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Barnyard Carnival Birthday {Boy Party Ideas}

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Sometimes it’s difficult to settle on just one theme for a boy’s birthday party. So why not meld two great themes together? This awesome party combines the fun of a carnival party with the amazingness of a barn theme. The result is one impressive boy’s barnyard carnival bash or “Barnival” for short. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a more thrilling use of a backyard! Imagine farm animals, a pumpkin patch, and a myriad of farm-themed carnival games, not to mention an over-the-top prize table! Plus don’t miss the fondant pig-topped birthday cake! Take a peek at the photos from Margit of Dot and Dash Parties, and I’m sure you’ll agree this is one blue ribbon party not to be missed!


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When a client wants to host a fantastic fall celebration for her 6-year-old and the guest of honor is set on having animals and carnival games as the main attractions, a barnyard carnival bash just makes sense!  Combining the excitement of both, Margit shares that Will’s party was one of the most enjoyable events she’s ever planned.  Held in the fall, the color palette consisted of beautiful shades of traditional fall colors–orange, yellow, green and red.  You’ll notice autumn party props like scarecrows, hay bales and pumpkins were carefully woven into the party décor to appropriately reflect the season.

 

Perfect weather allowed for a beautiful backyard celebration.  With so much variety in the form of activities and entertainment, guests of all ages had many possibilities for fun.  Four carnival games were set up for guests to enjoy, each with a subtle fall twist.  The first was the ever-popular tin can knock down.  I love how Margit dressed up ordinary tin cans with colorful polka dotted and striped paper in party colors.  The second was “Scarecrow Hoopla”—a form of ring toss where children had to throw a hula hoop over the scarecrows.  Next up was “Fly the Coop”.  This involved throwing rubber chickens into a basket.  Finally, guests could play “Feed the Pig”—a toss game in which bean bags were thrown into a pig’s mouth.  Margit shared that the children loved playing the games at each station where they were able to collect tickets to redeem for prizes at the end of the party.

In addition to the carnival games, more fun was to be had by visiting the face painting station, decorating pumpkins, and interacting with the baby animals from Barn Babies. Ducks, bunnies, kittens and puppies were held and cuddled by children of all ages. Even a diapered baby goat and feisty little pig were on hand for the festivities.

I imagine all of the carnival game-playing and animal chasing probably helped guests to work up a pretty hefty appetite.  One of my favorite parts about visiting a carnival is definitely the food!  Staying true to the fall carnival theme, Margit had arranged for a delightful mix of carnival and fall food favorites.  Popcorn, marshmallow pops, apple fritters and cider were among the refreshment offerings, neatly displayed on a pretty rustic tablecloth. I love the sweet little printable décor used to add some preppy details to the dessert table.  From pumpkin straw toppers to happy birthday bunting to folding food labels, printable décor really helped to pull off that custom boutique party look.

Displayed on a wooden crate, the cake by Tonia of CakeWish was the perfect anchor, bringing all of the thematic elements together.  The orange and green fondant stripes combined with the darling fondant pig topper made the cake such an eye-catching focal point for the dessert table. I can almost hear the squeals of delight as guests enjoyed their slice of cake and downed it with their Mason jars of apple cider.

Like all great carnivals that come to an end, Will’s barnyard bash sadly had to end too, but not without a thrilling conclusion!  Party guests were able to head to the amazing prize table to redeem their tickets.  I love how it was decked out in colorful printed fabrics, paper rosettes, and printed bunting!  Various themed prizes and candy were creatively displayed in baskets, buckets and apothecary jars with creative labels.  A few prizes included mini tractors, pig snouts, “farm hands” (hand clappers) and Cow Tales (candy).  Margit shared that her favorite part of the celebration was observing the children’s delight at being able to choose their own prizes!

Picking a favorite activity or element from this boy’s birthday party is hard, isn’t it? The photos show a lot of wonderful ideas! The party activities look like loads of fun. The backyard party decorations are on point for a farm birthday bash. And the favor table is hands-down genius, right? Margit definitely wins the prize for an incredible boy’s barnyard carnival bash, don’t you think?  Follow her party adventures on Facebook.

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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.