If the carnival isn't coming to your town, make your own birthday carnival. Colleen fills us in on this delightful party for her kids: Jane and Clark's carnival themed birthday party was a great success. The kids loved playing the games, winning rolls of tickets and redeeming them for candy and prizes.
We ended up serving hotdogs, soft pretzels, churros, giant pickles, popcorn, peanuts and lemonade. I made a four-layer rainbow cake using white cake mix and colored food gel in red, yellow, green and blue to match our party theme. It was so fun to cut the cake and reveal the colorful layers inside. We topped the cake with a vintage inspired circus train candle holder I bought on Etsy.
To keep everyone entertained we set up a row of boardwalk style carnival games. The first game was a simple duck pond where children scoop up a floating rubber ducky with a net and if they choose one with a star they earn double the tickets. The second game was a tin can toss where kids were given a few opportunities to knock down three pyramids of cans using wiffle balls. Third, we made our own ping-pong toss game. We used small plastic glasses which were glued down inside a box with different colored rows of fabric beneath to indicate how many tickets were earned depending on where the ping-pong balls landed. Lastly, we bought some great vintage soda bottles at World Market and set up a traditional ring toss game.
We recruited a few teenage girls to man the game booths and hand out the prizes. The prize table was lined with glass jars filled with saltwater taffy, gumballs, licorice, giant smarties, twisty lollipops, plastic circus animals and colorful whistles. Each ticket earned at the game booths was redeemed for a prize of your choice.
Along with the games we recruited a friend who does airbrush face-painting, we set up a photo prop with a strong man and tight-rope walker cut-out and my husband made balloon animals for all the kids after looking up a how-to online.
• SOFIA wide striped fabric from IKEA
• vintage popcorn bags, peanut bags, and pickle bags along with paper straws and vintage train candle holder from Hey Yo-Yo
• twisty lollipops from Oriental Trading
• plastic whistles and circus animals from Party City
Thanks Colleen! Readers, you may remember these cuties as Wonderwoman and Superman!