This past Sunday, we got together with 18 of C's nearest and dearest friends for her birthday! Yeah, this kid loves a celebration. All she wanted for her party though was a face painter and a long party at home. So that we did!
When she said that she wanted a face painter, I found this company that does face-painting but also balloon animals and games- Bre Creative if you're in our area. And therein, Cassia's Carnival was born!
I sucked at taking pictures of the decorations, the eats and the treats this time but here are just a few. And because I totally mind people's business when it comes to party stuff, here are a few details of ours.
I didn't want to go crazy spending lots on decorations and I wanted it to be Carnival-esque but still girly so with a little help from Mr. Youtube, Ms. Etsy (like how I stereotyped them?!), the Dollar Store and my printer, I did my own.
A little sign, banners, tassel garlands, menu cards and tissue pom poms and there we were!
Eats and Treats:
As I always like to feed people at my parties (
maybe because I love food so much) and because it was carnival/fair food, we kept it simple and did :
turkey sliders (from a local place),
mini dogs (thanks Jenn) and cole slaw,
my healthy corn dip, (which got totally demolished)
this amazing caramel dip with sliced apples (I was going for a caramel apple vibe),
fruit skewers and veggies.
I also tried my hand at tim-bit cake pops (and may have uttered a few choice words in the making process)- There were a hit with the six and under group though!
And all white drinks for both kids and adults- beer, white wine and apple/white grape juice are much easier to clean up :-)
This is where I fell short this time--- no pictures of what I personally think are fantastic tablescapes!
Wasn't she talented--- and pretty quick too!!
While their parents had some snacks and drinks (and kept an eye on their kids) the clowns kept them totally busy. The kids had so much fun! While one clown painted, the other played games with them like can- bean bag toss, a three legged race and a few others.
Old School Sack Races
The kids were so thirsty from their sugar induced running around- they drank more apple juice than the adults drank their beverages!
And then some mayhem ensued with the balloon animals!
When this was done, we went inside and C tried to organise a game of her own which was a little confusing
and a little bossy so we sent them to the backyard instead for some more running around and fun!
In between the running around, parents fed their kids and themselves… the turkey sliders and hot dogs were a huge hit!
And then there was cake!!
One shot of all the kids before everyone left!
I kept their take home very simple with a colourful candy skewer from a local candy store.
A few friends stayed late to help out with the cleaning up and have dinner with us.
Pizza upon the birthday girl's request and veggies on the parents' request!
This was seriously one of the easier and more fun parties we had! Like the little engine that could, I chugged a little bit every night for a couple weeks so I didn't run around like a crazy person the day off. Every the dips were made the day before so it was basically set up the day of.
Both adults and kids had a fun time, which isn't always the case with parents sometimes having to run around after their offspring. But most of all, Cassia declared it the best day ever!! And said that her friends told her the next day-- 'wow, that was a really great party!' High praise in the kid world.