Preserving party memories
All your planning, expense and preparation will result in a party worth the memory.
You want your child's party to be the absolute best! Here are some pointers on how to perserve those party memories for years to come!

Pictures and Video
Photographs are a special, timeless way to capture memories.
  • Take a lot of photographs. Invite people to bring their digital cameras and ask them to take photos during the party. Swap shots afterwards and print the best photos. Use computer software or an online programme to make a collage of pictures from the day.
  • If you do not have a video camera, invite someone who has.
Birthday Time Capsule
You can buy time capsules, but they are easy to make yourself:
  • Take a large, empty formula or coffee tin and wash it out thoroughly.
  • Paint the tin with bright paint in a shade that was part of your theme.
  • Decoupage some pictures (from your theme; serviettes work well) on to the tin and write something like “Erik’s 5th Birthday!”
  • Put the party mementoes (balloons, the banner, an invite, favour box, birthday cards and gift tags, examples of wrapping paper, a list of guests) in it.
  • Put it away for your child when he is older.
Words of Wisdom
This works well with a first birthday party.
  • Decorate an A6 paper with pictures, little '1st Birthdays' and poems on your computer.
  • Keep an open space for writing and print it out.
  • Ask each guest to write a birthday wish on the page, ring bind them and keep it in the memory box.
Another good idea is to paint a tablecloth or overlay and ask each person who attends to write his name and a short message on it. 

Scrap Booking
Scrap booking is quite the craze at the moment, and you do not have to be an expert or spend a lot of money to make a scrapbook of the special day. You can be as creative as you want to be, and the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it.
  • There is no need to buy expensive scrapbook kits. Use plain A4 paper or cardboard with serviettes and put them together to form a 30x30 scrapbook page. Use wrapping paper or ribbon to hide the ridges.
  • Use everything you have. If you had a bug party, use the little bugs you used as decoration.
  • Don’t be afraid of cutting up pictures.
  • Buy sleeves for scrapbook pages to keep them looking good for many years and invest in a good scrap booking album.
If you are not really into scrap booking, try one of these ideas:
  • Take a large picture frame and make a collage of the occasion with pictures, the invite, wrapping paper and a birthday poem.
  • Use blank index card and write down who attended, guests, when the party was, the presents and everything else you would like to remember about the party. Place it in your photo album with the photos of the day.
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What ideas do you have for making those party memories last?


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