Bright lights, delicious food, fun games and endless prizes... Every child loves a carnival! The festival or carnival party is a great theme for children's birthdays as well as larger communal events like church, school or scout fund raisers and neighborhood parties. It's enormous fun for the children and a great way to get to know their parents... You'll appreciate all the help you can get preparing for the party and manning the booths!
|Carnival Party Invitations
Start by choosing an attention grabbing carnival party invitation as colorful and loud as the carnival itself. Popular choices include Ferris wheels, oversized admissions tickets and cards with colorful stripes and designs that evoke turn-of-the-century carnival posters. Choose a mix of old-fashioned fonts in large and small sizes for an authentic fairgrounds feel.
Be creative when writing the carnival invitation text. The wording should read like a real carnival poster listing the many games and attractions you'll be featuring at the party. Guarantee great prizes as well as all the food and fun your guests can handle. If you need a little inspiration there are many carnival resources on the internet.
|Carnival Party Favors|
Rolls of event tickets are a must-have at carnival parties; these can be purchased at many party stores or you may want to seek out amusement supply companies. Decide ahead of time whether the tickets will be handed out to the kids as they arrive and used to play games, or whether they'll win the tickets at the game booths and redeem them for prizes. In either case, be generous. Little kids will love amassing huge amounts of tickets even if they don't have any particular value!
As your guests arrive, hand out loot bags to collect the many prizes they'll win at the party. Canvas tote bags are the most durable and will last throughout the day. You can make an activity of letting the children decorate them with fabric paint, markers and stickers. Make sure they write their names on their bags so they don't get mixed up.
Purchase a large variety of prizes to hand out, keeping the age and tastes of the children in mind. In general, buy lots of small presents and trinkets so everyone can keep winning throughout the day. Stuffed animals are always a favorite and you may want to buy a few oversized for winners of the most difficult games.
Wearable prizes include T-shirts, hats, caps, and visors, sunglasses and costume jewelry. Combs, brushes, hand mirrors and hair bands, stickers and sticker books, coloring books and crayons, card games and travel-size board games are great gifts as well. Round out the selection with plenty of toys and trinkets like rubber reptiles, yo-yos, kazoos, bouncy balls, water squirters, Frisbees, magic tricks, whistles and hula hoops. Dollar stores and trading companies are great places to load up with inexpensive prizes. If it's a large party you can even have a ticket auction for brand name toys with a little more value. This is more appropriate for a carnival block party or fund raiser, than a birthday.
Make sure every child wins a good share of prizes. All of your guests should leave the carnival party feeling like a winner!