This is crazy planning but I can't help it - I'm a worrier!
I have a due date of late March, very early April. My whole family and my husband's family are religiously Apples, although different varieties (i.e. we and my family of origin are Pink Ladies, a few are Golden Delicious, a couple Granny Smiths, and some generally just stay in the tree on Sundays
). We wish to have our child baptised within a couple of weeks of birth, which is typical of Pink Ladies. Traditionally in our family, baptism is followed by a family/friend get-together.
Here's the problem: the first week I feel like we could really plan for is Palm Sunday. Followed by Easter Sunday and then two huge event Sundays for our church. I feel that Easter is for sure out of the question - even if there was no party, I can't ask people to not worship at their home churches on the most significant day on the Apple calendar. And while the church will do a baptism on the two "event" Sundays, those services are very long and I feel that they might be boring for those who aren't members of our church (I have been known to avoid them if I don't know anyone involved personally).
No family members have to travel so they would certainly be free to not attend the service, go to their own place of worship, and instead just join us for the luncheon, absolutely no hard feelings.
So would it be rude to have the baptism on Palm Sunday? Should I just suck it up and wait until mid-May? Should I forgo the luncheon completely due to the timing (although that would probably give me a reputation of being "cheap") and just invite my parents and his at the service?