a nye photo booth & the instax mini 8 are my fave (giveaway!)

December 19, 2013

Need to keep guests busy while you wait for the clock to strike midnight? I say photo booth it.
nye photo booth backdrop
To make your own scalloped backdrop: cut a variety of paper into individual scallop shapes, line up side by side and layer from bottom to top on a large piece of poster/art board, and adhere with double sided tape. Easy.
nye photo booth backdrop
If you want to make your own 2014 headband, follow my instructions right here.
nye photo booth backdrop
And now for the giveaway part, my favorite camera to use for a party photo booth is the Fuji INSTAX. It’s just so great to have instant photos to give to your guests that double as party favors and cute mementos. Just in time for your NYE, you can win your very own INSTAX Mini 8 today. Simply comment on this post by eod Sunday, December 22nd and this happy little camera could be yours. Yay!

Want an even better chance to win? Check out the INSTAX 12 Days Til Christmas Sweepstakes.

photography: Nicole Coleman


  • On December 19, 2013 , sydney85 said:

    Love the instax mini. Fabulous idea for party favors.

  • On December 19, 2013 , Evelyn said:

    Ah! I love love love the instax. This would be amazing to win. Like an early birthday gift! (My birthday is the 4th)

  • On December 19, 2013 , Michelle said:

    Hey, I recognize that photo with the mustard colored cardigan! That was a fun addition to the party. Loved having it!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Heather J said:

    How adorable is that little one!? She looks like she knows how to party and play in a photo booth.

  • On December 19, 2013 , aimee @ smilingmama said:

    We have the 7 and it is THE HIT of every party! I’d love to upgrade to the 8!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Yaz Gonzalez said:

    The Fuji Instax is so cute! It’d be an adorable and fun addition to any party and would be great for my upcoming wedding!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Tess said:

    So cute! I miss my Polaroid….

  • On December 19, 2013 , Kira said:

    this is so fun!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Lettie | Living & Loving said:

    I would love love love to have an instax! so fun and cute.

  • On December 19, 2013 , Cindy P said:

    That looks like so much fun! And the Instax would be wonderful for a photobooth! So much better than having to set your camera (or memory card) on one of those portable photo printers!!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Batter said:

    Photo booth pictures make for great party favors and since I can’t find film for my izone camera anymore, I would love to win a new instant film camera! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Suzanna said:

    Me, please!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Karly said:

    I would love that camera! It would be perfect for my little boy’s birthday parties!

  • On December 19, 2013 , blair said:

    love this! we are having a baby soon – very soon! and i would love to use the instax mini for capturing mini memories for his/her keepsake book! this would be a treat!

  • On December 19, 2013 , susan said:

    so fun!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Pamela said:

    This would be an awesome thing to do for my baby’s first birthday!! ❤️

  • On December 19, 2013 , j severtsgaard said:

    yes! love this!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Lindy said:

    Oooo, I’ve wanted one of these for years! So fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Stefanie said:

    So much fun!! That little camera would come in handy in many ways!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Shannon said:

    Perfect party favor! I love instant photos :)

  • On December 19, 2013 , Caitlin said:

    That child is seriously working the camera. I’m down to my last pack of original polaroid film (I bought it bulk from ebay when they announced they wouldn’t be making film anymore and stored it all in my fridge!) and I would love the keep that sweet instant magic going with an instax!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Carrie said:

    Awesome backdrop and awesome giveaway!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Lizzy said:

    This camera looks like so much fun for parties!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • On December 19, 2013 , joanna kam said:

    this is an amazing givewaway! I’ve always wanted one!

  • On December 19, 2013 , kelli said:

    i’ve only had one instant camera like that and it was the most fun ever!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Danielle said:

    I’ve been wanting one for so long!! Great giveaway!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Danielle said:

    This would be such a fun giveaway to win!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Jen N. said:

    What a fun idea!

  • On December 19, 2013 , kate said:

    This has been on my wishlist for far too long. Someone’s not getting the hint so I guess I just need to win one!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Leyla said:

    What a sweet gift..LOVE IT!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Agnes said:

    This camera would be soooo fun to have! I love taking pictures. My kids would love this too.

