The only way I could get Cameron to have/attend a party for himself
was if it had good food, beer, and games.
So, I did.
at first I was saying the party was for me,
because he was adamant about not having a party,
but when he found out it was carnival themed,
he was all in!
i planned, and pinned, and made for months beforehand.
i borrowed and emailed and called and enlisted help!
thank goodness for good friends!
so here is the carnival themed party!
the bunting is with random fabric i had or got in the remnent section
the table cloths were from Walls when i went to visit family
we had a prize tables for the kids, from winning tickets from the games we had around the yard
and a face painting station
and a balloon animal station
(i just had random people doing those activities)
i printed out a sheet of paper with different face paintings to follow
and had instructions on how to make balloon animals
i used this tutorial for most of the chalkboards
and did them on $1 store black foam boards
my beautiful friend autumn posing in the photo booth.
we used cameron's mac in the photobooth app
and people could do it themselves
i made the fake large poloroid out of foam board
and wrote the Dr. Cannon using the same chalkboard technique mentioned above.
we hung the sign on the rope swing :)
I realized we needed a drink sign...
so that was a last minute thing.
we used a cart for the water,
a large wheelbarrow & ice chest for the beer
and a mini wheelbarrow for the izzes
there was a popcorn bar
i filled a bucket (borrowed) (cleaned) with popcorn
(i bought bags of popcorn from costco as opposed to popping it myself- $5/bag)
and had red and white plastic buckets with popcorn too
there was butter spray and powdered flavoring
we had small popcorn bags ordered on amazon to fill
there was a hotdog and nacho bar too
we filled crockpots with the nacho cheese (huge can from costco)
wooden basket with chips (king sooper for $1 each - i got about 15 bags)
there were jalepenos to add
we also had plastic nacho trays!
i purchased some plastic hotdog holders at Walls for $1 for 4 and bought all they had...
total about 30, but I was worried we wouldnt have enough,
so i ordered the paper hot dog holders on amazon.
kethup, mustard, and spicy mustard in squirt bottles
we tried to borrow a hot dog roller and had it in the works, but it fell through last min.
so we just used the grill
we had a sno cone bar
i purchased a sno cone machine on amazon
and randomly found the syrup on clearance at target.
i made cute labels and taped them on.
in the same clearance section, they had the sno cone cups and straws
for favors i filled cute red striped bags with peanuts
(bags of peanuts from costco & bags from hobby lobby)
I made a cute little label that said
"if you're nuts, you know who to call"
thanks for coming!
(cameron has his phd in psychology)
for a little token for us to keep
we printed out his dissertation
and had people sign it
i made these dowel signs to show people the party was in the back
everything went without a hitch.
we had a blast.
we had tons of beer and peanuts and popcorn leftover.
and cameron was very happy with his party!