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“Penny Carnival” baby shower


A fun, carnival-themed shower for a baby-to-be named Penny.

Design Inspiration

The baby's chosen name (Penelope, or Penny for short) set me down the "Penny Carnival" path. The parents, Kevin and Mimi, are very laid-back, fun-loving people who just wanted to have a good time with their friends and families around.

Decorating Style

Improvisational, budget, fun. I always try to use what I have before buying something.

Project Details

Backdrop. I had been searching high and low for affordable, striped fabric or sheeting to use behind the food table (to cover some curtains that clashed with our theme), when I decided just to use white sheets I already owned, and make the "stripes" with red crepe paper. Total cost: $1 for a roll of red crepe paper.

Table Runner. I used a length of red fabric that I had purchased to make into a valance for my own baby-to-be's nursery (he's due the week after Penny!). For the Penny Candy table, I used one of my pashmina scarves as a table runner.

Fortune Teller. The guests of honor didn't really want any games, but we had one optional activity: allowing guests to guess the baby's date/time/weight/length, and keeping with the carnival theme, I made a goofy little "Fortune Teller" in a box. I wanted it to look a little like the machines I'd seen at carnivals and fairs. It's just so silly and made everyone smile.

Signs/Banners. I made all of these with scrapbook paper or cardstock, using the "Carousel" cartridge and a Cricut machine (my first experience with it--I got it for Christmas).

Favorite Items

Probably the fortune teller table, made from a shipping box and a wig form. It's just funny.


Scour what you have before spending hundreds of dollars on decor. My co-hosts and I inventoried everything we might have had that would match the theme and the only things we bought were tissue paper (for all the poms), candy, and the striped cupcake tiers.


Thursday 3rd of March 2011

I've seen a lot of parties that use clothespin to post the pictures, I agree that that is a good addition for the gift counter you have there.  Totally adore the fortune teller box you have there :).  Excellent splash of color all around too.  Am sure you had lots of fun!