This weekend I went to Halesworth to paint at Bo and Ruby's birthday party! I first painted Bo and Ruby at the Blyford Queens Head summer fete. It was the first time Bo had had her face painted and she chose to be a pink cat! Ruby chose to have her arm painted with some pretty flowers.
The party was a mix of girls and boys which is always fun as I get to paint a variety of designs. As it was a 3rd birthday party there was a mix of ages from babies up to older siblings of about 5. But the majority were around 2-3 years old. Painting little ones of this age can be very difficult. They will climb my glitter ladder (aka my face paint chair) all excited, then as soon as Its time to speak, they go all shy. They don't like to say their name or what they want to be! This is when my degree in Early Childhood studies comes in handy. I talk to them softly and calmly, we do a practise on their arm, which is usually a rainbow or spider or something simple but effective. This approach relaxes and reassures them, so I can then begin to paint. This however doesn't guarantee they will sit still!
Olivia had her face painted for the first time, oh my she was a cutie! I did a flower on her hand so she knew what the paint felt like on her skin and then I turned her into a fairy princess with a flower crown. She looked beautiful!
So on to the birthday girls, I didn't manage to get a photo of Ruby's arm, but she chose to have butterflies and flowers, in oranges and pinks to match her dress. Bo had recently watched Frozen so she chose a frozen princess crown. The birthday child always gets a little something special, this could be a little gift or in most cases, for little girls, some bling on their design. Bo looked through all the gems I had made and chose a pretty blue one which would watch her frozen face. She sat so still, with her eyes shut the whole time. She chose pink lip stick and gave me the best pout so I could add the glitter!
Bo's Mum later sent me a photo of Bo going to bed with her face paint still on. This has to be my career highlight, I'm so happy that's she didn't want to wash her face paint off!
Another little lady that didn't want her paint off was painted with a frozen design on her face and flowers up her arm. Her mummy compromised and let her keep her arm painting on, which she told me was still on all the following day too! It was a really pretty arm design with a pink and teal theme to match her dress. The colours worked perfectly together so I will definitely use them in the same way another time.
I must show you the cakes!! Two cakes, one for each birthday girl, wow!! Bo's was made lovingly by her mummy and was, of course, a frozen themed one. Ruby's was made by a very talented friend of mine, Becs from 'Becs Cake Creations' it was a Peppa pig themed one with her name on it, her age and some super cute flowers and ladybirds! Both cakes looked amazing and most importantly Ruby and Bo loved them!
I had so much fun at the party. I painted boys girls, young and old. I don't have a photo of any of the adults but I painted a pirate, a princess crown and some flowers on some of the grown ups!
Hopefully it won't be the last time I see or paint Ruby and Bo as I'm yet to paint Ruby's face, even with the bribe of some bling!