Martha arrived in July and I knew I wanted to throw some sort of party-meets-baby-shower. I love the concept behind a Christening but I’m Jewish and my husband is Muslim so, well, that was never going to fly! And I’ve yet to find an official tradition for a half-Jewish half-Muslim baby’s arrival. So I decided to come up with my own version: A Promise to Martha.
The Promise Day basically involved all of our closest friends getting together, eating lots of cake and most importantly ceremoniously hand-writing a promise to our new baby and pinning it up (we then plan to frame the promises and hang them in her bedroom).
I was pretty vague about what the promise should be and left it to the individual to be as specific or generic as they wanted it to be. I’m glad I did as everyone interpreted the idea in their own way. One friend promised to teach Martha how to play the Ukulele, another to climb the hill of her favorite park on her 10th Birthday and let go of a balloon with her details attached (then wait to see if anyone writes back), another promised to take her to a farm (my husband and I are both city born and bred). One even promised to teach her everything she needs to know about boys; I hope she takes a long time to get round to that one!
You can read more on Sara’s blog thehomeyblog.blogspot.com.