Carnival Birthday Party with Games

This Birthday Carnival was originally hosted by Stephanie from  Under the Table and Dreaming.

It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a carnival themed party. When I saw this one and all the games I just had to share. They did such a great job with all of the game booths. Very inspiring!

Enjoy the carnival……….

Please bear with me as I have one more party to share! {that is until this years celebration} I am anxious to get back to some craft and decorating projects and promise to do so shortly! But first I’d like to show you my son’s second birthday; a Carnival Extraordinaire. This was my favorite party thus far to put together. It took me a little more than six months of planning to coordinate everything however, despite the long hours put in and loads of work it was very well worth it in the end. The invitations were printed on cardstock and actual tickets were attached for each guest to bring to the party for admission.
Included with each invitation was a photo card which had twelve photos, a photo for each month of the past year. It was so cute to see all of the photos together and how much his adorable expressions had changed!

The admission gate was manned by a fabulous clown and carnival barker. They collected the admission tickets and gave each child a wristband to enter. I wanted to create as much of a classic fairground feel as possible for the kiddies to enjoy the full carnival experience!

As each child arrived and checked in, they were given helium filled balloons and thier own personalized game bag.

The game bags were given out to easily hold the prizes that were won at each game. They were simply made from kraft gift bags which were decorated with a printed carnival theme tag including each child’s name {with 52 kiddies in attendance it was important to have each bag labeled so each kiddie knew which bag was theirs} The tags were glued to the front and ribbons attached to the handles to add a little color.

The decorations were kept pretty simple with everything else going on. Fun pinwheels tucked in mason jars, shelled peanuts in brown bags and oversized paper fortune tellers made up the centerpieces for each table.

I made several easy no sew pendant banners to hang around the pavillion as well. A carnival music cd played in the background to set mood and was the perfect touch.

There were a total of ten game stations set up for everyone to enjoy. I handmade the signs for each booth and my wonderful hubby helped with the construction of the games. I could not have pulled this off without the help of some great friends who volunteered to work booths! Each child won a prize at every game {and everyone was a winner}. The kiddies loved carrying the game bags around to collect their goodies!

We had a Classic Ring Toss Game

The prize: A commemorative printed Birthday Dollar Bill for each child

Pick a Duck

The Prize: Homemade Chocolate duck candies.

Hungry Clown Bean Bag Toss

The Prize: Hotdog Shaped Marshmallow Treats

A Fish Bowl Game

The Prize: Real Live Goldfish. {The parents loved this one ~ not really ~ but the kids sure did} Our local pet store was kind enough to bag each fish separately for us – I just had to call ahead and order a lot more than we needed to account for any sad fatalities. It was important that every kiddie went home with a live fishy!

There was a Three Strike Baseball Game with Homemade Baseball Rice Krispie Treat Prizes.

A Tattoo Booth…

…don’t worry they were temporary!

A Face Painting Booth

I did have to hire two face painters as no one wanted this job.

A Kissing Booth {with a little twist} There was a jar filled with Hershey Kisses and everyone had a chance to guess the amount. The closest guess won the entire jar which we gave out during our cake cutting.

For the Fortune Teller I made fun fabric fortune cookies that held cute little sayings. Each child got to pick their fortune from the crystal bowl.

The Last stop was a ‘Say Cheese’ Photo Booth. My talented hubby painted the photo prop of a strong man and clown in which we cut out the faces with a jig saw.

We had a photographer on site that manned the booth and took pictures of each family which we later printed and mailed out with our thank you cards.

While the games were being played three clowns walked our fairgrounds and entertained everyone.

No carnival is complete without lots and lots of sweet yummy goodness! Among the treats were Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops, Chocolate Covered cookies, Caramel Apples, Confetti Rice Krispie Treats, Popcorn Cupcakes, Popcorn Boxes, and of course Packaged Cotton Candy to name a few.

We had an onsite caterer for the main food – again another easy way out of doing the cooking myself. It alleviates so much stress not having to run around and cook on top of everything else especially for that many guests.

The food topped off the carnival feel with Hot Sliced Pit Beef Sandwiches, Fresh Fried Chicken, and Hotdogs

The main cake was a four tired vanilla cake with red and white fondant stripes, dots and stars. Another homemade creation which isn’t professional but was fun to put together.

For CJ’s personal cake I made a Jeep ready to hit the trails.

We love Jeeps and this one was made to match our real life recreational toy!

In addition to all the booth goodies and game prizes each child received a Goody Bag to remember this special day. There was a wide age range of kids at the party so I came up with three different bags filled with age appropriate treats. Kraft sacks were used adorned with a vintage carnival photo and secured with a polka dot ribbon and name tag. {I blurred the images as they were found and printed from Google so I’m not sure of the copy write} I had so much fun making all the goodies and putting these together.

The bag toppers were made with a Carnival Sideshow theme in mind ~ Tiniest Animals on Earth {Animal Crackers}, Clown Droppings {Colored Gumballs}, and Most Colorful Fish {Rainbow Goldfish Crackers}. The kids got a kick out of these!

The 6yr and older bag consisted of a Rainbow Crayon Pattie and Coloring Sheets, Carnival Sideshow ‘Tiniest Animals on Earth’, a Fleece Freeze Pop Holder w/ Freeze Pop, a Set of Juggler Balls and Instructions on How to Juggle, The Worlds Best Play Dough Mix, Matchbook Tic Tac Toe on the Go w/ Colored Pencils, and Carnival Sideshow ‘Clown Droppings’.

The 3yr to 5yr bag consisted of Matchbook Tic Tac Toe on the Go w/ Colored Pencils, The Worlds Best Play Dough Mix, Carnival Sideshow ‘Tiniest Animals on Earth’, Carnival Sideshow ‘Most Colorful Fish’, a Fleece Freeze Pop Holder w/ Freeze Pop, an I Spy Bottle (filled with little trinkets and a search list), and a Rainbow Crayon Pattie and Coloring Sheets.

The 2yr and younger bag consisted of Carnival Sideshow ‘ Most Colorful Fish’, Carnival Sideshow ‘Tiniest Animals on Earth’, a Fleece Freeze Pop Holder w/ Freeze Pop (so your hands don’t get cold when your eating a freeze pop!), Matchbook Drawing Pad w/ Colored Pencils, The Worlds Best Play Dough Mix, a Rainbow Crayon Pattie and Coloring Sheets, and a Backyardigans CD.

Another amazing year gone by and a fabulous celebration down in the books. This party was a lot of work and preparation however; it was totally worth every bit of it just to see the delight on the kids faces, mainly the joy in our little guys eyes!

You may wonder why all the party talk lately…well I have six months until our next party and I still do not have a theme for this year yet! I am hoping the Celebration Inspiration Party will give me the spark I need!
Thanks for letting me share this special day! The Celebration Party is still running so be sure to stop by and check out the fabulous links that have joined up here {or add your own special day to the mix} Enjoy!

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  1. Can you tell me where you purchased your popcorn boxes?

  2. Love the idea. Where did you find the tic tac toe games and coloring books for the gift bags?

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