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eventective
eventective
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Posts: 313 March 11, 2010
Are you planning a baby shower, birthday party or other celebration? Share your ideas for making the event memorable and fun.
Apalache
Apalache
Posts: 1 March 13, 2010
Plan a participatory activity. Have a dance (traditional circles, squares or contra dance) with recorded or live music.

Tell stories asking each participant to bring a tale to tell (historical or fictional) that may or may not relate to the event.

Plan food that requires those present to share in the creation of the food to be consumed.

(Ever heard of a "cave man" party? That's an option for young children, under adult supervision, to prepare a room with nothing in it for raw consumption of . . . a whole cooked chicken, fruit, common water source to drink from with little leaves, washed, to be used as 'dippers' for drinking - magnolia leaves work well. Raw herbs like cilantro, basil and mint may be made available to "pluck" and eat as well. Each child dresses in "cave man" style of their own creation - with Mom's help, no doubt! Last part of which is 'desert' - a whole loaf of bread with cinnamon with a little sugar to use as a dip, a whole cake of butter - but no utinsils - or perhaps a pound cake made round - with no icing! Such an event is really prime as the weather moves toward Spring.)

Singing too may prove to bring folks together.

Make masks out of simple poster board with paper mache to increase the three-dimentional quality of the "face".
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 March 14, 2010
Happy Birthday and other Special Event Signs



I have found that presenting honorees with a sign which says Be Nice To Me. Today Is My:
  • 16th, 18th, 21st or no number Birthday
  • Half Birthday
  • Son/Daughter's 16th, 18th, 21st or no number Birthday
  • or other special occasion
followed by the honoree's name is very much appreciated helping to make the event more memorable and fun.

The signs are easy to make using Powerpoint. I use:
  • Word Art for text
  • Clip art for photos of balloons, birthday cakes, smiling faces, etc.
When practical I include the honoree's photograph as well.

The honoree may either display the sign or not as they wish. While I have been told that a number of honorees receiving my signs do display them, the honoree who prefers not to has the option of not displaying it.

Sometimes I personally present the sign, sometimes I send it via email in both .jpg and PowerPoint formats. There is, of course, also the option of sending by regular mail. When printing, I recommend using a high quality Matte paper. I also normally present a few copies.

It is also a nice idea to take photographs of the honoree holding their sign when practical to do so.

A number of Sample Birthday Signs may be viewed in my Photo Album: Favorite Birthday Cards, Invitations and Signs for a Special Birthday Surprise on SlideShare.

Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro
Education by Entertainment
(c) Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro, 2010
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 March 14, 2010
Photographs with Special Messages From The Guests
...to make your event memorable while having fun!!!

Invite each of the guests to bring a sign written or printed on a full size sheet of paper (e.g., 8.5 by 11 inches in USA) with a special message for the honoree to the event. The sign may be hand printed or prepared on a computer and printed. (A heavy paper such as high quality matte should be used as 20 or 24 pound bond is too thin.) Also, have a table set up at the event with plenty of extra paper and markers (and possibly a computer and printer) for people who don't bring a sign or for those who have an additional inspiration for a sign.

The message on the sign may be personal, illustrated with a picture, etc. or it may be as simple as:
  • Happy Birthday, Bill and Sue
  • Congratulations, Sarah
  • You are Awesome, Carol
  • Happy Birthday To My Best Friend Forever, Jenny
  • Bill You Are The Greatest Soccer Player, Ken
  • I am a Winner, Lou
  • Sam You are a Winner, Sue
  • World's Best Friend, Rick
  • Fantastic Mother, Joe
  • Fantastic Father, Sean
  • Best Captain Ever, George
  • Debbie is so fortunate you are her Mom, Steve
  • You are the Best, Ann
  • Very Special Mom To Be, Al.

At the event take photographs of each guest holding their sign, presenting their sign to the honoree (and possibly make a video of the guest telling the story behind their sign as they present it), and of the honoree holding the sign. You might also take a photo of the honoree and guests without the sign. Be sure to take multiple photos of each pose because people do blink and you want a great picture of each. Use high resolution, and take the photos from close enough that the signs can be read easily in pictures.

