Back in 2010, I posted an inspiration board dedicated to Vintage Carnival themed events. There has definitely been a boost in demand for this event theme over the years. So, I am posting a simple illustrative guide below on how to plan the perfect Carnival themed party. You can also view the inspiration board here.
Think circus animals, tents, and stripes. Play with the sizes and fonts of the wording to create a replica of a vintage circus poster.
Use carnival posters featuring the guest(s) of honor to set the tone for a fun carnival themed celebration. Unique arrows pointing to the locations of the different attractions and carnival-like banners will really set the ambiance for the event!
FOOD AND DRINKS
You can't have a Carnival themed party without authentic eats. Popcorn cartons, snow cones, cotton candy, and hot dogs are just some of the fun foods that we find at a fair. Carry the theme throughout with festive labels on the beverage cups and food containers.
We all know that a carnival isn't truly a carnival without fun games! A fishing booth, ring toss, and balloon dartboard are just a few of the games that your guests will love to partake in.
Set up some fun activity booths like face painting, balloon maker, photo booth, and a dunk tank. If resources allow, you can even set up a hayride or petting zoo! Think back to when you were a kid at the fair; what activities did you love best?
OTHER FUN DETAILS
Go above and beyond with ideas like a ticket booth that houses an allotment of tickets attached to fun carnival themed favor boxes that guests can put their winnings in from the prize booth! The prize booth can be catered to children or adults. For the kids, feature plastic toys and bottles of bubbles. For the adults, set out more mature items like bottles of wine and candles. You choose the ticket levels for each prize!
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