How to create a fun themed photo booth for the holidays!

Are you having family over for the holidays?  What fun it would be to have a family themed photo shoot?  These have quickly become a huge trend and are now used in weddings, parties and conferences.  It is really simple to make.  You can create a very elaborate one or keep it basic.  Here are the basics.  First pick your theme and build around it.  The sky is the creative limit!  I recently created a Blog and Bling private event for Monarch Jewelry where we had a “Bling” themed photo booth.

Local Orlando Bloggers having fun at Monarch Jewelry's Blog and Bling  Pictured here are Ty Schweickert {Ty Style Me}, Carmen Taylor Rogge {The Flair Exchange}, and Melissa Chambers {Melissa Creates and Blogfete}.

To get started; pick your staging area, a blank wall or an open doorway (one that won’t be in the way during the shoot).  If using a doorway, make sure that light does not come through the backdrop, unless it makes a unique photo effect.  For your backdrop, you can use a sheet, table cloth or a large piece of fabric (preferably one that is 60” wide turned on its side).  The size of your staging area will depend on the length of your fabric.

Local Orlando Bloggers at Monarch Jewelry's Blog and Bling event   For the Blog and Bling event, I used fabric on a large blank wall.  In this picture grouping are Rachel Vasquez {Rachel V Photography},  Nicolette Springer {Working on a Project}, Bianca Dottin {Elle B Styles}, Carol Dierksen {newbie blogger}, and Margo Francois {Beatuy and the Beat Blog }.

Next, you will need accessories. Rummage through closets and accessories from past years and pull out items that fit your theme or color scheme.  Examples: hats, scarves, neckties, hair bows, paper hats (see references below), even your children’s play wigs.  The dollar store has some unique finds too!  Be sure to stay within your theme or color scheme.  Signs and empty frames are always fun and adds some dimension to the image too!  For the Monarch event, I created props that were glittery or had Bling.

Photo booth bling fun

Last but not least are facial features and paper glasses.  These can easily made from home with prinatbles (downloaded graphic images that you print from your home computer), they will need to be attached to a small wooden dowel rod.  You can buy a package of 12” wooden dowel rods from your local craft store.  In addition, you will need some craft paper and glue.  To add a little pizzazz, you might want to embellish them with stickers or rhinestones.

Melinda Tomasello blig props for photo booth

Here is a photo of the bling props that I created.

Some references that might come in handy are:


Pilgram hats, elf hats, and crowns from Persona Designs.

Glasses, mustaches from Creative Juice.  Mindy, from Creative Juice has created a round up from various blogs that also offer more free photo booth printables.  The blogs are: Oh Happy DayCatch My Party, and Craftzee.

Before you get started, search Pinterest for photo booth ideas, there are tons of great ideas out there!  Also, when taking photos, do a few test shots to make sure you get the correct positioning.

Once you start shooting get into it…be a star!  Most important have fun & SMILE! Happy holidays! ~ Melinda 




  1. This is great! I love setting up a photo booth at my parties.