Sunday, June 5, 2011

Here are some GREAT ideas for a Carnival Themed Party!

STEP RIGHT UP, folks! Don't be shy! What you are about to witness occurs just once a year! It's nothing less than (drum roll, please!) a kid's birthday party. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it's that annual extravaganza in which your child and his friends are the stars of the show. No birthday on the horizon? Throw a Carnival Party as a fund-raiser for a Scout troop, school, or sports team. The big top's all ready, and tickets are going fast -- it's carnival time!

Reasons to have a Carnival Theme Birthday Party:
  • Unisex Party - Perfect for the child that has many friends of both gender. (What little boy likes getting a Pink Princess goody bag?)
  • Customizable for any budget; be as frugal or as extravagant as you want.
  • Great Summer Party Idea - Host your party outside in your back yard or even a park. If you're considered about getting 'rained-out', pick an alternate rain-date for the following weekend, or hold your party inside in a rented hotel conference room (also perfect for a winter/fall party).
  • Endless possibilites for fun activities, delicious food and fun entertainment.

Here are some party ideas that we thought were great for your carnival event. Take a peek and enjoy!

Admit One
Get your guests in the mood with a prize-ticket invitation. You can have your invites professionally made, purchase them online or make them yourselves. We think sending it in a popcorn bag would be super cute and including a ticket is beyond adorable!

You're Here Make a sign so your guests will know they've come to the right place. This is super cute and easy enough for the kids to help you make.

BouncersTime to let the kids kick off their shoes, bounce off the walls and let loose! Making sure physical activity is at your carnival event will keep everyone busy and laughing for hours. {Plus they'll sleep really good at night too! LOL} Be the talk of the neighborhood because the fun is at your party house!!  Click HERE for more details and enjoy!

Face Painting   You asked for it, we got it! No carnival party would be complete without a little surprise on the cheek! We offer a full range of creative and fun face painting designs that people of all ages can enjoy, and will complete your event theme that will excite even the modest.  Everyone loves to watch the "enchanting" transformation of a beautiful princess, a fire breathing dragon, a tamed lion or sparkly fairy! Let the adventure begin! Click HERE for more details.

Kissing Booth   Fill a large jar with Hershey Kisses and put a stack of paper and pencils to the side. Have the kids guess how many Kisses are in the jar -- whoever comes closest to guessing the number of Kisses in the jar wins the chocolate jackpot.

Squirt Gallery   Cover 3 foam bricks with contact paper and tape together in a pyramid shape. Press golf tees into blocks, set ping pong balls on top, and have the kids fire away with water guns.

Pin Drop Write point values on circular pieces of paper and place them under various sized jars on the lawn. Lay a hula hoop around the grouping of jars and have the kids drop clothespins into the jars to win points and tickets.

Ready, Aim, Pie! Fill disposable pie tins with whipped cream and top with a cherry. A brave volunteer takes it in the face with whipped cream and cherries. (We recommend the volunteer sport some heavy-duty rain gear.)

Fortune Teller Make a "crystal ball" by resting a fishbowl in a dog's aluminum water dish. Add a decorative fringe to the dish and fill the bowl with fortune cookies. Reach into the "crystal" fishbowl to get a fortune (cookie). {Love this idea!! So cute!}

Instant Carnival Booths
Carnival booths need not be elaborate. Consider these, all made from everyday items:
  • Basketball Shooting (draw a line on the driveway, 3 shots per ticket)
  • Ball Toss (toss 3 softballs into a basket, win a prize)
  • Putting Challenge (borrow Dad's putter and putt returner)
  • Guess the number of jelly beans or animal crackers in the jar (and win them all!)
  • Quarterback Test (throw a football through a hanging hula hoop)



Mystery Box
Do you have the courage to place your hands in the mystery box and identify what lies within?



Hot Dog Vendor
Get 'yer Hot Dogs! Well, that's what you'll be saying when you're decked out like a real life Hot Dog Vendor in your backyard.



Photo Board
Stick your head in these fun yet "tamed" photo boards and take some memorable snapshots of your day at the great backyard carnival!
Cute Loot
After the fun and games, the kids cash in their tickets for trinkets.
Get creative! There are so many things that you can use for prizes and luckily party favors are pretty affordable. There are many places online to find fun party favors that match your theme. Or, try looking at the dollar store for a wide assortment.

Oriental Trading has over 800 carnival supplies to add to your event for pinata fillers, prizes, and tons of fun stuff for the kids.

Ticket System:
  • Purchase a roll of tickets to distribute throughout your event for winning prizes and other activities.
  • Give out fabric bags or large goody bags for your guests to keep their earned tickets in upon arrival. Make sure to write the names of each guest on the bags as they are bound to get mixed up.
You can find tickets at Oriental Trading.

Carnival Treats

Carnival food is essentially the "icing on the cake" for your carnival themed party! Instead of a traditional birthday cake, consider offering lots of carnival treats for your guests, instead.

Wheely Delicious!
We promise: This candy-covered Ferris-wheel cake is easy to make and so so fun!!

