make a photo booth

make a photo booth

Want to know how to make a photo booth?

I love having photo booths at my parties for many reasons. The obvious reason is to capture those precious memories, right! Well, why not do it with style. It doesnt’ have to be hard or a major production.

make a photo booth

Photo booths allow your guests to get silly PLUS it gives them a great backdrop so you don’t have a messy kitchen or a million people holding cake as your backdrop in all your photographs!

photo booth

Here are the supplies I use to make my photo booths. And the best part, mine are mobile! A party indoors, you’re all set… party outdoors… you’re all set!

make a photo booth

I start with:

  • Blank white canvas (I use a 4×6 foot canvas)
  • Coordinating fabric (you’ll need at least a yard and a half of fabric, but check the width to make sure it will cover)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Optional: canvas stand available at craft stores

Then I embellish my canvas with:

  • Pennant banner on ribbon or twine,
  • or other party elements like crepe paper twists

photo props for photo booth

Finally, I create photo props for the guests to hold. I like to hot glue them to wooden dowels and put them in a bucket or vase full of sand so that they stay upright and ready for the next guest.

Making a DIY photo booth is just that easy!

These are my party collections that have designed photo props, but we can create them for any collection. Just ask!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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personalized placemats

We’re adding a few new things to the shoppe! Personalized placemats are now available for the following collections (but we can make them for any of the 50+ collections we offer, just e-mail us at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with any questions):

  • pirate ship and pirate skull,
  • dinosaur, and
  • cowgirl birthday and baby shower.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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monogrammed pirate t-shirts

For my latest collection, a pirate birthday party (pirate ship invitation and pirate skull invitation with printable pirate party supplies photographed by Angie Arthur Photography), Sew Jewell on Etsy created these fun pirate crew applique and monogrammed t-shirts. They made for fabulous pictures and what great pirate party favors! She even made the cute little pirate dress and skull cap on the left.

And since my youngest son had a pirate party only a few short weeks after this shoot, we had his pirate t-shirt monogrammed across the back with “Capt’n.” So fun! But you can get anything you like monogrammed on the shirt. Sew Jewell can customize all of her designs.

Visit the entire collection, including these fun pirate skull t-shirts, custom cookies, invitations, thank yous, printable pirate party decorations and more in the shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photography; Pirate t-shirts via Sew Jewell

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pirate ship and skull cookies

Our cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage created the most AARGH-tastic {grin} yummy and cute pirate cookies to go with our new printable pirate party collections: pirate ship and pirate skull.

Visit the entire collection, including these yummy melt-in-your-mouth pirate ship and pirate skull butter cookies, invitations, thank yous, printable pirate party decorations and custom t-shirts, in the shoppe: pirate ship and pirate skull. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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pirate party photo props

I’m just in LOVE with this picture. First because it’s my baby boy, but also because it’s just so fun! As I mentioned in my post about my skull cap pirate sucker favors last week, I styled a pirate party (two collections in the shoppe, pirate ship and pirate skull) a few months back (and hosted a real party, still to come!) and Angie Arthur Photography photographed the day.

And Angie lent me her kiddos as models. This picture doesn’t even begin to show how fun they all were… brothers! Can’t you tell?!

The printable photo op collection includes skull caps (4 patterns) in children and adults sizes… because we want to be in the pictures too right! Three conversation bubbles, which you can either order with our phrases or personalized with your own phrases, like “Happy Birthday Captain Jack!” Just attach them to wooden dowels from your local craft store or hardware store and you’re ready to go!

For our “photo booth” I covered a canvas with red and white stripe fabric, the same I used to make the skull cap pirate sucker favors, and then hung my pirate banner (also available with the printable collections) on twine from the hardware store.

And here’s my other itty! He’s a ham! {proud momma smile}

Visit the entire collection in the shoppe, pirate ship and pirate skull. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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DIY pirate skull cap suckers

I’ve been waiting a long time to share my new pirate birthday party ideas with you and I’m so excited! My youngest fell in love with the thought of pirates this past Spring, yep, a year ago, when Disney’s Jake and The Neverland Pirates premiered. So in June of this past summer I hosted an “off the hook” (HA! I’m so funny!) birthday party for him.

BUT, just before his real birthday party we had to create a new printable pirate party collection (two collections in the shoppe, pirate ship and pirate skull) to use. And since we were making a new collection that also meant we had to shoot the new collection. So I called my talented friend Angie of Angie Arthur Photography and a few other friends, which I’ll share over the next few days, and I styled a very fun pirate party on the shore of a local lake with ships in the background.

