So I've had this idea for a while now... But I needed a stand first. I texted my Dad some pictures of stands that I liked and he made his own awesome version! He texted me a picture a few days later of what he had come up with. I LOVED it. I couldn't wait to gather up things to stylize the shoot I had been dreaming up in my head.
I had a bunch of various styles of white mugs that came with the sets of dishes we bought last year when we hosted Christmas at our house. I loved them, but didn't really have a use for them until now. I don't drink coffee and I cut way back on sugar and carbs so hot chocolate for me was out of the question... So there they sat in the cupboard until last week. I had some fun red and white paper straws on hand and bought some accessories at Target and Wal-Mart to dress it up a bit! The fabric I found at the local fabric shop in town that is going out of business soon so I got them at a deep discount! They turned out to match perfectly! I was originally going to make bunting out of them but never had time to get it sewn together so when I came across the Fa la la la la banner in the Target dollar section I fell in love! The next day I was walking by the antique store downtown and came across the old wooden sled... It was perfect! And then the next day? I found the awesome red lantern at the grocery store on sale. I didn't even realize that it lit up until the kids turned it on in the car!
I decided to take the kids pictures because I knew if I didn't do it now, I would be way to busy the day of the shoot to take their pics and it just wouldn't happen.
I let them go play in the trees while I set up the shoot. They loved playing hide and seek and pretending they were running from a monster.
I finally got it all set up and had them come take a picture in front of the setup just in case they got all messy!
I may or may not have sprayed whip cream from the can in their mouths to all get them to sit in one spot and not run around. Haha! Whatever works, right?!
After I took some with them together, I let them have at it. They loved pretending they were selling the hot chocolate to each other! I am pretty sure the stand will make it's way into the new playroom when I am done with it.
I bought some containers to keep the hot chocolate warm and it worked out really well! The new mustache cups I got were a hit!
I hand painted the sign a few days ago and I really like the way it turned out! I thought about stenciling the words but I'm glad that I didn't. It has a more handmade look about it I think.
The kids loved putting the whip cream and marshmallows on themselves...
I know there is a photo overload on this post, but I couldn't decide so I just posted all of my faves!
I finally got this boy to stop long enough to get a good picture of him...
I was going to take their pictures on their birthday but it never happened. Maybe I could do Nora's 3 year, 3 months pictures soon!
Kaia absolutely loved playing as the server.
This little boy was having so much fun, I even got him to pose for a few by himself!
I started an event page on my facebook page with details about the mini shoot coming up this weekend. I was originally going to do only one day but there has been so many inquiries that I decided to add another day! If you would like to have me set a time aside for you to take pictures of your kids or family, just shoot me a message! I am working out all the final schedule tomorrow. Hurry though, there are only a few spots left!
I hope you all have a wonderful week and come to see me this weekend at the Christmas tree farm! I can't believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner!