This past Saturday, I painted at a joint birthday for two siblings, one 4 and one 8, who shared a birthday. They actually have four other siblings! (More power to their parents!)
The family was great, and there were a ton of people there, attending in the park in Newark. As I pulled up and parked my car, the dad and grandma setting up accidentally let go the bunch of balloons that was supposed to decorate, but luckily they got caught in a tree, so they still decorated the party... you just had to look up to see them.
I set up my stuff, and almost immediately got to work. Adults, kids, everyone was into it, so I had a lot of work to do. Some of the kids even got painted multiple times, like this pink kitty with flowered arms.
We decided on flowered arms with a pink background when she wanted both kitten paws and flowers on her arms. So I explained that the kitten was walking through the garden, and you could see the pink paws through the flowers.
The birthday boy, age 4, chose a red Spiderman, so one of the other boys in line after him responded with a request for a black Spiderman.
And more variations on a theme... a pink puppy that later led to a standard brown one.
And the birthday girl, age 8, who was actually first on my line, got a cheetah, inspiring her friend to do the same. There were very few duplicates at this party, which made it more fun for me, but this one allowed me to get this great shot of these two sassy cheetahs, double trouble if I ever saw it.
That's the birthday girl there on the left. It was so atypical, that I only had one single butterfly!
Flowers were a hit that day, from this little rose princess, who specified that she wanted three flowers.
To the birthday kids' great grandma, who asked for a single rose.
And yes, I said great grandma. How cool is that?
There were also the arm flowers (and butterflies) I did on this two-year-old and the face of flowers on one of the adults in the bunch.
Other adults asked for cheek art depicting their favorite things, like this stiletto heel and this hat, which matched the hat she was wearing.
I love it when I get to take a request and run with it, like this heart princess, who just asked for a simple heart. When I suggested the princess, and then showed her the finished product, she was ecstatic.
On the other end of the spectrum, a skull request from a young man who graciously waited on line while on crutches, pretty much without complaint.
He also had the dubious talent of being able to roll his eyes back in his head. While it freaks me out, it does make for a really nifty photo!
And somewhere in the middle of the road, a tiger and a zebra - my first zebra request in years!
And just look at that blue sky behind them! They got so lucky with the weather for a large outdoor party, it was great.