Archive for Feb 2014
like pretty much 99% of the world, my girls are completely ‘frozen’ crazy.
since it came out last november, our home has been filled with constant singing and pretending.
and all they wanted for christmas was “frozen stuff.”
when we headed to the snow earlier this year, they insisted on bringing their costumes and taking pictures.
i wasn’t planning on throwing her a party this year, but she started coming up with some really fun ideas.
and how could i say no when she was planning an entire party for me?
i originally thought it would be easy to find ‘frozen’ party items, but apparently there has been a run on all merchandise.
i decided to go with a winter-y nature theme, and i wanted to make as many of the decorations as i could.
i loved the end result.
i cut out a TON of snowflakes using coffee filters and hung them up in the kitchen/dining room. i used fishing line to suspend them so it looked as though they were falling.i also made white paper chains (as in, almost a ream of paper’s worth) and strung them from the ceiling fan out to the walls to create a feeling of snow covering you from above.my mom wanted to help me a bit, so she bought some actual ‘frozen’ items to add to the party-
the olaf balloon was a big hit and greeted everyone as they entered the party area
the girls have gotten quite a few frozen toys and items for christmas, so i tried to use those in the decorations as much as possible. i also printed out a few of the portraits of the girls in the snow to use.
i had a lot of fun coming up with themed food items.
i decorated the food area with pinecones and sticks that charlotte found at the park and wanted to use for her party. we spray painted them white and added some glitter. they were the perfect addition! i layer out some white paper to put under all the food, and then sprinkled fake snow on top for a little shimmer.
the girls made these fun little desserts-
‘sven snacks’ isabella made were nutter butters with pretzel antlers, chocolate chip eyes, and a reeses pieces nose.
the ‘happy little snowmen’ charlotte put together with donuts, an orange reeses pieces and some black frosting.
so we had pretzel sticks, carrots, raisins, and cheese sticks (because charlotte is obsessed with cheese).
i thought some white ones could be fun- snowballs on a stick!
i tried making them and failed. miserably. (it is WAY harder than it looks!)
so my incredibly talented friend jackie from ‘hit my sweet spot bakery‘ made me some absolutely gorgeous ones. and they were insanely delicious. like… i may have eaten 3. or 4. or… more than i should.
she showed up the morning of the party with all the ‘snowballs’ and…. A CAKE POP OLAF!
seriously. how amazing is that?
the cupcake toppers and all the food signs were printables off of etsy from digipartyshoppei borrowed this darling drink dispenser from my friend and added some characters to the bottom. the water was ‘melted olaf’
with all the decorations up and the food ready, it was time for the party to start.
we had a lot of super-fun activities planned, all of which charlotte came up with herself!
we took our dining room table out and filled the room with kid-sized tables. to make it a bit more cohesive (and help clean-up) i covered them in tablecloths.
after most of the kiddos arrived, the fun really started!
we headed out to the backyard for a ‘snowball fight’ using crumpled up pieces of white paper.
since there were about 30 children of varying ages, we had a little kid round and a big kid round.
this activity was definitely a hit-especially with the older kiddos.
afterwards, they had a little game of ‘freeze dance’
after all the noses were pinned, we moved on to the next activity..
‘do you wanna build a snowman?’
each child received a plate, a cup with frosting and a popsicle stick, and a baggie with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and an orange tic tac. we had a little mess to clean up after that, so the children headed into the living room for a little sing-along while we got the tables all cleared.
we found ‘let it go’ with the words on youtube and showed it on the tv.
(and for all the grandparents…..click here to see a video of her blowing out her candle)
charlotte monroe, you bring so much joy to our lives.
you are spunky, thoughtful, generous, kind, silly, beautiful, and a little bit crazy.
i love how much you adore your siblings and how you think of others before yourself.
you are passionate about everything you love- your family, art, cheese- you are 100% all the time.
your life is a gift to everyone who knows you- it was a joy to celebrate all four of your sweet years.
i love you, precious girl. happy fourth birthday, charlotte monroe.
i recently posted sweet mayson’s one year session,
but i still have one more session to share of this beautiful girl.
every month, little mayson came over for a quick session,
incorporating elements from one of her mommy’s favorite pictures from her newborn session.
at her last session, we couldn’t help but add in a little cupcake smash, too.
i’m going to miss taking this beautiful baby’s pictures every month.
this baby girl is so very special to me.
i have had the incredible opportunity to photograph so much of her little life- from her maternity session, to being present at her birth, meeting her big sister for the first time, her newborn session, and her seven month session.
(we’ve also had a fun monthly project happening that i can’t wait to share!)
she may be the most well-documented baby ever.
we had to do something really fun for her one year session, so we headed down to the beach with lots of cute props. her mommy even made some adorable banners to use.
while miss mayson is normally quite the little smiley baby, she decided she was not too happy about being at the beach. or taking pictures.
but regardless, we still got some beautiful pictures of this lovely baby girl.
mayson, i can’t even believe you are turning one.
brayden’s mommy wanted to surprise his daddy with some sweet valentine photos of their little love bug.
she even knit an adorable outfit for him to wear!
i fell in love with this little guy at his newborn session just a few short months ago-
if it’s possible, he’s gotten even cuter. i loved capturing all his precious little expressions.
you are all smiles and cuteness and big brown eyes.
it seems like you were just in my studio for your newborn session, and now here you are, so dapper in your suspenders.
oh, how quickly babies grow.
i have had the very sweet privilege of capturing mr. ellison’s life, even before he was born.
crazy that he is already one year old!
i was so excited that mom wanted to do a cake smash…. they are always so much fun!
adorable ellison started out his session rather unsure, quietly sucking his little thumb and checking me out.
but once that cake came out…. he was one very happy little guy.