Children’s birthday parties are so fun to plan! They are full of color, yummy food and excitement! You have so many themes to choose from! Carnival theme is always a great one! You have endless options to keep the kids entertained and having fun! I personally love an outdoor carnival party, you can do it indoors if needed but outdoors gives it a real carnival vibe. Greet your little guests with a balloon arch leading to a ticket booth. Their ticket could be their invitation (which you could design to look like a ticket), or enclose tickets in the invite. When they redeem their ticket, give them a bag of popcorn to start their carnival experience! You can rent pop up tents, or you may have some already (I know we use them for camping). Line them up together to resemble a row of carnival booths! In the booths have games for the kids. You can set up a bean bag toss, fill up cups with water set them on a table and have the kids throw ping pong balls in them, another idea is to stack 3 cups and have the kids throw a ball at them. For prizes go to oriental trading company, they have tons of great stuff at very reasonable prices. Every carnival party needs a dunk tank! You can rent one, and see if you can get some parent volunteers! Kids love dunking adults! An inexpensive yet large item for carnival parties is a jump house or inflatable slide, for summer parties opt for a slide like the one below that has a small water feature at the end.
Hire a stilt walker, to walk around and get the kids excited, most of them juggle or make balloon animals as well, so you are getting a two for one deal! Magicians are a kids party staple, especially with this theme! If your child is expecting certain kinds of magic tricks, like a bunny out of a hat, make sure you inquire about that specific trick. Many magicians will accommodate requests! Face painting is always great for the kids, you can hire a face painter or even ask another parent to pitch in and paint some faces. You could also hire a caricature artist, the kids could all get a caricature done with the birthday boy/girl! Makes for a great party souvenir! You can also have an unforgettable carnival party and rent actual carnival rides, like this one, along with many others. They usually rent them on an hourly basis so make sure to inquire if that includes set up and take down. Last but not least food! Kids love Carnival food, and so do we! Rent a cotton candy machine, kids can pick out their colors, and it makes for a very tasty treat! If you don’t have it in your budget to rent one, go to the store or chuck e cheese and purchase cotton candy to give to the kids. You can also get soft pretzels at the grocery stores. Pop corn, hot dogs, pizza all are great for carnival catering! I suggest cupcakes for dessert! You can get all kinds of different kinds! The more color the better!