Holding a Carnival Themed Party

What is your favorite part of the carnival? Is it the roller coasters and other rides, the Midway Games, or the Cotton Candy? Carnivals are fun for everyone, especially kids, so a carnival theme is a great choice for a birthday party or other fun event.

Perhaps the simplest way to have a carnival themed party is to hold the party at an amusement park such as Castles n Coasters located in Phoenix, Arizona. Most amusement parks offer birthday party and event packages which make planning your party a cinch.

A party at an amusement park might not be quite what you are after. Perhaps you want to avoid the crowds and lines that go along with the amusement park experience or your budget does not allow for the price of the park’s party package. You use a carnival theme for a party at any venue.

How many people do you want to invite to the party? What is your budget? Where do you want to hold your party? How complicated do you want things to be? How much time do you have to set things up?

Parties can be held at a home, at a restaurant, at a ballroom, or at another event venue. The choices are only limited by your budget and time. If you are planning a party on a small budget, consider holding the party at a city park. You can generally reserve picnic areas for a very affordable price. If the party is small, most parks have picnic tables that are available on a first come first serve basis for free. While rain is unlikely to be a concern in much of Arizona during most of the year, you should plan your party where you have access to shade, especially if the party is during the summer months when the weather gets pretty hot.

Once you have picked your event venue and date, you need to make your invitations. Your local party or dollar store will probably have pre-made invitations that you can hand-write the date and pertinent information in or you can get custom invitations made at copy stores, print shops, or the photo processing departments of many stores.

While you are at the party or dollar store, check to see what other goodies you can find. These stores are great for table clothes, paper plates, cups, napkins, balloons, party favors, and decorations. You should be able to find many of these things with a carnival or related theme.

If you purchase a cake for your party, have it decorated to match the theme. You can also make your own cake and decorate it yourself. If you are making a cake, consider getting plastic animals or other figures to place on top to help it match your theme. Cupcakes can also be lots of fun.

Consider having Cotton Candy at your party. AZ Party Rents has cotton candy machines and other concession equipment available to rent for parties.

After you have the venue, invitations, and food squared away, think about what you are going to do for entertainment. Inflatables make a fun addition to a party. The Wild One Obstacle Course which looks like a roller coaster might be a good choice. Make sure that the venue you are holding your party at allows inflatables and if a permit is required, be sure to get it taken care of in advance. Carnival games are also lots of fun at a party. Balloon artists, clowns and other entertainers help complete the carnival atmosphere.

Carnival are lots of fun and your carnival themed party is sure to be a blast. Once all your planning is complete, have a great time at your party!

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