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Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

This contemporary “Carnival Caper” birthday party looks like so much fun – it makes me want to jump right into the pictures!

Commissioned and organized by Bianca of Peekaboo Magazine (an Australian publication) and designed by Sharnel of Australia-based Sharnel Dollar Designs, the fabulous sweets table is filled with lots of bright colors and an aura of whimsy that’s conjured up through fun touches like vintage wind-up toys, creative “risers” created from rolls of circus tickets, and wooden spoons and labels that read “Eat Me!” and “Drink Me“.

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Read on for more fun pics and all the details, as told by Sharnel

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

“We wanted to recreate the vibrant color and fun feeling that is evoked when at a carnival or circus!

SWEETS TABLE
The sweets table consisted of ice cream cups with chocolate topping, cupcakes and bags of popcorn. For take home treats the children were giving a big top favor box (from Favor Makers) that they could fill up with giant freckles and smarties, gummi bears, fantales, choo choo bars and redskins.

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

To add a touch of whimsy to the table, we placed replica vintage wind up toys on top of entry ticket “risers”. Our custom backdrop replicates a big top tent and the oversized balloons add visual interest and a strong pop of color.

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Activities
We set up a mini sideshow alley with a childhood favourite – the laughing clowns.  Traditional games like sack races are a great way to get the children involved.  It’s an inexpensive game and has them up and moving!

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Photo Credit: The beautiful images were captured by Naomi V Photography

Thanks again to Bianca and Sharnel for sharing this fun party inspiration with us! You can check out more creative ideas from Bianca’s publication: Peekaboo Magazine and from Sharnel’s blog: My Life – My Loves.

Vendor Credit
  • Amazing cake from Jen at A Little Slice of Heaven
  • Tin wind up elephant and clown from I Love Parties
  • Striped baking cups from Paper Eskimo available at Details, Details
  • Custom backdrop by Sharnel Dollar Designs
  • Bamboo spoons from Details, Details (custom stamping available too!)
  • Circus tent favor boxes from Etsy shop Favor Makers
  • Popcorn bags from I Love Parties
  • Oversized round balloons from Sharnel Dollar Designs