I love when I get to play partyjeanie and photojeanie for the same audience. Not only do have an opportunity to craft a truly personalized and individualized celebration for someone special, but I also get to design and execute a memorable and specific scrapbook that captures the essence of the occasion.
A great way to involve all the guests is including them in the album making process – not to worry; no one (except you) will be constructing the album. As hostess, I am usually familiar with all the invitees, so I feel comfortable approaching and occasionally strong-arming everyone into posing for individual portraits. While I am taking the photo I explain that they are to write a message to the guest of honor that will be placed in the scrapbook next to their photo. If the event is a baby shower, perhaps a few sage words of advice would be appropriate or a welcome note for the new arrival. When the party’s theme is an engagement or anniversary party, I like to snap shots of couples that might pony up a suggestion on how to maintain marital bliss.
To guarantee the success of this project, make it as accessible for the guests as possible. No one wants to be sequestered from the fete to write a congratulatory tome. I recommend prepping cards for the guests with their names separately written on a post it, so that you know who has completed the task, who hasn’t and if the signature is illegible you won’t be playing a game of elimination when matching the photo to the note. Place the writing supplies in an obvious, yet remote location and continually lead guests over to said spot to encourage their participation. If you have already planned a color scheme for the scrapbook, then provide pens and markers that will compliment, otherwise I advocate an array of choice. Blank white 3×5 index cards are inexpensive and sturdy. This stock will work well with any adhesive for album application.
Although this may seem like a daunting task to perform while hosting or even attending a party, the recipient will cherish and appreciate the effort. The album contents may reflect the overall party experience, but it still has the point of view of the creator. Incorporating all the attendees and allowing them to partake directly in the formation of the scrapbook will ensure an all-encompassing album.
This photo project works well within the confines of a theme – bridal, sweet 16, graduation, and milestone birthdays. It would also be a fun art project for a child’s party.
Keep creating memories!