Back in January, Laurel, one of my best friends in the whole wide world, asked me if I could help decorate her adorable daughter Sophie's 1st Birthday Party as well as do some photography. The venue was the fellowship hall of an old church in east Nashville. Dark hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a warm abundance of natural light were the raw materials to work with. With very little time and an even smaller budget, I helped pull something together that was colorful, sweet, and fun. Here are some photos from that wonderful day . . .
That's right. I wanted the birthday table to be really girly and whimsical. Who would have thought that coffee filters and heart-shaped cookie cutters would do the trick?
I used these fabric pennants to decorate the food table.
As centerpieces, I built structures out of the party cups for all of the tables:
Loved this silhouette:
Found these little wooden chairs to use as seating for the small army of VIP's:
My friend Laurel, the proud Mama:
Finally, this is me with the beautiful birthday girl Sophie through the camera on my Windows phone:
I actually had a ton of fun doing this, and I tend to work best under lots of pressure so it all turned out for the best.
Special thanks to Laurel for letting me do this for her family on this very special day.
I hope that years from now Sophie will see these pics and know how adorable her 1st birthday was.
So yeah. I've neglected this blog over the last week. My schedule has not permitted me to post a proper entry. Well, I just wanted to take a little time to fill you all in on what I've been up to.
Over the past ten days, I performed five times in three different states. On June 25th and 26th, I made it down to Decatur, Alabama to play music at the Persacon Anime Conference. I performed at this event last year, but this time I stepped it up a couple of notches. First off, I brought my trusty vintage Roland JD-800 synthesizer to add other sounds and textures to various songs. Secondly, I actually wore costumes this year!!!
The first costume was a Japan airlines jacket along with white bell-bottom-ish slacks.
(Photo by Allysen Quarto)
(Photo by Allysen Quarto)
December 20! My wife Jane’s birthday, whoa I can’t dare to forget it and a surprise gift is compulsory for her birthday.
One month before my wife’s birthday I set reminder to let me remember that I have to plan something special for Jane. So at November 20 my cell phone buzzed and reminded me to plan the plan. I cleverly started asking Jane that what she likes the most and what dislikes, to those which I was not aware of, without getting her any hint of the thing that I remember her birthday and was planning to give her a worthy gift.
I made a note to what all she told me and I figured out that she admires “Pretty Little Liar" actress “Lucy Hale”, and here comes the weird thing, she likes her eyebrows. I can surely figure out that she wants to look prettier then she was now, on her birthday. All in all she wanted to Get The Traffic-Stopping Whistler make up on her day.
So I started doing research on buying a makeup kit for her, but then I realized that instead of giving her the whole makeup kit including 5 shades of tinted moisturizer, Eye drops, Lip balm, Self Tanner. Baby oil, an extra brush set, Brow gel etc etc, I can get her to visit a parlor for treatment, facial or massage and where they can take care of our infant too, while she get her special treatment, so I started searching on internet for that, and I find out that Charisma beauty salon in Perth, WA provides all this facility. And I also called all our friends and relatives for a surprise birthday party for her. So that day I felt very relieved after watching that.