If you’ve read here for a while, you might remember that, while I used to think themed birthday parties could be overkill, as I began planning parties for my kids, I found I love coming up with ideas my kids also love.
My boy is a born button-pusher. When he’s allowed to, he loves to get his hands on anything digital and just push buttons until he figures it out (which he usually does, so far!).
He also loves photos—of himself, of family, of friends, of much!
We thought this year might be a good time to get him a kids’ digital camera. (I never would’ve considered this without my brother sharing about it. Who knew they were so reasonably priced and, thankfully, hardy?!)
And what better birthday party theme to go with a camera than a Photobooth Birthday Party!
Photobooth Birthday Party Invitation
I love making simple birthday party invitations that we can email out to guests. If you need it, here’s a fill-in-the-blank copy that you can edit with your favorite photo editing software to include your party details.
Click here to download this free photobooth birthday party invitation! (The download doesn’t have the white banner over it.) Thank you for downloading! If you’d like to share, please link to this blog post rather than the direct file. Photo and design is copyrighted by me, so please do not host, steal, share, or sell this image elsewhere.
Photobooth Birthday Party Activities
We set up a snack area.
My fella is practicing pre-handwriting skills by drawing smiley faces and the beginnings of stick figures, so my husband made a stick figure “family photo” on the birthday cake. We try to keep snacks easy-to-grab and relatively healthy.
We set up a very simple photobooth area with a sheet hanging over our mantle.
The photobooth props sat in a basket right beside the designated area.
If we did this again, we’d change a couple things. My husband wanted to rig up some awesome setup where people could place their cameras to take a photo, but we decided to go the simple route for preschoolers (and ran out of time). I also hung up a “Happy Birthday” banner in the photo area after I took this photo.
We kept it simple with just two main activities. In our invitation, we asked party attendees to bring their cameras, too, whether it was a kid-specific camera or one a parent could help the kids operate. Both activities explained below used cameras.
I found a few great photobooth prop printable sets for free! (Thank you, Pinterest!) I used some of the props from Oh Happy Day’s sets (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), and a few fall-themed props from the Thanksgiving printable set from The Dating Divas.
I went the simple route of just printing the props out on cardstock, then taping them to small craft sticks/wooden stirrers. This worked well for our party, and most of them lasted so we can use them again in the future! If you really want them to last, you can read Oh Happy Day’s directions for very sturdy props (see the links above).
Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt
The second activity took just a little bit of instruction, but then worked beautifully! We had a variety of ages in attendance, so the bigger siblings helped the little kids with their scavenger hunts.
Each pair of children got a Happy Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt checklist. The list had eight things to find around the house and take a photo of with their camera! To make it include a dose of problem solving for the preschoolers, some of the items listed were worded generally, like “find something that spins,” or within a category, “find a fruit.”
Ugh, sorry for the dark lighting on this photo.
The kids did great, and I loved seeing the big kids help out the littler ones. And the littles loved taking photos of their findings to “check off” the list! We played for about 20-30 minutes.
We wrapped up with cake, fruit, and more photobooth fun!
Would you like a free printable of the Happy Birthday Photo Scavenger Hunt? Click here to download your copy. (Thank you for downloading! If you’d like to share, please link to this blog post rather than the direct file. This printable is copyrighted by me, so please do not host, steal, share, or sell this image elsewhere.)
Read our other birthday party ideas here, including an ABC Activity Party and “Have a Ball” Birthday Party!
For more great birthday party ideas (plus other special events), check out my Special Events board on Pinterest.
What’s your favorite theme for a preschooler’s birthday party?
This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Tuesday Tots, Toddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-op, Show and Share Saturday, Free Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.