Carnival Party – Part 2: Cake, Cookies and More….

What’s a carnival party without a big top tent cake and some animal cookies???

I wanted a themed cake for M’s party and knew I had to enlist the help of my friend, Jill.  For the cake display, I wanted something fun and different so I made this cake stand by wrapping some admission tickets around a 12″ round styrofoam disk.  It ended up being the perfect platform for Jill’s awesome cake! Here she is adding on the finishing touches….

Jill also made these adorable lions and elephants for M, who was just completely ecstatic and had to use great restraint to keep from having one before the party started!   I just love how she used sprinkles for the elephant saddles — too cute!

I kept the snacks really simple and TRIED to limit the amount of junk food but in the end, gave into the donuts and popcorn and peanuts….hard to make it healthy when you’re trying to stick to a carnival theme!

I’m a big fan of grab-and-go snack/lunch boxes for kids, especially at parties when you have a bunch of hungry little ones crowding around the table, all wanting their food and drinks at the same time!  For these grab-and-go boxes, I decorated some french fry boxes with ribbon and coordinating circular tags and filled them with grapes, string cheese, and Annie’s Bunny crackers and pretzels.

One of my favorite things about this party was the photo booth.  I set out some fun and colorful accessories and asked everyone to strike a pose.

Here are just some of the fabulous photos…

So cute!!  I thought these photos would make great keepsakes for our guests and included them with the thank you cards.

Carnival Party – Part 1: Games and Prizes


I recently put together a total DIY carnival party for my daughter’s 3rd birthday and had a great time doing it!  This type of party takes a little bit of planning, but with so many fun carnival ideas and details to work with, you can really exercise your creative mind and have lots of fun putting it all together.

I had signs in the front yard, directing guests to enter through the side gate.  On the side gate, I hung personalized admission tickets which had each of the child’s name on it.  The tickets were later collected and entered into a “Door Prize” drawing.

We had around sixteen kids at the party,  most of whom were between the ages of  3 and 7.  I had a variety of carnival games set up including the basket toss, duck pond, ring toss, can toss, fish bowls, fishing and dinosaur dig.  I wasn’t sure how some of the younger kids would do with the games,  but as it turned out, all the kids had a fun time at every booth.  The great thing about these games is that they can easily be modified to make it easier or more challenging, depending on the age of the child.

For the Dinosaur Dig, I filled 20 plastic eggs with toy dinosaurs and left about 40 empty, then buried as many as I could under the sand.  The object was to have the kids dig in the sand to find the eggs which contained the dinosaurs.  For the Duck Pond, the kids had to find the one duck with the star marked on the bottom.  And for the fishing game, the kids had to reel in all the yellow, red or blue fishes, which ever color they preferred.

Tickets were handed out at each booth, and so long as the child played, they were given a ticket.  The tickets were later traded in at the prize table for goodies such as glow in the dark wands, Pez dispensers, wind-up toys, bubble necklaces, tattoos and more…..

Personalized bags were handed out to each child before they started collecting all their prizes.

It was fun just to watch both the older and younger kids collect their tickets and exchange them in for their prizes! I had a friend man the prize table just to ensure each child received one of every prize available.

Besides the carnival games, I also put out some potato sacks and hula hoops.

Overall, the games and activities were a hit with the kids.  We were so fortunate to have nice, sunny weather that day — perfect for a little girl’s carnival birthday party.

Stay tuned for part 2 — cake, cookies and more….

Party: Movie Night

I recently put this party together for a friend, who wanted to host an outdoor movie night.  I love movie night parties as they’re one of the easiest parties to host and they’re typically good for most age groups.  And when you can have it outside on a nice summer night, it’s even better!

Hosting a movie night party doesn’t cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to prepare, especially if you stick with typical concession foods like popcorn, hot dogs and candy.  As far as showing the movie outdoors, you’ll need to attach a projector to a laptop and have an area where you can  hang or drape a white sheet up to be used as a screen.  That’s pretty much it ….. super fun and super easy!

Party: Flower Themed Luncheon

Here are some images from a “Welcome Home Baby” luncheon I recently put together.

What’s not to like about finger sandwiches and sweet little treats?

For party favors, I stayed with the flower theme and purchased some sweet-smelling Alyssum.  I transferred them to small terracotta pots and presented them in 2″ boxes which were jazzed up using printed polk-a-dot paper, twine and a simple tag.  They were great as both table decor and party favors!

Bye-bye Sharpies!  These little matching cup labels were a much nicer way to help guests identify their drinks.

And of course, here’s the invitation I designed that got things rolling…..