THE DAY MY LIFE CHANGED
If you could think of a single moment in your life which had the most impact on you, what would it be? It could be perhaps the day you received your first bonus paycheck, the day you bought your first car, or perhaps the day you got married.
For me, it happened November of 2012: the day I became a mother.
For that single, magical moment, I brought another human being into life. Suddenly it seemed that the world had changed (or I changed and the world stayed the same; it was hard to tell). This beautiful, sweet, and unbelievably frail creature came from inside me. How could that happen? Any learned scientist could tell you about the sperm, ovaries, and fertilization, but I knew deep in my bones that this was not something that could be broken down into formulae or by the laws of biology. In short, it was a miracle.
And I knew that things would never be the same again.
When I get to do parties, I feel lucky because I get to relive this singular feeling again and again, vicariously, through my clients. But when I think of a mother’s love for her child, one person comes foremost in my mind: my client Jen.
The look of a mother’s love: Jen and Jaime
At first I was a bit nervous about Jaime’s party, as it involves a theme I consider to be quite challenging to style: Minecraft. However, Jaime is currently into the game, and this theme was a personal request of his, so as they say, the customer is always right!
Here’s Party Magic’s first ever Minecraft party:
I love the “framing” of this shot. Amazing job well done, Krissy of Little People Photography!
THE LUCKIEST KID IN TOWN
Although every child is special, Jaime is truly an exceptional boy. Besides being a delightfully boisterous kid, Jaime enjoys the wonderful distinction of being the kid with the most birthday parties ever styled by Party Magic: 3 parties, to be exact!
Here’s a refresher on the parties we’ve done for Jaime:
Jaime’s 2nd Birthday Party: Jaime – A Retro Mickey Garage Party (And Why I Will Always Love This Job)
Jaime’s 3rd Birthday Party: Kara’s Party Ideas – Jaime’s Star Wars Party
As somebody who has literally been there, I’ve had the privilege of watching Jaime grow to be the wonderful boy that he is now. It’s every parent’s ultimate pleasure to watch their child grow and evolve:
Jaime at 2 years old (look at those moves!)
Jaime at 3 years old in his Star Wars Party
And….Jaime at the very full age of 4!
HOW DO YOU PULL OFF A MINECRAFT PARTY?
The difficulty in doing a Minecraft party is obvious: how in the world would you make a styling aesthetic out of pixelated blocks?
One answer I had to that question was…hang actual blocks on the ceiling!
Another thing I love about styling is how the most seemingly simple items (like these green rectangles) can become a wonderful design element, if placed and arranged the right way and in the right quantity.
These blocks make for great framing devices, whether upfront:
Or even in long shots of guests!
If you’ve been wondering about who took these amazing photos, it is none other than Krissy and her wonderful team at Little People Photography.
I know that I’ve been throwing accolades to two photographers since last year, but that doesn’t really mean that they are the only good ones out there. In fact, I believe that Little People Photography is a strong, solid choice for any mom out there looking for someone who can capture memories!
Specifically, I love how Little People modulated the lighting on Jaime’s photos, making it not too bright, but not too dark either:
Jaime’s Photo op section: enter the world of Minecraft
But even more priceless are these delightfully candid moments that capture the essence of Jaime and his relationship with his parents:
Jaime might seem to be a sweet and endearing boy,
But he is turning out to be a real character too!
Little People also created a mobile app where clients can instantly see sneak peek photos of their parties, and eventually download the soft copy of their whole album as well:
Their packages involve these wonderfully created burlap photo albums:
For those interested, you can download Little People’s rate sheet below:
Another supplier that I believe deserves mention is Lemon Three Films. To me, what makes a great video is not all those equipment and fancy special effects, but how the videographer weaves story and emotion into the film. And Lemon Three absolutely nailed it for Jaime’s party:
The one and only question that needs to be answered in every video is, “Did the video capture the emotions of the party?” And in this case, it’s an emphatic yes.
CAPPING IT OFF: JAIME’S JUST DESSERTS
I thought that it would be nice to add a little more “elegant” aspect to the Minecraft theme, more specifically on the dessert table:
Cuppy Puppy just nailed these Minecraft-themed dessert treats!
Tazzy Cakes also crafted a beautiful work of art with Jaime’s birthday cake:
A MAGICAL MOMENT
As I always say, there is nothing more satisfying than providing quality service to the people you genuinely like and admire, and Jen is definitely on top of this list!
Happiest of birthdays to our not-so-baby-anymore Jaime!
Until next time!