It has taken me a while to post about my 6 year old’s carnival party. We decided to hold the party at a local park, where we could rent the pavilion for $30 for the day. As the boys have gotten older and their friends have, quite literally, gotten bigger, we decided we needed to have the party out of the house.
I really love to throw Pinterest-worthy parties. As a former teacher, the boys’ birthdays are my time to indulge myself in the classroom craftiness I miss from my teaching days. However, I have been a bit delayed in sharing this party because it ended up being a bit rougher in execution than any of my others.
The trouble started when I packed up my SUV and headed to the local park the morning of the party. 30 punchballs and 30 beach balls bounced all over, and made for difficult transportation to the pavilion.
However, after getting all the items to the pavilion, the winds started picking up. Well with over 50 air-filled items (punchballs, beach balls, and balloons) and countless signs and other lightweight decor, the hour of set up we had allotted for preparing for the party became dedicated to chasing down flyaway items. But, by the time guests arrived, the kids started playing and everyone seemed busy and like they were having a good time.
We had a wide assortment of games for the kids to play. Although the games had a goal to “win” them, we didn’t want kids to have to complete the booth to earn a prize. Instead, we let kids know at the beginning of the party that we were just playing for fun and that they would win all the prizes at the end no matter what. We bought small bowls and put plastic goldfish and beads inside. Kids stood about 6 feet away and threw ping pong balls at the cups.
We also created wraps for cans we bought online to personalize them to the colors and designs of our parties. Kids threw
soft baseballs at the cans and tried to knock them all over.
We bought this bean bag toss game and the kids enjoyed the challenge of tossing the bags into the mesh-pocketed holes.
After spray painting some bottles white, the kids tossed plastic bracelets, trying to ring the bottle necks.
In this game, we attached balloons to sticks and let the kids use Hog Wild Ball Poppers to try to hit the balloons. We thought this was a more kid-friendly version of the water gun games oft seen at carnivals.
We set up a kiddie pool and put ducks in the pond. Each duck was labeled with shapes on the bottom. The goal of the game was to find all of the matching duck pairs.
As an arts project, we bought neon sunglasses and had the kids decorate them with vinyl (Oracal 651) cutouts. More on that project can be found on this sunglasses art center post.
This styrofoam tree had several hundred Dum Dums added to it. Several of the lollipops were labeled with dots on the bottom, and the kids enjoyed finding the ones with the marks.
A prize table held goodies – stuffed snakes, bouncy balls, pencils, airplanes, sticky hands, handmade soap, and other odds and ends.
Each child had a personalized basket waiting for them to use to hold all of their goodies.
Aren’t these little fish soaps cute? It was such an easy craft and the kids have enjoyed using their soap to wash their hands.
For lunch we ordered pizzas and made boxes filled with an Honest Kids juice box, cotton candy, a cookie, and silverware, which made for easy distribution.
Because several of the kids at the party had food allergies and we wanted everyone to be able to participate as fully as possible, we had water ice for dessert. In order to have a candle for Bud to blow out, we made a little mound of Play Doh on top of the lid and stuck in a candle. The water ice was a refreshing treat after running around and I did not hear any complaints about “no cake.”
Happy Birthday, Bud!