Harrison Photo Booth Company combines the artistic eye of a photographer with the picture-developing power of a photo lab in its party-ready photo booths. Sized to hold up to 10 revelers, the booths click off four pictures per session before developing them into strip-style pictures and storing digital backups for later perusal. Before hopping in for their close-ups, revelers can also adorn themselves in playful provided props, which can be used to elicit laughs or impersonate more photogenic siblings. The booths are available for special events including weddings, fundraisers, and company picnics, and customers can customize packages to include extras such as a high-resolution DVD of all their photo-booth moments.
Supplying Western Massachusetts and Connecticut with floaty fortresses for more than a decade, K.E.C. Party Rentals stocks the area with inflatable castles, water slides, carnival games, and obstacle courses. Bouncers come in an inflatable rainbow of sizes, hues, and themes ($149.99–$349.99), with customizable motifs from favorite children's movies as well as combination bouncer-slides that allow kids to take gravity into their own tiny hands. Other air-filled arenas include the prismatic 40-foot Adrenaline Obstacle Course ($299.99 for up to six hours), and both dry and wet slides ($329.99–$499.99). K.E.C. also keeps easily bored partygoers from staging goodie bag riots with interactive carnival games such as Bingo Toss ($39.99), Giant Jenga ($49.99), and a Lucky Duck pond ($75).
Marx Entertainment founder Mark Ashe helped transform the role of the disc jockey in party culture since performing at a nightclub in 1979. For the past 30 years, Ashe built out the Marx group with a cadre of award-winning DJs, camera operators, and casino dealers that can upgrade any mere shindig into an extravaganza. Weddings, corporate parties, mitzvahs, and school events all harness Marx production services to make soirees more exhilarating than a game of Pin the Laser Tail on the Ice Sculpture.
If BTTR Booths photo booths were people, they'd be a considerate bunch. Each booth greets guests with a friendly welcome screen and displays a countdown before each shot, allowing patrons time to pin up the corners of their mouths. But of course, the booths aren't people—they're highly portable machines outfitted with big screens, high-resolution cameras, and speedy printers that churn out up to six copies of each photo strip. Before stepping inside its confines, partygoers can accessorize with more than 350 props and consult with the booth attendant, who fixes any glitches and dons a tux for formal occasions.
Hosts don't need to worry about flaunting their party photos on Facebook as soon as guests clear out—Elite Photobooth NE takes care of that for them, for an extra fee. In fact, before the party's even over, photos fill up friends' feeds thanks to real-time uploading directly from the booth. Another perk of these contemporary booths: they can record 30-second videos, in case guests feel compelled to act out their favorite 30 seconds from Citizen Kane at some point during the party. These cutting-edge extras are just a bonus on top of the traditional photo strips that the booth spits out after every shoot.