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A Vintage Carnival Party

 

Adulthood be can serious business. Real life with a real job can make things real boring (sometimes). At Seedling, we’re in the business of making every day fun. So, to celebrate our new global headquarters in downtown LA's Arts District, we naturally landed on a vintage carnival theme for our recent launch party. The only requirement: Check your adult at the door. Whether you’re planning a birthday party for a 5 or 40 year old, a baby shower, or a company picnic, it’s a theme that appeals to all generations. Here are a few easy ways to make the party your own. 

 

Décor

Creating that "traveling circus" feel is simple using a few key elements. Simple canvas drop cloths from your local hardware store are the perfect pieces to mimic the big top. We draped them above, the sides hanging to the floor to emulate tented carnival booths. Burlap signs hand-lettered with oil pastels flanked with brightly-colored party tassels directed guests to games, craft tables, buffet, and bar. Giant red balloons floated above the guests, while Edison string lights illuminated all with a magical glow. Flowers and greenery in galvanized vases elevated the décor to complete the vintage, circus-chic look. 

 

Games + Crafts

What's a carnival without games? Challenge your guests with a few boardwalk-inspired games. The ring toss and bean ball toss were super easy to construct and provide old-fashioned entertainment for all ages. To create our riff on ring toss, we  wrapped plastic rings with gold ribbon and repurposed wooden manikins from the Seedling Fashion Designer’s Kit in lieu of traditional pegs. We reimagined the traditional ball toss game by creating an A-frame stand with two 5x3’ sheets of plywood, connected them with hinges. We used a screw gun to affixed small galvanized buckets to the front board, grabbed a few Beanie Balls and and let party-goers toss away! 


 

Invite your guests to channel their creativity! We set up accessory stations for guests to invent their own colorful creations to wear during the party. Super Hero Masks, Pom Pom Jewlery, Dazzling Tiaras and bowties make for fun and easy projects that appeal to all ages, and can be worn long after the party has ended. 

 

Fair Fare

Tantalize taste buds with a play on nostalgic kid food. Sliders and mini corndogs are always a hit. Evoke that carnival magic with cotton candy, frozen bananas, and caramel apples. Fresh lemonade will refresh their palates, and a good old-fashioned root beer float is always a good idea. 

 

Have you ever thrown a carnival-themed party? Find more inspiration for your next party under the big top with our Pinterest board and, of course, share your tips in the comments below and your images with us on Instagram with the hashtag #seedlingstory.


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