Tech Up a Birthday Party

Yesterday we hosted a party at our home for our son’s 3rd birthday.  We decided on a “Little Man” themed bash, which is all the rage these days, because it was so fitting for our little guy’s personality.

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I decorated the house with ties, black and white photos and all things plaid and manly.

We had big band and jazz music playing, straw fedoras for the kids and even the requisite chocolate mustache lollipops.  Around 35 of our family and friends attended.

I set up a dress up area inside, and sidewalk chalk and a bubble machine outside.  Combined with the new sandbox that our son received as a birthday present, all the kids stayed occupied all afternoon.

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While the party had a decidedly vintage vibe, the tech in our house played a big role.  I used my Sony Dash to play the Slacker radio stations, eliminating the tedious (and expensive) job of creating a party playlist.  If you don’t have a Dash, you can also use your computer to play Slacker for free with your computer speakers.  We also used the AT&T Uverse app on our TV to show a slideshow of Flickrphotos during the party.

 

Here’s how to play a slideshow of photos on your TV:

If you are an AT&T Uverse subscriber, tune your TV to channel 91 – The Online Photo Channel.  Select OK to start the app.  Select the photoset you’d like to view from the list of your available sets.  (If you haven’t linked your Flickr and Uverse accounts, you may have some additional steps to follow first.)  For Weston’s party, I created a new photoset ahead of time with only the photos I wanted in his slideshow.

You can also accomplish this using many internet connected Blu-ray players and different online photo services like Picasa, or by connecting your computer directly to your TV via VGA or HDMI cable, depending on your hardware.  Check out Discovery’s How Stuff Works website for a step-by-step guide – How to Connect Your Computer to Your TV.

The slideshow was a big hit and everyone really enjoyed seeing how our little man has grown.

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