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Ring in the New Year With Your Own Photo Booth

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In my experience, organized party activities can be terrible, or be the one thing people remember (in a good way). Photo booths are always the thing people remember.

And there’s no better time to create your very own than for a New Year’s Eve party, because you’re going to have to occupy guests while they wait for that darn clock to strike 12. Plus, with the HP Envy printer, the photos can be instantly printed and double as a party favor.

Have I convinced you? Let’s get started!

  • New Year’s Eve Photo Booth 1 of 8
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  • Step One 2 of 8
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    The first step in creating your backdrop is to cut several individual scallop shapes from paper. To make the shape, I traced the upper half of a round bowl for the scalloped edge, then drew straight sides and bottom edge with a ruler (see next image if this is confusing). 

  • Step Two 3 of 8
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    After making the first individual scallop shape, you can use it as a template for all the other ones you'll need to cut to make the full backdrop. Make a nice big pile of the cut out shapes. 

  • Step Three 4 of 8
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    After you've cut out your shapes, lay them side by side and layer from bottom to top. Adhere to a big piece of poster board with double-sided tape. 

  • Say Cheese 5 of 8
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    Hang the backdrop and set up your camera on a tripod. Encourage guests to strike a pose and let loose. 

  • Photo Props 6 of 8
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    Make sure to offer your guests plenty of props to encourage lots of fun in the photo booth. Confetti, noise makers, and balloons are great for New Years Eve. You can even make your own 2014 headband like I did here by hot gluing sign letters onto plain headbands.

    Or you could print out some props like these cute ones available on Oh Happy Day. 

  • Printing Photos Instantly 7 of 8
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    One of the negatives of having a photo booth is that I'm always left with a camera or phone full of photos that I promise to get to the guests and then they just sit on my computer until it's embarrassingly late to send them.

    With my HP Envy Printer, I can send the photos straight from my phone to the printer so they're ready to go in just a couple of minutes.

  • Photo Favor 8 of 8
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    The photos make a great take home gift for guests and can be shared for laughs. When trying out the HP Envy Printer for the first time, I was surprised that a home printer could deliver that quality of photo. 

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