Ingredients1  box (16 ounces)  cake mix
1  cup  white-chocolate chips, divided
4  tablespoon  butter
1  bag (10 ounces)  marshmallows
    Orange and red paste food coloring
7  cups  rice cereal
1  package (12.4 ounces)  Twizzler Rainbow Twists
2  boxes (7 ounces each)  Runts
1  can (16 ounces)  vanilla frosting
2  large red gumdrops
1  bag  mini lollipops
    Blue paper cupcake liners
4  wooden skewers

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 1-1/2-quart ovenproof Pyrex bowl. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared bowl and smooth top. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes in bowl, then invert onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/2 cup white-chocolate chips until smooth.
2. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with wax paper. Grease sides well and set aside. Combine butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Tint mixture bright orange with food coloring. Stir in rice cereal and melted white chocolate until well blended. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and press it down evenly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
3. Remove cereal treat from cake pan. Cut Twizzlers into twelve 4-1/2-inch pieces. Microwave remaining white-chocolate chips until smooth, about 1 minute; spoon melted chocolate into a small resealable bag. Snip a small piece from corner of bag and pipe lines of chocolate to attach Twizzler pieces as shown. Then pipe white-chocolate dots near the edge and attach Runts in a decorative pattern. Refrigerate until candies are set, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip cereal treat and repeat on other side (reheat chocolate if necessary). Attach a gumdrop to the center of each side of cereal treat with chocolate.
4. Tint vanilla frosting red with food coloring. Place cake, rounded side up, on a serving platter. Cut a 2-inch-wide by 3-inch-long by 1-inch-deep notch from top of cake to rest wheel in. Ice cake with red frosting and arrange orange and green Runts around base.
5. Insert about 5 lollipops through each cupcake liner, using the sticks to attach liners to cereal treat.
6. Insert skewers about a half-inch apart into bottom edge of cereal treat, leaving 3 inches showing. Stand wheel and insert skewers into notch of frosted cake; press to secure.

Popcorn - purchase some classic popcorn bags and fill ahead of time with microwaveable popcorn. Easy and very affordable!

You can purchase popcorn bags at Oriental Trading.

Cotton Candy - We've got you covered! You can rent the our cotton candy machine that is super easy to use. Our fluffy melt-in-your-mouth coton candy is available in 14 delicious flavors that will keep the kids coming back for more

Candied Apples - Purchase some candided apples from your local apple for or from your local grocer. They are a wonderful carnival treat!

Balloon Cupcakes - What's a carnival without balloons and sweets? To prevent this snafu from happening, why not have the best of both worlds in one confectionary creation called, well, balloon cupcakes.

Star Seeker - Like a cross between roulette and pinball, star seeker is near irresistable.

Penny Pitch - Don't be a Penny Pincher, be a Penny Pitch-er and play this simply addicting carnival game.

Carnival Themed Decorations and Supplies

 Carnival Giant Decorating Kit

We love this giant carnival decorating kit! You can find it online. Amazon is currently selling the kit for $36.95, a fantastic deal.

You can't have a carnival themed party without the party supplies! 
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Oriental Trading has some awesome party supplies and decorations that you might really like. Click this fun carnival theme to take a peek.

 Some information was obtained from Parents magazine and Family Fun.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

25 Adult Birthday Party Ideas {30th, 40th, 50th, 60th} Parties aren't just for kids. :)

The best adult birthday parties for a 30th, 40th, 50th, and 60th birthday are here.  This year I hope you throw an amazing birthday party for your grown up bestie, your man, or yourself.  These adult birthday parties are impressive!

30th Birthday Ideas

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1.  Rebecca’s Film Festival Birthday Party – A few months before the party they sent out a call for entries to all her friends asking for submissions of shorts under five minutes. Then she rented out the Victoria Theater in the Mission and hosted a film festival.
2.  30th Birthday for Lovely Lindsay – We supplied some of Lindsay’s favorite snack foods + drinks, potted little plants in votives for favors, and gathered photos of Lindsay throughout the years to use in creating the large number “30″ on the wall.
3.  30 and Flirty – 3o sounds so young these days so we did a grown up version of a little girls party for this 30th birthday dinner.

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4.  30 Years, 30 Wishes - A 30th Balloon birthday party as life has been filled with countless blessings. So, in celebration, spreading happiness and connecting with others with the help of a little helium.On each card was a hand-written message from one of my guests to the balloon’s finder.
5.  Circa 1980′s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday – An amazing 30th birthday party for a man that will knock his socks off!
6.  80′s party - The party was totally awesome and turning 30 is pretty rad!

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7.  30 and Fabulous - A rustic, farmhouse style brunch for one of the loveliest ladies in town.
8.  Confetti Invitations  Template – A creative way to make an invitation.  Create the words as a confetti on a string but you could easily just do a small square piece of paper and just fold it up.

