If there’s one party prop that’s still a major player on the kid-birthday circuit, it’s the photo booth. Whether you make a backdrop, create a selfie station, or go all-out with a cardboard box creation, the giggles and keepsakes that result are totally worth the effort. Flip through our album below, and find your favorite way to “say cheese!”

The Happiest Backdrop

Your kids might be— well, okay—they will be super distracted by this magnificent balloon backdrop for a long time before you can get them to face the camera, but at least these smiles will be 100% real! If helium is a hassle, opt for hanging the balloons upside down from the ceiling. For added pizzazz, letterpress design house Hello Lucky had animal masks on hand, which got the kiddos posing away—see those mod party animal photos here.

Photo by Modern Kids

Did you have a photo booth at your party? Share your tips and tricks below!

— Gabby Cullen & Christal Yuen