Monday, March 3, 2014

Bella's 7th Birthday: A Photo Shoot Party

Ohhh, my sweet Bella Grace. She is affectionate and smart, she is kind and caring. She's crazy generous, loving and helpful. She enjoys drawing, writing, arts & crafts, and is good at math and reading. She is silly and funny, and she loves to tell people about Jesus. She's the girl that made me a mama, and she forever changed my world.

Back in October, while she and I were planning Grady's birthday party, she decided that she wanted her next birthday party to include a photo shoot at the same time. That way, "families could have pictures taken of them all together, to keep". Sounded like a good idea to me.

We chose a park and a pavilion that had TONS of space, lots of beautiful shady moss covered trees, a lake and a beach. We needed all of that space for our photo shoot locations, of course!

For a fun arts and crafts project, the kids decorated a picture frame to put one of their family photos in. I dug out a ridiculous amount of strange items for them to use for their decorations.

And these are some of the final masterpieces.

As guests arrived, they either went straight to the photo shoot, or they started on their frames, and that way things kept moving.

Our wonderful friend Dawn Geraghty took all of the photo shoot pictures below. She is awesome, and I am SO very thankful for her!!

Stop! In the name of love!

After the photo shoot, we gathered and grilled and prayed and ate!

We did easy foods. Hot dogs, cheese and crackers, pickles, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, hummus, raw veggies and pineapples. Nothin' fancy.

These plastic cameras on top of cupcakes were one of Bella's non-negotiables. I tried to talk her into into cake pops, and a million different ideas other than sticking plastic cameras on top of cupcakes, but she insisted, and I think sister made a good choice, they were pretty cute.

Towards the end of the evening, the air got a little chilly. Kids ran around with balloons, and grown ups threw the football. Moms stood around talking about mom stuff. And then this happened... dads gave squealing, shrieking, happy, laughing children a wild ride into the sunset.

It was a beautiful night!