real life…..{birthday party!}

WARNING: picture-heavy post!

i realize i should be updating you on the weight loss challenge (i was horribly undisciplined last week. back on track now!) but i promised birthday party pics so here they are!

aidan entrance

the carnival party was a huge hit! hubby built the entrance and a few ‘game booths’! we borrowed the bounce house from friends – it fit the theme perfectly! the signs were from our local party store (but i did see them on amazon), most of the decorations & prizes came from oriental trading.





each child received tickets and a prize bag to collect all their winnings! we had a bean bag toss, horseshoes, a ring toss and a fish bowl game – different prizes for each.

game ticket collage

we also had a bubble station – lots and lots of wands and some homemade ‘bubble juice’….

bubble collage

i found tons of classic decorations at the dollar store and on amazon (remember the punching bag clowns?? love it!)………    

clown collage

i warned parents ahead of time that it would be one big ‘ole sugar fest! on the menu: hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs, pretzels, chips, popcorn, chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate covered oreos (didn’t get a pic of that display but it was cute – they were arranged in one of the popcorn tubs, stuck into some styrofoam & the styrofoam was covered with blue shredded paper), cupcakes & of course cake! and each child took home a goodie box filled with a lollipop, a marshmallow twist, animal crackers & a pinwheel :-)


we also did a really cute ‘photo booth’. as a thank you, parents will receive their child’s photo in a carnival themed photo frame (um, as soon as i get the photos printed and put together the frames!! another project!)

photobooth(such a silly smile!)

i didn’t come up with these ideas myself so i need to give credit where credit is due:

cap creations for the ring toss, fish bowl game & goldfish-in-a-bag soaps

karas party ideas for the decoration ideas, photo booth & goodie box inspiration

maryjanes & galoshes for the chocolate covered oreos

come together kids for the ‘bubble juice’ refill station

wants & wishes design for the chocolate covered marshmallows (never did find the original post on their blog so this links to my pin)

thank you all for your inspiration, tips & instruction!!

so what do you think? and more importantly, what’s next years theme?!?!

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