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.