Simple & Easy DIY Photo Booth

I have shared a few photo booth DIYs on the blog you can see here and here. But I feel like each time I host a grad party I do it a little differently, and try to tweak the process. This photo booth was super simple to put together and inexpensive too. 

I have borrowed in years past the structural part from a friend, with a heavy fabric liner as the backdrop which I then decorate. But this year I decided to check out how much a setup would be to permanently add to my party supplies. I was surprised to find that they weren't that expensive. The only thing missing that was crucial was the black fabric/liner which I rectified for a few dollars! Below is a list of all the items you'll need to make the above photo booth and prices (at time of posting). 

PhotoBooth Backdrop Supplies

  • Structural Backdrop- poles and sides to hold everything together- $34.99
  • Solid Black Tablecloths- you can pick up at your local party store as well, we just taped it at the top with gaffer's tape and no one knew it was a $3.50 plastic tablecloth. Depending on how wide your photo booth is, you may need two. I only needed 1. 
  • Black Fringe Curtain- for roughly $5.25, I ordered 3 of these black fringe curtains that you can order in varying colors. Again, we taped it to the top pole with black gaffer's tape. About $15 for all 3. 
  • Gold Star Hanging Decor- last but not least I ordered 4 of these gold star decorations, and then cut then in two because they were quite long. That gave us 8 hanging star lines to finish off the look. They are $1.99 a piece. Total for 4 about $8. 

Grand Total for this photo booth : $61.50 plus tax (free shipping for Amazon prime members)

I've collected props through the years for photo booths so didn't really need to buy much, but you can hit up your local party supply store or Amazon for props and hats. 

I also love using Build-A-Head for a fun oversize photo prop of the graduate. 

Happy photoboothing friends!!!

Weekend Links

It's still technically the weekend even though it's quickly coming to an end. :( Weekends need to be just one day longer. I don't think that's too much to ask. This photo above was taken during one of the best days of our Costa Rican vacation last month. That clear blue cold cold water, that waterfall, those rocks behind me where you can just make out my brother in law above Greta's head who is climbing up them to jump off the ledge. This whole scene just made it absolutely incredible and one none of us will forget. 

On to a few links I would love to share with you all...

I just ordered these this weekend and promise to report back on what I think. 

Nordstrom sale started this week for card members, have you guys checked it out yet? I picked up these because my blender was kaput. It's so good to get a fresh new one every few months. 

Greta got one of these mini backpacks for graduation in a burnt orange color, and has used it daily ever since. It's adorable and I am eyeing a full size one for myself. 

I was due to freshen up our beach supplies and a few months ago I purchased new turkish towels, and they're on sale now better than I bought them for! They're long, which is great for the beach, and they dry super quick because they're so thin. I also love them because they are great for draping on legs to avoid sun. 

I have this reading list bookmarked. But I did read two books super quickly on our trip that I highly recommend. This one and this, both by same author. I know there was a mini series on the second book, which I didn't watch and didn't even know the premise of, so it felt good to be surprised by the whole mystery of the book. Both easy reading, great vacation books. 

And if you're like my husband, you'll love this useless trivia. He can't wait to bust out this info at the next dinner party. He used this one on me today, "If you walked directly south in Detroit, you would hit Canada." It's true. I even consulted a map because I didn't believe him. :)

Happy weekend my friends. Hope yours if full of adventure and recharging, relaxation and yummy food and sunshine. xo

Thoughts on Aging...

I wrote this title in a blog post draft and then saved it thinking I would come back when I had more time and I would remember exactly what I wanted to say. I guess that's the irony, I'm too old to have a memory that good haha. I guess that could be be counted as thought #1. 

I turned 37 last month and I have been thinking a lot about getting older because...well, I'm old now, so I think about it a lot. Simple enough right? In all seriousness I do have some things that I have come to realize about aging. 

  • effort: this one is a biggie. I have come to realize just how much effort it takes to maintain things, and when I say things I mean health, body, all the stuff around and inside me. I never had to think much about my body being healthy until the last few years. But I can tell you for certain it takes so much effort now. I have no qualms about my body being a little softer now compared to when I was younger, and I make no effort to have a rocking hard body(who has the time or money?!). But just to fit into the clothes I own and have worn for many years means I am exercising 4-5 days a week. Working up a sweat is no longer something that I do just to feel good or get a better nights sleep, no, I have to sweat almost daily because I know it means my life will be extended and my health will benefit from it, and the bonus is my clothes will fit ;)
  • perspective: this is a also a huge one. I have noticed that the older I get the less I understand younger generations. I thought it was the older you got, the more you understand. But apparently I am not working like normal people. I stare at younger people, and I don't mean kids, I mean 20 somethings, and I am just not feeling it like maybe I should. The time that they have at their fingertips! The energy! And it's spent on such worthless things. I feel maybe my 20s weren't average because I was a mom at 21, so I may have just skipped that whole footloose and fancy-free thing. Is that why I have nothing in common with people in their 20s? I went from 19 to 39?! Hah!
  • goals: I feel like as I age not only do the goals change (duh), but they become a lot less specific. Well, at least for me this is the case. Instead of wanting to read a book once a month, I may set a goal of trying to more grateful, or complain less, or laugh more. Honestly, wanting to raise my kids to be kind and hard working individuals is right up there at the moment. Everything else can wait. 
  • travel: I'm pretty sure my intense desire to travel has more to do with the ease of traveling with older kids, maybe less to do with my age. But I feel like time is slipping through my fingers, and I want to see so much of the world with my kids. 
  • shopping: this one is a funny realization. The older I get, the less I shop, the less I enjoy shopping, and the more I want to just click a button on my computer and smile as I open a box on my doorstep the next day. There is one exception however. I am enjoying wearing makeup and shopping for makeup as I age. Is it because I need to wear makeup more? Probably. Cie la vie. 

There you have my thoughts on getting older. 37 was definitely much less painful than 35 and 36. And yes, I know that 40 is knocking, and maybe by then I'll be A-Ok with it. My grays are starting to sprout and my crows feet you can see up in that photo above, well I don't know that it's all that terrible. I feel like I may have earned every one of those fine lines and overcame challenges along the way. This is 37.