customer: Katie Ann turns 3

I really enjoy receiving pictures from customers. It just makes my day to see those happy little faces and all the smart details the parents pull together.

Just recently we received a note from our customer, Jen. She wrote “Thank you so much for the ideas and inspiration! From the invitations to the how-to tulle napkin rings, my daughter’s 3rd birthday was full of your touches. I hope you like the painting we made based on the princess castle theme.”

I was thrilled when I opened the pictures and saw that she had taken our princess castle collection design and made it into this beatutiful painting embellished with tiny jewels. Such talent Jen and her mom have! 

Jen did a fabulous job of decorating those blank rooms you get at play places.  They typically give you very little time to set up so that tells me that Jen is one organized mom!

For the princess placesetting, Jen purchased our princess castle printables and pink and green polka dot plates. For the prince placesetting, she made the napkin ring, a friend of hers made the beverage wrapper and straw slip to match, and those fun crowns are from Chocolate Cake Club.

And last but never least, my very favorite part, a lovely picture of the birthday girl. Isn’t she just adorable with all those bouncy curls?! Happy Birthday Katie Ann! {Thanks again Jen for allowing us to share.}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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art party photo op

As you can imagine, I just love taking pictures of my kids (and their friends… and desserts… and really all things pretty or interesting). So when we were planning our new art party collection, we of course had to have a photo op for the kids.

My best advice:

  • use a neutral background, clear of all clutter. If you know the party area is going to be hectic, hang a piece of coordinating fabric (stay away from wild patterns; it will only take focus away from those lovely faces that you’re trying to capture)
  • offer props that coordinate with your theme, the sillier the better so you can get them giggling
  • get in close. Full body shots are fine and sometimes adorable, but get creative with tight shots and odd angles.

For our prop, Bridget, my fabulous assistant, looked high and low for a whimsy purple frame (that she wanted to use at her daughter’s real party a few days after our shoot). The only one she found was $88. Ouch! So being the creative and crafty gal she is, she bought an unfinished $8 frame at a craft store, spray painted it purple and then embellished it with a double layer crepe rosette with a gumball center! When I posted the rosette we made for the graduation collection (how to details post), I told you that you’d likely see it again. {wink}

For more art party details, check out our party collection in the shoppe and my posts on the art party dessert table, a creative Crayola crayon craft idea, and how to create an art gallery complete with 3-D cupcake art. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by Angie Arthur Photography. Clothing by  Sew Jewell on Etsy. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter.

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