My daughter recently turned 5 and she decided she would like a carnival party for her classmates and neighbors. I like a girl who knows what she wants. So I went to work.
I ordered a ton of stuff from Shindigz, an on line party supply store. We got a Pin The Tail on The Donkey, Bean Bag Toss Game, Egg and Spoon Race, Duck Fishing Game, Potato Sack Races and all the outdoor decor…a 5 Foot Carnival Barker, Banners, Welcome signs and my personal favorite, a Personalized Clown Photo Stand. I had a big basket of red clown noses (also ordered from Shindigz) and all the kids took funny photos.
And a few adults….
I enlisted two of my favorite 7 years olds Stella who did the Fortune Telling and Hazel who ran the face painting (along with my ever patient and devoted friend Olivia). I also hired four 6th graders to help out with the games, to hand out prizes and to monitor the pinata whacking. They were awesome!
The 6th Grade Posse from St. Marks
Now I had to figure out how to feed everyone. I decided to make it easy on myself and rented a Hot Dog and Cotton Candy Cart from Bart’s Carts. Cotton Candy+5 year olds=heaven. We also had a vintage popcorn popper, animal crackers, and believe it or not some fruit and veggies made an appearance.
The first of Caroline’s three cotton candy servings.
Abel from Bart’s Carts Serving Up the Hotdogs.
I hit the 99 Cent store for prizes. That is my go to place for kid parties and functions. I loaded up on the prize buckets, plates, napkins, and pinata candy. To avoid tears over lost loot bags I had each child decorate a paper bag with their name on it so they could keep track of them and made it easy for my helpers to find them.
The Prize Buckets
Potato Sack Races
The party ended with a clown Pinata and Carnival Cake. It was a great day and Caroline had the time of her life.
Caroline has already informed me she would like a unicorn party next year.
So, does anyone know where to get a live unicorn?