If possible, hire a professional - You don't want to waste your time trying to get the perfect shot and missing all of the great party moments so let someone else worry about the pictures and enjoy your event. After all, that's what all of your hard work and energy went into!
Capture the details- There are a lot of details that are put into a party, and they're must have photos. Once everything is set up and before all of the kids are there, go around and take some quick photos. Especially get photos of the main/food table, shots of any work stations that are set up, banners, and the cake. Try getting different angles of the tables, and if there are small details (eg.: decorations on the cake) get in close.
Always have your camera ready- Kids are unpredictable. One minute they're perfectly fine just playing with their Star Wars action figure or Bratz doll and the next they're running over to play Rock Band. If you put your camera down even for a second, you may miss the chance to capture a smile or one of the kids running around with a Transformers mask on. It doesn't have to constantly have to be up to your face, but have it at hand.
Take a knee and get down to their level- Some of the best photos you can take of children are when you're at eye level with them.
Understand your lighting- Understand what your main light source is and in what direction its coming from. If you're out in a bright sunny day, toward the sun. Direct sunlight creates harsh shadows, and can blow out the highlights in your photos and if you turn your subject away from the sun then you avoid the extreme shadows and highlights. Another option is to take them into the shade of a tree or of a house. Using the shade will diffuse the sun and make soft shadows and highlights.
Don't always center your subject- One of the most common mistakes is putting your subject directly in the center of every single photo. Mix it up a little. Split your frame up in thirds horizontal and vertical (think of tic-tac-toe) and put your subject in one of the thirds. This spices up your composition and can provide some great results.
Have fun- I think this is the most self-explanatory thing you could do. Enjoy the party (and a piece of cake).
Lip Balm Recipe
3 teaspoons grated unbleached beeswax
5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba)
6 or 7 drops essential oil
1 teaspoon honey, for flavor
1. Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.
2. To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.
Picture and recipe from Craft Tutorials
- Yellow Marvy flower paper punch
- Blue Marvy flower paper punch
- pearl headed straight pins
- styrofoam ball (size depends on how big you want your finished pomander)
- card stock in desired color
- Multi-setting glue gun
- Glue sticks
- green florist tape
- wooden dowel
- 3 yards of ribbon
Punch a variety of large and small flowers from your chosen card stock. You can also use more than one color.
Place the pearl headed pin through the paper flower and push into the styrofoam ball.
Continue adding flowers to the ball, varying the sizes of the flowers and overlapping the blossoms so you are covering all of the styrofoam.
If added security is desired, add a small dab of hot glue, set your glue gun for stun, I mean low heat, under the flower. If you are using the hydrangea ball as a flower girl pomander I highly suggest the extra strength of gluing the flowers into place.
To make hydrangea ball into a hanging pomander:
Take 1.5 feet of ribbon and make one large loop, knotting the ends. Pin the loop into the pomander and using your glue gun on low heat setting, throughly glue the ribbon loop into place. Allow the glue to dry before moving your pomander.
Make a multi looped bow and glue it over where your ribbon handle meets the pomander.
Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
1 16 oz. package penne pasta, uncooked
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, cubed
1 cup grated 100 % Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk (I use 1%)
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
ground nutmeg to taste
Cook pasta as directed on package. Place cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, butter, and milk in a large saucepan. Cook on low heat until cream cheese is melted, stirring frequently. Add pumpkin and spices. Cook until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Add pasta, toss lightly. Serve topped with additional Parmesan cheese if desired. You can also add chicken or shrimp if you want. Substitute the milk, and cream cheese with low fat or fat free varieties for a lower calorie option.
Photo from Kraft
- 1 lemon, rinsed
- About 2 teaspoons sugar
- 5 fresh mint sprigs (3 to 5 in.), rinsed and drained
- About 1 1/2 cups crushed or shaved ice
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- About 2 tablespoons club soda
- 1. With a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife, pare a 2-inch strip of peel (yellow part only) from the lemon, then cut into long, thin shreds. Cut lemon in half and rub 1 cut side on the rim of a glass (10 to 12 oz.) to moisten; save lemon for other uses. Pour 2 teaspoons sugar on a small plate and dip moist glass rim in it to coat evenly, then pour sugar into glass.
- 2. Add 4 mint sprigs to glass. With a wood spoon, crush mint sprigs with sugar to bruise the leaves and release the herb's flavor. Fill glass with ice. Add bourbon, then fill to rim with club soda. Let stand until glass is frosty, about 2 minutes. Garnish with lemon peel and remaining mint sprig. Sip julep through a straw, adding more sugar to taste.