Fun and Unique Carnival Themed Birthday Party Ideas

by Briana Marie
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Welcome to the exciting world of Carnival Themed Birthday Parties!

If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate your special day, then you’ve come to the right place. Our Carnival Party Ideas are sure to make your party the talk of the town.

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From carnival games to carnival treats and everything in between, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to make your party a success.

So, let’s get started and plan the most amazing carnival-themed birthday party ever!


Every great party starts with an invitation, and with this exciting carnival theme, you can have a ton of fun with your invitations.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

  1. Admission Tickets

Create your invitations to look like admission tickets to a carnival or fair. Use bright colors and fun fonts to really capture the playful spirit of the theme.

You can even add a tear-off portion to the invitation that the guest can bring with them for a prize or discount at the event.

  1. Circus Animals

Use circus animal cut-outs or stickers to decorate your invitations. You can even create your invitations to look like circus tents or tickets to a circus performance.

Have fun with the design and let your creativity shine.

  1. Carnival Games

Incorporate carnival games into your invitation design. Use images of classic games like ring toss, balloon darts, and whack-a-mole to set the tone for a fun and interactive party.

You can even include a small game with the invitation, like a mini bean bag toss or a balloon animal kit.

No matter what design you choose, be sure to include all the important details like the date, time, location, and RSVP information.

Your guests will love the personalized touch and will be excited to attend your carnival themed event. Have fun and let your creativity run wild!

You can also check out these Circus Ticket Invitations on Amazon.


Transform your party space into a carnival with themed decorations such as streamers, balloons, and banners with carnival-themed phrases like “Step Right Up” or “Welcome to the Carnival!”

You can actually find entire party kits geared toward this exact theme!

To make your planning easier, we’ve included some of the best Carnival Party decorations on Amazon below.

carnival backdrop
Carnival Backdrop

72 x 44in

Carnival Circus Balloon Arch
Carnival Balloon Arch Garland

140pcs, different sizes

carnival party kit
Carnival Party Kit

-1 Backdrop
-1 red and white striped tablecloth
-10 light blue balloons
-10 dark blue balloons
-10 red balloons
-10 yellow balloons
-10 polka dot balloons

Giant Popcorn Balloons Set
Giant Popcorn Balloons Set

30in, 6 count

Giant Popcorn Box
Giant Popcorn Box

-Cardboard stand-up box
-24 balloons

DIY Carnival Party Decorations

Use colorful decorations like balloons, streamers, and banners to create a festive atmosphere.

Add some fun carnival-themed props like popcorn makers, cotton candy machines, circus tents, and balloon animals to really bring the party to life.

You can check out our Carnival Party Pinterest board for even more DIY ideas!


Serve classic carnival foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and popcorn. Set up a cotton candy station and let the kids make their own delicious cotton candy treats.

For another tasty twist, create a DIY popcorn or caramel apple bar where guests can customize their treats.

You can also offer lemonade, slushies, and iced tea as refreshments.

Lastly, you can’t forget the cake! Create some fun carnival-themed cupcakes or create a tasty and unique carnival cake for all your guests to enjoy.


Carnival Games

Set up a variety of carnival games like ring toss, balloon pop, and dart throw. Offer prizes for the winners such as stuffed animals or candy and make sure to have plenty of small prizes for everyone.

Circus Acts

Bring in a circus performer or group to perform at the party. This could include acrobats, jugglers, or even clowns.

Make sure to have plenty of space for them to perform!

Photo Booth

Set up a photo booth area with fun carnival-themed props like hats, glasses, and mustaches. Encourage the kids to take silly photos with their friends and family to remember the party.

Encourage guests to take silly photos and share them on social media using your party hashtag.

A Theme Within a Theme?

Your carnival party plans can be made even more exciting by using a theme within the carnival theme. Here are some ideas below:

  • Pajama Party
  • Movie Night
  • Game Day/Night
  • Whodunnit
  • Spa Day
  • “Social Media Influencer”

Concluding Your Carnival Party

Don’t forget to send your guests a fun carnival party “thank you gift” at the end of your party. There are a ton of carnival party favor ideas out there, so I highly suggest you head on over to our Carnival Party Pinterest board to get started with some ideas!

These carnival party ideas are sure to make your celebration a hit. Get ready to party and let the carnival fun begin!


  • Briana Marie

    Briana Marie is a mental health and financial literacy advocate, and founder of Major League Mommy. In her spare time, Briana enjoys yoga, travel, and spending time with her Husband and two daughters.

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