The birthday carnival was a HUGE success. It was a crazy amount of work though, and our pictures are not great since we were working from 8 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon. We were still working as the guests were arriving! Here is a small taste of it:
A funny picture taking booth;
game booths on the fence;
a favorite booth amongst the kids - tattoos (some kids had 7 or 8 tattoos, lol);
miles and miles of bunting, complete with triangles made from an old circus themed crib sheet;
striped lanterns in the trees;
plenty of carnival food - circus peanuts, caramel apples, popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs;
birthday cupcakes baked in ice cream cones (the kids were CRAZY about these);
and the prize table, where the kids could trade their tickets for prizes of their choosing. (There were no prize values or rules. If a kid had 2 tickets and wanted 2 balls, I let them have whatever they wanted.)
We also played games: pillow case races, egg and spoon races, and musical clown noses. (I.E. Musical chairs with clown noses instead of chairs.)
The best part? 10 kids were entertained for 3 hours all on their own. The booths were easy enough for them to regulate on their own, and I just let them take tickets/not take tickets as they pleased. The adults were able to visit (and eat! I think the adults loved the junk food more than kids) and just enjoy.
It was a great party, and if you need a kids party idea, I cannot recommend this idea enough!