How does one live their life long dream of becoming a carnie? Put on your very own carnival party for your kids! You’ll be amazed on just how easy a carnival party can be. It can be in your very own backyard or at a nearby park. Set up games, hand out tickets, and give out prizes. The kids will love it! And, let’s face it… the adults will want to try out some of the games too. But first everyone will need a ticket to get into the carnival! Lucky for you, I have designed some incredibly fun ticket booths and admission tickets:
What you will need:
1) My ticket booth and ticket .svg file. Download here:
2) Paper. Choose how ever many colors and designs you like. I went with a vibrant red for the background, striped paper as the top layer, transparent paper for the window, silver for the ticket holder, blue and yellow for the “TICKETS” sign. I used the same red and blue for the admissions ticket. I also printed the party info. on white paper.
3) Silver brads to hold on the ticket dispenser.
4) Liquid glue and/or spray adhesive.
5) Roll of raffle tickets (BONUS: these can be used later for the games at the party and can be found at a dollar store)
1) Download my ticket and ticket booth .svg above.
2) Cut, print, and glue everything.
3) Add brads and raffle tickets.
4) Carnival it up! Enjoy the party!
Below are some pictures of party ideas that we used for my nieces carnival party!
- Welcome everyone to the carnival with a “Welcome to the Carnival” sign. We used this as our station to pass out tickets.
- We hired an actual carnie to pass out the tickets to the kids. Not really- this is the b-day girl’s very own dad!
- Show off your grub! We used individual popcorn buckets and cotton candy pops so people could enjoy food and play games at the same time! My sister also made popcorn cupcake (note: not actual popcorn on cupcakes, colored marshmallows)!
- Give gold fish as favors! It is actually quite cheap and goes along with the carnival-themed party perfectly. Come on… who hasn’t won a gold fish from a carnival game?
THE RING TOSS BOOTH
- Knock back some booze and party! Just kidding… but seriously: Glue empty bottles to a surface. My brother-in-law glued his empty beer bottles to some wood then painted it. Just make sure the bottles are clean 😉 Hang up some material to make it “booth-like.” We used some fleece from Joann’s but a colorful sheet or table cloth will do the trick. (4) Make a cute sign. I used my cricut and own .svg files.
- Use bracelets for the rings. I got a cheap pack of 5 from the dollar store. Hand out candy or cheap toys for prizes. Again, dollar store stuff!
GO FISH BOOTH
- This is simple! Again, use some material as a backdrop for your booth and make a cute sign. Use a rug or short table to set bags on top of. Place different small and cheap prizes in bags (leave some empty if you are mean like me) and kids will have to fish for these bags.
- Attach a string and hook to a pole and let them have at it! This is the birthday girl having a try at the fishing game!
- You don’t need to hire a professional face painter! Just pick out some acrylic paints and have a family member or friend run this booth. My husband was sweet enough to volunteer (well, I volunteered him and he was sweet enough to agree!). We picked out cute, simple designs and put them on a sign so kids could choose what they wanted.
- The birthday girl chose balloons. As you can see, she loved it! And so did the rest of the kids at the carnival.
Have a photo booth! Use fabric for the backdrop and hang up a frame of your choice, or just have the people hold the frame while taking pictures.
Dress it up! Have a box full of costumes and silly props that people can wear when taking pictures in the photo booth.
Even I got silly with the b-day girl and her sister 🙂
Extra Shots of the The Birthday Girl, Kenley
Happy 3rd birthday, Nugget! Isn’t she precious?
Well, that wraps it up folks. I hope you found this post helpful! Also, check out what Martha Stewart and Pinterest have to offer: