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Every year, I stage a photo shoot to celebrate my son’s birthday. I try and attempt to capture the love between a mother and son through photographs as it continues developing each year. The photo shoots are always themed towards his party and this year’s was “A Tribal Camping” birthday party! Year after year, I find myself overwhelmed with pride at the blooming soul that shines through my son in the photos. If you you look back through these photo shoots, you will see a little boy who’s smiles come easy and he spreads them around graciously making the world a bit better with each one.
Do you have a special birthday photo shoot tradition?
My little Jeanne turned one this past week. The last year went by so quick, too quick. I felt really emotional the week before her actual birthday. In order to hold back the tears and stop myself from constantly looking back at her newborn pictures, I started making paper tassel garlands and thinking about what to serve the guests.I kept it all pretty simple. Black, gold and silver garlands and some huge balloons. I bought some small stickers and decorated old baby food pots. I found numerous tutorials on how make the garland. Although I am not the most patient crafter, I found one that was doable. Black and white polka dotted cups and striped paper straws added just the right touch. For a little whimsy, I used small napkins with cute pink flamingos.
4th of July celebrations just call for soda bottles. I always envision scenes from the movie “The Sandlot” filled with neighborhood BBQs, baseball games, and of course, a tasty soda in a glass bottle. You can always buy them, but why not make your own? Turns out, it’s actually really easy to make your own soda WITHOUT a soda stream. You don’t need one! A soda party seems like a perfect idea for the kiddies. I’m picturing old glass bottles, red, white, and blue clothing options, vintage picnic blankets, and baskets upon baskets of fruit. A magical afternoon can be yours by following this simple recipe shared by the folks over at Modern Parents Messy Kids. They just know food. Click on over to their site to get the full recipe!