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Birthday party ideas: Carnival

By Sadiya Dendar
Birthday party ideas: Carnival

Birthday party ideas: Carnival

Step right up

Think inside the box for serving up carnival goodies, such as popcorn, pretzels and ice cream. Set up a lemonade stand for little partiers to wash it all down.

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Activities

Carnival games are a blast! Set up such classics as the beanbag toss, clothespin drop, three-legged race and bowling. This time, forgo face pain and stick on fake tattoos instead. Give kids a ticket for each game they play to cash in at the prize table before leaving! 

Birthday party ideas: CarnivalPhoto by Jodi Pudge

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The invite

Include an “admit one” ticket with each colourful invitation for kids to get into the party.

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The loot

Have partiers decorate paper bags to carry their prizes from the day. Fill jars with prizes, such as rubber balls, kazoos or penny candy. Kids love a pick-your-own-prize table!

Birthday party ideas: CarnivalPhoto by Jodi Pudge

Recipe: Wacky clown cupcakes

Ice vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Place a large white marshmallow in centre of cupcake. Use red, yellow and green candies to create a ruffled collar around base of the marshmallow. Using icing as glue, poke in a red cinnamon candy for the nose, chocolate sprinkles for eyes and a colourful cone-shaped candy for a hat.

Birthday party ideas: CarnivalPhoto by Jodi Pudge

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Recipe: Doggies in a blanket

Wrap hot dogs in store-bought puff pastry squares. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until golden and crispy. Once cool enough to handle, insert a Popsicle stick into one end of the hot dog. Serve with dipping bowls filled with ketchup and mustard.

Birthday party ideas: CarnivalPhoto by Jodi Pudge

More great party ideas

Birthday party ideas: CarnivalPhoto by Jodi Pudge

With games, prizes, and tattoos, your child will never forget this bash.

This article was originally published on May 10, 2012

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