Cotton Candy Clouds | McKinney TX Child Birthday Event Photographer

With all the other birthday's I have shared lately, I just couldn't resist the urge to share my own daughter's party.  Wind....that is the answer she gave me when I asked what type of party she wanted.  I racked my brain for ideas and searched google for everything I could find.  As time went along the theme evolved into cotton candy clouds.  She loves all things pink and had recently talked me into a cotton candy machine at Big Lots, plus I could incorporate her "wind" idea.  I have to admit that I was very pleased with the results. 
I found eco-snow for 75% off at Jo-Anns and went to work making cloud tufts to hang from the ceiling,  I also placed it around the room on tables and the ground to give the feel of really being in the sky. 
There was even a little rain cloud!
Using a baskets and 3ft balloons, I made hot-air balloons to decorate the table and a large one for pictures with her friends. 
The banner is just triangles that I hand cut out of scrapbook paper.  I used an itty bitty whole punch to puch wholes in the corners and then ran twine through it.  I used some of the same paper to make large pinwheels that served as decorations and treats for the kids.  They were really easy.  Just squares of paper, painted dowels, large beads, and metal wire.  I was impressed that they actually spun in the wind!
But I think my favorite thing was the noisemaker for the kids.  It was a basic yellow blowout, that I drew lightening on and then made cloud faces.  They turned out so cute!  It was one of the original ideas I had found using google.  I "pinned" a lot of ideas on my wind party board, so I will share the link at the end of the post.
The kids made a sunshine and rainbow craft.  They pained with cotton puff clouds instead of paint brushes.  They all turned out so cute!
They also pretended to be wind and had cloud races!
...and danced on clouds :)
My mom made the frosting for the cake and cupcakes.  It tasted just like marshmallows.  YUM!!!
They weren't trick candles, but they sure acted like it.  Daddy finally stepped in to help. :)
The party favors were ivory soap, with instructions on how to use a microwave to turn in into a cloud and rain "drops" (lemon drops and gum drops).  For the ivory soap cloud, just put the bar on a large paper plate and microwave for 2 minutes.  FYI, the aloe smells better than original when it is heating up.  I forgot to get a picture, but it really does look like a cloud.  Both of my girls loved watching it grow and to tell the truth, so did I!
My sweet girl and her friends.
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Video - music by Laurie Berkner
Happy 4th birthday my sweet girl!





17 comments:

Terry Beigie said...

Oh my! This looks like a lovely party! Beautiful photos!

Sarah C said...

This looks like a dream party!!! And you've captured it beautifully!!!

gena said...

awww. What a great party! I love the styling and the photos are so great. What great memories you've captured. These look like a Parent's Magazine article on birthday parties!

Kerri said...

What an awesome party! So unique - I love it!

Danielle said...

Oh wow! What an adorable party. You did a great job not only taking the photos, but planning such an awesome day for your daughter. *Mom of the year goes to you!* :)

Holly Hough said...

Such an adorable party!!

Hope Copeland said...

I just love it. What a wonderful party.

Melissa D. said...

How creative are you?!!? I love it!!

Shell said...

Wow. What a fun party and you are so crafty!Great job :)

Robin said...

Oh my goodness what a fun and detailed party! I love everything you did to make it extra fun. Beautiful event photos!

Katie said...

Wow you did great and looks like tons of fun!

Amber said...

OMG~what an amazing party. I love everything you did. The hot air balloon photos too. You outdid yourself. LOVELY!

Jessica Price/Bella Valentina Photography said...

Oh my gosh, so soft & pretty! Great job, looks like fun!

Stacie said...

Wow. When you throw a party you don't mess around! That looks AMAZING!

grayerose said...

any tutorial for making the flags banner and materials use?

Tori said...

Honestly, I cut a triangle template out of thin cardboard. Using a variety of scrapbook paper, I just traced and cut out a lot of triangle! Using the smallest hole punch I could find, I punched a hole in two corners of each triangle and then strung them onto cotton string. It was easy, but time consuming.

Tori said...

Feel free to email me if you need more details. tori@recollections-photography.com

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