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RHONJ Star Melissa Gorga's Daughter Antonia Celebrates First Communion

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May. 12 2013, Published 1:40 p.m. ET

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga had something heartwarming to celebrate on Saturday--her adorable daughter Antonia's  First Communion!

Antonia, 7, appeared at her communion party in the traditional white dress and veil after her Catholic Church ceremony.  The First Communion is a person's first reception of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and is usually accompanied by large family parties.

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And the Gorgas, of course, celebrate big!  Antonia smiled and held her dad Joe Gorga's hand as Melissa made a speech about her daughter to the large crowd of friends and family members.  Later, the three cut Antonia's cake and Melissa and Joe danced together.

Melissa and Joe's two sons, Gino and Joey,  enjoyed cotton candy and popcorn at the kids' themed bash.  And RHONJ beauty Melissa, stunning in a mini dress and high heels, was so happy, she even played with a hula hoop!

Melissa's fellow housewives Jacqueline Laurita, Caroline Manzo, and Kathy Wakile  were on hand to cheer Antonia on her special day.

Although Melissa's sister-in-law and RHONJ co-star Teresa Giudice isn't in the pictures, don't read too much into that!

Teresa was celebrating her own daughter Gabriella's First Communion on the same day!  On Friday, Teresa Tweeted,  "Big family day tomorrow-it's Gabriella's First Communion!  She looks like an angel in her dress.  I'll send pics.  XX"

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Melissa excitedly shared a professional First Communion photo portrait of Antonia sitting in a white chair via Twitter  and gushed, "Look at my baby girl!"

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