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A Boy’s Carnival Birthday Party

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A celebration theme doesn’t get any more fun or festive than this boy’s carnival birthday party by Carol Colon of Partylicious.

Using a vibrant mix of colors and patterns in the decorations, Carol styled this party with true carnival flair.  Gorgeous oversized balloon arrangements, a Big Top inspired cake and treats, and carnival style games make this party one for the memory books.

Step right up and view all of the colorful, fun carnival ideas for your next boy’s birthday party!


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We love featuring Carol’s parties here at Spaceships and Laser Beams because they always knock our socks off.

For example, you may remember Carol’s previously featured robot party or Minecraft party

Carol’s mantra might as well be, “go big or go home”.  She takes a theme and runs with it, not sparing any details.  It comes as no surprise that her take on a carnival party is just as impressive.

Boys Circus Themed Birthday Party Table Ideas

To set the stage for a Big Top celebration, Carol covered a backdrop with heavy fabric and red curtains.  A ringmaster, clown and monkeys were on hand for the event, created out of balloons by the talented Joanna Padin of GloboArte.

How amazing do those characters look? I love how that unique balloon arch added extra “wow” to the backdrop, too.

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Traditional carnival fare filled the dessert table.  At center stage was a gorgeous cake by Mary Valentin of The Cake Factory.  Each layer of the cake incorporated darling carnival and circus inspired details, concluding with a cute fondant clown on top.

Boys Circus Themed Birthday Party Cake Ideas

Popcorn filled, yellow polka dotted boxes and lovely candy apples were just a couple of the popular items.

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Berry baskets were filled with peanuts and dipped marshmallows on paper straws were transformed into strong man dumbbells.

Boys Circus Themed Birthday Party Marshmallow Pop Ideas

There were candy peanuts and moustache topped brownie bites. Beautiful clown and elephant inspired cookies and star topped cupcakes added additional pizzazz to the menu.

Boys Circus Themed Birthday Party Candy Food Ideas

Glass vessels filled will gum balls, swirly lollipops and various candy surely delighted guests of all ages! Bright ribbons and food labels finished off the coordinated look.  The beautiful desserts were by Carol’s go-to dessert company, Sugar Bliss by Mari.

Boys Circus Themed Birthday Party Table Centerpiece Ideas

Underneath a canopy, tables were set for guests.   I love how centerpieces were made from printable-topped paper rosettes and pinwheels inserted into metal pails filled with peanuts and paper shred.

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A huge carnival themed directional sign pointed guests toward all of the fun carnival games that Carol set up under the Big Top.

Each station was festooned with bunting and linens and included all of the supplies to make a whole lotta fun.  There were ring toss and duck matching games, a can toss and even a bouncy house and carousel!

This looks like one of those celebrations that nobody would want to leave!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.