Eve Moon turned two and I created a Paper Moon themed birthday party for her. We had homemade lemon & butter cream crescent moon cake, strung silver balloons and paper moon garland (with moon flowers). I hand cut gold and silver paper crowns, and took family portraits in front of a full paper moon. It was a fairly simple theme, but everyone seemed to really enjoy it and we were left with some creative family portraits to make into a book for Eve to remember it by. After all, two means she's officially a toddler now!
Paper Moon Garland
I used a die cut circle punch (found at a scrap booking shop) to cut circles from gold and silver card stock By placing the circles back in the punch half way, I was able to make perfect crescent moons. The left over petal shapes created the moon flowers which I spaced between alternating gold and silver moons. Each shape was punched with a hole, and strung together with crochet yarn.
These cute crowns are simple to make, and as you probably guessed just take a pair of sharp scissors. I made a one-size fits all crown by cutting standard 8 1/2" x 10" card stock in half lengthwise, doubling up, cutting long thin spires, and taping together. They lasted the entire party, and the next day too when some of our littlest party guests were seen still wearing them.
Paper Moon Portrait Backdrop
A black sheet doubled up, or a black wall will do. This is an incredibly simple set up that gave a very dramatic result. The full moon was cut from poster board and hung from fishing line. I used an old steamer trunk and sheepskin for a classic portrait bench that provided enough seating for full families. Natural light from the side (never make your subjects face the strongest light source) provided a flattering environment for portraits. Use a camera tripod so that all your images are taken from a consistent distance and angle. Provide suitable props to lighten the mood, and allow your subjects to show their personalities.