Carole Middleton column: Baby naming day celebrations and gifts

Carole Middleton

Carole Middleton shows us how to mark the name of your little one with a personalised celebration

Naming days are becoming increasingly popular amongst new parents who want a non-religious ceremony to welcome the arrival of their child, plus, it’s a wonderful chance to get together with close friends and family to introduce them to your new addition. Because this is a secular ceremony, you can choose to lead the celebrations yourself or organise a trained ‘celebrant’ who can help – visit for more on this.

Aim to make the day individual with personalised readings and musical accompaniments in the form of a harpist, singer or a bespoke playlist. Ask the godparents or ‘mentors’ to write their own promises to your little one.

Have a clear theme in mind for the celebrations – you might want to pick a colour such as pink, blue, yellow or grey, or try a classic book or nursery rhyme theme, such as Beatrix Potter, Teddy Bears’ Picnic or The Velveteen Rabbit. Use this to coordinate your table décor and food and drink.

There will no doubt be lots of gifts for baby, but why not also gift your guests to thank them for coming? Small votive candles, pretty chocolates and silver charms all make adorable favours.

Finally, create a special ‘time capsule’ box for baby by asking guests to place handwritten notes, photographs or small trinkets inside. This box of mementos can then be presented to your child when they turn 16 or 18!


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