  • On December 19, 2013 , Lori! said:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Perfect for fun parting gifts for friends and family as they leave the party :]

  • On December 19, 2013 , gatorgirl4325 said:

    I have had an Instax camera on my wish list for ages! It’s perfect for a photo booth!

  • On December 19, 2013 , kelly said:

    love this camera!! so fun!

  • On December 19, 2013 , maggie said:

    i have been wanting one of these babies for years!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Marti said:

    I have been wanting one of these!!! Please, please, please!!!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Laura said:

    My 3 year old and I would love to win one of those cameras!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Stacey said:

    I’ve been wanting one of these for sooooo long! So cute:)

  • On December 19, 2013 , Michelle Warnke said:

    These photos are so cute and I would love to win the Instax!!! Perfect New Year’s Eve camera!

  • On December 19, 2013 , whitney said:

    Love the Instax!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Michelle T said:

    What a fun camera!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Nita Keesling said:

    What a lovely giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • On December 19, 2013 , hannah said:

    what a fun idea. our big family get together every year is on new year’s eve so this would be perfect.

  • On December 19, 2013 , Kim said:

    I love these! Borrowed one from a friend for my wedding and really want one now!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Paige C said:

    Cute backdrop!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Emily M said:

    I’d totally love this fun little camera! Bet my son would too :)

  • On December 19, 2013 , Victoria Barton said:

    What a cute idea for the photo booth. Thank you for giving me a chance to win. Happy Holidays!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Ramona said:

    I have wanted one of these for years! I’m crossing my fingers & holding my breath! ;)

  • On December 19, 2013 , lacey said:

    I love photobooths! and I love this cute backdrop! and I would love this cute little camera, too! thanks for the opportunity. c;

  • On December 19, 2013 , Nicole K said:

    Too much fun!! It makes for such a great keepsake souvenir!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Amy Nalette said:

    Such a fun idea for a NYE party! And that camera – adorable!

  • On December 19, 2013 , erin said:

    So cute! My son would have a ball with this- he’s been begging for his own camera!

  • On December 19, 2013 , mary said:

    We hope to do a photo booth for our New Year’s Party…the kids would have too much fun!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Angela McMillan said:

    It’s would be so fun! And food things happen on the 22nd, so I’m crossing my fingers.

  • On December 19, 2013 , Tiffany G. said:

    Instax mini pictures are my fave too!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Mel said:

    This would be so fun to win!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Julie said:

    All I want for Christmas is the polaroid!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Megan said:

    Very cool! It looks tiny too. Would fit great in my purse!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Ariel said:

    Oooee, so glad they are making a comeback!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Charmaine said:

    I would LOVE to win this beautiful camera! I’ve had my eyes on an instax for some time now! :)

  • On December 19, 2013 , Stephanie said:

    Love the scalloped backdrop and of course, love the camera. Thanks for the idea and the opportunity!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Sarah w. said:

    What a cool camera!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Silvia said:

    It would be an awesome way to capture my party headbands!
    I’m in love with all your DIY!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Emily K. said:

    Pick me! I’d love to set this out at our wedding in August.

  • On December 19, 2013 , Shelley T. said:

    Pick me! :)

  • On December 19, 2013 , Andrea Caretto said:

    Love and miss instant cameras! Would love to pass the tradition on with my kiddos!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Hilary A. said:

    This looks like a great product! I would love to try it out.

  • On December 19, 2013 , stephanie said:

    two arms up waving in the air with fingers crossed! been eyeing one for awhile. ok, and my toes are crossed too.

  • On December 19, 2013 , Becki said:

    Too cute! What an easy backdrop!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Jane said:

    Would love that camera!

  • On December 19, 2013 , jennifer said:

    Love this little camera-just bought one for my tween son-I know he will love it!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Lisa Frank said:

    Oh my goodness, it takes such darling little photos! I didn’t even know it existed but now I *need* one. :)

    The backdrop is fabulous–LOVE the color combo!

