We celebrated Xavier and Zarriah’s birthdays a few weeks ago. We decided to combine their parties this year since we were having guests from out of town. Zarriah’s Christening was the following day, so we decided to have a week-end of festivities. I had a blast planning it, and it was the party of the year. At least for a kid’s birthday party.
We decided to go with a carnival theme party. So, if you’re looking for carnival birthday party ideas you’ve come to the right place. Before we decided to combine the parties, we had planned a Ladybug party for Zarriah. My daughter wanted me to incorporate the ladybugs into the carnival theme, which presented a challenge. If you know me, you know that I’m always up for a challenge. We decided to include a ladybug cake in addition to the bright colored cupcakes. We decided to use carnival themed toppers on the cupcakes. Didn’t both turn out adorable.
Next, we rented a huge tent from a catering company. We used bright and bold colored tablecloths on the tables. The lot included red, blue, yellow, green and pink. In addition, we used 3 banquet tables to feature the cakes and finger foods. Our menu included chicken salad sandwiches, wings, ladybug crackers, butterflies orange slices, which I forgot to get a picture of, and the kids loved them. The butterflies were orange slices cut in half, turned in the opposite direction and a slice of strawberry set in the center. Additionally, we served potato salad, veggies and dip, chips and hot dogs.
Here’s a picture, although not very good, of the ladybug crackers we served. The base is a Ritz cracker topped with chicken salad, a cherry tomato sliced for the wings, and a black olive held on with a plain toothpick. Both the adults and kids loved them. Click here for the creamy chicken salad recipe. We
You can’t have a carnival without a clown. So, we hired two clown to entertain the kids for an hour. They were great. This is Bubbles B, she made a balloon hat for granddaddy and his birthday girl. In the picture above that, Zarriah is studying Bubbles B. This was her first experience around a clown. We were wondering if she was going to cry in the picture above, but after studying her for a few minutes they became good friends.
We set up a balloon dart board, and secured it to one of the storage building. It was the perfect height for all the kids to participate. That’s my niece, she was the dart board champion.
The kids couldn’t leave the carnival with out a bag of popcorn or a sno-cone. As a result, we rented a popcorn machine and a sno-cone machine. They were both hits as you can see. We were able to get a good deal along with the bounce house. We gave tickets to all of the kids when they arrived, and we had an adult stationed at each event. Each event or item required 3 tickets.
The kids participated in a sack race. Needless to say, they had a ball. We purchased the sacks from Party City. I use them for my July 4th cookouts too.
Somehow, we had to include a ladybug activity into the festivities. This is the buggy bus. We taped ladybug wings to the back of the bus. And we placed eyelashes over the lights to get our ladybug some character. The kids loved it. I had to station an adult at the buggy bus, because the kids were fighting over her. I was so happy to incorporate the ladybug into the carnival theme.
Get creative, and you will come up with plenty of carnival birthday party ideas too. We had a Duck Pond game as well, however, the kids had other plans for it. They decided to stand in it and cool off. FIY – if you are planning to use this game at a party, make sure you use weighted ducks so they can float. Additionally, we also had a Veggie Can Toss. Unfortunately, it rained and we were unable to play that game. The kids headed to the Bounce House and we were unable to retrieve them after that. We had to literally start deflating the tent before we could get them out.
My grandson showing off his balloon hat. Balloon hats and animals are great carnival birthday party ideas too. The kids enjoyed watching the clowns make them. We gave each kid one as they were leaving as a part of their goodie bag.