Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Carnival Party Prep and Details

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hi Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Gosling - 

As you know, I'm a details girl.  I love lists.  In fact, I love to break my lists into smaller tasks, just so I can cross more things off as I finish them (total nerd).  So, putting together the fun details (and making lots of lists) for this carnival party was my idea of a good time.  I thought I'd share some of the details and the decor from the backyard carnival today.

The bead necklaces (from Oriental Trading Co.) were given away as prizes at the games.

Carnival Signs

After all the games were completed, I got to work on the signs.  I tried to make a scalloped carnival border, inspired by this etsy artist.  Then, I got out some paints.  I’m no artist, so this was overwhelming.  I even spelled beanbag wrong on one sign, but by the time I realized it, it was late, I was tired, and I thought I could chalk it up to homemade charm. 

On another afternoon, I covered them all in clear contact paper.  Time con-sum-ing!  At least now my signs and spelling errors are preserved for life.


My neighbors kindly agreed to be the Carnies at our carnival.  Thanks guys!  They are the nicest people, confirmed even more, when they gladly wore the accessories that I purchased/made for them.

I found these skimmer hats at Party City ($.99 each).

Initially, I planned on making lots of aprons for the "workers" to wear.  However, after I made one that didn't come together as quickly as I dreamed, I called Home Depot.  I was pretty sure they had some cheap aprons.  They did...$.77 each.   Guess where my husband had to go?

When he got home, I pulled out my pile of scrap fabric again.  I cut a rough squares to cover the Home Depot logo.  Then, I printed off a star from Microsoft Word and used it as a quick pattern.  I cut out some stars and sewed along the edges with a zigzag stitch.

The tickets are from The Dollar Tree.


My son and I made the favors using popcorn boxes I found at Five Below.  We filled them with goodies we purchased at The Christmas Tree Shop:  bubbles, tic-tac-toe paper pads, fruit snacks, tootsie rolls, and in the carnival spirit - wiffle balls.

Carnival Sign

This is the very first thing we made, and by we, I mean my husband.  I was sort of the backseat-sign-maker with this one.  He did all the hard work and then I added some stars and stripes at the end.  I love it.


We borrowed two tents to combine with our one tent for the carnival.  This roll of plastic striped table cloth, that I ordered from Oriental Trading Company, was the star of the show.  On the day of the carnival I used it to decorate everything, the back of the tents, table tops, and even the cement block that steadied the carnival directional sign.

Party in progress.

At this point I crossed almost everything off of my list.  We were ready for the guests to arrive.

I'll tell you all about it tomorrow,

Note from Mrs. Kelly:  I love those aprons that were 77 cents.  The favors were amazing.  The signs made everything just so...over the top...the big top.  Get it?  Ok, seriously though, I love !it all.

Note from Mrs. Gosling:  Carnival eye-candy ... in DA' HIZOUZZ!!!!  I think that my favrotie part is the Oriental Trading striped roll or maybe the apron applique (I love a great stitch job).  No, wait!  It's totally BW in his Sunday golf gear.    Salt N' Pepper hair has never looked better! 

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