One of my favorite aspects about the twin’s birthday party was how we managed to incorporate technology into the day. Technology, specifically our computer & camera have been such a big part of this year it seemed only appropriate to highlight their features during the celebration.
Here are two fun ways we were able to use technology-
Surrounding all the guests, on multiple walls streamed our homemade twitter banner.
Throughout this first year with the babies both Matt and I have recorded many milestones, feelings and thoughts with our twitter accounts. Using 140 characters or less many of you have been able to be a part of this journey with us reading about the ups and downs, the amazing moments and the crazy awful ones. It gave me great joy to share these special tweets with our party guests, plus it gave me a chance for a therapeutic sappy evening at home compiling it beforehand.
It was made from simple circular banner bunting that I cut out of paper using a bowl and a cup as my templates. The banner was connected with string laced behind each dot. I scrolled back through our twitter accounts for this year and printed out 30 tweets that were special, or funny, or really huge milestones that we had recorded. Those were then cut into the same circles and simply places throughout the banner.
Next to the banner was a printed sign explaining the concept for our grandparents and others who are not up on twitter technology. One of the babies great grandparents (who does not own or use a computer) just walked around reading all the tweets commenting about how special recording those moments is for us, I completely agree.
The second way we incorporated technology was to do a spin off of the ever popular party photo booth by twisting it into a party video booth. It was lovely to catch many of our family and friends saying happy birthday and I am imagining this will be a fun tradition continue on down throughout the birthday party years.
Using a simple curtain, homemade fabric flags, an old camera tri-pod, and a few props we produced an area where willing guests could come and record a short message to the babies. The booth was originally meant to be outside, which I would advise for good lighting, ours was moved indoors to low but flattering light because of heavy winds hitting the yard.
Here is a small sampling of what we caught:
PS. Do-it-yourself video booth tip, make sure you have multiple memory cards on hand. We sadly lost quite a bit of footage because of a full one.