  • On December 19, 2013 , tamiko said:

    what a great giveaway! I love the idea of using them as party favors!

  • On December 19, 2013 , florence chia said:

    I’d love to win the instax!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Jessie said:

    My little sister used one of these at her wedding as a guest sign in and it was the BEST! I’ve been jealous that she’s had it all these years…would love to win one of my own!!

  • On December 19, 2013 , Veronica said:

    Love the scallop background!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Rachel said:

    Would love to win the instax mini!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Lena said:

    love the headband!

  • On December 20, 2013 , jane said:

    Like sneaky pix and party fun!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Heather said:

    Instant! Instant! I love instant cameras!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Leah said:

    I love instant cameras! What a great giveaway around the holidays. :)

  • On December 20, 2013 , Emily said:

    Woah! What a cool! I can also give that as a gift to my daughter who loves photography :)

  • On December 20, 2013 , Inga said:

    YES Pleease. :)

  • On December 20, 2013 , Jill R said:

    I would love an Instax, so fun!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Johanna said:

    That looks like a fun camera! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Brandi L said:

    Love the NYE in a box idea. The instax is a great way to celebrate and scrapbook!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Anne said:

    Awesome! My daughter would love carrying around pictures of her funny faces.

  • On December 20, 2013 , Lauren C said:

    Ah I miss the days of polaroids and I’ve heard great things about this camera…. Hope you have a great Christmas!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Jenn Henry said:

    What a great giveaway- and an adorable model for your post!:) Cheers to a great year ahead!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Laura Parke said:

    I’ve always wanted an Instax Mini!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Niki said:

    Oh fun! I would love to have an instax mini !!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Hannah said:

    Oh goodness, what a fun idea!!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Stacey Finch said:

    So fun!!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Maura said:

    Love it! SO fun!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Augusta Lee Chauhan said:

    I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time. I stupidly purchased a mini printer only to findout after it arrived that it will not work with Apple products. (My Phone :(. ) It also will not connect to other people’s phone since I don’t know it’s WiFi code. It’s been a rough year and it would totally be awesome to win. Christmas isn’t about gifts, but it does make you feel better to get at least one.

    Thank you very much for all of your insight, cool giveaways, printables, and entertaining blog. Maybe some day soon you can post about what led you to start your blog and where all of your followers came from.

    Have a Blessed Holiday Season and Epic 2014,
    Augusta “Gus”

  • On December 20, 2013 , Karen said:

    AH this is perfect for a NYE party!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Hili said:

    That backdrop looks so festive! thanks for the chance to win one of these lovelies.

  • On December 20, 2013 , Jene' said:

    These photos are sooooo cute! And I have wanted an instax for so long! Hope i win, but good luck to everyone!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Vanessa said:

    Advance Happy New Year too! I’d love to win an Insta Mini :-)

  • On December 20, 2013 , Eliza said:

    We have a kids NYE party these ideas, and camera, are perfect for. Happy Holidays!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Sarah said:

    fun fun fun!

  • On December 20, 2013 , elle said:

    love love love the instax!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Kelly said:

    I would love to snap pictures with that

  • On December 20, 2013 , Bethany said:

    What a fun little camera! Great giveaway!

  • On December 20, 2013 , Allison said:

    Cool giveaway, have always loved these cameras

  • On December 20, 2013 , Cheryl said:

    Love the Instax!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Shawn said:

    I’m leaving for the amazon on new year’s eve (am i not the luckiest?!) and taking instaphotos with new friends would be beyond awesome.

  • On December 21, 2013 , Annia said:

    This camera is soooo awesome! The list of fun photos and projects that I can think of is never-ending!!! I would looove to have it! Happy holidays to all :)

  • On December 21, 2013 , Ana said:

    Wow this is my fave!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Erica said:

    my best friend has one of these and we snap away at all her parties! now i need one!

