Month: December 2014

Use Up That Wrapping Paper With These Awesome Ideas

Now that Christmas has passed we’re thinking you might just have piles of wrapping paper, bows, and tissue paper, lying around that you are wondering what to do with. As it turns out there are actually tons of clever ways that you can use your leftover paper that will have you feeling merry even though Christmas is over.

We love BuzzFeed Life’s list of 19 Genius Uses For Leftover Wrapping Paper. All 19 ideas are pretty spectacular, and we wanted to share some of them with you, along with other inspiration that might help your wrapping paper woes.

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Make tiny envelopes. These would be perfect for next year’s gift cards, cash gifts, sending cute little messages, DIY Advent Calendars, and so much more. We talked to some of our Photo Booth staff, and they thought that using these to keep your earrings or necklaces organized would be a really fun use as well. So creative!

Now, this is a great idea for throughout the year. Ever notice how the few times you actually want to send something via snail mail, you never have an envelope? Now you can make them yourself with this tutorial from EclecticallyVintage.com without using any special tools!

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Make DIY Wrapping Paper Bunting. Re-purpose your festive paper for your New Year’s Eve party. It’s sparkly, it’s shiny, and it screams HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you have an abundance of red and white papers, make it now, and have it ready for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

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Shred It Into Confetti. With NYE just days away, using your leftovers for confetti is another great way to make use of those crinkled up wrappers. You can color coordinate by keeping the colors separate and even use hole-punches to create a bit of diversity. With so much red and white paper for Christmas, re-using it for Valentine’s Day is almost a must. Punch out some red and white hearts, stars, or just plain old hole-punches and back them up now so you are all set for V-day.

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Make some beautiful streamers.  We at the Photo Booth of the Stars absolutely love this idea because it is the perfect fit for your photo booth backdrops. You don’t have to cut out circles either, cut out strips and you will still have a festive fun effect that your guests are going to love. It really adds to a celebration to have streamers.

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Create festive tray liners. Simply using wrapping paper to line your trays really makes them pop! This is a great way to use up all of those scrap pieces you had left from your rolls too. Lining a plain, white shirt box with some holiday wrapping paper would be a perfectly easy last minute DIY to place some cookies and treats on for that person you forgot about. They won’t feel forgotten with this one little embellishment.

Still staring at that pile of paper? Check out the entire 19 clever ideas to demolish it HERE.
Happy re-wrapping!

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping Made Simple!

ChristmasShoppingOnly 3 days left until Christmas! Is all of your shopping complete? For a lot of us the answer is no, and it seems like even if you do plan ahead there tends to be someone or something that gets overlooked. If you are still in need of tackling your shopping list, you are in luck and Photo Booth of the Stars is making it easier than ever to get it all done and fast!

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We have all been in a that dilemma where you just don’t know what to buy someone. You just can’t think of anything, and if you ask for suggestions you get no input back. Know what we are talking about? If so, then we have the solution for you. Gifts.com is here to save the day. You can literally shop by several categories ensuring you get the perfect gift every time.

Some of the categories include:

  • Last-Minute and Same-Day Gifts
  • 6 Gift Cards You Can Give Today
  • Experiential e-Gift Certificates
  • Shop by Personality
  • Gear Up For the New Year
  • Jewelry for Women
  • Men’s Accessories
  • Gifts for Women or Men under $50
  • Video Games
  • Gourmet Foods

Their Personality Profiler will help you to discover gifts completely catered to your recipient’s personality.  It’s really neat, you specify who it is for, then after answer several questions regarding their career, hobbies, and various personality traits, you in turn get a list of the perfect gifts for your person. It could not be simpler.

Holiday Helper

Forget to send a gift card and either don’t want to pay the extreme shipping fee, or the delivery time just won’t work? Head over to Gyft where you can buy, send, and redeem digital gift cards instantly. Right now they are offering $5 free when you sign up today too.

