Thursday, September 30, 2010

Carnival Time!

Remember those big tissue paper flowers?

They were for a fabulous Carnival birthday party that EbD did this past weekend! It was so much fun. The birthday girl was turning 4, and loved every minute of it!

One thing I love about designing events, is that I take the thoughts and ideas of the parent and/or child, and make the event come to life. When the mom called me about this event, she really wanted a carnival type party. However, when you think "Carnival" you think, peanuts, popcorn, cotton candy, etc. The birthday girl has several different allergies, and so none of that was possible. Instead of food, we used games, music, and bright colors, and great activities to design a preschool carnival perfect for this little girl!

Along with traditional carnival games like Knock Down, Ring Around the Bottle, and Coin Toss, we also included some more interactive play into the event. We had them get creative by coloring their own carnival pictures, having a "Bubble Station", and a "Dress Like A Clown" area. We did a safer version of bobbing for apples, and let them go "Fishing for Apples" blindfolded. One of the other favorite games was "Walk the High Wire" (which was a long landscaping timber placed on the ground). The kids loved being able to go from station to station, playing games and winning prizes.

Color Your Own Carnival

Coin Toss

I gathered them around as they ate lunch, for a storytime centering around the carnival theme. After a couple books, they were ready to play some more! And, good thing, because there were lots of prizes to win!

As it was time to leave, we passed out balloons, along with Carnival Coloring books and a new pack of crayons. That way they could leave and still enjoy the carnival for a little bit longer. Not to mention their full prize bags!

It was definitely a birthday party that will not be soon forgotten! Linking up to In the Studio. Go enjoy all those wonderful artists!


  1. What an amazing party! The details were all perfect. What a blessed little girl.

  2. Oh my goodness Melissa... that is a *fantastic* idea for a party! I would love to go to a party like that! :) I can just imagine how much fun everyone had!! Great job! Thanks so much joining us! :)

  3. What a nice birthday for this little one. I especially like that emphasis was more on the games and not the sweets. Looks like it was a success! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I remember those flowers - what a fun way to "dress up" this carnival sounds like a huge success (after a lot of work!)


  5. awesome event design and the weather worked in your favor!

  6. What a wonderful party theme!

  7. This was a party that anyone would enjoy. We did circus themed parties for my boys when they were four. Such a fun age. Thanks for sharing all your neat ideas!