1. Things You'll Need
- Sheet or tablecloth
- Screened room divider
- Bench or chairs
- Digital Camera
- Colored ink for printer
- Photo Paper
- Hair Styling Tools
- Props and Accessories
- Individual scrapbooking pages (at least one per guest)
- Decorative embellishments, such as rubber stamps, stickers, glitter, beads and ribbon
- Disposable cameras (one per guest)
- Mini scrapbooks (one per guest)
How to Make Photo Booth Invitations
- Snap a few shots of the guest of honor.
- Print them on photo paper.
- Cut three or four of the images into squares, arrange them in a line and glue them onto a strip of cardstock.
- Add a heading that reads something like, “Come strike a pose at a photo booth party!”
- Write the party details on the back of the cardstock.
3. The Photo BoothChoices for the actual photo booth range from renting an automatic booth (the kind you find at a carnival) to professional set-ups (complete with a photographer) to do-it-yourself.
Though it may sound like a large project, a homemade photo-booth can actually be easily set up in any corner of your home.
How to Make Your Own Photo Booth
- Hang a sheet or tablecloth on a wall to serve as the backdrop.
- Place a bench or a couple of chairs in front of the backdrop.
- Section off the area with the room divider.
- Remember that a homemade photo booth will require someone to be the photographer, and since you will be busy hosting the party, it’s best to leave this duty to someone else. Perhaps a relative, friend or another parent can take on the job.
- Along with someone to snap the photos, it’s a good idea to have a second person on hand to operate the digital printing station and keep up with the demand for instant photos.
4. Props and Accessories
Just a few suggestions for props and accessories include:
- Scarves and Boas
- Thrift store clothing
- Halloween costumes
- Musical instruments
- Sports team jerseys
- Sporting equipment
- Costume jewelry
Not all props have to come from a closet or costume shop. Even ordinary household items, such as kitchen aprons, pots and oven mitts can turn kids into creative, culinary characters.
5. Games and Activities
- Photo Boooth Charades
A charades-style game can help kids to loosen up and just have fun in front of the camera. To play photo booth charades, place slips of papers on which you’ve written commands, such as “stick out your tongue” or “make a frightened face” into a hat. Ask guests to draw slips from the hat when they enter the photo booth, and have the photographer snap shots as the subjects act out their commands.
- Photo Booth Party Makeovers
Most kids enjoy primping for photos nearly as much as posing for them, so why not give them the “star” treatment? Place a star on the door of the “dressing room,” a separate room with a supply of makeup and hairstyling tools they can use to give each other makeovers. If your party guests include children who are too young to do it themselves, enlist the help of another adult to do their hair and makeup.
- Scrapbooking Table
When they emerge from the photo booth, a scrapbooking table is a place where the kids can enjoy a craft project. Set your scrapbooking table with the individual scrapbooking pages and scrapbook embellishments. With their prints and a choice of the scrapbooking supplies, kids can create their own decorative memory pages.
- Disposable Cameras
Label the disposable cameras with the names of your party guests and hand them out to guests as they arrive. Hand out the cameras and ask guests to take candid photos of each other during the party. Collect the cameras at the end of the party, and have the images printed and send them to guests along with the thank you notes.