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