The photo booth has quickly become a party essential. Whether you’re planning a wedding, throwing an office holiday party, or just feel like jazzing up your next house party, creating a fun backdrop is a great way to set the tone for any big event. Plus, photo booth photos are just insanely ‘gram-able, don’t you think? Here are 16 ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Say cheese! :)

1. DIY Herringbone Backdrop: First up, a backdrop inspired by the classic textile pattern of herringbone. The pattern was created by sewing together chevron-shaped pieces of paper in a vertical bunting-like fashion. (via The Glitter Guide)

2. Floral Backdrop: How cool is this? It’s like an English Garden just popped up in your apartment! You could achieve something similar with astroturf or a giant photo of grass with actual flowers pinned to the top. (via Design Love Fest)

3. Pinwheel Backdrop: Paper pinwheels are a fun and easy way to add a nostalgic vibe to any event. We love the rustic color palette seen in this example. (via Style Me Pretty)

4. Streamers + Pom Poms: These streamers and tissue paper pom poms look almost neon against the mountainous backdrop. And they complement the floral design beautifully. (via Wed Over Heels)

5. Balloon Wall: For a super affordable backdrop, cover an entire wall with balloons! If you don’t feel like going the helium route, simply blow up and stick on the wall. So fun! (via Lil Sugar)

6. Paper Garlands: Sometimes all you need is a little colorful card stock or construction paper to turn your wall into an instant photo book. (via Design Love Fest)

7. Chalkboard Backdrop: This lovely chalkboard backdrop is definitely a popular option on Pinterest. We love the idea of letting people write custom messages or combining the photo backdrop with a chalkboard guestbook. (via The Fete Blog)

8. Folded Paper Wall Backdrop: We’re loving the dimensionality of this colorful backdrop, created with just paper, scissors, and tape. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)

9. Gold Sequin Backdrop: The folks at Oh Happy Day definitely know how to throw a party, and this idea for a New Year’s bash is right up our alley. (via Oh Happy Day)

10. Balloon Bunch: If you’re having a party al fresco, there’s no better backdrop than a bright blue sky, but a bunch of balloons add a nice punch of color to the scene. (via Brit + Co.)

11. Flower Backdrop: This sold-out item went for $1,800 on BHLDN! Wowzers. We think you could totally DIY this with some fake flowers or make paper ones of your own. (via BHLDN)

12. Rainbow Fringe Garland: So. Much. Color! We are totally swooning over this rainbow party. (via Shop Sweet Lulu)

13. Fabric + Bunting: This carnival-themed wedding went for the traditional bunting approach. We love the gold frame as photo prop! (via Style Me Pretty)

14. Cinco de Mayo Fringe: In our books, fringe is a friend for any holiday. Customize with your favorite colors, your wedding palette, or use every color under the sun! (via Lovely Indeed)

15. Paper Circle Backdrop: Paper circles? Seriously. Who knew they could look so awesome and mod? (via Oh Happy Day)

16. Colorful Duvet Cover: For my Save the Date video, we used our Bianca Green duvet cover as a backdrop. Many of the comforters and duvet covers featured in our recent roundup would do an equally good job and definitely takes less time than making a thousand pom poms… though we might do that too :)

Which of these photo backdrop ideas is your favorite? Have you ever created your own? Talk to us in the comments below.