  • On December 21, 2013 , kathleen said:

    Takes me back to my youth ! Would love to give this to my 17 year old daughter for her birthday, which is today, have her enjoy with her friend’s..
    Thanks for the giveaway…

  • On December 21, 2013 , Nice K. said:

    It would be lovely if I would have the chance to win this amazing camera. Next year, at the end of our outreach program, me and my friends are planning on having a photobooth with the kids. It would be awesome if we would have digital copies (w/ my friend’s digi cam) and the kids would also have their copies (on the instax films) as remembrance. After all, it’s the season of giving love and imparting happiness. <3

    Regards, and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Page D said:

    I’d love an instax- perfect to capture instant memories of our new little one on the way (Due March 2014)!

  • On December 21, 2013 , KarenL said:

    What a great present! Fingers crossed! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  • On December 21, 2013 , JonasVM said:

    This camera is great! Perfect tool for parties!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Baara said:

    Great idea. Would be perfect for any party or little gathering.

  • On December 21, 2013 , melissa lee said:

    Oh such a great giveaway! And a great back drop :)

  • On December 21, 2013 , Julia H. Socas said:

    My daughter just found this site for me and I loved it. I’d also love to win the Instax. Thank you!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Queta said:

    Fun camera!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Stephanie BH said:

    I love the idea. So much fun with the Instax.
    Thanks for the idea.

  • On December 21, 2013 , Kasey said:

    What a great addition to any party!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Brittany said:

    Love the instax! Would be perfect for photo booths for sure. You sure know how to throw a party.

  • On December 21, 2013 , Rachael said:

    I love instant prints! I never manage to get digital photos printed, so this is a great option.

  • On December 21, 2013 , Kat said:

    ohhhh so pretty! thanks for this chance! xx

  • On December 21, 2013 , Nikki Ong said:

    That little one looks so happy! I bet my niece would look exactly that happy when she knew that her aunt has won an instax 8!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Rachel H. said:

    Awesome giveaway. The instax is so cute!

  • On December 21, 2013 , Caitlin said:

    I’ve been pining for an instant camera since I saw my mom’s old polaroid!

  • On December 22, 2013 , Hils said:

    Just discovered your website and love how unique and fun it is! We are hoping to hold our own party next July for a joint 30th and will be trying your scalloped photo-booth idea so this camera would be the icing on the cake! Happy Christmas & New Year to you! Hx

  • On December 22, 2013 , Chris said:

    I am on number 8 of making these NY bands for my niece and nephew! Phew! It’d be perfect to take some snaps on the camera to show you! Happy New Year! x

  • On December 22, 2013 , Mary said:

    Love it! This would be so fun to do!!!

  • On December 22, 2013 , Kathy said:

    This is a fantastic giveaway! I hope I win! Have a happy new year!

  • On December 22, 2013 , Oleg said:

    Oh, I want to buy this camera, think it’s a good idea to take photos and have it in seconds =)
    Have a great New Year! =D

  • On December 22, 2013 , Nicolette said:

    oh my gosh, i have wanted one of these cameras forever! so perfect for photo booths!

  • On December 22, 2013 , Griet said:

    kissed my man and son under the mistletoe to get lucky …

  • On December 22, 2013 , Marielle said:

    LOVE the instax cameras! This has been on my Christmas list for years.

  • On December 22, 2013 , Heather said:

    We would love one of these cameras!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • On December 22, 2013 , Delphine said:

    Oh !!! It would be a very nice gift for Christmas !!!!! Yes,yes, yes!!!’

  • On December 22, 2013 , Gloria said:

    COOL…Would LOVE to have this!!!!! :D

  • On December 22, 2013 , kesha said:

    Oh WOW! I have been wanting one of these so bad! It has been hard to find one! I sure hope I win!

  • On December 22, 2013 , AJ said:

    I LOVE instant photos. This instax mini would be perfect!

  • On December 22, 2013 , Daniella said:

    Would definitely not mind a new camera! I love Fujifilm cameras.

  • On December 22, 2013 , Whitney said:

    would love this camera for future parties! such a fun idea!

  • On December 22, 2013 , Cara said:

    How fun!

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