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WHAT ABOUT OUR VIDEO CAMERA?
With the profusion of video cameras these days, everyone is
taping everything! Sure, you were planning on taping the party for
your personal library, but why not use this opportunity to create
an extra special Video Memory?
This requires a dedicated parent, big brother or sister, or
friend of the family not directly involved with supervising the
party. First, make sure all batteries are charged the night before
and lenses cleaned. Then, before the party actually starts,
they'll need to shoot and review test footage to check light
balance and sound.
During the party, have them follow the activities, spending
ample and equal amount of time filming each guest individually as
well as in a group. "Interview" each guest with simple questions
about the party or the birthday child.
After the guests have gone, film a short thank you by the
birthday child, perhaps still surrounded by all the party trappings
& presents. Then, rent a compatible VCR and make copies of your
master tape onto inexpensive, blank 10-15 minute video tapes.
Deliver one tape to each party goer so they'll have a Video Memory
of your party, too! They're reactions will be awesome, dude!
You also might want to send a copy to the grandparents and
other relatives. This is one memory that won't fade away!
If you don't want to mess with a video camera, simple
Polaroids work great! Talk a friend into popping in on the party
dressed in a character costume (rabbit, dog, ape, Ninja Turtle,
etc.). Pose and take individual pictures with each child. Stick
a label on the back of the pictures with the date and name of the
person's party and a special "Thank You For Coming!" Send the
photos home with the guests.
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