Come one, come all and let’s have a ball! Traveling carnivals have been around since the early 1900s and while there’s been plenty of advancements in how they operate and what they showcase, the retro vibes of this form of entertainment is as strong as ever! Get inspiration from the common games of skill, food vendors and big bold carnival signage when you plan your own carnival party. Friends will be sure to talk about for years to come! Be ready to dazzle and delight party goers with DIY carnival games in the backyard and big tent vibes with your concession stand turned dessert table indoors. With a full selection of Carnival Themed Party Supplies, you’ll be able to find everything you need to have a party full of games and good times.
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Carnival Party Invitations
No need to get tickets now! When friends step right up to their mailbox they’ll see what’s in store when this carnival party invitation appears!
Carnival Party Decorations
Transform your dining room into the inside of the big top tent with the help of table cloths turned curtains and a birthday banner as your backdrop. Painter’s tape does wonders and when it matches your color palette, it’s ok to be seen!
Dress the front of your table with a paper chain using ticket rolls.
A carnival isn’t complete without a carnival man encouraging you to test your luck! Display these cardboard stand-ups and directional signs near your dessert table to direct them towards the fun.
Printed cardboard photo props on a stick make for fun photo ops with friends and while not in use, they work perfectly as extra party décor.
Carnival Party Food and Drink
When it comes to food and drinks at your carnival party, use inspiration from the games and typical carnival eats and go buffet style!
Corns dogs for dessert? Maybe if they’re made of Twinkies!
Pop up striped popcorn boxes and fill with fresh, hot, buttery popcorn!
Glue cardstock fish onto plastic cups and fill with blue jello-like the old ping pong ball and fishbowl game.
Put out bags of cotton candy to be enjoyed.
Step up your lollipop display technique and feature these lick-able treats in one shaped like a carnival tent!
Create dimensional cardstock duck picks – for duck pond cupcakes.
Dip your favorite variety of apple in a red sugary coating and offer candy apples on your carnival dessert table.
Carnival Party Activity
What would a carnival party be without games? Break out all your outdoor games, sports equipment and activities and add new Pegboard Carnival Games to entertain the crowd in your grassy backyard.
Learn how to create easy do-it-yourself games where everyone can test their luck and their skill where no height restrictions apply!
And if you have games, you need prizes for the winners! Consider gifting winners with tickets they can trade in for prizes in your prize booth filled with these goodies:
- Crayon Banks
- Mini Watercolor Paint Sets
- Inflatable Swords
- Punch Balloon
- Paddle Balls
- Pull Back Race Cars
- Barrel of Slime
- Silver Wand
Want to go the extra mile? Hire a juggler, magician, or an inflatable bounce house at your Carnival Party!
Carnival Party Favors
Sure, everyone will leave your carnival with a smile on their faces and some prizes from your pegboard games, but make them feel extra special with a favor box full of goodies as well! Here are some ideas on what to include inside:
- Mini Squirt Guns
- Carnival Activity Pads featuring 23 pages of coloring fun
- Plush Circus Animals