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!











•This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target. Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target’s #SummerUp Pinterest board.

• all photos by cindy loughridge.

28 Responses to “summer up: diy party photo booth.”
  1. Katherine says:

    Wonderful use of the sheet and the pompoms! I love photo booths and having props and a theme make it so much fun!

  2. Big E Fan Club President says:

    Congratulations on behalf of the Big E Fan Club (BEFC) We are thrilled to see our little hero on the site!

  3. Keri says:

    Your photo booth decorations are so cute! You mentioned using a camera phone, but how exactly do you take the photos? Is someone standing there snapping away? Or do you set up some kind of stationary system?

  4. Bobbi says:

    This looks like so much fun! Of course you have to have friends who are willing to play;)

  5. Petya says:

    Gorgeous! Invite me, I’ll bring the ice cream ;)

  6. Cez says:

    wonderful !!!!!

  7. andy says:

    super beautiful and fun pics :)

  8. victoria says:

    thanks so much everyone. i highly recommend making your own! good party fun!

  9. Melanie says:

    This is so fun and pretty! Love the colors.

  10. Kristine says:

    Such a great idea and something my friends and I would love. Now just to plan a party so we can do this.

  11. I love DIY Photo Booths! My husband and I have been setting them up for all our recent parties. My favorite Photo Booth was for Cinco de Mayo when we used Vintage Photoshop Filters:

  12. super cute! love the summery color palette. and those yellow heart shades!

  13. Tristan B. says:

    Love the last image, so festive:)

  14. Anushka says:

    A lovely idea for a party!

  15. Leith says:

    where, oh where did you find sparklers in sf? i’ve been searching high and low and cannot find them! would be forever grateful if you could point me in the right direction. thanks!

  16. Kate says:

    I love seeing pictures of you! You look so pretty. Love the shot with the balloons. =]

  17. Alison says:

    You should post more pictures of yourself!!!
    This is something I’ve thought about a lot, hahaha, after seeing you at Alt a few years back, finding your blog, following it, loving it, and then thinking, but I want more pictures of Victoria!!

    Cause what do I remember about you every time I read your blog? your hot pink fascinator from almost 2-3 years ago! if i were you I’d show off the style icon that you are! just some unsolicited advice from someone who has no authority to be giving it!

    this is my way of saying, loved the post. xo

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