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Ice Cream First Birthday

Megan Merry

Hanging onto the last days of summer, we threw an ice cream birthday party for a special one year old.

A lot of fun went into the planning and execution of this party. I gathered inspiration from Van Leeuwen artisan ice cream (I have a serious crush on their branding) and Oh Happy Day!

Obviously a favorite part of any party planning for me are the invitations... I had tons of ideas, but they just weren't doing it for me. Then around 4 pm on a Saturday I thought: why not just do a quick photo shoot with balloons, party hats and waffle cones!? One quick trip (with a 10-month-old) to Target later, I had all my supplies.

The next morning during her nap time, I blew up some balloons to make a "1" and got ready for my shoot. I spent about 4-6 hours preparing for what turned out being just a 5 minute shoot, but it was super fun and (I think) turned out great!




Special Recognition

My mom made that
birthday cake!


Of course, no birthday is complete without thank you notes. ;)


These birthday invitations were printed digitally on a thick bright white paper stock. I used a turquoise envelope and the classic ice cream sundae postage (for obvious reasons).

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A Bittersweet Photo Shoot

Megan Merry

In case you haven't had the pleasure of staging a card photo shoot, I'll go ahead and share that there's a bit of a learning curve to it.

Recently I was going through some old photos and rediscovered these:

The photos made me laugh/cry.

Laugh, because in my head this photo was going to be epic—and as you can see, it's anything but. I was going for the most adorable shot of our Daphne Jane licking up one of her treats. Instead I had the lighting, angles, composition all wrong. Plus, she ate her treat too fast!

Cry, because it’s a photo I really wanted to try retaking, but as life (and some photo shoots prove), you can’t always plan how things will pan out. Our dog was the most patient as I learned to take better photos, made the frustrating moments fun and I miss her hard. I’ll have to enjoy the epic "fail" with these photos, appreciate the thought, and Daphne Jane’s willingness to eat her treat. :)

Note: All photos taken by Megan Merry.