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Carousel Party

A classic childhood experience is enjoying the merry go round and this Carousel party captures the fun and magic of this as well as the beauty of a gorgeous carousel! Pastel colours, carousel horses and florals can all make for a beautiful setting! This theme could stand on its own or you could incorporate aspects of the carousel theme into a Carnival/Fair or Circus theme as well (have a look at one of my very early blog posts on a Circus theme). It is truly a sweet and unique theme for a little girl!

Invitations/Printables

A few gorgeous invitations (which are often part of a matching set with other items) and as you can see a variety of colour combinations work well for this theme:

Magical carousel invitation – Lovely Little Parties

Carousel invitaiton – Letter D Parties & Paperie

Alannah Rose Take Me to the Fair invitation – Twiggi

Carousel Birthday party invitation – Photo Greetings

Decorations

Carousels often combine beautiful colours, florals and lights. Recreate this with some of these decorative options:

Paper folding balls – Sweet Style

White ribbed lantern – Details, Details

Lavender paper fan – Little Sooti

Small ruby rose lantern – The Party Parlour

 

 

A pretty bunting would look perfect for this party theme:

Alimrose Designs bunting – Tots n Tales

Pretty in pink paper bunting – The Party Studio

Wall decals can really help create an effect and setting for your theme. Here are some beautiful ones for this theme which also is such a gorgeous theme for a girls bedroom as well, so you could definitely reuse them!

Horse Carousel wall decal – Tots n Tales

This lovely carousel horse is available in a range of colours!

Carousel wall sticker – Little Shop of Stickers

Tableware

For your table, combine pretty colours and patterns for your Carousel setting. Stripes work well for a carousel/fair theme or you could work florals into your table decor as well:

Pink table runner with lace trim – I Love Parties

 

Pink/white stripe tablerunner – The Party Parlour

 

Shabby Chic pink table runner – Le Petit Party

 

Pink rectangle plates – Mon Tresor

Provence rose pink napkins – The Party Parlour

Classic soda bottles are perfect for the feeling of being at the fair!

Glass soda bottle – Invite Me

Combine your drinking bottles with a striking colour paper straw! These striped paper straws could also be made into a creative decoration as they are similar to the poles on a carousel. You could attach a carousel horse cut out to them for a cute touch such as the one I’ve shown below!

Purple paper straws- The Little Big Company

Isn’t this gorgeous? Perfect for straws, cake pop sticks or just to use as a decoration!

Carousel horse topper – Charli Mae

 

Sweet Treats

A few items for your carousel theme sweets:

Carousel cookie cutter – CW Cakes

Carousel Horse chocolate mould – Inspired by Chocolate

You can’t have a fair without fairy floss and this soft persian fairy floss is so pretty:

Persian Fairy Floss – Shoppe with Lily

For something different, serve the fairy floss (or other sweets) in these colourful icecream cups. The colourful stripes are perfect for this pretty carousel at the fair theme:

Icecream cups carnival stripe – Invite Me

If you are going for a classic carnival look then these pink and white striped options will look great:

Pale pink stripe candy box – Invite Me

Cupcake wrapper – The Party Studio

I was in awe when I saw this find….a ferris wheel cupcake holder! Could anything be more delightful? It is just gorgeous and it can be shipped to Australia. *Swoon*!

Ferris Wheel cupcake holder – Horchow (US)

 

This is a simpler version for your candy:

Ferris wheel candy holder – Karas Party Ideas

 

Special themed ideas

What is wonderful about a Carousel theme party is that any special item you purchase will look wonderful in your daughters room afterwards. Remember for a theme, you may just need one or two stand out items which really bring the theme to life. You can then carry on the theme in smaller details. Work within your budget and go for items you can reuse or display again in your child’s room.

Hiring is another great option for stand out features to match your theme and this amazing Carousel horse is a gorgeous example of that!  It can be hired out and would be a great photo spot too during the party!

Carousel horse for hire – Addie and Me

A lovely carousel will not only make a beautiful centrepiece at the party table but also a precious gift for your little girl as well:

Musical Horse Carousel – I Love Parties

Musical Carousel – Flying Dreams

 

This beautiful music box would make another stunning gift or centrepiece:

Carousel music box – Honeybee Toys

I know rocking horses are different to Carousel horses but these two items are so pretty and could definitely work into this theme as well!

Rocking horse mobile – Kate Finn

Pick a sweet print to display behind your cake table or around another main item in your party area to carry on the Carousel theme:

 

Personalised carousel canvas – Bright Star Kids

 

Place a gorgeous welcome sign to welcome everyone to the party:

Carousel door sign – Toadally Cute Products

 

These carousel horse items could be used to create some of your own decorations or embellishments to attach to party favours:

9 x 17 Carousel Chipboard – Scrapbook Valley

Clip art images – Goodness and fun

Love the colour of these sweet pink carnival tickets which could be attached to party favours or given to the children to use for party games or perhaps you could come up with a creative way to use them as a hanging decoration?