If you are a person who loves to keep lists to help stay organized, we have the app for you. No More Socks: The Christmas List Genius is a free app that takes gift planning to the next level. You can store and organize gift ideas all year round, share ideas, and even track what you gifted so that you don’t buy the same gifts in the years to come.

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Back in November, Consumer Reports put out THIS list of 13 free apps to help you with your holiday shopping. If you didn’t use it this year, make sure you check it out to keep in your pocket for next year to make your life so much easier.

The list includes apps that can help you with the following areas:

  • Gift-List Managers
  • Shopping Assistants
  • Parking-Space Locators
  • Finance Helpers

We also headed over to Savvy Sassy Moms to check out 4 Holiday Gift-Buying Apps that will make your shopping and spending easy. Sounds like music to our ears! You can check out the list HERE. We really enjoyed what all four had to offer and think you will too. Now, stop procrastinating and get those last items bought, wrapped, and done so you can relax and enjoy the holiday!

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Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays from Photo Booth of the Stars!

 

Christmas Party Photo Booth Props

Are you ready to grab a prop and strike a pose in your Christmas party photo booth? Photo Booth of the Stars sure is, and you will be too with this incredible inspiration we have compiled for your treat.

That Party Girl

We found this pretty little download from ThatPartyGirl on Etsy that will make your Ugly Sweater party a true hit of the season. You can grab this instant downloadable photo booth sign that really pops for your photo booth entrance or table HERE.

That Party Girl

While you are at ThatPartyGirl check out these photo booth props that your guests are going to have a blast with. The entire set comes with not only the 10 different props, but you also get the really cute sign, and ugly sweater garland. We can’t get enough of these printable props. They are so affordable and really create a fun vibe at your event. Get them HERE!

Talk Crafty To Me

These FREE holiday prop prints from Talk Crafty to Me are just too cute not to make. You can get your own set right HERE and watch your guests entertain themselves in the photo booth rental for hours.

The Thinking Closet

The Thinking Closet did us all a holiday favor by putting together an easy-to-follow tutorial to help you make a unique backdrop that is extremely budget friendly. All you need is a few plastic tablecloths, plus a few other items you most likely already have on hand. Check out the tutorial HERE and you can have a festive red and green backdrop for just a few dollars and in no time at all. That is something to celebrate!

Oriental Trading

Now, for those of you looking to truly light up your photo booth images, this is the backdrop for you. We found it on Oriental Trading along with these others below.

Oriental Trading

We love this Christmas lights banner that will have your guests twinkling the night away.

Oriental Trading

It’s still up in the air whether Chicago will be having a white Christmas, but with this backdrop it will be one no matter where your party location.

Now that you’ve got your props and your backdrop, it’s time to get down some fun poses. Head on over to The Dating Divas and check out their list of 101 Family Christmas Card ideas. There you will find tons of inspiration for any and every situation; whether you are flying solo in the photo booth rental, or if you are surrounded by friends and family, there something for you. You can scour their entire list HERE and maybe even strike up an idea for next year’s holiday photo while you are there.

Living Locurto

OK, now we just had to share this hilarious picture from Living Locurto with you. It had us cracking up! For any of you that enjoy the Elf on a Shelf tradition you have got to include this idea. Check it out HERE and get the free mini photo booth strip printable.

We can’t wait to hear and see what fun times you had this holiday season! Happy Holidays!

 

Festive Holiday Backdrops For Our Open Photo Booths

Have you tried our Open Photo Booths yet? If not, this holiday season is the ultimate time to include one in your celebrations. For those of you who have experienced the classic photo booth style only, you are in for such a treat by switching it up with one of our open booths. They offer the same fun and festive atmosphere as a traditional booth plus so much more. Best of all are the endless photo booth backdrops that you can customize for your package.

Here are a couple of our most popular ones our clients are getting festive with, and you can too!

Photo Booth of the Stars backdrop

Everyone is loving the silver and gold snowflake backgrounds. They are so cheerful and make for a joyful backing to any events photo booth.

Photo Booth of the Stars Snowflake BDrop

We can’t get enough of photo booth backdrops for any occasion whether it is your wedding, office holiday party, or for you next family celebration. We decided we would treat you today with some of our favorites we have come across on the web.

