It might come across as strange for me to be writing this post. After all, I’m an event stylist! And I absolutely enjoy all the amazing creativity out there in the event world. Styled photo shoots, staged birthday parties, designer cakes, beautiful images. But what happened to real birthday parties? Where are the KIDS? Where are those beautiful, messy, cake-covered faces? The gummy grins? The sparkling eyes when the birthday candles are lit? Why are these images missing from all the inspiration posted out there daily? I hope I’m not going to be shot down for pointing out what a lot of us are probably thinking. I personally LOVE going the extra mile in making any kids’ birthday party stylish. But I also love capturing the simple emotions. That little grin when he realizes his favorite color was picked for the cake, not the trendiest color of 2012. That shy smile when she gets to dress up with her favorite tiara on (possibly from the dollar store!) instead of an expensive custom-made ensemble. That wide grin on realizing that the cookies can actually be eaten and aren’t just props :) On that note… here are some REAL pictures from REAL birthday parties that are some of my 2012 favorites so far! Enjoy! :) Neil enjoying an ‘I Spy’ game at his LEGO party His little shy smile when everyone was asked to build an airplane in HIS favorite color! :) Savoring his push up pop! So excited about her new ‘fairy face’! Check out that little smile on wearing her first ever set of fairy wings! So what if it’s a Nautical party? I’m still a rock star! Love those little happy faces! :) Happy 1st Birthday to me! :) REAL party craft… with a REAL mess in the background! Building a sailboat…. love that look of concentration! Look Daddy, I’m a REAL princess on my 3rd birthday! REAL princesses hard at work! She wanted to be a PIRATE, not a princess… works for me if I can get that smile out of her! Messy cupcake kids are my favorite… so priceless! Look at that beautiful smile… no styled dessert table can beat that! How cool am I on my 1st birthday? Go for it sweetheart… HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Beautiful day, beautiful kids… Oooh look at those bubbles! Photo booth FUN! Bubble machine wonder! Cake face!