Watermelon pink carnival ticks – Koko vanilla Designs

Sweet little horses you could use to hold labels for your food table:

Placecard rocking horse – Elegant Bomboniere

 

Cute tin toy for your little girl and as a decoration especially for a vintage style party:

Carousel spinning top – The Hip Infant

This gorgeous pony is beautiful isn’t it? It would make a lovely gift, keepsake and decoration item for this theme:

Alimrose designs jointed pony – Cheese and Pickles

Have your little one dressed for the theme in these items!

Carousel felt crown – The Rice Babies

Milky Pony Tee – Kids Boulevard

Oopsidaisi makes just gorgeous items! Keep an eye out on their page for new releases of items featuring their carousel design:

French Carousel singlet – Oopsidaisi

I just had to mention Vintage Sew and So who makes stunning creations such as this canopy used by Boutique Affairs on this dessert table. You could contact them if you were after a carousel looking canopy for over your dessert table:

Canopy on dessert table (Styled by Boutique Affairs) – Vintage Sew and So

Another option is the use of a playtent such as this one to decorate the area around your dessert table or another space in your party area. Your little one will love it for many months and years after the party!

Pink play tent – Stix and Stones

 

Take Home Gifts    

These lovely Carousel theme gifts will be surely treasured by the little party guests!

Pink Carousel colouring book – I Love Parties

 

Carousel horse glitter sticker book – I Love Parties

 

Carousel bag tag – Katy Jane Designs

Sweet windmills and ribbon wands carry on the fun of the fair:

White windmill – Invite Me

Mini ribbon wand Mauve pale blue – Tout Mon Amour

For your sweet favours how gorgeous are these carousel favour bags?

Pink carousel favour bag – I Love Parties

These would also work in well with the party decor with a cute tag attached:

Tote box with handle and window – Mon Tresor

Dusty pink paper bag – Emerald and Ella

Finish off your packaging with some striped ribbon, pretty lace tape or this fun carousel tape!

Provence ribbon – Sweet Style

Pink lace tape – Emerald and Ella

Musical carousel tape – Huckleberry Hill

Real Parties

I really could not find many specific Carousel theme parties online which shows what a unique theme this is. However you must have a look at this amazing party by Sharnel Dollar Designs which is based around Mary Poppins and has lots of gorgeous Carousel features!

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As you can see, this is a sweet theme and there is so much you can do with it! It really creates that magical childhood feeling and because of this makes for a memorable birthday theme to celebrate your little one!

 

posted on 4th Sep 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Hot Air Balloon Theme

Up, up and away! This theme has become popular recently and I am not surprised! Such an enchanting theme and one that captures the wonder of all little one’s. A sky filled with hot air balloons is certainly an amazing sight and this theme gives you the opportunity to share that amazement with your little one!

This theme can work for a boy or a girl (I have some lovely girl selections to show you in this post!) and looks gorgeous as a vintage style party, or you could make it modern and bright!

Think hot air balloons & clouds as well as travel inspired items such as globes and maps! Use stripes to create a classic hot air balloon look or other patterns for a unique look.

Make sure you also check out our previous Aeroplane Theme post  and the Peppa Pig theme post which has ideas for some cloud and travel related items as well!

 

Invitations/Printables

There is no shortage of amazing designs in this theme. Here are a few I found, some of which are also available in other colour schemes:

 

Hot Air Balloon printables – 2 Love Birds

 

Hot air balloon printables – The Little Soiree

 

 

Hot air balloon invitation – Penny Lane Studios

 

 

 

Cupcake dreams invitation – Poppiseed Designs

 

 

Paper Eskimo hot air balloon 1st birthday invitation (also comes in blue) – Party & Co

 

 

Hot Air Balloon invitation – Gwynn Wasson Designs

 

Hot air balloon printables – Ham & Pea Design and Paperie

 

Hot Air Balloon printables – Anders Ruff

 

 

This invitation could work for either boy or girl:

 

Hot Air Balloon invitation – Paiges of Style

 

Decorations

For your hanging decorations you can’t go past hot air balloons themselves!

The talented vendors in the “Handmade Decor” category of the children’s party directory can easily create some Hot Air balloon garlands, toppers and other decorations for you.

Here are a few other options you could use:

Love these hot air balloons which would look gorgeous in the nursery/bedroom after the party. They come in a range of colours such as red/white, yellow/white, blue/white, green/white and rainbow:

Vintage hot air balloon – The Little Big Company

 

I also love these handmade hot air balloons available in different fabrics:

Hot Air balloon – Made by Mosey on Down That Little Lane

 

 

Some other options for hanging decorations are these lanterns:

Hot air balloon lantern – Celebrating

 

Another option is to use a mobile to give the effect of a few floating hot air balloons which can then be used in your child’s bedroom after the party:

 

Hot Air Balloon paper garland – Young hearts love

 

Hot air balloon mobile – Trailofivy (ETSY)

 

 

Hot Air Balloon mobile – The Bear and the Whale

These vintage paper fans are great for incorporating maps into this theme. They are so lovely!

