Today I've got the final post from my big family fiesta! Other posts from this special 75th birthday party can be found here.
Let's start with the wrap up video I made, with footage from the party.
Around the 1:00 minute mark in the video, you can see the cool DIY photo booth we set up. With the help of some borrowed velour drape and LED up-lights, it ended up turning out quite snazzy.
I found great props like those sombrero headbands, at Oriental Trading Co., and the chili pepper necklace, at Party City. I brought the plain black glasses, mustaches, etc. (originally from Michaels) from my ever-growing party supply stash. I didn't see these online when I was looking for things for this party, but would have totally ordered them (or DIY'd a version) had I found them in time.
For the photo booth itself, we downloaded the Simple Booth app on to my sister's iPad. We used the edition meant for iPhones (a free download), but ideally would have gone with the Simple Booth Event Edition ($59.99). I would definitely "splurge" for the Event Edition in the future; we used her iPad rather than mine for this party and decided it made more sense to save the purchase for my iPad, which will probably see more parties in the future than hers. After all, I've had photo booths at a few parties in the past: Party No. 1: NYE and Party No. 12: Christmas crafts. Those times, I used Jason's DSLR camera on a tripod with a remote. The photo quality is obviously higher with the "nice" camera, but I'm super happy with how the pictures from this party turned out, too. We ordered this tripod mount adapter for tablets from Amazon, but ended up borrowing a special sleek iPad tripod that is meant to be used with a photo booth set up.
I liked the Simple Booth App overall and would absolutely recommend it for a party of this size (approx. 30 people). For the most part, guests figured out how to use it on their own, plus, I was around throughout the night to assist. I don't think the free edition would hold up for a bigger event- like a wedding. But based on the fun photos below, I think it got the job done! It's so fun to have silly pictures to help remember this big and colorful family party.