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Caleb’s 5th Birthday

This is by far my favorite party we’ve ever thrown! If this Candyland game board didn’t take up my whole living room, I’d keep it forever!

When Caleb expressed interest for months about having a Candyland themed birthday party, I finally gave in and started planning. I knew the best way to really capture the spirit of the Candyland game was to create a real life version of the game board for the kids to be in. Boy was I right! It was some serious fun. And all for only $170 (I added a few extra treats that burst my normally $150 budget).

Caleb absolutely loved his birthday party! It was amazing!! It was super special because his aunt and all his grandparents came up from California to be there for him. I’m so grateful I was able to give this gift to my sweet boy.

We had to have an epic entrance to the game! I drew these on white paper and attached them to constructions paper. The game board was made out of sticky foam pieces that stuck to the ground so the kids wouldn’t slip.

We even included game pieces that sent them back! We mixed the old with the new version of the game since Caleb loves both so much! Here’s Lord Licorice’s Lavatory.

They ended the game in Caleb’s Candy Castle. It was full of candy, ice cream and cotton candy.

Candy hearts, rainbow treats, a cotton candy maker and a chocolate fountain- every kids dream!

The chocolate swamp was made out of card board taped to the wall and counter. I added a little brown and white crayon to give it some texture.

The gumdrop mountains and giant gum ball machine may have been my favorite part of the party! We filled the gum ball room with balloons so the kids felt like they were actually in a real gum ball machine.

We had a gingerbread shaped marble came that ended up being perfect for this party!

Aren’t my kiddos cute?

I framed a game board for added decor!

I couldn’t make a full peanut brittle house so we added a peanut brittle slide.

My sweet little Noah loved his marshmallow stick!

Oh the lollipop forest! These little foam pieces did not come off.

This giant candy castle was fairly easy to make. I like to look in my garage for random stuff that I can turn into decorations. This was cardboard, some of the sticky foam that we used for the game board we also used for sprinkles, and then we took a little paint to some cotton fluff (use spray paint!)

These candy pieces are just paper plates wrapped in tissue paper.

Pin the cherry on the cupcake!

I cream cone toss! I covered cones with brown construction paper and drew cones lines one them. Then we used candy cone paper plates and cut out the centers for rings.

Somehow we made this little cute cake.

Grandpa with ALL the kids!

A happy kid after a party filled with imagination and love!

Leona

Our neighbor, Leona, turned 1! She’s the cutest little thing so her mom decided to take photos of her and plaster them around her birthday party in super fun and creative ways. I love this theme! All About Leona. Babies change so much over the first year so it was great to be able to see those changes through photographs at the party. This part was full of joy, color and love!

1 Year Old

When your baby turns one, there’s nothing more fun than a cake smash in the park. Taryn planned this entire photos shoot from start to finish so I was just along for a ride. I met their family out at their favorite park in Redmond, Oregon for a little one year old, cake smash baby photography session. I just love her cute little outfit and how joyful this day was! It’s always an honor to capture such meaningful moments for a mom!

Elliot

Elliot turned two today with an awesome Planes birthday party at a park in Bend, Oregon. We had so much fun hanging out with this crew and watching Elliot and Caleb play together. All the details that Jay put into her sons birthday party were so charming that I had to take photos of them all. I really do love documenting these precious parties! Happy birthday Elliot!

Elise

When I don’t know a ton of people, I tend to take a ton of photos. Hanging out with Elise’s fam for her first birthday was so much fun and I absolutely love their family! But I also know how important these sweet memories are to have and to remember so after visiting with the friends I had there, I quickly took to the camera to document the simple at home party.

Great party! I love the unique camp theme. So cute!! We had so much being part of this party and so glad we could capture the awesome day.

Tesla

Caleb’s only girl cousin, and 2nd cousin at that, turned 1! Caleb and I hopped in the car and drove 6 hours to Seattle to be there for the big celebration. It is so much fun to be near family, so we really didn’t mind the drive. We got to spend the whole weekend with Josh’s aunt, uncle and cousins. And no, Josh couldn’t go, but we really did have fun anyway!

Christi and Kevin and crazy into Lego so it was no surprise that they had a Lego themed birthday party for their one year old. Although, I’m not sure the Lego pieces are actually safe for a one year old, it was still an incredible theme! They set out a breakfast table on their little lawn filled with pastries and Lego mini figs. Then let all the kids hang out and play with the big Lego pieces. It was fun to just hang out and celebrate Tesla!

Mia Bella

From magical marshmallow pops, fairy cakes, face painting and a real live fairy, Mia Bella’s fairy themed birthday party was every little girls fairytale dream come true! It was so much fun to be able to join the Gordon family for this special day to document all the sweet little fun moments. And talk about the details! This party was full of pink fairy details. Stepping into their backyard was like stepping into a fairy wonderland with butterfly wings and glitter absolutely everywhere. I’m so grateful to have been able to capture all the joy and happiness of this special day!

What are little girls made of? Sugar spice and everything pink.

I absolutely love this do-it-yourself 4 year old fairy birthday party. Mom can do a great job with a few little touches and a ton of creativity. The themes here are fairy land and pink everything. Top it off with touches of green like in the Fairy Cakes sign for the vanilla cupcakes, the Magical Marshmellow Pops sign and the strawberry Fairy Drink sign (water with strawberries for a touch of pink).

The Trader Joe’s limeade and pink lemonade were such a simple way to keep the whimsical vibe going while sticking to the simple color theme. I love the added details like the jewelry on the dress stand. Mom can buy these jewelry pieces in bulk to give to all the little fairy guests.

The combination of pink balloons, paper lanterns and tissue paper flowers create a beautiful and fun atmosphere. Who says fake flowers don’t work? They make a great centerpiece on this soon to be kid crowded table. The faux hot pink Gerber daisies are topped with large jewels for extra pizaz.

The best part of this party is the professional fairy brought in to entertain the kids. She provides face painting, arts-and-crafts and fun games.  Her very fairy adaptation to popular kids games is fantastic. Pass the Teacup instead of Hot Potato and Sit on the Mushroom instead of Musical Chairs are two of my favorites and don’t worry, she brings tons of props with her to each party.  She can even bring fairy wands for all the guests, like the one the birthday girl is holding in the bottom picture of her.

Easy, whimsical and fun. I love it!

Carly

We donʼt get asked all the time to photograph birthday parties, but when our intern Carly, asked if we would photograph her party as a gift, I had to say yes! Sheʼs been so helpful to us and Iʼve had a blast teacher her all I know about photography, so why not gift her some photos?

Carly spent an incredible amount of time making masquerade masks for her sweet 16 masquerade ball. All her friends gathered in their backyard for a fun night of snacks and dancing. You know a party is good when all the teens are having fun for hours without any substance use. I think even the guys had a blast!

We set up a photo booth area for them and captured a ton of fun candid event photos for Carly to remember her amazing sweet 16 party!