Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Olivia's "Lucky" 7 Birthday Bash!

September 24th marked a huge milestone for my little girl.  She turned 7.  This was a very special birthday.  Olivia has overcome many obstacles during the past few years.  She's worked so hard and has really given everything her all.  It's been so evident to those around her of her growth and maturity that I felt she really deserved a super special day!

Olivia LOVES horses!  She's currently enrolled in English Riding lessons at a local riding school and we decided to share her passion with her friends and family.  After doing some very time consuming research, I found that horseback riding parties are hard to come by in the Ottawa area (or just aren't advertised very well).  On my 5th day of "google" searches, I finally stumbled across Smithvale Stables.  Owned and operated by a lovely farmer, Kevin Smith, this 270 acre farm was the perfect backdrop for some families to get together and celebrate. 

Of course the most important element were the horses .....

How could you not walk over and say "hello"??

Even I got a chance to have some fun with Barney the Clydesdale

and of course the ponies!!!!

Waiting patiently for their turn..

The birthday girl riding one of Smithvale Stables' beloved ponies.
With a total of 18 children, the ponies had their work cut out for them....but they didn't seem to mind :)

I got a little workout too!! LOL

Tons of fun!!

We continued our party in Smithvale Stables' banquet room.  Large enough to hold up to 100 guests, it provided ample room for the kids to take advantage of some snacks...socializing....and............


I was lucky enough to find Chelsea from Funtabulous Faces through a friend on facebook who had recently hired her for her little girls party.  What a find!!!!  Chelsea is INCREDIBLE!!  Check out some of these amazing faces!!

My beautiful Birthday girl and her gorgeous face art!

Chelsea was professional and oh so talented!!!!  I can't get over my little guys face! 

A huge Thank you to Chelsea for adding that extra special touch to our day!!! 

Here are a few more photos of Olivia's special day.  This blog post wouldn't have been the same without the phenomenal images captured by Urban Bent Studio.  Christine Groulx spent her time chasing the children capturing these special moments.  I'm so grateful to have these memories frozen in time!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!

Gathering grass to feed some 4 legged friends

Cake and Gourmet Apples made by moi!

Make a wish!!


The special touches that we remember..


Happy Trails :)
  My wish for my daughter is a new, wonderful year with a fresh start! Thanks to Smithvale Stables, Funtabulous Faces and Urban Bent Studio along with her friends and family - she has memories to last a lifetime!!

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