I think one of my greatest lessons learned after more than fourteen years of party planning is that mom and dad can’t be in charge of pictures. Sadly, I was a bit slow on this one. It took way too long for me me to figure it out. But the truth is, mom and dad are super busy at a kid party. They are tied up welcoming guests, keeping everything on schedule, managing food and delegating jobs.
Find someone who is both talented and willing to be the party photographer. Give them your camera, and ask them to document the day. You may want to consider sending a group photo in the thank you cards. For a few parties, one of our activities was a themed photo booth, and we sent each kid’s picture with the thank you.
A great present for your child is to upload all of the party pictures to Snapfish or Shutterfly, and make an album that will memorialize the day forever. I promise you that they will thoroughly enjoy going back over them year after year, and so will their friends. It’s a blast to see how everyone has grown, and it’s an opportunity to reminisce about the day and laugh as you remember the fun.
For all of your hard work and money spent, it’s all over in a day, and pictures are all you have left. Even the best memories fade over the years, but good photos will allow you to enjoy the experience again and again for years to come. So don’t let this part be an after thought. Plan your pictures well, and include plans for how you will showcase them to be enjoyed in the future.