Ziggy’s very first celebration

My husband and I decided to celebrate the arrival of our tiny human with a Naming Day. We were looking forward to gathering family and friends at our home, to decorating our sunlit playroom with photographs and a Wish Tree. We wanted to enjoy some tasty food together, to read and play some meaningful lyrics and to hip hip horray for our baby boy. What we got was so much more.

The ceremony itself was full of flavour and personality. It was intimate and emotional and brimmed fulla love. Clara was, of course, our Celebrant du jour and she was kind and fun and brilliant. Obviously, as we are partners in Coastal Ceremonies, I’m going to advocate for her, but to see her deliver a carefully crafted ceremony in the presence of our family, was something very special. She was able to blend our kind of style and ideas with her own selection of pledges and promises, and the result was perfect for us.

Being a Celebrant, as well as The Momma, I suppose I knew that the ceremony would be special, that it’d be memorable. What surprised me was how creative and thoughtful everyone was. It was like a variety performance! The Ireland’s Got Talent of Naming Days. We had painted a selection of rocks to act as the base for our Wish Tree. Clara photocopied and framed my personal promise to Ziggy; a gift for us to treasure. We played ‘Long May You Run’ while people chewed their pens as they pondered what wish to bestow upon our little man. They tagged the colourful tree beside the wall of our letter Z of baby photos. Bowie’s ‘Starman’ made the bill, naturally, and a nice bit of Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’. Hey, a happy Mom is a happy baby, right ?

My brother Gavin is Ziggy’s Guardian and on Saturday the 28th of April 2018, was the Godfather of entertainment. See what I did there?! Gav lyrically renditioned Baz Luhrman’s ‘Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen’ upon us; his own pocket of advice for his nephew. We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more.


Celebrants in Ireland



 “We’ve been through

  Some things together,

  With trunks of memories

  Still to come …….”

– Neal Young

“Trunks of memories” indeed.

Thanks everyone xx