Carnival Themed Birthday Party (shared Party)

My kid's birthdays are 3 days apart, therefore I decided to throw them a birthday party together. I decided on a carnival theme, since it is gender neutral.

I had so much fun planning it, I started thinking and gathering ideas 3 months before the party on pinterest. It had to be an indoor party since it is December.

Take a look on how it turned, warning that there is a picture overload :)

I bought 3 yards of this red stripe fabric from IKEA for the background

Chocolate Cupcakes, you can find the recipe here

Vanilla Cupcakes, you can find the recipe here

Cake Pops, you can find my tutorial on how to make these here

I bought the lollipops on Amazon

I bought these popcorn containers at Target in the dollar bins

I wanted to have a "photo booth" for lots of fun and silly pictures
I found some free printables here and here

I used 2 large foam poster boards
I taped them together and glued blue stripes to cover the seam and create a fun bright backdrop

me and my hubby

my daughter AKA the birthday girl

I bought these foam masks on Amazon for the kids to play with while I got the food ready

For food we had:

Baked Potato wedges
Italian hotdogs for the adults and plain hotdogs for the kids
veggie cups

Bean bag toss game

Some empty cans, a little bit of scrap paper and you have yourself:

I also made the pinata:

Party hats that I made

Birthday Girl:

I made a Rainbow cake, I saw this here
Instead of a cake mix, I just used my vanilla cupcake recipe

Birthday Boy:


That wraps it up!

We had such a great time, I can not wait until next year!


  1. You did such an awesome job! Everything looks amazing, especially the dessert table. Happy birthday to your little ones!

  2. This is so creative and you did a great job. My girls bdays are 5 days apart (Dec 26 and 31) so I'm having a combined party too. The theme is Rock Star/Karaoke/American Idol. I can’t wait to celebrate them and hopefully put together something just as awesome as this.

  3. Wow, what awesome ideas! I especially love the treat table!

  4. This looks like a great party and everything looks so professional!

  5. This looks like a great party and everything looks so professional!

  6. Your party looks amazing! Such a cute theme and I'm loving all the details. Great job!

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  7. WOW! What an amazing and fun party!! You did a great job!

  8. My mouth has been hanging open through this whole post! WOWZA! That was one fantastic party!

  9. Wow- you did an amazing job with this party. Such clever ideas! Thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower and I look forward to reading more of your posts! I would appreciate it if you took a moment to stop over at my blog and followed me back. Thank you!

  10. How fun, looks like a magical party. My husband is running a photo booth at a wedding this weekend. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. Hope your Christmas is a blessed one.

  11. This party blows me away! You nailed it and it still looks doable, kwim. My son is named Nico too :) Love your blog. You are beyond amazing!

  12. What a lovely carnival theme !! Birthday boy is looking so adorable.I really loved decorations.Those foam masks are really cute.

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  13. Hi Rita, Came across your blog. You are simply amazing. I can never do so much on my own. Hats off to a wonderful Busy MOM... Congratulations... :)