Best Kids Parties: Carousel

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Name: Ava (1)
Location: Pawtucket, RI

When I started planning Ava's first birthday party, I knew it needed to be special and full of fun. Ava had been born two months early and we were so grateful for her healthy and happy first year of life and for all the love she'd been given by others, that we wanted to throw a big party for our friends and family to enjoy.

We picked a carousel theme and located a nearby antique carousel, one of the oldest in Rhode Island as the place to hold the party. We decided that a little girl's first birthday should be whimsical, so staying girly and somewhat in a carnival/carousel theme, we chose to use pink, orange, and yellow as the primary colors for the party.

The invitations were striped and polka dotted in those colors. We painted the carousel cake stand those colors and decorated the cake around that scheme. We frosted many, many cupcakes in pink, orange, and yellow. We made cake pops in pink and orange. We made food that could be eaten standing up, food on sticks, finger foods. The menu consisted of calzones, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, apples and caramel dip, animal crackers and peanut butter balls, a sweet and salty bar with peanuts and candies. There was pink lemonade to drink. Ava's grandmother made an amazing and colorful banner wishing her a "Happy Birthday".

The carousel allowed all guests to ride as often as they wanted all evening. The night of the party was a warm fall night with beautiful sunshine streaming through the stained glass windows of the old carousel barn. 50-60 of our friends gathered to celebrate the gift of Ava's first year. We all rode the carousel over and over, watched the sun set through the trees, ate delicious food, and enjoyed watching Ava eat her first cupcake. It was a gorgeous evening and the special, fun, whimsical party turned out to be a smashing success for our wonderful little girl.

Thanks Alisa! Readers, find Alisa at Through a Glass.

(Images: Alisa)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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