First Communion Week {Saying Thanks} Notes

 Welcome to First Communion Week at Team Whitaker!

This is the fifth post of a five-part series:
Preparing Your Heart (What the Sacrament Means)
Looking Your Best (Invitations and Clothes) + FREE Printable & Veil GIVEAWAY
Preserving the Memory (Pictures and Gift Ideas) + Rosary GIVEAWAY
Feeding the Troops (Flowers and Food) + FREE Printable
Saying Thanks (Notes and Godparents) + Bowl GIVEAWAY

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The day is full of blessings which means there are many people to be thanked. I am a huge advocate of handwritten thank you notes. It comes from my 4-H background, I think. Don’t underestimate the power of a handwritten note. Teach your child how to write one and you’re teaching more than just handwriting and grammar. You’re teaching them to be gracious, a trait that seems to lend itself well to this sacrament.

You can purchase pre-made notes from your favorite store or you can fashion simple ones at home using cardstock or construction paper. A few years ago, I purchased some digital printable stationery from Olliegraphic and it has gotten a workout. We print only what we need and it can be used for a variety of occasions.

We’ve also made it a priority to thank our children’s Godparents. They are, after all, pretty special people. I know a fair amount of them read the blog, so to them I say:  CLOSE YOUR EYES, STOP READING AND COME BACK TOMORROW!

For the rest of you still reading, we’ve opted to purchase them a Godparent bowl from Clarey Clayworks. It’s beautiful and functional – the perfect spot to place your rosary.


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I “met” Anne of Clarey Clayworks through Pinterest and then discovered she lives near our old house in Indiana. Talk about a small world. She is fabulously talented and handcrafts each of these First Communion bowls (she has an awesome Baptism one, as well). You can personalize it with your child’s name, cross color and date of First Communion. I know, they are simply stunning.

For now, the boys’ First Communion bowls reside high on a shelf in their closet. In a few years, though, I’ll pull them down, place them on a shelf and put their rosaries inside. Not only is it a beautiful keepsake, but a functional one, too. For my Indiana friends, you’re in luck. She does local deliveries! For the rest of us, she packages the bowls extremely well and sends them on their way. The box is almost as pretty as what’s inside. If you’re looking for a unique and functional gift for your child’s Godparents, she has a bowl for them, too. I know, they’re all awesome. Be sure you check out her Etsy site, full of stunning pieces.

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I must say a B-I-G, Texas thank you for such a fun week
. Perusing Pinterest, Etsy and all my old photo files for some great First Communion inspiration brought back some great memories. This is such a special time in your child’s life and I loved spending time with all y’all this week.


  1. Laurel on March 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

    My favorite product is this bowl! I’ve been admiring it since you posted it in a previous blog post. It is lovely.

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  6. Laura on March 8, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I LOVE the First Communion bowl!! I have never seen anything like it. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Laura Torchia on March 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I love everything but i really wish i came across you when my daughter was Baptised…i love the bowl. May the lord bless and keep you is one of my fav saying.

  8. Laura on March 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I love these bowels and am thinking of getting one for a friend whose FHC is in a few weeks! They are so pretty and practical!

  9. Laura Teran on March 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Awesomeness! I loved them the first time you posted them. Great Godparent gift. Thanks for sharing again! 🙂

  10. Verdina on March 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Amazing week of posts about such a special Sacrament. I will have a granddaughter making her First Holy Communion next year and will definitely keep that bowl in mind.

    You are AWESOME!

  11. Dana on March 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

    What a great gift idea! The bowls are beautiful!

  12. Nicole on March 8, 2013 at 9:11 am

    This is just lovely! I love the bowls.

  13. Amanda on March 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Love the bowls….what a great gift! I will definilty keep in mind for next first communion!

  14. elizabeth on March 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

    How lovely…and what I love-practical too. Thank you for sharing her lively work/talent.

  15. Lena ~ JOYfilledfamily on March 8, 2013 at 9:54 am

    anything personalized is a treasure.

  16. Amy on March 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Simple yet stunning. Thank you for sharing this great find.

  17. Jill L on March 8, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Wow, they are all beautiful!! What a special gifts these would make. I love the CONFIRMATION Bowl too.

  18. Lisa on March 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I love the personalized bowls for special occasions. Though I also really like the simple “praying for you” bowl” which is a nice gift at any time. I’m also considering the sweet little crosses for First Communion party decorations/favors.

    Thank you for such a lovely week information, ideas and giveaways. I’m so glad I found your site. I expect to be a regular visitor.

  19. Kasey on March 8, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Thank you for a a week of wonderful First Communion posts!

  20. Katy O on March 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Love the Godmother bowls – am definitely ordering one for my cousin, who is my daughter’s godmother. Maybe another one for my daughter as she’s celebrating her First Holy Communion in May!

  21. Elizabeth on March 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Love the bowl!!!

  22. Kim Paulus on March 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    My 14 year old’s Confirmation day is right around the corner. I’m thinking possible gift for his Confirmation Sponsor. Will check it out…

    Thanks for the great series of posts. I will refer back next spring in time for our youngest’s First Holy Communion.


  23. Tara on March 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Everything is great! Will be getting the godparents bowl. Also thinking maybe the crosses would be good gift from me (teacher) to students for their First Communion!

  24. Merrianne on March 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I ordered one of these Confirmation Bowls for my daughter after your last giveaway. It’s truly a beautiful work of art and awesome keepsake!

  25. Valerie on March 9, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Kathryn, what a great week of posts! Thanks for all the hard work and effort that went into writing these. I am so excited to order Mary Catherine’s veil (Denise is making her a custom one!) and now a First Holy Communion rosary bowl as a keepsake! Have a great weekend!

  26. Susan Scott on March 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Love this bowl and loved it last year when you presented it on your blog! Would make the best gift for my nephew in Valparaiso, IN for his First Holy Communion in April.

  27. […] are still going on, a lovely veil from Dainties by Denise, a rosary from Trendy Traditions and a First Communion bowl from Clarey Clayworks. Make it a great weekend […]

  28. Blair on March 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I love the baptism bowl. How beautiful to have the priest use it at a baptism!

  29. Debra on March 11, 2013 at 9:13 am

    So excited about these giveaways!!!

  30. Samantha S. on March 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I wish I would have known about these beautiful pieces sooner, as my baby daughter was just baptized! But my oldest son will have his First Communion next year, so I’ll keep the First Holy Communion Bowl in mind until then.

  31. Vic on March 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for this! I’m finally going to get the perfect Godparent gift from her Etsy!

  32. gabby banales on March 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    i love the personalized baby bowls for baptisms.

  33. Sarah S on March 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I love everything that Clarey Clayworks makes!!

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