For Families: Documenting Your Theme Parties

29 Jun
Document with calligraphy for added importance.

Calligraphy makes your documentation seem more distinctive and historically significant.

Here are five methods for documenting theme parties.

  1. The Steven Spielberg. Make a time lapse video. Watching a video of a party in real time is real boring. Who has time for that? Instead, speed it up with a time lapse effect (this is available on many amateur video editing software programs including iMovie HD). Add music that sounds old-timey.
  2. The Julia Child. Make a cookbook. Use Lulu or another self-publishing service to create a culinary remembrance. Ask guests to contribute their favorite recipes from past theme parties. Organize by theme or course, but include an index so readers can cross-reference. You can also make an online recipe book using a website such as Epicurious.
  3. The Jam Master Jay. Make a playlist. Use a song to represent each past theme party for an eclectic mix. Publish with last.fm, iTunes, or any of these.
  4. The Annie Liebovitz. Make a photo album. Ask guests to contribute to a Flickr pool and self-publish a photo album using Lulu or something similar. Makes a great coffee table book, especially for grandparents.
  5. The Tim Berners-Lee. Make a website. Everybody’s doing it. There are lots of ways to make free ones. WordPress. Wetpaint. A bajillion others. A website can include an archive of past theme parties, photos, videos, recipes, and a planner for upcoming parties.

See more entries in the For Families series.

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