This weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a 6 year old’s birthday party. However, this wasn’t just any old birthday party. This party was for Ellie, whose parents work at Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor. The family will soon be moving and leaving the theatre so they wanted to document this important age for their daughter since it will be the last birthday she celebrates here in Maine with her friends.
Leave it to theatre parents to come up with the greatest party themes ever! Ellie’s birthday was a fairy themed party. All the guests came dressed in their best fairy costumes and all were told in their invitations that something awful had happened….they had lost all their fairy powers to the evil wizard!! In order to get their powers back and to get their wings, they all needed to complete three tasks.
The day started out with a few quick shots of Ellie, her brother and family before the guests arrived. But when the children were all there, the place turned into a magical, enchanted story. Take a look and see what I mean….
And here is where the fairy enchantment begins…..
First, they were told that the wizard stole all their powers! Task number 1: draw lots of pretty flowers…because the wizard hates flowers…duh!
And then once the flowers were drawn, the fairies got their crowns…
After receiving their crowns, they are paid another visit from the evil wizard. The fairies listen to his complaints; he knows his powers are dwindling.
Next, they had to build fairy houses…. (which are very popular in Maine, did you know?)
And after the houses were built, the fairies got their wands (which were distributed by Queen Ellie…of course)
And lastly, in order to receive their wings, the fairies had to sing a song….because the evil wizard HATES music! The children all held hands and danced in a circle while singing songs that they made up to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
And when the singing was done….the fairies got their wings….and a dose of fairy dust.
Then it was time for cake!! This three tiered cake was made by the amazing team at Market Bistro in Bangor.
Happy birthday, Ellie! It was absolutely wonderful spending your birthday with you. You have such wonderful parents who love you oh so much. I can’t wait till my daughter is your age. I may have just found her birthday party theme. ;-)