Wednesday, July 21, 2010

"You are my Sunshine" Birthday Party---The Video

Between it being one of her many nicknames and the fact that her face lights up like the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center every time she hears the familiar refrain, it seemed only fitting, and darn near perfect, to have "You are my Sunshine" as the theme for Gillian Grace's first birthday fĂȘte.

Even though I am with her every day, I am still amazed at how much GG has grown and changed since we first brought her home from the hospital all those months ago. So, long before much of the party planning was underway, I knew that I wanted to include a video slideshow of GG's first year. And, as it turned out, I am so glad that I did! Guests laughed and awed over the pictures, while enjoying the air conditioning and refreshments.


I've uploaded a shorter version of the video that I made for the party. Just be sure to make yourself comfortable before watching. Though I've cut nearly half of the photos and two songs, this video is still nearly 10 minutes long!

The songs I used on the video:
{* Songs included on the original 20 minute video}

{1} You are my Sunshine- Willie Nelson
{2} All for You- Sister Hazel
{3} Smile- Uncle Kracker
{4} Forever Young- Rod Stewart*
{5} (I hope you) Dance- LeAnn Womack*

Next on the agenda: party details and birthday decoration photos! With so many pictures to share, tomorrow's post may need to come with a warning---PICTURE OVERLOAD!


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Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Shannon!!! What a precious video!!! I feel like I watched her grow up! :) And your song choices were absolutely perfect. You made this video all by yourself?? That's pretty amazing!!!

Can't wait for the pictures tomorrow!!! Have a great day!

Sweet Southern Prep said...

You are so good about keeping up with all of GG's accomplishments. I have got to start writing them down for my girls, before I forget so much. The video is so adorable. Can't wait to see decorations from the party! How did your Lilly dress go?

Holly said...

Great video!! What program do you use? I make videos for my nieces and nephews for b'days and holidays too..what a great song choice you picked too! Love, Love, Love IT!

Amy said...

Oh she is just too cute.. Thanks for sharing this will all of us.. Have a great day..

Anonymous said...

Happy one year!!!! I can't wait for the picture overload! I love looking at pictures :) I love her tutu! I'm doing a video for Rylie too and I am afraid of how long it will be!

mama k said...

Great video!! Please tell me how you do it! I loved the one from your parents anniversary...and I LOVE this one! I really want to make a good one for Baby me if you don't mind :)

SassySillySpunky said...

I just LOVE the video of GG! What a special keepsake for her. I love seeing how much she has changed. You really do have the sweetest little girl!

Now I'm off to finish Drake's video!! We are using Forever Young in his video too..great song!!

Meant to be a mom said...

The video is so good! I love all the decor in your house too. It sounds like the party went so well. I'm glad she had a great day.

I wanted to make a video for my son for his party also. But I tried and I this may be a really stupid question but did you just buy dvd videos and upload it to that?

Candice said...

You are very talented at making videos!! Very cute. Can't wait to see the rest of the party pics!

Kristin @ Ellie-Town said...

Awww! She couldn't be cuter!

Would you mind sharing what program you used? I want to do this for Madeline but I'm not sure how!

liz said...

You are super mom! For Maddie's first, we had a swim party! Here's you with hanging flowers and a video montage!

Going to hang my head in shame now...


Heather said...

OMG!!! I LOVE that video!!! Is that something you did yourself or did you have it made? If so, send me the info!! I nearly cried! That was wonderful!

Jennifer said... have really out done yourself this time. That video is awesome! What a neat idea...I am sure all of your guests were amazed. Geez...I can imagine what is to come in the years ahead for her Sweet Sixteen and then her wedding!! Can't wait to see pics.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

She is just so cute! I can't wait to see the party pics!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

ok looks like you have another post ahead of you...WE ALL WANT TO MAKE A VIDEO LIKE YOU...HOW DID YOU DO IT SO PERFECT?