As much as I enjoy photographing different kinds of life events (weddings, grand openings, engagement parties) – some of my favorites are First Birthday Parties!
It is great when these parties have a theme, since having their favorite characters around is really fun for the little ones. Sonali, the owner of “Simply Sweet Cakes”, put this amazing party together for her beautiful daughter Davina, who just turned ONE. The theme of this birthday party was “Cat in the Hat”. A very impressive element of this party was, but of course, the cake! Red velvet and vanilla, hand carved and entirely edible. Made by Sonali herself, it incorporated all the traditional characters from the “ Cat in the Hat” ’s storybook.
I also liked how every detail in the décor was well orchestrated: once you approached the backyard to enter the party, you were greeted with the sign pointing you to the entrance, if you were lost at any point, you would find other signs to guide you back to the main entrance. The table with food, drink station, desert table also had labels and rhymes from the beloved author Dr. Seuss. A big blue poster with “thing 1” and “thing 2” behind the main table gave the space a total transformation. Customized invitations were quite unique too.
Amid all these well coordinated preparations, Davina’s parents paid particular attention to the fun component of the party; they invited an entertainer, who had both kids and adults laughing and participating in all kind of activities: comic juggling show while balancing on unicycle, magic tricks, creation of fun balloon pieces and much more.
It is extremely important to capture all the events from first birthday parties, since the ability of future reminiscences relies in the eyes of the photographer, and the parent’s memories – I am sure that when Davina grows up and looks back at these pictures, she will have a huge smile on her face, and will thank her parents for throwing such an amazing party for her! Happy Birthday Davina!