Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Birthday Theme Parties | 0 comments

Our oldest bug recently turned 4, and when I asked M what he wanted to do for his party, he replied with an emphatic ‘bouncy house!’, so we decided to throw him a carnival themed party. We rented gym space at Cardel Place, complete with a HUGE bouncy house and gym equipment. When we first walked into the gym, M’s whole face lit up at the sight of the bouncy house; combine that with having his family and friends there to celebrate with him, and I knew instantly this was going to be a party he’d remember!

Party Props

For M’s party I found these fun, free, printable party props from Accent the Party, and used them  to get some silly shots of our guests. I also went into my Halloween bin and found a clown wig, some goofy glasses, feather boas, etc. to add to the photo booth as well.

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Face Painting

I set up an area for the kids to do some face painting.

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Little B and his cousin B had a great time decorating one another!

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Carnival Food

We had lots and lots of yummy carnival food at M’s party too:

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I made these caramel apple bites by using a melon baller and sticking a candy stick (cut in half) into each one. Then I dipped each apple bite into some melted chocolate and let them harden, before wrapping them in a caramel wrapper (I cut each wrapper into quarters) and rolling them in some colourful sprinkles.

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This is the first time I made homemade, baked sugar donuts, but it won’t be my last! I used this recipe from Baker Bettie, and it is really delicious. I altered it slightly by adding a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon to the donut batter.

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Crackers, Cheese, Pepperoni Sticks, and (of course) Corn Dogs

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Cheese and Caramel Popcorn (and proof there were veggies too if you look to the top left!!)

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Animal Crackers, Salt Water Taffy, Candy Sticks, and Caramels

Popcorn Cupcakes

I knew M would love these cupcakes because they are LOADED with mini marshmallows. I used these great printable, popcorn cupcake wrappers courtesy of Lemon Squeezy.

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Invites and Water Bottle Labels

I found these free carnival printables from Printabelle at Catch My Party. I used the invitations and glued them to a popcorn bag for the guests that required a mailed invite, and I used the water bottle labels as well.

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Loot Bags

For take-home gifts I stuffed some candy sticks, caramels, salt-water taffy, goofy moustache glasses, a kazoo, and a punching balloon into the popcorn bags.

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Carnival Fun!

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M had a BLAST at his carnival party, and having his family and friends there to celebrate with him made it extra special!

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