Last night, my friend Daphne's older brother Brigham turned the big 3-0, and Daphne asked me to come and take pictures at the party.
Daphne's parents have a farm a half-hour outside of Washington, D.C., where they often host Barn Dances, arguably the most fun nights you can have in the DC area. I can't think of a better 30th birthday party than herding 100 of your best friends and family into a barn for dancing, drinking and merriment.
The idea is pretty simple: after chowing down on BBQ and fueling up on liquid courage, a barn dance instructor will crank up the country music and guide the audience in group dance.
The instructor (above in the red and black shirt, holding the mic) calls out the dance steps. Here, everyone is promenading with their partners.
The adorable Kiplinger family: Brigham, Sutton, Daphne, Ann and Knight pose with the birthday cake.
This work of art was homemade by one of Brigham's friends.
Brigham has a lot of friends and family! Photo bomb courtesy of the random dog.
Knight pulls a move as the crowd mixes things up.
I can't wait until summer when we're sure to have another barn dance!