing and bringing into the world. 

Catholic Blessing Party

How to Celebrate:

A Blessing Party involves gathering the close female friends of the pregnant mother. This can be done in a similar fashion to baby showers with a more formal invite and celebration, but it can also be a simple gathering at a coffee shop, or it can be as casual as a potluck evening together. 

How you set up the gathering is up to you! The unique part of a Blessing Party involves the following components:

Praying a Blessing over the Mother 

Catholic Blessing Party

Praying personal intentions for Mom and Baby 

Blessing Party Prayer Intention Card

(Optional) Lighting candles and committing to lighting a candle when mom goes into labor for continued prayer 

(Optional) Creating a beaded bracelet for Mom to wear during labor that symbolizes each of her friend’s prayers

blessing party bracelet
Make it Your Own (A few examples)

My mom and close friends hosted a beautiful “Blessing and Nesting” party and it was one of my most favorite events that I have been given. I felt so loved and taken care of. We all gathered at my house with snacks and treats and guests were invited to bring a freezer meal or diapers as an optional gift. It was a time of glorious fellowship. Guests took home a candle to light when I went into labor. 

Another example of hosting a blessing celebration was during a casual playdate. Prior to the playdate, I asked for several friends to send in their intentions to me via email/text. While the kids were playing in the basement, we prayed the blessing prayers and intentions over our pregnant mama friend. We each gave her a saint medal to add to a necklace of medals that she already wore as a reminder of her prayers. We also took a candle to light for her when she was in labor. The rest of the time was spent in good company of one another. 


As you can see from these two examples, you can create and give a Blessing Party in many different ways and it can be as casual or as fancy as you want! 

We've created a free Blessing Party Guide complete with printable intentions, blessing prayers, and even some candle wraps to use. 

I wanted to bring these resources to you for free because of how special it was for me to be blessed in this way while pregnant with Baby #4. My hope is that more and more blessing parties can be celebrated to support families in this special way.