 

Vintage map paper fans – Elizabeth St

 

Lovely hot air balloon garland available in various colours:

Printable hot air balloon garland – Prettiest Print Shop (ETSY)

 

Of course you could use balloons to create your hot air balloon themed decorations. Love this idea:

 

Balloon decoration idea – Green Wedding Shoes website

 

Use a giant balloon to create a large hot air balloon decoration feature at the party:

Jumbo 90cm balloons – Saffy & May

 

 

You could use these berry boxes as the base of your hot air balloon decorations.

Wood berry boxes – Blank Goods

 

Gorgeous white pom poms can help create a cloud effect for decorations:

 

White tissue pom poms – Occasion by Design

 

 

 

Wall stickers are another fantastic way to decorate and there is an abundance of fantastic wall stickers available for the hot air balloon theme!  These are often easy to remove which means they can be transferred to the bedroom after the party:

 

Hot Air Balloons – My Munchkin Home

 

 

Bosco bear art Hot Air Balloon – Ekidna Kids

 

Hot Air Balloon wall stickers – French Key

 

Table Decor

For the table I’ve gone with stripes, as well as natural options (if you are opting for a vintage feel).

 

Pink stripe table runner – The Party Parlour

 

Reversible table runner – Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations

 

 

Wooden plate – Sweet Style

Red and white striped plate – Occasion by Design

 

Powder blue striped plates – Sweet Celebrations

 

Pink striped plates – Just Party Supplies

 

 

How bright and lovely are these napkins! Also available in other colours too:

Baby blue napkins – Sweet Celebrations

 

Wooden Cutlery – Sweet Style

This colourful design really fits in well with the look of brightly coloured hot air balloons:

Sunshine stripes paper cup – I Love Parties

 

 

Blue paper drinking straw – Sweet Style

Pink doubled striped straws – Just Party Supplies

 

 

Sweet Treats/Dessert Table

 

For some extra special treats, use these moulds for some cute hot air balloon chocolates and cookies!

Hot Air Balloon chocolate moulds – Inspired by Chocolate

 

 

Hot air balloon cookie cutter – Sweet Themes

 

 

Love the stripes on this popcorn box which you could fill with a range of food items:

Popcorn boxes – Occasion by Design

 

These cute cloud chalkboard tags are perfect to use as labels on your food table:

Cloud chalkboard tags – Saffy & May

 

 

 

This gorgeous hot air balloon fabric (also available in other colours) could be used as a tablerunner, tablecloth or backdrop for your dessert table:

Beautiful balloon fabric in various colours – The Elephant Room

 

Use these suitcases (available in different colours) to create extra layers on your dessert table while also tying into a travel theme:

Cardboard suitcases – Bickiboo

 

 

 Favours/Take Home Gifts

 

Gorgeous muslin bags for a vintage feel:

 

Hot Air balloon muslin bags – Penny Lane Studio

 

Unique favour boxes:

 

Hot air balloon printable favour boxes – Piggy Bank Parties (ETSY)

 

Hot Air Balloon milk carton favour boxes – My First Paper Love

 

 

These are just lovely:

Hot air balloon glass gems – Glass gems by Christine (ETSY)

 

 

These favour bags can be used to carry on the stripe look:

 

Favour boxes – Saffy & May

 

These unique favour boxes link into the hot air balloon/travel theme and the kids are sure to love them!

Mailbox favour box – The Little Big Company

 

 

Mini suitcase – The Little Big Company

 

Top off your packaging with a tag such as these attached with twine or a cute peg for a vintage look.

 

Hot Air Balloon gift tag – Koko Vanilla Designs

 

Blueberry twine – Sweet Celebrations

 

 

 Real Parties

It’s no wonder Hot Air Balloon’s is becoming a much loved theme with such gorgeous parties being styled based on this theme! You are sure to be inspired by these:

Beautiful hot air balloon birthday by Kiss Me Kate featured on Amy Atlas

Gorgeous vintage hot air balloon party featured on Amy Atlas

Simply stylish hot air balloon dessert table styled by Lou Lou Events

A classic and sweet pastel girly dessert table by Little Sooti, featured on Amy Atlas

Beautiful yellow and grey hot air balloon baby shower featured on the Little Sooti Blog

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I hope you have enjoyed this inspiration for a Hot Air Balloon theme and your little one enjoys this enchanting theme! Don’t forget to visit the Children’s Party Directory for all the fabulous vendors you will need when planning this party theme!

 

posted on 31st Aug 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
 
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