I got to the site very early to snag us prime location - the wind however blew most of my curls away lol. So Kurasune and I setup a nice tent over the picnic table and laid out all the food (all of it was handmade by us :) except the hotdogs which the menfolk BBQed for us to eat) and the almond choco croissants which were very generously donated by Fur Elise (go check them out - the owners are very nice people and the food they gave us very yummy)
(photos taken my me :) unless otherwise stated)
I made all the sweets (besides those yummy croissants) and kurasune made all the savories. Vanilla cupcakes with fondant icing above (yup made the fondant too...wow it's a bit of a time sink but tastes much better than store bought). As soon as people arrived they tucked right into the food :) from what I remember hearing people liked pretty much all of it.
cidien scooping out some of the awesome potato salad - so delicious.
(photo by cidien) - of course some people arrive late - that's me in the Meta Berry Stripe (you won't see me in many photos) - thank god also for the tent thingy. Kept the bugs off the food and lessened the wind somewhat as well as providing much needed shade.
I actually got very busy and couldn't take many photos at all so I've nicked a few from some from cidien (as you can see). I know a few others posted photos so I may add some more if people want to see them. Since it was sunny many parasols were brought...we had a mini pile of them in the corner of the tent.
(photo taken by cidien)
Overall it was a lovely day, not too hot because of the wind but very sunny - I missed a spot with the sunscreen and now have a 'C' shaped sunburn...guess it's ok since Canucks are in the finals right now ;) Not sure what we'll do next time but hopefully it'll be just as fun. Anyways by way of activities we held 4 races. Egg and Spoon race, Relay race, 3-legged race and a mini cupcake eating contest.
First Race - Egg & Spoon:
(photo by cidien) - don't mind the shoes or lack thereof...sometimes running around in loli shoes isn't conducive to races lol
(photo by cidien) - the winner! all winners got a little medal!
Race 2: Lolita Relay Race:
The race consisted of 4 parts. Each team had 4 members. The first had to gather about 15 plastic balls into their skirt and run around a cone and across to the other end where 2 of their team members waited. The next girl had to balance a teacup on her head, curtsy at the halfway mark and then walk to the other end. The third girl had to use the jump rope and run across again and then secure a toilet paper ribbon around the last girl's waist. Once done the last girl ran across to the finish line.
(photo by cidien) tying toilet paper ribbons is harder than it looks.
(photo by cidien) the winning team getting their bling
Race 3 - Three Legged Race:
Girls paired off here and we tied their adjoining ankles with some wide ribbon. We let the girls adjust the ribbon so it was comfy...
on your mark...get set...GO!
We had some mishap with some of the ribbon it seems XD but it was all good fun anyways
Race 4: Mini Cupcake Eating Contest:
We had originally planned on having contestants eat 12 mini cupcakes but it looks like we fed everyone too much XD so we cut it down to 6 and had 4 girls participate: loli_scarecrow, purinyappykura, helena, and claire (not sure if you two ladies have LJ IDs)
(photo by cidien) - too many cupcakes...we had the cake caddy full of them...this was the spare tray.
And the contest begins! on this side we have....loli_scarecrow and purinyappykura
(photo by cidien)
and on the other side...helena and claire
(photo by cidien)
Some girls weren't in all the races but everyone was lovely. Below are some of the individual shots (I can't remember all the outfits so correct me if I'm wrong)
OP: BTSSB (I think the hat is as well)
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood (I think?)
Lolialuv2 (on left) Tally (on right)
JSK/Socks: AP I think the whole coord is AP?
Parasol: BTSSB Shoes: unsure
All offbrand/handmade I believe except for the Bodyline shoes...I think
Later these two gents appeared - they were BBQing next to us and were curious and apparently were friends of a friend of someone's. They however did stay to chat (wanted to participate in the 3-legged race but no one to partner with) and mix us a few drinks (for those who were of age of course). We seemed to luck out and only meet many nice people.
And of course, group photo:
Let's see other outfits in there:me - meta jsk, XXI cardi, IW OTKs, Yosuke shoes
kurasune: AP blouse and skirt (that's rose toilette under that apron), can't recall the socks and BodyLine shoes I think purinyappykura: AP JSK (aqua princess!) UNIQLO shirt I think and the rest offbrand?
prince_du_ciel: F+F JSK and off brand everything else
Carmen - BodyLine JSK Cidien - not sure what brand but I think Baby or AP Jsk set.
Claire - BodyLine wa loli set
Helena - I think it's offbrand JSK? maybe handmade? I didn't recognize it but it was made with epic amounts of fabric. Selena wasn't in the photo but she had a cute JSK that I think she made herself.
Anyhoo bonus day before prep photo...this was only a fraction of the cupcakes made for ILD. We made way too much food though so we ended up making many friends at the beach by sharing (about 72 mini cupcakes and whatever remaining large ones) with neighbouring groups. FYI I forgot to take photos of the goodie bags and corsages I made for everyone...if anyone has a photo of it I'd love to get it from you.