Christmas Ornament Backdrop – Found on POPCOSMO

We just love this idea from on Pinterest from POPCOSMO.  It’s so inspirational for the Christmas season. You can see the fun DIY tutorial HERE.  Another idea would be to  take fabric like tulle or something sparkly and string some holiday ornaments in front of it.  What a great idea for a backdrop that will get your friends and family ready to pose and make memories of the season.

Photo by Crystal Downs found on Wedding Wire

This is the solution for you last minute types, and you all know who you are. This backdrop is so simple to throw together that you could even assign a few of the younger kids to assemble it while you wrap up the loose ends before your party. Pick out streamer colors that coordinate best with your holiday fun. Check out the fun tutorial on Wedding Wire HERE.

MERRYCHRISTMAS

We love coming up with ideas to spice up your photo booth rentals. We’ve seen firsthand that even a simple banner that states Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, or anything special to you and your loved one can make for a really fun picture to remember.

If you are searching for a budget friendly option just pick up some wrapping paper. You can find the prettiest paper for next to nothing at various stores that will meet any budgetary needs, and is also a really quick setup for your photo booth. If you really want to get crazy you can purchase several different types and colors of paper and switch them out periodically throughout your event.

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We absolutely love the idea of taking all of your holiday wishes cards you receive in the mail and putting them to great use. Punch some holes in them and string them together with pretty bows or ribbons and hang it up like garland. Your guest will get so much merriment from seeing their cards hung up and being put to use instead of getting opened and thrown away.  Perfect!

4 Holiday Cocktails as Entertaining as Your Photo Booth

Make your holiday cocktails as entertaining as the photo booth at your party this year. We have hand-picked some festive recipes that your guests are going to love. Here are some of our top picks to include in your cup of cheer.

We came across a brilliant collection of Holiday Cocktails put together by Michael Wurm Jr, an Entertaining Expert over on About.com.

How fantastic does this Cherry Vodka Sparkler look and sound?  Yum! The rock candy sugar stirrer just makes it that much more fun! Even better, there are only three ingredients needed to whip up this little beauty.

  • Vodka
  • Sparkling Cranberry Cherry
  • Rock candy swizzle sticks.

That is all you need folks! You can check out the recipe from Inspired by Charm HERE and get all of the info on this delightment.

This Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail will certainly warm up your guests on a snowy winters eve. We got the recipe over at Hello Natural and were impressed by it’s list of ingredients, or rather lack thereof.

  • 10 oz apple cider
  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 1 lady apple, cut in thick slices
  • 2 teaspoon organic, raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Sound like something up your alley? Check out more on the recipe HERE.

You should definitely check out the entire list from About.com for some really impressive mixes that look exquisite! You can view it HERE.

We love this recipe for Cranberry Ginger Cocktails that we found over at Domestic Super Hero for a slew of reasons. One of the biggest being that you can make this ahead and in pitchers! That combination makes for the perfect recipe for a signature party cocktail that is pre-made and ready to pour making your hosting duties all the more low maintenance and stress free.

Another reason we love this idea is that it’s so simple to make and includes every day ingredients.  The lime slices and cranberries make this lovely drink so cheerful and an epic Christmas cocktail.

Head over and get the recipe and instructions over on Domestic Super Hero HERE.

Now for a cocktail that just looks like an icy winter day mixed with a bit of heaven! This Winter Sea Breeze recipe we found at Catch My Party is the perfect way to toast in a celebration. At first, we were sold purely on this drinks looks alone, but then we read:

This is hands down my favorite holiday cocktail to serve. It’s bright, bubbly, tangy, and crisp, plus the pomegranate seeds and spring of mint give it a festive Christmas feel. If you’re looking for a signature holiday cocktail, I recommend you try this!

We just had to give it a try! Boy are we glad we did. You can get the recipe HERE and make up a batch of these throughout your holiday celebrations!

Cheers!

Author:  L. Fulton-EventsbyL