Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carnival Birthday Party

Back in August my little guy turned 2.  We had a carnival themed birthday party complete with game booths, a prize table and LOADS of fun.  I recently realized that I never posted the pictures on my blog. So here you go, a glimpse at some of the things I made.  

First the carnival booth banners - I used felt and (with the help from an amazing friend) cut the lettering out on my Cricut, traced them, and cut them out.  

I love the way they turned out.  And did you notice the bunting along the booths.  So cute and so much fun!  I used an adorable Debbie Mum polka dot fabric that will now be pulled out for all birthdays in our house.  

Here is the bunting right after I finished it.  They were simple but took quite a bit of time to make.  Using some cardboard I made a triangle template.   Using my rotary cutter I cut out TONS of triangles.  Then I matched them up and sewed up right sides together.  After turning them I topstitched - I used a zig zag stitch to dress it up a bit.  Then I used bias tape to connect all the triangles.  

Next, the birthday boy's shirt.  I LOVE iron-on vinyl!  Using some scraps I had left over from the boys brother shirts I tried out a double layered design.  

Here is another item that will become part of birthday traditions around here.  Can you imagine getting your own special chair decoration on your special day!  Well here is ours.  Ideally I would have liked the lettering a bit larger but I was working with scrap vinyl so this is what I have.  Might just have to make another one and applique the lettering on!  


Unknown said...

I'm so happy I stumbled upon your blog! I'm in the midst of planning a circus/carnival party for my daughter. I simply love your ingenuity in creating the midway games "booths". Might I ask for your "trade secrets"? What size lumber did you use, i.e. 2x4? Did you use sheeting, felt, etc to cover the tops and bottoms? Thank you for any help you can provide! =)

Unknown said...

Oh and do you happen to have pics posted anywhere of when you actually set up the games? I would love to see!

Jessica said...

Oh and I don't mean to go by "Unknown". LOL My name is Jessica. ;)

Allison said...

Hi Jessica! Sorry for the delayed response. I actually no longer use this blog and have a website for my crafts now (

My husband built the booths using 2x4s. The banners for the games were just felt. I made the letters by cutting out letters with my Cricut and tracing them onto felt then cutting them out.

I didn't get many pictures so I don't have many specifics on the games. One was just empty cans I covered with paper and then a bean bag was tossed to knock them down. Another was a target that you shot with a nerf gun. Then another was a bean bag toss. And the last was a fishing game where they would put a fishing pole over the booth and pull up tickets.

Hope that helps! Don't forget to stop by my new site or to like my FB page (MomsBusyCrafting).

Jessica said...

Thanks so much for the response! I will definitely check out your new site. =)

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The Mills family was established on April 20th, 2002 when Bryan C. Mills married Allison Wilson. The family grew in 2005 with the birth of Christopher and then again in 2007 when Cameron first made his appearance. It just grew a little more in 2009 with Zachary's arrival and then again in 2011 when Ethan entered the world with a bang! We hope to continue to grow our family as God allows. We are truly blessed and praise God each day for the joy we bring each other!