It was an awesomely hot day (pushing 95), but we all survived and the kids did have a ton of fun! I think the sugar helped. {wink} And for my little one (this little scallywag below is Angie’s baby), it was a bit like having a party before the party!

So to start, I’m going to share a very simple and fun pirate party favor idea. I picked up red and white stripe fabric from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, cut it into 2.5″x5″ strips and wrapped it around the top (aka the pirate’s head) of red Tootsie Roll suckers. As you wrap and twist to one side, add a touch of hot glue here and there. The skull cap will adhere to the paper and come right off when the kiddos are ready to eat them!

And if you’re wondering how they all stood up so well in the bucket, I covered a styrofoam ball from JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Stores with chocolate coins from the candy store.

You can see more of my new pirate party supplies by visiting the shoppe, as well as my blog posts: pirate party photo props, monogrammed pirate t-shirts, pirate ship and pirate skull cookies and more will be posted in my pirate category!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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pirate treasure map cookies

I recently hosted a pirate party for my youngest son’s fifth birthday. It was so much fun and I have tons of DIY, along with a new pirate party printables collection (available in the shoppe soon), that I can’t wait to share with you over the next few weeks. To start off I thought I would share a super simple cookie idea.

I baked round gingerbread cookies (if you’re in a hurry pick up a bag of Kellogg’s Shortbread Cookies or sugar cookies from the bakery), and flooded them with white icing. It’s actually much easier than it sounds. Here are some tips on flooding from my contributor at Sweet Sugar Belle.

I just let the icing dry overnight and then took a black food coloring pen (I picked mine up in a pack of five colors at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores) and drew on an X and dash marks. Just make sure you don’t press down too hard on the icing and remember to make each one a bit different. Oh, and if you want them to be dairy free, and I did of course, use Pillsbury white icing and Pillsbury gingerbread cookie dough.

I have to tell you, these were the first things to disappear off my dessert table! As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY pirate ship cookie

Kim and team just designed and photographed additions to their pirate collections (lots of details to come!) and Kim even hosted a swashbuckling pirate bash for her little guy, which she’s sharing soon, so we thought there’s no better time to teach you how to decorate pirate ship cookies

You can choose many different variations on this theme, but this time I went with red and white stripes to match the shoppe’s Pirate Ship collection.

To decorate pirate ship cookies you will need:

  • Black outlining icing with a #2 tip
  • Red, white, brown, and yellow flood icing
  • Black food color marker
  • Tips for outlining & flooding cookies

First, outline the cookie.

Then, fill in the red stripes and the top of the sail with yellow.

Next, fill in the boat with brown icing and quickly drop white dots into it to create windows.

Let this dry for about an hour, then come back and fill in the white stripes

Add the mast, and let dry overnight.

The next day, use the food color marker to separate any stripes that may have run together in the sail, and to add wood grain to the boat.

With just a little time, and a few supplies, you will have the cutest cookies on the block.

For more cookie ideas, head on over to my blog, The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle. It’s pirate week over on my blog and I am full of fun pirate cookie ideas including 3-D pirate ships (a new favorite of Kim’s!), girl pirate faces and boy pirate faces!

See you back soon for another fun how-to! And as always, we hope you’re inspired!

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off to a shoot this morning

Good morning everyone! The team is off to a beautiful farm this morning to shoot two new fall collections. And although I can’t share the details just yet, I thought I would leave you with a shot of my youngest son’s recent pirate birthday.

He loves Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates and insisted that his photo prop say “Yo Ho, Let’s Go!” (Sorry moms. This one won’t be in the shoppe with the other photo props since this phrase is TM by Disney. But there will be several other fun ones!) And I thought it very appropriate for us this morning as we pack up the studio and head out.

Much more to come on his pirate party, the recent Splash Bash & Deep Blue Sea shoot I shared a peek of yesterday and everything we’re doing today.

Happy Tuesday!

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Jessy, a super talented mom of six, threw her little guy a bash that any pirate would want to loot! She picked up the plates, napkins and balloons from our pirate collection (pirate skull and pirate ship) and worked with Kristy, the head “glitter girl” behind The Purple Pug, to make a custom banner and other goodies.  Hop over to Kristy’s blog to see more pictures and some adorable Captain Crunch favor ideas!

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