Wanna have the coolest party on the block? Easy - throw together a quick, easy, and free photo booth, and let your guests go wild!
I made this photo booth for my friend Dayna's surprise party this past weekend, and it was a massive hit with all our guests. The next door neighbors were having a party at the same time, and they all ended up coming over and taking pictures as well! This is a great way to give your guests a keepsake from your party, and it gets everybody talking and goofing off, instead of sitting on the couch awkwardly!
Hang a white sheet or shower curtain on the wall your photo booth will be on. Tape or pin the top and sides so that the fabric is taut and doesn't have wrinkles.
Set up your digital camera on a tripod and align it so that the white backdrop is centered in the frame. Tape the floor where the tripod needs to be so that when it inevitably gets moved in the hustle and bustle of the party, you'll be able to put it right back. Now use a friend to figure out where people should stand to be in the center of the frame, and tape the outer boundaries of the frame on the floor so that people can stand in the middle of the tape.
Get a basket or box of some sort, and fill it with goofy prop items, like funny glasses, a mustache on a stick, an empty picture frame, and crazy hats. Set it on a table within easy reach of the backdrop.
Have your guests stand in front of the backdrop, and take turns taking pictures. You can set the self-timer on the camera as well to get the whole crew in the shot. You'll probably have to crop the pictures and possibly adjust the lighting as well in a photo editing program. I recommend the free Photoscape. As you can see in the above image, the top of the frame is above the backdrop, so I'll have to crop the top off.
If you have a more advanced editing program like Adobe Photoshop, you can get a photo strip template, like the above freebie from Sugarplum Paperie. Just crop out a square section from your photos, and insert them into the template.
Finally, load all the images onto a free hosting site like Snapfish, and email the album link out to all your party guests!