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Taking great birthday pictures can be a challenge, especially during the party. Heads, backs and arms seem to always be in the wrong place, especially during the most important shots, like blowing out candles. Posed photos seem stiff and awkward. How can you take better pictures?
Begin by making sure you have the right equipment. If you are inside, bring in some supplemental lighting. If you can avoid using a flash, you'll get fewer shots with closed or squinted eyes. Also, check to see if your camera has a feature that compensates for shaky hands. When you are trying to get a shot quickly, this feature can really help you shoot clearer photos.
While posed shots are often too formal, there's nothing wrong with setting the scene. Move trash and clutter aside and ask the guests to sit down before you bring out the cake or start a game that could have adorable results.
Ask someone else to take backup shots of everything. This way, there's a chance that a shot you flubbed has turned out fabulous for the other photographer. In fact, you may also find out that you completely missed a terrific moment that was captured by the other person.
Putting together a birthday party involves so many details, especially if it is a big bash. Before you get to overwhelmed, take a look at these tips on how to plan a birthday party:
Brides have been doing it for decades: registering for gifts at their local department and specialty stores so that interested friends and family members could purchase gifts that the newlyweds really wanted. So, is this practice practical and appropriate for other occasions, like birthdays? Absolutely! As people get busier and busier -- and gifts for every occasion bet more and more expensive -- partygoers appreciate knowing what the birthday boy or girl wants and where to get it. The best way to communicate your wishes is in the party invitiation itself. After you list the traditional date, place, time, etc., simply note that the birthday person would appreciate gift cards to (retailer name here) for video games for his/her nifty new Nintendo! The partygoers still have the option to bring other gifts, but they know what your child would really like...and where to get it.
"It's never too early to begin planning for a party. You know all year long that your child's 8th birthday or your husband's 40th falls on a certain date that lands on a Saturday. Begin putting together the game plan for that party one year in advance."
by Kay Chirichigno
"Why not pick a theme and plan the food, activities and decorations around that? If your grandson likes sports, do a baseball, football, or even an Olympics party. If he's into computers, you could turn your house into a computer game. Or ask your guests to bring a piece of sports' equipment that begins with the same letter as his or her name, and see what kind of games they can play!"
"Don't you feel sorry for the kids whose birthdays fall close to Christmas? I had a friend whose son's birthday fell in the week before Christmas. They made it their family tradition to not put up the Christmas tree or any other Christmas decorations until AFTER his birthday, so that his day was just as special and focused upon as it would have been in August. What a great way to make a kid feel special!"
Taken from our Mom-tips.com site!
How do you handle a double birthday party? The answer to this question depends entirely on who the two birthday people are. If there are extreme differences in ages, keep the party low key - hold it in a park where people of all ages can relax and have fun!
*If they are both young kids, look for a common interest or activity, for example, swimming.
If you've ever used an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas, then you know how fun a countdown before an event can be. A birthday countdown is a great way for children to mark off the days before the big event and helps parents avoid a constant barrage of, "Mom, is my birthday soon? How soon? Is it now?" as the day draws closer.
To make a birthday countdown calendar, you should ideally start 30 days before the child's birthday. You'll need to decide if you want to put prizes in the calendar each day and, if so, buy 30 prizes. Remember, the prizes don't have to be big or expensive. Temporary tattoos, stickers or individually wrapped snack size candies all work well.
If you plan to make this a yearly tradition, it is worth the extra time and effort to make a permanent calendar from fabric, wide gross-grain ribbon and adhesive numbers. Lay the ribbon across the fabric in five rows and sew down at the two side edges and the bottom. Then, divide the ribbons into six sections and sew down the sides of the sections to form pockets. Stick the numbers onto the pockets. Make a placeholder that the child can move from one pocket to the next as you count down the days.