Carnivals are jam-packed with fun! The atmosphere is one of the most exciting there is, and a carnival makes for a phenomenal birthday party theme. The delicious foods, colorful decorations and party game stations can work together to make a killer carnival birthday.
Spread the Word
Send out colorful personalized invitations for the party a few weeks in advance. Be sure to list who the carnival party is for, what time the party is, where it’s being held, and what guests should bring.
Prepare the Prizes
A carnival without prizes is no carnival at all! Prizes might be baked goods, novelty party favors, or candy. Another idea is to award tickets. Have party guests use the tickets to “buy” prizes at the end of the birthday carnival or have them write their names on the tickets and have drawings for prizes.
Create the Carnival
Creating the carnival atmosphere involves a lot of colorful decorations. One place to start is with balloons. Use a combination of Mylar and latex balloons all over the party- on tables, at game stations and hanging from the ceiling if inside.
Make the birthday girl or boy feel extra special with a personalized banner. The banner should probably be placed at the entrance of the venue or at least somewhere where everyone will see it.
Be sure and hang lots of other things around the carnival, like the awesome carnival decorations found in the Outdoor Carnival Decorating Kit. It includes a 24-feet long banner, 24-feet long pennant banner, 24-feet long bunting and 65-inch sign banner.
Party Game Stations
First off, to make things feel like a real carnival, pass out tickets for kids to use at the game stations. Make sure you have enough adults to run each station, or have kids move to each station as a group with an adult.
One station could be a photo station where kids get their pictures taken behind a personalized carnival photo stand in. Either have the photos developed and mail them to the party guests or email them a copy.
Snacks and Cake
Snacks like cotton candy, popcorn and candy apples might be available throughout the carnival, but consider ending things with the birthday cake or cupcakes. It would be a great way to finish off your killer carnival by enjoying cake, singing “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor, watching him or her open gifts and sending everyone home with some fun and memorable party favors.
A carnival birthday party will be one that the birthday boy or girl and all the party guests will remember for years to come. The colorful celebration will take some planning and hard work to pull off, but it will be well worth it.