Camera/Photo/Photobooth Themed Birthday Party

The camera banner {above} and the number 17 {below} were both made using old copies of Digital Photo magazine.

For the banner:

  • Cut the magazine pages into triangles
  • Sponged on some beige paint
  • Inked up some bubble wrap and stamped it with hot pink
  • Used a camera stamp with the same hot pink ink
  • Hot glued a pink curling ribbon to the top

For the numbers:

  • tore the magazine pages into strips
  • decorated the pages the same as the banner
  • Mod Podged/decoupaged the strips onto the cardboard 1 & 7 {bought at Hobby Lobby}
  • Added another coat of Mod Podge {matte finish} to the outside to seal

This wreath did not turn out as well as I would have liked.  But this is how I made it:

  1. I bought some foam core board at the dollar store
  2. Using a craft knife I cut out the wreath
  3. I used a small plate and a large plate as my circle templates
  4. I wrapped the wreath with some yarn
  5. Printed out these adorable cameras from Designer Clip Art onto scrapbook paper
  6. Punched out circles from the paper & adhered them to the circle part of the camera with pop out adhesive
  7. Hot glued the cameras onto the wreath
  8. Added some flower embellishments
  9. Tied some tulle to the top of the wreath to make the bow/flower
  10. Hot glued a chipboard letter onto the bottom with one strand of yarn

We printed out the mustaches from Design House Digital & The Project Girl’s Disguise Kit.  Taped the mustaches onto skewers.

Party favors were these cute little cameras.  When you look inside, you see animals as you click.  We also bought small albums ($1 ea.) to give {that is the glitter book you see to the left of the jar.}

I have to give a HUGE shout out to the ladies at Paper Heart Camera.  They gave the BEST tutorial on how to make this photo booth back drop using pipe.  I decided to do this on the day of the party {Friday} and whipped it out that afternoon.  It is super EASY to make…even sawed the pipe myself.  Used some curtains I bought for super cheap at Potter Barn Outlet several years ago.  The only thing I did different was made mine 10 feet tall instead of 7 feet.  Well, the wind blew it down, so we took the top 5′ section off and used the bottom 5′ section only.

We bought the stick on mustaches at Hobby Lobby, but the girls mainly used the ones we printed out and put on sticks.

I wish I could say I made the cake, but I did not.  My friend who is a professional cake baker made this one {she has made several of the cakes I’ve featured on here.}

We had so much fun.  I tried not to think about this probably being her last friend birthday party we’ll ever have at our house. :(

It’s been a long day of photo editing.  If I forgot something, feel free to ask a question.  I have a feeling I forgot to explain something.  Going out to dinner with the family now since today is my Daughter’s actual Birthday.

Happy 17th Birthday to our first born,


  1. What lovely and creative decorations and the photo booth is wonderful. How did you get the balloons to light up in the pool? Loos like a grand memory made here. Love you Mom

    • I knew I forgot something! The balloons came in a package from Wal-Mart that were glow in the dark. They had glow sticks already in the balloons. They were pretty cool. We let them float on top of the pool for fun ambiance. 😉 Definitely grand memories were made. 😀

  2. Now that is an awesome party!! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. The theme is fantastic. Looks like everyone had a great time! :)
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    • Thanks Jennifer! I think everyone had fun. I enjoyed making the stuff for her.

      I thought you might like the banner and numbers I made.

      Have a great week, friend! 😀

  3. Wow Shan that’s awesome! You did a great job…soooo wish you lived closer so that you could help me be more creative :)

  4. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. The theme is fantastic. Thanks that you’ve shared.
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  5. jessica melki says:

    that is amazing I am going to celebrate my 21st birthday in august and I want to make it photography themed and ur ideas r so cool is there any more ideas????

  6. Photobooth is an amazing way that can make your birthday even more special and memorable. It is such an innovative idea to celebrate birthday party with a photobooth theme. I just love all these photos very much.

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