A Camera-Themed Birthday (and the Girl we celebrated)

Ellen has been obsessed with cameras since Christmas when Gran and Pops gave her an old point and shoot they had. She loses her camera fairly regularly, but when she knows where it is, she carries it everywhere.

So it came as no surprise that she wanted the theme of her birthday to be “camera.”

With that lofty inspiration, I created a camera cake for her.

It’s just a 9 x 13 with a small round in the middle for a lens. The flash and lens cover are sugar paper (which was a whole bunch easier than fondant.) She did the sprinkles herself and I managed not to hyperventilate over the uneven placement.

I’m growing as a Mama, y’all.


At her party, we set up a “photo booth” area full of crazy hats and costume pieces. Now Ellen has gems like these to put in her new scrapbook:


Her people, they are good sports.

We had her party a day early, so when she went to bed on the eve before her birthday, she had already experienced the warmth of her loved ones and the sugar high that can only come from birthday cake.


We put her to bed and then snuck into her room and covered her up with glow-in-the-dark balloons. So fun!


We did the presents first thing this morning. She spent the day enjoying her glow-in-the-dark bracelets and a Kiwi Crate (super cool gift for the crafty kids in your life, check it out!)


The house is now covered over with glue sticks, paper scraps, string, and sprinkles.

It’s a happy place.

To finish off the day, we headed to our favorite Mexican restaurant. Ellen got a birthday serenade. Our little introvert hardly knew how to handle it.


She did enjoy the sopapilla they brought her, though. We spent the meal talking about her favorite memories of being five. (Gymnastics and ballet class topped the list.)

Already, I can tell six is shaping up to be a big year for our girl. She flitted happily through her day,exploring and creating and glowing in the glory of her own special celebration.

And she knows how to party, that one…


Welcome to Six, sweet one!




  1. So fun! Happy birthday to her!

  2. That picture of Mira cracked me up!! So cute.
    And awesome job on the cake! And the balloons! And the photo booth! And it all!
    Headed to check out Kiwi Crate now..

  3. You did an awesome job on that cake, LL! What a fun birthday theme.

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