7 Photo Decoration Ideas for Parties

Photos are great at setting a certain nostalgic mood for a party. What are some decoration ideas?

Getting ready for a party can be fun, especially if you have a unique theme in mind. If you love celebrating various memories and cherishing precious pictures, consider using them as your decorations. 

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, promotion, or baby shower, you can use this fun and unique idea! Grab as many photos as possible of the person(s) you’re celebrating, and start decorating! 

Your guests will love catching a glimpse of rarely seen pictures, giving you the chance to stroll down memory lane with your loved ones. You can be as creative as you’d like and even let the kids help you decide how to decorate with your favorite images. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started with this fun party theme.

1. Incorporate String Lights 

If you have a thin strand of string lights and clothespins lying around, you can create a beautiful photo/light strand for the main wall of your party. It’s a great way to incorporate some of your favorite memories and utilize functional lighting! 

This is a great idea for an evening event and could work outside on the patio as well. Use a ton of pictures to highlight your core memories, or keep them few and far between to shine a light on your most sentimental ones.

various photographs with people in the background

2. Number Photo Collage 

A tried and true decoration that guests always love is a fun collage. You can put a unique spin on this idea by shaping the collage into specific numbers. You can use the number 7 if someone is turning 7, or you can use the year if you’re celebrating a graduation or anniversary. 

Try to space out the pictures while maintaining the shape of your specific numbers to allow your guests to see each image fully. If your number collage is large enough, it could even serve as the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot.

bunch of pictures forming a number

3. Use Balloons to Help You Celebrate 

You can never go wrong with helium balloons! They keep the kids entertained for hours, they’re off the floor instead of taking up valuable space, and they look great. With normal helium balloons, tape or superglue some of your favorite pictures to the ends of the balloon string for a fun floating effect. 

Your guests will love walking around the party and seeing all of the images attached to the balloons. If you need them out of the way, you can easily move them all to one room or keep them front and center for a unique way to celebrate.

bunch of colorful balloons inside the room

4. Wrap Mason Jars 

Mason jars always come in handy during a gathering. You can use them to hold candles and candy or create beautiful centerpieces. Consider wrapping some of your pictures around the jars to enhance this fun theme. 

The jars can still provide a functional purpose to your tables, and the fun images will give your guests beautiful memories to look at. Use these as a centerpiece, candle holder, or stuff the jars with thin strands of lights for a glowing effect.

a small glass jar with string lights

5. Welcome Your Guests With a Wreath 

Set the tone for your gathering before the guests enter the house by adding a fun picture wreath to the front door. You can make a beautiful wreath with some wire, fun pictures, and some lovely floral or plant arrangements. 

You can completely cover the wire with some of your favorite images or break it up by gluing faux plants to the top and adding your pictures to the bottom. You can get really creative here, and your guests will know what to expect before walking through the front door.

a person holding a hair vine

6. Create Center Pieces 

If you like to keep things minimal but want to add some of your favorite memories around the table, consider using wire picture holders as centerpieces. These are easy to find at craft stores, and they typically hold a few images each, depending on how you arrange them. 

They won’t take up much space, so you’ll have plenty of room for food and desserts. They’re also easy to move around, making them a great addition to any celebration.  

three photo frames with white background

7. Use a Photo Booth 

If you want to take your party to the next level, add a photo booth! These are so fun and can create memories that you and your guests will cherish for years to come. Some companies rent them out, or you can make your own to save some money. 

Hang up a black or white sheet, add a fun chair to the middle, and then stock a table with polaroid cameras. After your guests take pictures with the polaroids, they can leave some for you and take some for their own collection. 

While this will take additional planning and preparation, it can take your picture theme to the next level. Before your guests arrive, take some pictures in your photo booth first and hang them on the wall or place them on the table to set the tone!

beautiful black and white photo booth
a plain black shooting area
Jessica Childres
Jessica Childres is a Georgia native and former teacher. She loves to share her skills, knowledge and passion with others. She has an ongoing interest in real estate, home decorating, and design.
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