After the event, make an album for the honoree with the pictures taken and include the original signs in an appendix or a separate album. Hopefully, your honoree will keep these photographs forever ... possibly passing them to the next generation.
Send each of the guests their photos with the honoree, and possibly a electronic copy of the entire album as well. Hopefully, they will add the photos to their albums as well.

Additional Surprise Sign Activity for the Adventuresome Honoree
If you have an adventuresome honoree you might also do a second round of signs and pictures with a new set of signs. For the second round of signs and pictures the honoree will be blindfolded. I would recommend making or purchasing a blindfold or bandanna which is designed for the occasion (e.g., if it is a birthday party the bandanna or blindfold should have nice decorations and say Happy Birthday to add a special finishing touch to the photographs. Also, if using a bandanna line it with foil so the honoree cannot see through it.)


You might have each guest bring a second sign wrapped in a large envelope for this activity or you may wish to make the signs at the party.
Unwrap (or make) the second set of signs after the blindfold is in place and do not tell the honoree what the signs say. As in the first activity above take photos with the presenter with each sign, the presenter and the honoree with each sign, and the honoree with each sign. Try a series of fun poses, of course... but remember not to tell the honoree what the signs say. Collect all signs and place into a sealed envelope after the photos are completed and prior to removing the honoree's blindfold. The party host should then keep these signs to present to the honoree at a later date.

You can now make a surprise album which to present (complete with Slide Show) to the honoree at a special party to view the photo albums. (Or you could send the album if a second party is not practical in the near future.)

Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro
Education by Entertainment
(c) Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro, 2010
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 March 14, 2010
Special Invitations For Surprise Parties

Are you planning a surprise party? If so, and you have time before the event it might be fun for you to include a photograph of the honoree inviting people to the surprise party on the invitation (without the honoree knowing about the party, of course).

One way to do this is to plan an activity at another event in which you would have the opportunity to blindfold the intended honoree, preferably with a bandanna or blindfold which is appropriate for the Surprise Party (e.g., if the party is a birthday party the blindfold says Happy Birthday). You then have several options for taking photos for the invitation:
  • While the intended honoree is blindfolded, have them hold up a number of signs as part of their activity. One of the signs they are holding up is an invitation to their own party!!!
  • You might set up a photograph with the honoree in which the background is a huge event invitation.
  • Both of the above.
You do, of course, need to remember to remove and wrap up the sign and/or backdrop before removing the intended honorees blindfold. All other attendees need to keep the surprise party a surprise.

If you aren't able to fully plan the surprise invite prior to taking the photos or you don't want to be concerned about other attendees discussing the party with the intended honoree, that is OK too. Just be sure you have photos of the honoree holding a sign (and/or with a sign in the background). You can easily erase the content of the sign and replace it with a surprise party invitation as you prepare to produce the actual party invitations.

As another alternative, you can include the photo of the blindfolded honoree on the invitation with wording such as I'm blindfolded in this invitation because the party is a surprise. Remember not to tell me about it.

Sample surprise party invitations are posted in the:
  • Favorite Birthday Cards, Invitations and Signs For A Special Birthday Surprise Photo Album on SlideShare.
A photo album showing a "pre-event" in which requisite photos were taken as well as the actual surprise party is also available on SlideShare in the Luana Matos Happy Birthday Surprise Photo Album. The invitation itself is included in the Favorite Birthday Cards, Invitations and Signs For A Special Birthday Surprise Photo Album.

Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro

Education by Entertainment
(c) Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro, 2010
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Guest March 31, 2010
I am trying to find inexpensive imaginative catering. For example, strawberry and fresh fruit towers, etc. I am finding some very expensive people but none fit. Any suggestions? This part is for my 80 year old mother.
event403262
event403262
Posts: 4 May 5, 2010
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FlavorYourFavors
FlavorYourFavors
Posts: 7 May 5, 2010
Great venue, good food, awesome music and thanking your guests in style with Flavor Your Favors (http://www.flavoryourfavors.com) will make any event or occasion memorable.
SHAWKES
SHAWKES
Posts: 10 May 6, 2010
I would locate culinary schools in your area and contact them. I'm sure they would be willing to help.
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 August 8, 2010
Hi,

What have you done recently to make your events memorable?

Ron
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DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 August 29, 2010
101 Signs For Special Occasions: Birthdays, Engagements, Bridal Showers. Bachelor Parties, Bachelorette Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, Family Celebrations, Team Celebrations and Other Celebrations

In earlier postings I have suggested that one way to make an event memorable is to begin by thinking about what you would like the photo album of the event to look like as one of the first steps towards planning your event. I've also suggested that you might want to think of your album as a series of chapters. Each chapter might begin with the honoree holding a sign introducing the chapter. You might also want to have the honoree and guests hold up signs explaining who they are and/or what is going on in various photos.

I have now made this very easy to do by posting an album called
101 Signs For Special Occasions: Birthdays, Engagements, Bridal Showers. Bachelor Parties, Bachelorette Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, Family Celebrations, Team Celebrations and Other Celebrations on SlideShare.

You may download the album, print and use the signs or you may contact me through my Eventective site and request that I send you signs that may print better than a download from SlideShare. You may also request minor customization of a sign and suggest new sign ideas. There is no charge for helping to Make Your Event Memorable in this manner.
I'd just like to see the photos and would like a credit line if you publish them.

For some of the Sign Photos (including those which describe "surprise events" and those which focus on the "I'm Awesome" theme), depending upon your honoree's sense of adventure, you may wish to blindfold the honoree before handing them the sign and placing the sign back in a secure location before removing their blindfold. Don't tell them what the signs say until you present them with the photo album or photo show.

Please enjoy and let me know if I can be of further help.

Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro

Education by Entertainment
(c) Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro, 2010
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info511466
info511466
Posts: 8 September 2, 2010
Having some unusual entertainment is always fun - especially if it's interactive or progressional.
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 November 14, 2010
What is the most memorable event you've attended or sponsored?

What made it so memorable?

What are you doing to make your next event memorable?


Ron
Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro
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DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 August 25, 2011


Illustrating the usage of signs and gifts to create interesting photos for meaningful and lasting memories.

The album with 101 signs referenced above may be found on SlideShare.

Ribbons such as the Awesome one may be purchased from companies such as Hodges Badge.

Novelty trophies such as the one which Pinar is holding in the bottom photo may be purchased at party good stores, or for larger quantities they may be ordered from businesses such as Rhode Island Novelty. Quality trophies may be purchased from Hodges Badge or other trophy shops.

Happy Birthday bandanas may be made or a variety of designs are available via Google search. The exact bandana shown has been discontinued and is a bit difficult to find. If someone really wants the exact bandana shown and cannot find it elsewhere, please let me know. As a courtesy I may be able to send you one of mine. (Since I am not a retailer I cannot accept any responsibility for this product quality, the way it is used, etc.)

Please note I have listed some of the vendors I purchase items from. I am not connected with any of these suppliers (other than as a customer and FaceBook Fan). Thus, I cannot be responsible for your relying on them as your supplier.

Enjoy and please let me know if I can be of help.

Ron

Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph. D.
Education by Entertainment
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 December 25, 2011
Make photo magnets, post cards, and/or brochures using photos taken at the events. If you watch the specials carefully from printers such as VistaPrint, you may be able to make these for just a few dollars.

Enjoy and please let me know if I can be of help.

Ron

Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph. D.
Education by Entertainment
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 December 25, 2011
Try combining your celebration with an educational program which will be useful and easy for your attendees to remember as well as being more fun than your typical party. Take lots of photos, too. For some highly interactive, unusual activity ideas, please browse albums of some of the Education by Entertainment programs which I have led on SlideShare. There are numerous activities which you can lead featured in the albums, too. Also, please do feel free to contact me for a complimentary telephone consultation on activities which you might lead. Of course, I'm also very pleased to work with you on producing and delivering a program which has educational value and is directly applicable at work, at school, and/or at home. For a quick preview of what you might find on SlideShare, glance at the post card below which describes one of my full service offerings.

