Carnival Party

by , posted on October 20th, 2010 in Parties & Celebrations

Tin Can Knock Down

Looking for a classic and totally fun theme for a birthday or spring party? Go for a carnival! Here are some tips for hosting one of your own.

We made balloon animals for kids as they arrived

Balloon Table – What’s a carnival without balloon animals, am I right? Brush up on your balloon shaping skills (click here for a tutorial) and make balloon animals for the kids as they arrive. You can also pass this off to a grandparent, aunt, uncle or a friend who was crazy enough to off his/her help. It’s also a nice project for any shy parents who feel more comfortable when they’re given something to do.


Ticket/Goody Bags – While you’re waiting for guests to arrive, have the kids decorate their own ticket bags with markers or crayons. They’ll double as treat bags later on.

As kids arrived, they were directed to make their own bag to hold tickets and later prizes

Games - The most important part of a carnival is the midway. Here are seven awesome games to play at your party:
Spray Away
Clothespin Drop
Ball Toss
Bean Bag Toss
Tin Can Knockdown
Duck Pond

Ball Toss was one of the more challenging games.

Ball Toss was one of the more challenging games

Spray Away was the biggest hit

Spray Away was the biggest hit


Kids cast their fishing line behind a sheet and a stuffed animal was hooked on their line

Kids cast their fishing line behind a sheet and a stuffed animal was hooked on their line

At each station, award party-goers with tickets. They can cash them in later for prizes

Prize table

Prize table


Set up a prize table with small prizes. Display classic candies, like gumballs, in mason jars. Keep small bags and twist ties on hand to package up the treats.

After all the games are played, sing happy birthday and pass out the cupcakes. While kids are eating, lead two party goers over to the prize table to cash in their tickets. Kids will get a kick out of choosing their own prizes.


Once the sugar rush hits, let the kids run around and play until their parents come to collect them.

Impromptu puppet show with prizes won from fishing game

Impromptu puppet show with prizes won from fishing game

Want more tips for hosting your own Carnival Party? Check out these links:
Game & Decoration Inspiration
Balloon Animals
Rainbow Cupcakes

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12 Responses to “Carnival Party”

  1. Danielle Haller Says:

    October 21st, 2010 at 12:22 am

    What an amazing party. Jen, you are so creative and inspirational.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thank you Danielle! I’m giving you a big hug. Can you feel it?

  2. Leslie Says:

    October 21st, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    What total fun!!! Can I be Ellie’s friend so I can come to her parties? ;-)

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Of COURSE! ;)

  3. Lori-Anne Says:

    October 25th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I am amazed and know not what to say! Hats off to you, not just for putting together a party with such an awesome, comprehensive theme, but for taking on TWENTY kids!! You might be my hero now!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    You know what it is? I’m clearly insane.

    Actually, there’s no way I could have done it without the parents there to help. I am very grateful to know so many wonderful families.

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