This was a joint birthday party for both my daughters who were turning 4 and 2. I wanted a carnival theme to keep the kids busy. Highlights of the party were the game tables, the prize table, the cotton candy machine, the bounce house and the cake and cake pops! Some of the games were bought, some were handmade. Prizes, tickets etc. mostly came from Oriental Trading company.
Lots of special touches include double sided invitations that I made myself. All signage, table cards, even tokens I also made myself to match the party theme and colors. I converted a red lemonade stand into a “Ticket Booth” where kids could grab their carnival bag that contained their tickets they needed to play games, and they could store the “tokens” they won while playing, until they were able to redeem them for prizes which they could also store in their carnival bags. Each bag had the child’s name on it.
I also got a carnival big top themed pop up tent for all the gifts to go in, since we knew we did not have time to open them at the party. I made hanging initials for my girls (E for Ella and R for Ryen), balloon ropes and mostly just stuck to a strong red and turquoise palette.
The kids all had a blast and the party went on for hours! Hotdogs, circus peanuts, popcorn etc. Typical carnival food, were on the menu, along with lemonade. Cake pops were made to look like caramel apples on a stick, since the kids were a little too young for REAL caramel apples. Enjoy the photos!
My girls in their rainbow tutus and hair bows of course!!
cake pops, candy, cake
Activities / Games
duck hunt, football toss, ring toss, lollipop pull, wheel spin etc.
about 500-600 TOTAL
prizes kids won playing games, lollipops
All of it!
What People Ate
Hotdogs, popcorn, circus peanuts and tons of candy
What People Drank
lemonade and water
Most Touching Moment
when the man who came to take down the bounce house said he had seen many carnival parties before but had never seen a mom go all out like this before. :)
Kids posing with the photo prop