Ron

Ronald G. Shapiro, Ph. D.
Education by Entertainment

DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 December 30, 2011
Are you planning a Surprise Birthday Party for a very special friend? If so, please check out the Surprise Birthday Party Photo Album Planning Guide which is designed to help you plan your invitations as well as a great photo album, whether or not you chose to blindfold your guest of honor. The Guide also suggests a few activities which will help you to make your event a unique one which will never be forgotten. The well planned photo album should be fun to share with friends and families for generations to come.

Regular readers to EvenTective forums will notice that The Guide contains lots of suggestions which I've placed on EvenTective forums and elsewhere through the years as well as some additional thoughts.

There is no charge for downloading or viewing The Surprise Birthday Party Photo Album Planning Guide directly from SlideShare. Similarly, there is no charge for telephone consultation on how you might make use of the contents of the guide in designing your event. Of course, I'm also pleased to help by offering one of my Education By Entertainment programs at special rates for EvenTective friends.

Please be sure to plan safe, healthy activities that your Guest of Honor and all other guests will enjoy.

Enjoy The Guide.

Ron
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DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 August 11, 2013
What have you done recently to make your events memorable?

What tips do you have for others to make their events memorable?

Ron
Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD
Education By Entertainment
DrRonShapiro
DrRonShapiro
Posts: 354 January 18, 2014

The Favorite Birthday Cards, Invitations and Signs For A Special Birthday Surprise
Photo Album on SlideShare has been updated with the addition of new cards and signs. Additionally, many of the older cards, invitations and signs have been updated resulting in more attractive displays.

Friends who have viewed the album in the past, and there have been over 5,000 views, are invited to review the refurbished album. People who have not seen it are encouraged to take a look at it.

Thank you,

Ron



DrRonShapiro wrote:
Special Invitations For Surprise Parties

Are you planning a surprise party? If so, and you have time before the event it might be fun for you to include a photograph of the honoree inviting people to the surprise party on the invitation (without the honoree knowing about the party, of course).

One way to do this is to plan an activity at another event in which you would have the opportunity to blindfold the intended honoree, preferably with a bandanna or blindfold which is appropriate for the Surprise Party (e.g., if the party is a birthday party the blindfold says Happy Birthday). You then have several options for taking photos for the invitation:
  • While the intended honoree is blindfolded, have them hold up a number of signs as part of their activity. One of the signs they are holding up is an invitation to their own party!!!
  • You might set up a photograph with the honoree in which the background is a huge event invitation.
  • Both of the above.
You do, of course, need to remember to remove and wrap up the sign and/or backdrop before removing the intended honorees blindfold. All other attendees need to keep the surprise party a surprise.

If you aren't able to fully plan the surprise invite prior to taking the photos or you don't want to be concerned about other attendees discussing the party with the intended honoree, that is OK too. Just be sure you have photos of the honoree holding a sign (and/or with a sign in the background). You can easily erase the content of the sign and replace it with a surprise party invitation as you prepare to produce the actual party invitations.

As another alternative, you can include the photo of the blindfolded honoree on the invitation with wording such as I'm blindfolded in this invitation because the party is a surprise. Remember not to tell me about it.

Sample surprise party invitations are posted in the:
  • Favorite Birthday Cards, Invitations and Signs For A Special Birthday Surprise Photo Album on SlideShare.
A photo album showing a "pre-event" in which requisite photos were taken as well as the actual surprise party is also available on SlideShare in the Luana Matos Happy Birthday Surprise Photo Album. The invitation itself is included in the Favorite Birthday Cards, Invitations and Signs For A Special Birthday Surprise Photo Album.

Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro

Education by Entertainment
(c) Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro, 2010

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