Fun is in the air at a carnival. It’s the kind of good time that most any group can get on board with.
If you are looking for a fun, whimsical theme for your bar/ bat mitzvah, wedding, or event, don’t be afraid to unleash your inner kid with a carnival reception. This is an especially great idea if you want to have a kid-friendly wedding.
There are practically unlimited possibilities for your food, decor, and entertainment.
Carnivals are nothing if not colorful. The key to pulling this off is to keep everything bright, cheerful, and inventive. Consider all the elements of a carnival. There’s games, popcorn, cotton candy, prizes, rides, and entertainers.
Carnival Games & Rentals
If you are going to make it authentic, it makes sense to rent a few rides from a place like C&C Amusements. They’ve been in the business of providing amusement and casino equipment for over 20 years, and they know how to work with everything from big names to neighborhood events.
Every guy (and plenty of girls) at your event will be lining up to shoot hoops.
A games and entertainment company can provide air hockey, foosball, and ping pong equipment, among others. They can set up a variety of inflatables including moonbounces and even bumper car arenas. They can also provide fun carnival food such as cotton candy, snow cone carts, mini donuts and popcorn.
Circus & Carnival Decor Inspiration
This table centerpiece keeps things chic with florals in a popcorn container. White hydrangeas resemble actual popcorn, and big lollipops are perfect for adding a sense of childhood fun and pops of color. Novelty popcorn containers are available through My Wedding Favors.
Whimsical Carnival Cake
The key to tying it all together is to keep your theme consistent through the more traditional elements of the event.
Carnival & Circus Invitations
This carnival invitation, custom made by Linzi Events, has the style of those pop-up books you loved as a kid.
Carnival Place Cards
Guest seating cards can resemble ticket stubs and incorporate carnival elements like a playful tent.
A balloon topiary is a fun and whimsical decoration – use popcorn for the base to showcase your carnival theme! View more Topiary Ideas
Fun and colorful vintage paper straws add the perfect touch to your cocktails! Available from Koyal Wholesale.
Keep the theme going through your food presentation. These cupcakes look like tubs of buttery popcorn.
Send guests away with tasty treats from a carnival candy bar.