Invitation: A Photo Shoot Party

Chapter 1: Enchanted Portraiture
In which the hostesses create an invitation that is lovely but goes undelivered.

So by now, you might have caught on that our theme this month, "Through The Lens," is all about photography.  And you might also know that we usually throw some kind of party or event that reflects the theme and share it with you toward the end of the month.  For April, we decided on doing a photo-shoot-party type thing, thinking it would be kind of like having a photo booth in one of our houses.  And since we've already had practice setting up make-shift photo booths, we figured, "how hard could it be?"


Throughout this week, we'll continue to divulge our stumbles as we put together our portrait party.  Or our photo shoot party.  (See?  The first stumbling block was that we didn't know what to call it.  A photo shoot?  A photo party?  An Enchanted Portrait Party?)

Anyway.  Our initial vision for the setting was a black and white woodland scene, complete with 200 white dragonflies that would hang from the ceiling, swarming together, in and around the subject of the shot.   Each person would be able to create a character that interested them and then play out a scene that took place within the forest.  

For the invite, we wanted to reference both photography (by using a frame) and the woodland scene (by using a dragonfly).  The dragonfly was attached just in the middle so that it's wings were free and able to contain the wording of the invite itself.  

It read: "You are invited to have your portrait taken in an enchanted scene staged by Little Yellow Couch.  Cocktails, dessert and frivolity."  We also included the place and time.  

Alas, these were never actually delivered to our guests because we had so much trouble figuring out who would be willing to come up with a costume, spend hours away from their families, and feel comfortable enough to act foolish in front of other people.  By the time we sorted it all out, there wasn't enough time to actually mail the invites.  Sigh.  

But, we still think they look pretty cool so you might want to make some of your own.  Below is a template for the dragonfly.  We bought the unpainted laser cut plaques at Michael's and painted them black.  

Keep reading all through the week to see how our party unfolds...