Our little drama queen Shreya turned seven this month. Seven, what a fun age to be! But, where did the time go? Why does it fly so fast? Can’t we have a pause button that’d freeze time for however long we’d want to and allow us to enjoy those adorable phases of our kids to our heart’s content? Can’t there really be a time machine that will let us travel back and relive those pleasant and memorable bygone years again and again? Sigh, if only wishes were horses!
Birthdays are fun, especially kids’. I love, love, love to plan and throw parties in general, but kids’ parties get me excited beyond what one can imagine. Kids are so wonderful. I can’t stop getting amazed by their innocent conversations, expectation free nature, ever positive outlook, carefree attitude, and the ability to find joy in the smallest of things. Being with a bunch of little kids is the best stress buster one can ask for.
Like most girls of her age, my daughter darling gets super excited about birthdays. She starts her countdown at least two months in advance and begins planning for a party in her own little ways. Making a list of invitees, coming up with suggestions for the theme and planning the food menu (it is PIZZA year after year after year :() are a few things that she’ll get started with on her own.
This year, to make it more memorable and enjoyable I wanted to involve her in every aspect of the party planning and preparations. So, it was important to find the right theme to help us give her small bursts of excitement throughout the process and make it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for her.
I was smitten by the art party ideas on Pinterest when I stumbled upon them. An ‘Art Party’ sounded like a great idea to all of us in the family and we locked it right away. Shreya loves artwork of all kinds and she was so thrilled with the theme. I do not think I’ve been on Pinterest so frequently and for so long ever before. I’d gather ideas, short list and compile them, make my tweaks, discuss with Shreya and finalize before we’d work on them. We made several trips to the art and craft store too that helped us refine a lot of our ideas.
The planning and preparations were very enjoyable and we started to have a blast even before the party. I really wanted to capture the process and the beautiful memories associated with it through a post or two.That is why you see a picture heavy post here, but I loved, loved, loved doing it. The party turned out just fabulous and I want to share all the details of the it as well through another post to show you guys how everything turned out. I’m hoping to get it out in a week or so, but it was too challenging for me to squeeze in some photography amidst being a host and party planner.
It is quite obvious that I’ve painted this post pink. Before I started to style and shoot these pictures, I asked Shreya what her favorite color is (it changes everyday!) and she said ‘Pink’. When I was done with the pictures I showed them to her with much excitement to obtain her reaction. She asks me, ‘Mommy, why is it pink everywhere?’ and I said ‘I thought that’s your favorite color’. Her response was, ‘Not really, my favorite color is Green’!!
I have to give a huge shout out to the amazing ‘Framed Recipes’ team (Sreelatha, Anup and Sonshine) for their stellar and stupendous contribution to this post. The chalkboard artwork in the pictures above is their amazing work. When I shot these pictures with a chalkboard background, it immediately occurred to me that I have to reach out to them and have them enhance my images with their art.
You must take a look their recent posts (see links below) where they’ve exhibited their expertise with this form of art. They’ve shared an awesome tutorial too for us to learn creating chalkboard images. You’ve gotta check it out.
What great talent, creativity and generosity these guys have! I’m blown away beyond words can explain. Setting aside so much time for someone that you’ve interacted with on social media only, is extremely rare and extraordinary. I do not know if I would be this sincere, meticulous and dedicated toward my own work. These guys have rocked it and gone above and beyond everything to not just help but delight me. They’ve created the art that truly and wholly came from their heart. Thanks a billion guys, This one is for you! LOVE ya!