How to Record a Birthday Selfie Video

Self-portrait photos have been around since 1839 when Robert Cornelius, an amateur chemist and photography enthusiast in Philadelphia, took a picture of himself in the back of his family's chandelier store.

Fun Fact - "On September 13, 2002, the first recorded published use of the term "selfie" to describe a self-portrait photograph occurred on the Australian internet forum (ABC Online). The anonymous poster wrote the following, along with posting a selfie of himself:

"Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped over and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a SELFIE."" 😂

Selfies are now ubiquitous wherever there is a combination of at least one person and at least one smartphone doing just about anything.

And what is just about the perfect setting for which selfies would transform a great occasion into an awesome one?

A suitable vessel that delivers a proper birthday selfie message?

How about a birthday selfie video? Surely an awesome way to deliver birthday video messages!🥳

Using best birthday video ideas, a birthday video montage accentuated by a selfie is a super way to celebrate something that will be truly cherished. And Celebrate is an amazing way to create a birthday video. Celebrate provides a FUN and EASY way to produce a video that will be truly cherished.

Following are some examples and occasions where a birthday video can be used to celebrate this special occasion.

Record Birthday Video Message

Gracious Adebayo


Unless that special someone is a character in "Through the Looking-Glass", they get only one day to celebrate. So this is one of those days where inviting friends and family to participate in celebrating a special day is meaningful. Once this cast is "assembled", invite each one to participate in creating a personalized birthday video. Each of the participants is asked to create videos and to send the video clips and pictures. (Selfies are very much encouraged! 😃) Make that someone special feel special on that very special day! This birthday gift will thrill and amaze! 😲

Looking for some birthday video ideas? Check the list below;

  • share a favourite memory
  • personal message
  • recount milestones
  • share personality traits and quirks
  • funny story
  • inside jokes
  • background music ... especially favourite song
  • for a special touch ... group music ... either goofy 🤪 ... or sentimental 😂
  • lots of selfies

How to Make a Birthday Video Message

Wondering how to create a birthday video message? The good news is that there is no single, correct way of showing loved ones that you care. 

Surprise the loved ones in your life by making the message personal and meaningful. Here are a few fun ideas for birthday video messages to get you started.

Compile many birthday messages into one

A surprise video gift is heartwarming way to extend a birthday greeting on their special day. Just because your special friends lives far away, or they don’t like the fuss of a birthday party, doesn’t mean that you can’t get all of their favorite people together. 

Compiling several surprise birthday video clips into a single video slideshow is a quick and easy way to celebrate the day. Keep the following tips in mind when compiling happy birthday video messages together.‍

  • Sign up with a user-friendly birthday video maker, such as Celebrate
  • Send an invite to all contributors
  • Collect the videos and organize them together
  • Add a personal touch
  • Process and share the final birthday video
  • Watch as your loved one’s face lights up with joy‍

The best part about this idea is that the videos can be recorded and stitched together from your mobile phone!

Wondering what to say in a birthday video?

Are you camera shy? Knowing what you want to say in your birthday video message beforehand can give you the extra boost of confidence that you need to create a heartwarming video.

There are several tips on what to say in a birthday video message, and you simply need to pick the route that suits you best.

For example, you can share a memory that you have with your loved one. Whether it be the story of your first meeting or a memorable experience that you’ve had together, you’re sure to bring a smile to their face!

Another idea is to include a mashup of all of their favorite things. Consider including quotes from their favorite movie, pictures of them eating their favorite food or even add a soundtrack of their best band.

Personalize the message even more by letting them know how they inspire you or how they’ve had a positive impact on your life. You can even get excited about the
upcoming year and all that it has in store for them!

Celebrating milestone birthdays

A happy birthday video message is always a good idea, especially when celebrating their special digits.  If your special person is celebrating a milestone birthday, then you can boost the celebration by creating a surprise birthday video gift. 

For example, a first birthday is a distinctive milestone that celebrates a baby’s first year of life. Some fun first birthday video ideas include a recap of their first 365 days on earth or a mashup happy birthday song. Another great idea is a special interview of you speaking with the child and recording their actions.

What about celebrating later milestones in life? A survey revealed that people stop celebrating their birthdays after turning 31, but life is still worth commemorating - especially the major milestones.

For instance, the big 5-0 is a huge milestone and a surprise 50th birthday video is the perfect way to celebrate the occasion. Collect photographs and videos from family, friends, and co-workers and compile an unforgettable memento with a video gift maker.

Celebration from Far-Away

When you can’t physically be with your loved one on their special day, then a birthday video is the next best thing. 

There are several unique ways to show your love from a distance. For example, you can treat them to dinner, deliver a birthday cake to their home, or help to build excitement with a virtual birthday countdown!

The cherry on top is creating an unforgettable group video gift. Send out an invite link, collect all recorded video clips, and put them together in a simple and effective video maker. 

Top tip: a little bit of humor can go a long way, so we recommend making your happy birthday video funny with a few chuckle-worthy moments!

Videos are the perfect keepsake

So, what is it that makes a birthday video such a special and meaningful gesture? Besides being sentimental, funny, and purposeful, videos are also a keepsake. 

Consider the following ways that videos serve as the perfect keepsake, allowing your loved one to feel special time, and time again.

  • Keep memories alive through real-life footage and sincere words
  • Videos last forever and can be safely stored online (and copied)
  • Share videos far and wide by simply copying and pasting a link
  • Videos are the gift that keeps on giving as your loved one can revisit the birthday message whenever they feel down

In a world that is full of single-use items, a birthday video is a special gift that will last forever. Whether you’re creating an in-person birthday party recap, collecting messages from around the world, or reliving favorite memories of years gone by - a video is an everlasting gift that will never find it’s way into the trash pile

How to Take a Birthday Selfie Video

Tymothy Dykes


Selfies make dazzling additions to any birthday videos! Here are a few tips;

  • Look as if you're having fun (because you are 😃!) ... the more fun, the better!
  • Hold your smartphone horizontally, (Landscape mode). You'll get a better photo as you'll capture more of what you see.
  • Add birthday captions. Here are a few fun ones you might like to use;
  • "Hold on to your inner child as you grow older."
  • "Hugs, kisses and lots of birthday wishes!"
  • "Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake."
  • "Another year older, none the wiser."
  • "Well at least I am not as old as I will be next year."
  • "Of course, I don’t know how to act my age. I’ve never been this age before!"
  • "Old enough to know better. Young enough to get away with it."

Which Selfie Would Pair Nicely with Birthday Videos?

The (Cake) Weightlifting Selfie:

For those physio enthusiasts, how much cake can one eat (umm ... of course that would be how much cake can one lift ... 🙄).

The Blowing Candles Selfie:

In the same vein, how many candles can one blow out, (one at a time) within a certain period of time ... meant for those young at heart ... extra oxygen on the side is permissible ... 😗

The Birthday Dance Till You Drop Selfie:

Arr N


Still in the same vein ... but you get the idea ... 😃 ... this one will require some extraordinary balancing skill keeping your camera steady ...

A Final Thought

One can always strive for a perfect birthday celebration for a special someone. But the ultimate reward of a "perfect" celebration should be the everlasting impact. There is no better way to achieve this than through a birthday video message (with selfies as an extra special touch 😘). Fortunately it doesn't require much tech savvy and with a few simple tips you can create an awesome one. A birthday video montage can be EASY and so much FUN to create ... if you have the right tools ... and we do 😃 ... have a look. Your editing skills will rival those of any expert!

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