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Carnival Birthday Party


Carnival Themed 1st Birthday

Design Inspiration

I wanted bright colors and mix matched patterns.  So I used red and white stripes, red and white chevron, yellow chevrons,  and polka dots.

Decorating Style

A lot of DIY projects for the Party.  I liked having the number 1 everywhere.  I put them in jars of bubble gum, jars of M&M's, sticking out of candy centerpieces and some blue 1st made out of chocolate.

Project Details

Chocolate Number 1st Lollipops

DIY Balloons on a String

DIY Candy in Popcorn Bucket Centerpieces  

Personalized Bib

Colorful Birthday Shirt

Large Ring Lead Cardboard Cut Out

Big Top Character Cupcake Picks

Under The Big Top Luncheon Napkins

Favorite Items

The smash cakes my husband made.  He made a few samples  days earlier to make sure it looked the way I envisioned it to look.  He used white cake mix and food coloring to make each color.  I loved them so much I want to have them at more of our parties.

Also I loved the wind up monkey and elephants.  I found them at the dollar store just by chance.  I have them on display on my son's bookcase now.


I feel fabric is very important to this look.  Add as much colors and patterns as you can.  It needs to be bright and fun.  Don't expect to get it all at one place or party store.  It takes a few different places and a bit of shopping around but it is worth it.

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Monday 9th of September 2019

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Veronica Littrell

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

May I ask where you got the inflatable elephant?


Wednesday 29th of June 2016

I love the prints and colors!! I'm on Amazon but can't really find it. Did you buy the fabric by yards? Can you give me more details.

Jennifer Saranow Schultz

Thursday 14th of November 2013

I love the idea of putting 1s in candy jars and candy centerpieces, etc. What did you do for an activity? (For those looking for easy 1st birthday activity ideas, here's a recent post I wrote on the subject:


Thursday 14th of November 2013

Very cute where did u get all the fabric from? Love that cake

Genia Hudson Wheeler

Saturday 16th of November 2013

The fabric I purchased off Amazon.