DIY Carnival and Circus – Themed Birthday Party : Jacob is 4

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I have not seen a lot of blog posts about DIY carnival or circus-themed parties so I thought of posting my son’s birthday party here.
Nope.. I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars on standard or commercially made decorations so I had to to think of ways to realize the birthday theme on a tight budget.
After deciding on the theme, i focused on looking for materials with specific colors in mind.. white, red, blue and yellow materials will do.
I browsed the local Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Stores for my materials, oh how I love these stores! I can spend a day inside these stores looking for some thrifty deals.
Recycle? Recycle? I used empty appliance boxes for the photo booth and other party stuff, and i was glad too to find 1/2 sheet of peg board in the garage that i used for the ‘pop the baloon’ game.

I enjoyed planning, buying and creating the party materials and my son said he had so much fun on his fourth birthday…for me, that’s a job well done.:)
PS estimated cost for this backyard party is about $190 excluding food bought for grown ups (plus there’s plenty of materials left for recycle and reuse in the future)

Carla

 

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Caramel apples from Delightfully Delicious Candy Apples for $3.00 and cupcakes from Ralphs with toppers and stickers bought on sale from Michael’s helped with the theme.
Mango and Triple Berry Fruit smoothies turned popsicles using shot glasses were a hit with the kids.

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And what’s a carnival without cotton candies? Got the cotton candy machine from Cost Plus World Market on sale fro $29.99 ( renting it locally would have cost me $50)

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The kids played games like Ring Toss, Pop the Balloon, Hula Hoop, Lemonade Drinking and Throw the Pie Contests where they earned tickets that they can use to buy prizes.

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So sorry Mr Clown. Violence not intended..blame it on the theme!
Bought the clown pinata from Amazon for $14.16; a dozen clown noses for $7.99 and 100 foot multicolor pennant banner for $7.49
Instead of a birthday cake, I ordered a giant Clown-themed cupcake from Bake You Happy for $20

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Found some racks too from my husband’s unfinished storage solutions to display the ‘Prizes’. Spent about $35.00 for various prizes with prices ranging from $1-$3 fro Target and the Dollars Stores.

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and more photo ops!!

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