Although she skipped a carnival barker trying to guess your weight, Lauren recreated many aspects of a carnival for her son's fun-filled party: The inspiration behind our son's first birthday party was a simple one....I needed to have a snocone machine! Instantly, I thought a fun and colorful carnival theme would be the perfect way to celebrate his big day!
I shopped online, searched blogs, went to local craft and party stores, and made a good majority of the decor on my own. I stuck with primary colors which made it easy to find coordinating items anywhere I shopped.
There was a concession stand with the snocone machine, cotton candy, and popcorn. Close by was a candy/animal cracker buffet table, that also had my homemade marshmallow "popcorn" cupcakes with to-go boxes. These were a huge hit! I also bought simple party hats and added a clown nose to the top with a custom made sticker. I ordered paper lanterns from Asian Ideas and loved the splash of color these added hanging from the park's open trellis. We had games set up, a ball pit, and a photo banner of a strong man and woman that had the faces cut out. This was extra cute when everyone decided to put their babies' faces in the cutouts!
I made table centerpieces from primary colored beach buckets, and added a combination of large Whirlypops and tissue paper flowers with a Blow Pop center. I also found a pack of 12 cardstock frames for $1 at Michael's. I painted circus tents on them, strung ribbon, and hung the progression of my son's month to month pictures.
A barbeque of hamburgers and hotdogs provided the perfect amount of food for our 40 guests, and also fit in great with the theme! I even found concession stand hotdog holders and ketchup and mustard bottles.
The best surprise of the day came from Daddy when he showed up in a big, red Elmo costume! No one had any idea he was doing this, including myself, and it was such a fun addition to the party!
We had an absolute blast!! I had a camera around my neck, a one year old in one arm and a snocone in the other. It was the perfect summer celebration with our closest friends and family!
Thanks Lauren! Readers, you can see more of Nathan's party and find additional carnival ideas on Lauren's blog, The Hauser House.
(Images: Lauren Hauser)