summer up: diy party photo booth.
okay, who doesn’t love a photo booth? there’s so few around theses days, they’ve just become a bit of fond nostalgia — living on old piers and carnivals here and there. but that doesn’t mean we can’t make our own. with our new-fangled phones everyone is a shutterbug and every moment can be captured in an instant. so, when i host parties, i like to create my own photo booth in a cozy corner where guests can go nuts, hamming it up in front of their very own phones. it’s not only the perfect icebreaker, it’s an ideal party gift, too. everyone goes home filled with memories and a whole lot of great photos. add a hashtag, and the guests can very simply seek out all the party photos on twitter and instagram. a few props and some friends — you don’t need much to get this party going!
we made tissue paper garlands and we rounded up a bunch of props to get the mood going: straw hats, balloons, paper medallions, sparklers, of course a few colorful and delicious cocktails, sunglasses, a badminton set (why not?), fresh flowers — you can pretty much dream up any theme you like. i went with summer fun, but i could see a camp theme, or maybe a movie theme. whatever you can dream up, grab some props and get the inspiration flowing. we even brought the dogs!
• all photos by cindy loughridge.