Wednesday, April 4, 2012

{My Parties} Spring Chicken Party Styled Shoot

When Lauren, the editor of Baby Lifestyles Magazine approached me about doing some features in their Spring issues, I was absolutely thrilled.
To see the issue, you can visit their website here. 
Isn't Spring such a fun time to do parties? It seems like a lot of babies are born in the Spring and that was what inspired the theme of this shoot. 
The term "Spring Chicken" seemed like an obvious choice for a birthday party for a baby born in the Spring!
And aren't baby chicks like the cutest thing ever? I mean, really. 

So, taking the orange and yellow color of baby chicks as inspiration, I used that as a jumping off point for the shoot. Yellow and orange are so happy!  I envisioned this as a little girl's 1st birthday. 
So, I kept it playful with fun DIY baby chicks, polka dots, bright details. 

I saw these hanging box shelves at Hobby Lobby and knew I wanted to use them! They were originally turquoise, but I spray painted them and added some fun details with ribbon and scrapbook paper. They were the perfect way to display my treats. I love the idea of bringing the food up off the table and using the backdrop interactively. If this were a real party, kiddos would obviously need help reaching the sweets, or you could simply put the backdrop lower to the ground, so that little hands could reach. 

I am a huge marshmallow fan, and these banana marshmallows from MiaMallows were just perfection. Light and fluffy and absolutely delicious!

The printables were designed by the lovely Ashley at Cupcake Express. She was so sweet to work with and was so helpful in tailoring this collection just for me! It is available in her shop right now!

Another fun treat were these amazing "cookie-wiches" from Tookies! Tookies sends you these cookies with the buttercream on the side so that you can use as little or as much as you want. And these didn't last long in my house. They will knock your socks off. 


These adorable baby chick cake pops were done by the awesome Autumn Lynn's Sins. They were so precious and covered in luster dust, which made them shimmer. I am ashamed to say how many of these I ate. Lemon cake is my favorite and Autumn's lemon cake is divine!
I displayed them in a simple galvanized tub from Michael's that I covered in some scrapbook paper and ribbon. I topped the ribbon with a tiny little baby chick sticker that I got at Joann. 
For drinks, I knew that Stewart's Orange soda was the way to go. Since Stewart's brand has a large amount of text on the bottles, I covered it with yellow duct tape! Then, I used Cupcake Express' printables to top them off.
To give the neck of the bottle some "feathered" details, I used orange pipe cleaners to create a collar for the bottles. 

These cute lanterns are from Hobby Lobby and they have them in a ton of colors! I also got these wooden eggs there too. 
The baby chicks are an easy DIY project that anyone could do. I simply used styrofoam balls, feather boas, floral pins, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and some orange foam pieces. 
All you do is pin the boas onto the foam ball using the floral pins. Then, I cut some feet out of orange foam and pinned them on as well. Top with some google eyes and a pipe cleaner beak, and you've got yourself a Spring Chicken! Super easy!
For favors, I found these cute little yellow flowers in the $1 bin at Michaels. I simply hot-glued a barrette to the back of them and you've got $2 cuteness. 
To display them, I threaded cute ribbon through this crate and clipped them on!



This theme would be great for a baby shower too!
Thanks so much to Lauren for asking me to do this and huge thanks to my vendors, who all were amazing!


Vendors:

Printables: Cupcake Express
Cake Pops: Autumn Lynn's Sins
Cake-wiches: Tookies
Marshmallows: MiaMallows
Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs

3 comments:

  1. This is adorable, love every little bit of it!!!

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  2. Agh! I love this. I am going to do a "This Chic is 2" birthday party for my 2 year old daughter. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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