Stacey of Design Addict Mom recently threw an absolutely precious carnival-inspired first birthday party for her son, Ian! She used my rainbow theme and a variety of circus-themed decorations to set the tone for the party.

Carnival inspired birthday party table

Stacey says, “I wanted Ian’s first birthday party to reflect his personality; happy, fun, and vibrant.”

Carnival birthday party cupcakes Carnival birthday party food

Stacey labeled her apothecary jars using blue removable chalkboard sheets from AC Moore. She freehand cut the bracket shapes and used chalk to write on them.

The printable sign is from Chickabug and the rainbow tea cookies are from Wacky Cookies. Stacey said the cookies were “so delish and they were not too sweet; just perfect!!”

Carnival birthday party - stickers from Chickabug

The blue paper straws were displayed in an oversized glass container with a sticker on the front.

Carnival birthday party - printables and water labels from Chickabug

The printable buffet cards (with added personalization) and water bottle labels are from Chickabug.

Carnival Birthday Party

Stacey created an accent wall using pages taken from a book of inspirational notes and happy illustrations.

Carnival Birthday Party photo booth

Outside, party guests had fun at a photo booth (with printable props from Paper & Cake), and there was also a face painter and balloon maker!

Carnival Birthday Party Face Painting Carnival Birthday Party Games Carnival Birthday Party Cake

Ian’s cake featured an elephant on top and a monogram on the front. The unique color scheme makes it really special!

Carnival Birthday Party Cake

Above the goodie bags, Stacie wrote a huge thank-you message using paper plates and decorative tape. She used painter’s tape to temporarily affix each plate to the wall. Then, each child went home with their own mini gumball machine.

Carnival birthday party goodie bags - printables from Chickabug

The bags were decorated with printable favor tags and printable circles.

Thank you so much for sharing, Stacey! Happy 1st birthday to Ian! : )

Submitted by – Stacey from Design Addict Mom
Photography – Patty K Photography
Rainbow tea cookies – Wacky Cookies
Chalkboard sheets (used on apothecary jars) – AC Moore
Photo booth props (eyeglasses on a stick) – Paper & Cake
Rainbow theme water labels, stickers & printables – Chickabug

Chickabug rainbow theme paper goods & printables

Shop for personalized rainbow theme party paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more rainbow theme party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    Bellenza Bistro says:
    Such a darling party...and your printables are just perfect!
    • 1.1
      Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
      Heather says:
      Thank you!! : )
  2. 2
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    Stacey says:
    Beautiful! Still remember this day like it was yesterday! Your printables also made this party extra special; thank you! Thanks for the feature too:-)
    • 2.1
      Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 4:52 pm
      Heather says:
      That's so sweet, Stacey! Thank you so much! : )