When my Sophie requested a unique twist on her birthday celebration, my first thought was, yeah….a chocolate slip n’ slide? Fun idea … so, what else would you like to do…?

But she really stuck with her request, and we finally started brainstorming ideas on how to really make it happen. Also got some great tips from friends on how to pull it off … and, thus, the celebration moved from conception state to actual full-on actualization and mygoodness, seriously, hilariously great fun! When Sophie exclaimed, at one point while swooshing around in chocolate, “Am I in a dream??”, we knew it had all been a rousing success :)

The plan was lots of oil (for maximum slipness), chocolate (tons) and whipped cream to slide into at the end, with more sprayed on them when they stopped – and, of course, rainbow sprinkles thrown in for extra measure as they were trying to escape… and lots of individual and group slides ….

That smudge on the top of the lens looks like it might be a hint of lens flare – but it is, in fact, a new take on textures: whipped cream on the lens. Go ahead, try it!

I think all the sugary fumes started having an effect after a while :) :) :)

It looked so darn fun, just had to give it a run myself – as you can see in the top image, they had already decided to full-on attack…

Not everyone wanted to just jump in – so, sometimes you have to just bring people to the party…

A different take on the party-containers-on-the-lawn…. :)

This was just before my hair was “deep-conditioned with oil and chocolate” – hmmm – also, I discovered that chocolate can be have a nice bronzer effect *and* I got to have a lovely moment with my syrupy-sweet girl :)

Happy birthday, Sophie – welcome to Year Eight!!
You are loved so very, very, very much :)

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43 responses to a chocolate slip ‘n slide birthday dream

  1. Thank you, thank you for sharing these photos with everyone! What an awesome mom you are… Sophie is one lucky lady! :))

  2. I absolutely love your energy and vision :) You inspire!

  3. SUCH FUN! So happy you indulged & took part in the mayhem!

    Happy birthday to Sophie. I bet this is a party you talk about for years…

  4. Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai October 12, 2009 at 10:05 am

    That looks as much fun as the shoot I did of three teenage girls who I threw into a mud puddle in the middle of a cornfield. Messy is good.

  5. I’m sure you have made a day in her life and this is gonna be remembered for how much she is loved! Sophie must be so proud to have a mom like you who made her dream come true!

  6. this is a great idea!!!! i’ll have to keep it in mind for some party goodness around here!!
    thanks for the fun photos :)

  7. so awesome Tamara! so. awesome.

  8. YUM!! i love that you embraced this ingenious idea sophie dreamed up with such enthusiasm and love. you certainly know how to make a birthday celebration truly special!!!

  9. That is most definitely the coolest thing EVER!

  10. Adorable sweet messiness! It seems like only yesterday we meet sweet Sophie in preschool, and now she is 8!

  11. Wow! My god daughter would love to have a party like that! I may have to try it!! So fun!

  12. LOVE IT!!! Lew Lew had a blast…she said she does not like to EAT chocolate but she loves to slip n slide in it!!!!!

  13. Best mom EVER! Have you ever noticed that a photographer mom loves a mess more than the average mom? Messes are so fun to photograph. ;-)

    Happy Birthday Sophie!

  14. are you kidding me?!?!?! you are the coolest mom EVER. and, i love that pic of the 2 of you.

  15. This just made my day! How funny!!

  16. hahaha..this is AWESOME! ! !! this should not just be for 8yo parties. :) *love the full on attack.

  17. omg. omg. omg. i think you have started a new trend. HOW COOL IS THIS?!?!?!?

  18. Love it…so great. What happy memories you’ve just created.

  19. You are absolutely the best and coolest mommy ever!! Looks like it was a blast, although I don’t know if I’d ever be able to eat chocolate again!

  20. Sophie gets full credit for the ingenious concept :) and, hey, you are all invited to the next one. thinking we add some sort of chocolate-filled vat to drop down into at the end … ;)

  21. I am sure you have a million pictures framed around your house…but that last one of you and Sophie MUST be framed! I love it! What a great party! How on earth did you ever get them clean???

  22. Oh, now THIS is a party. Love, love this!! These kids had to be in heaven!!!

  23. No. Way. And I thought my strawberry shortcake backyard birthday party was The Best. This takes the cake!!!

  24. Meredith Daniels October 14, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    That birthday party deserves a virtual cheer, so here you go (the "x" stands for pause in cheer lingo, so xx is pause-pause)
    Are you ready x to party xx say gooo Tamara! x Gooo Tamara! x Are you ready for chocolate x yell with sprinkles! x With sprinkles! x Let’s go Tamara! x Let’s go Tamara!

  25. I don’t know if you have ever had a post about your kids that doesn’t choke me up or make me cry…and this one didn’t disappoint! I am so touched by the fact that you wanted to make her dream come true! What an amazing parent you must be! Thanks for sharing these stellar pics and the event with us!

  26. Wow! That looks like so much fun! Love those shots.

  27. Looks like so much fun! Love how adventurous and creative you all got for the party. Enjoy laughing over the memories.

  28. Oh my this is amazing. So cute and so fun!

  29. This looks like such a fun time, what a great idea! Your pictures really capture the excitement and energy as well, great job! Also, it was a blast working with you at Gail and Marc’s wedding, we’re looking forward to working with you again soon.

  30. oh my goodness! what a great party – i’m sure she will treasure those memories forever!

  31. you are the best momma!!

  32. Now this is what you call " The BOMB party… Wish I could have thought of something as fun and delicious as this when my children were young. Sophie gets a HIGH FIVE and yes I think she may have started a trend. I will for sure remember to pass this on to my sweet Nieces 4 & 8 they’ll LOVE me even more. Thank you for sharing and Thank Sophie for being so creative. What a little darling :D

  33. Tamara, you are no longer simply the coolest photographer I know, now you rein as coolest mom too! Thanks for sharing.

  34. FUN is an understatement! What a fantastic birthday bash.

  35. I have tears in my eyes looking at these images….I think it was the "Am I in a dream" comment that really did it for me. You are SUCH a fun mom, who (by the way) T O T A L L Y "gets it". Childhood. Ahhhhhhhhhh….she’ll remember this one forever. ;)
    Way to inspire the rest of us as moms!

  36. OMG! I totally teared up seeing these images. What an awesome idea that I am so stealing from you. I LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing. Miss Sophie is so blessed to have you as her mom.

  37. I think I want you to be my mom for my 29th birthday with the exact same slip and slide as Sophie. What a fun day!!!

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