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More Unique and Unusual Ways to Celebrate a Special Occasion
 
Need to think of a truly unique way to celebrate a colleague's birthday or niece's graduation? Try the ideas below for maximum impact. They do take some effort but it's well worth it. This is one celebration they are sure not to forget.

1) YouTube Karaoke

You'll need a projector for this idea. People pick a list of songs that they'd like to dedicate to the person in question. You then cue them all up in YouTube and then open up different windows or tabs with links to websites that have the lyrics (Try A-Z Lyrics) . Press play on each YouTube video and follow along with the lyrics. This is always a hit at an office party.

2) Personalized Pictionary
You don't need a Pictionary board for this - just some large sheets of paper that you can stick up on the wall or a whiteboard, a small bowl or container to hold the words and little scraps of paper to write the clue words and an egg timer. Come up with some target words that are specific to the person. For example, if your birthday person is the principal come up with words that relate to their job title like 'school', 'recess', 'academics', 'teacher's lounge', etc. Write these words on paper and throw them in the bowl. Then split up your group into teams. Have one member of each team draw from the bowl and then draw or act out the word while their team mates try to guess the word before their time runs out. You can give them about 2 minutes. You'll have lots of ROTFL moments!

3) Wish Wiki (for when you can't be there!)
When I was young (ahem!) we didn't have wikis so I used to ask people to email me their wishes for the grad, birthday girl, bride to be and basically cut and paste them onto a website for the special person. With Wikis now of course your work is half done. Just set up a wiki and send the link to your near and dear. Then on the special day get the person on the phone and in front of a computer at the same time (if at all possible) and have them review the wish wiki or website with you. I did this for a girlfriend's graduation and she was floored. Wishes poured in from all corners of the planet. Try to give your contributors at least 2 days to come up with something but not too much more than that - a short deadline always generates better responses! You can try Wikispaces, Freewebs or Googlesites.

4) Smilebox - Animated Greeting Cards, Scrapbooks and Photo Albums
Smilebox is a site from Hallmark that I think is pretty cool. It does have a paid version but the basic free version works just fine for me. They've got beautifully illustrated photo albums, scrapbooks and animated greetings cards. Simply upload your pictures to the dozens of high quality templates they have, add music and text and watch your creation come alive. You can then email the greeting to your loved on. I once borrowed a projector and projected this on to the wall at the birthday girl's residence so when she walked in to her surprise party she was able to see it being played.

5) Framed Certificates
A certificate printed out on high quality paper inside a matted frame can also make an attractive statement. These can make both fun and poignant awards that will be appreciated by both friends, children and staff. Try a blank certificate template and create a funny award for your boss or co-worker. How about a certificate for your mom on Mother's Day? Create a poetic certificate for a special someone for Valentine's Day to let them know just how much they are loved. This is one gift they won't want to return!
 
 
 
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