I spent all morning working on these pics because i knew if i didn't post them today, they were never going to get posted. I am a kinda "well that's old news" kinda girl. Those who know me I am a huge fan of DIY but not when in requires a lotta $$$.. Some projects end up costing me more in headache then it would be just to have it done for me. This project however did take a long time (around 5 hours) but if you have the patience and the time it is worth it.
I don't know how other people's children are but mine are not the best with the picture taking buisness. Well, accept Emma she is kind of used to it by now but I have learned to make every "picture opportunity" fun for my girls. Forcing them to over pose or getting frustrated with them in the past didn't make for fun memories. So now I make it an event! I don;t stress over hair and little things anymore because it doesnt matter!! What matters is having fun and making and capturing great memories!
I have a huge thumbtack obsession so I can't really give much advice on how to attach the decor but command strips are highly effective. I just find tacks to be easy and quick.(between nail polish in the carpet and magic marker on my walls; thumbtack holes are the least of my worries)
As far as the decor goes, I literally spent nothing. The canopy (if you have seen other of my post) was bought for my boudoir sessions and I use it for everything! It is seriously the best thing I bought for photography! No secret that I used Icicle Lights dragged down from the Christmas stash. :)
Like I said before, forcing your kids to pose is just a headache, if they want to great if not play games.:) Playing patty-cake!
Just to give you an idea of how serious my "use what you got" theory is.. You know those little miniature boxes of valentines chocolates (4count) ? My kids got some from their grandmother I took the little heart cardboard that its on top and used it as a template to trace hearts on old book pages.
I usually like to use fishing wire because its clear and more sturdy but given my unorganized ways and I couldn't find it so I used thread. No worries. :) Always improvise!
Never pass out white lace or sheets at a thrift store or yard sale! You can use them for anything! (even if they are stained)
I bought these adorable shirts at Burlington coat factory the day before Valentines day for 5.99. So none of this was a huge thought out orchestrated plan. I knew I wanted to build them a fort but i was just going to use whatever they had to wear. IT was shear luck I came across these shirt. (they also aready both had black legging pants)
Decorating cupcakes. I prepared the the tray ahead of time. Being prepared is key!
Clear plastic spoons were left over from previous parties.. (I throw nothing away, I admit i am a bit of a hoarder :0)
Assorted candies I already had so they can decorate. Mini cupcake liners also left over from daughters 6th birthday.
This is a time when I wished I had some book pages that had cute love sayings on them, but like i said I used what I got I am not about buying when I don't have to.. And you can see I just taped them directly on the string. Super fast super easy!
Kara telling her daddy he can have ONE cupcake.. lol
Next project was making little bags to exchange to one another...
I gave them tape because its less messy... especially if the goal is to try to get pictures.
They made each others bags and then exchanged. :)
Having a toast...
They were even in a good mood to get some with mommy and daddy :)