Alexandra Bagley knows how to party. If I were to ask you to list all of the items that should ideally be present at a 5-year-old kid’s birthday party, I guarantee you that Alex made sure they were present for her son’s celebration (and half of it she made by hand!) Lego-man shaped crayons: check. Party blowers: check. Homemade piñata: check. A trillion balloons, all of which the children dragged into the birthday boy’s room and freaked out about, causing a beautiful chaos that most photographers only dream of: check and check, my friends. 

There were approximately 8 million children at James’ birthday party, but you’d never know it judging by the calm demeanor of the birthday mom. The most unflappable hostess I’ve ever seen, one second Alex was greeting guests, the next she was retrieving lost balloons, playing hide and seek in the back yard, and having a dance party to the dulcet tones of Disney’s Moana in the middle of the living room.  She managed to take care of everything while simultaneously watching after the birthday boy and her younger son, Thomas, all without breaking a sweat. It was truly impressive.


And of course, no birthday party would be complete without the birthday kiddo having at least one good cry. This is mandatory. 

But luckily, the crying didn’t last long. A quick squish with mom and James was ready to shake it off and get back to the business of being the birthday boy.

Alex had so many amazing things planned for this event that I realized at the end of it that they hadn’t even had time to get to it all. The amount of effort she put into making this party super special for her son was absolutely beautiful. And one day, James will be able to look back on these photos and see how hard his mom worked for him and how much she loved him.

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