Looking at the pictures you wouldn't think it, but I actually kept the food and the food table very simple! The only thing I actually made were the cupcakes. We grilled hotdogs and offered ketchup, mustard, relish and diced onions, then served chips, cotton candy, popcorn, peanuts and lots of candy for the carnival fare! I used colorful bowls and platters that I already had in my party stash, and got some paper hotdog trays, small blue cups for the peanuts, and paper popcorn bags (all from etsy) to eat the treats off of.
And what carnival doesn't have a ferris wheel?! Since we couldn't have an actual ferris wheel in the backyard, I could not resist this adorable ferris wheel cupcake stand! I found it on Amazon, and it was probably my favorite thing about the whole party. :)
I made the balloon garland as the food table backdrop the night before the party. I blew up all the balloons, and just threaded them together with a needle and thick upholstry thread, and hung them from the tree branches. I really loved how it turned out, and was so colorful behind the table.
I made cupcakes for the party and topped the ones for the ferris wheel with white frosting, sprinkles (or sparkles, as Grayson calls them :)), and circus peanuts!
For the bean bag toss, we used our trusty old cornhole boards!
I covered a 6 pack box of rootbeer (and had to drink 6 rootbeers in a day and a half!) for the ring toss. I bought a pack of plastic bracelets for 50 cents for the rings!
In our planter that we have yet to plant anything in this year, the kids could "dig for treasure!" I hid inexpensive prizes in the dirt, and the kids used gardening spades and shovels to find their treasures.
This Ikea circus tent served perfectly as our ball and balloon pit! This was especially a hit for our younger party guests. :)
We also had a tattoo parlor with fun temporary tattoos...
As a small addition to the carnival prizes, I tied little thank you tags (using the same carnival signs, just printed in wallet size) to boxes of animal crackers as a little party favor. I also decorated with a little red bunting, the girls' spring school pictures, and some more candy. :)
|Brantley and her sweet friend Sarah Beth|
|Love this pic of Ben and Pop!|
|I know I'm biased, but this little boy just melts my heart!!|
|And he can pretty much get away with anything with that smile.. :)|
|Bammy and Ben have the same color eyes!|
|Love this sweet pic of Grayson and Aunt Chrissy! Even though Grayson doesn't look like it, she had a blast! :)|
|The see-saw was a hit too|
|The bouncy house was the place to be!|
|The cute Berkows and PaDaddy|
|Brantley and her sweet friend, Annika|
|One corner of the redecorated (but not completely finished) deck|
|B'mama and Aunt Robin chilling on the said deck :)|
|The big boy showing off his Hulk tattoo :) :)|
|Lauren and Matt|
|PaDaddy and Sally Kate|
|Ben and Sally Kate solving the issues of the world|
|The gorgeous chairs my brother built for Brantley and Grayson! He is so talented!|
|Grayson showing Daddy her tattoos (hope this is the first and last time this happens! :))|
|Gracie enjoying her lemonade :)|
|Who knew the tattoo parlor would be so popular?!|
|Enjoying a hot dog with Bammy|
|Sally Kate loved her cupcake!|
|Ben enjoyed his cupcake too! :)|
|Taking one last pass through the concession stand!|
|Gracie and Maddie digging for treasure!|
|Gracie and Daddy|
|Matt, Lauren and Ned :) Great friends!|
|Nana and sleepy Ben|
|The Luton/Carroll grandkids, minus the oldest (Chandler) and the youngest (Harrison)!|
|Grayson modeling one of her favorite gifts!|
|A hug from Daddy, fit for a princess!|
|Raleigh having fun with her Uncle Scott! :)|