Carnival Party Ideas

by Jessica Roe

When I think of the perfect Summer and early Fall party, I immediately dream of a vintage style country fair or carnival. There truly isn’t anything more classic than a country fair in my opinion. Styled on a chippy white painted lemonade stand with bold red and white striped decorations. This is the perfect party theme for kids of all ages! 

Close-up of cherry Tootsie Pops in an orange and white striped paper popcorn box

Party Decorations:

  • Carnival Chalkboard Yard Stake
  • Carnival Table Decoration
  • Ticket Roll
  • Carnival Plates
  • Carnival Napkins
  • Red Clown Noses
  • Red Gumballs
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Red Popcorn Favor Boxes
  • Mini Bubbles
  • Carnival Toys


Close-up of carnival lion cornhole game

Party Game Supplies:

  • Mini Rubber Ducks
  • 5” Balloons
  • Cornhole Game
  • Staple Gun
  • 18x36” Plywood Sheet
  • Red Paint
  • Bucket


Wide shot of carnival party table setup with cake, popcorn, and decorations

Instructions:

I moved our old lemonade stand onto our grass against the white vinyl fence for this party. It is the perfect size for a small party! I used my cutting machine to cut out card stock letters to spell out Step Right Up on the sign board. I also used the cutting machine to make a simple red card stock banner to hang on the front of the lemonade stand.    

Wide shot of carnival party table setup with cake, popcorn, and decorations

Now, I was ready to decorate my mini vintage carnival! I set up the carnival table decoration and filled small red and white striped favor boxes with popcorn. Then, I used mini clothespins to attach small bags of cotton candy to the banner. Next, I used a wooden crate to display fun carnival toys and candies. A vintage top was the perfect touch next to the plastic toys and treats. 

Wide shot of carnival party table setup with cake, popcorn, and decorations

Finally it was time to add all the carnival games! I filled a bucket with water and added tiny rubber ducks. Then, I added a fun cardboard cornhole style game next to the party table. 

Wide shot of carnival party table setup with cake, popcorn, and decorations

But, my favorite game at any carnival or fair has to be the balloon dart throw game! So, I painted a small sheet of plywood bright red. Then, I stapled small white balloons to the plywood. It was the perfect finishing touch to our vintage carnival party!

Cake with white frosting with a plastic lion cake topper
Glass jars with lids full of orange party favors

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