30th Birthday Party for Guys

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9.  Matchstick Candle – A very big 30th birthday candle served as our fire starter, which I made by gluing matches onto a scrap piece of wood.
10.  Grumpy Old Men 30th Birthday Party - This party would also be great for any guys birthday party over age 30 as well.
11.  Leaving his Roaring 20′s behind and Rolling into his 30′s -  A fun themed adult birthday party idea that gives you an excuse to dress up and party on.
12.  Mustache Themed 30th Birthday Party – An detailed and over-the-top party all designed around mustaches.  You’ll love it.

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13.  Burger Heaven: Burger Cake, Fries ‘n Soda – A cool cake idea for the man in your life.
14.  Dirty Thirty Birthday – The theme was Dirty Thirty… so everything had to do with dirt.
15.  30 Sucks Candy Gram -  An easy way to create a party favor or table centerpiece for a 30th birthday party.
16.  Golfer 30th Birthday Party – Green and plaid tans were the color scheme. I tried to come up with some funny food descriptions as well. I think the “water hazard” berry jello is my favorite.

40th Birthday Ideas

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17.  Prehistoric But Not Extinct {40th Birthday Party} – We wanted something different than the traditional “Over the Hill” stuff, so we went with “Prehistoric But Not Extinct” as the theme, and decorated with lots of fun animal prints.
18.  40th Fiesta Forty birthday party – Street tacos on order, live Ranchero music, saturated colors, fresh churros, paper flower bouquets, oilcloth tablecloth and more!
19.  Double Down–it’s time for the 40th Casino Party – A Black, Red, and White theme with touches of green, paired with ostritch feathers and hints to Las Vegas would be the way to go.
20.  Hot Pink Glamorous Casino 40th Birthday – In celebration of her 40th birthday, she wanted to have another Casino party, except this time, Hot Pink and Glamorous.

50th Birthday

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21.  A Midsummers Night Fairy 50th Party – We had a magical evening of celebrating my mother’s birthday…full of laughter, fairies, butterflies, and a mischievous little puck.
22.  Travel Inspired 50th Birthday Party - Full of global details and gorgeous designs! Our favorite elements? Passport invites, luggage tag place cards, global food, and a fitting “travel themed” cake.
23.  50th Marie Antoinette Inspired Birthday Party – Design inspiration for this party came from the recent Marie Antoinette film by Sofia Coppola, with the stunning costumes and sets
24.  50 and Fabulous – Decor was designed off of her cute little ‘shoe’ invitation….lots of gold and pink, with touches of black.

60th Birthday Party Theme

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25.  Fabulous Ladies Luncheon - Katie threw this surprise luncheon in honor of her mother’s 60th birthday.  This party definitely feels organic and warm, which is just what the hostess was going for.

NEW Disney Princess Moon Jump Bouncer for 2011!

We're so so excited to be adding such a fun and girlie moon jump bouncer to our collection this year!! This is something that every little girl would love to have on her special day! Bring on the crowns, the jeweles, and sparkly shoes, cause the party is on!!

For more information, click here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

*NEW* Friend Refferal Program

We've just begun our new Friend Referal Program!
For each referral that rents from us you will receive a $10 discount on your next rental, and your friend will receive the discount as well. The more people that you refer and rent from us, the more money you save! It is our way of showing you our appreciation for telling others how pleased you are with us.
What's even better is that you'll receive this discount in addition to our other specials for additional savings!
For more information click HERE.

Friday, April 8, 2011

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Moontastic Bouncers Helping to Fight Cancer

On March 13th we were excited to participate in the St. Baldricks 5th Annual Fundraiser on Lockport Street in Plainfield, IL, hosted by Finnigan's Irish Pub {one of our favorite restaurants in town}. They had raised over $115k to aid in the research to find cures for childhood cancer and give survivors long and healthy lives. We had two bouncers there, and everyone had a blast. We couldn't be more excited at the turnout of people at the event, and money raised for such a good cause.
If you would like to donate to St. Baldricks, you can visit their website at


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Top 10 Kids Costumes for 2010

Halloween is just a few days away and kids are getting more and more excited as the day nears.  There is nothing better than a night of costumes and candy for a child!

With today’s economy and everything that is going on in the world, you would think that Halloween would be put on the back burner…not so!  Halloween is the one holiday that embraces the popular tagline, “don’t worry, be happy”!  Adults love the holiday because it gives us a chance to become kids again; kids love the holiday because it gives them a chance to become anything they want to be.  They can become a superhero and save the world or they can become a princess and live happily ever after.

Halloween is a chance for all parents to let their child’s imagination run wild and applaud their creativity.  All of that comes in handy when it comes time to pick out their Halloween costume.  If your child is having trouble deciding on what they want to be for Halloween, maybe this list of the top ten kids Halloween costumes for 2010 from will help.
  1. Iron Man Mark VI Child Costume
  2. Toy Story Jessie Child Costume
  3. Super Mario Child Costume
  4. Alice In Wonderland Child Costume
  5. Avatar Jake Skully Deluxe
  6. Little Leopard Child Costume
  7. Werewolf Child Costume
  8. Snow White Child Costume
  9. Clash of Titans Calibos Child Costume
  10. Shrek 4 Fiona Warrior Child Costume
This year it looks like there’s a mixture of superhero’s, princesses and cartoon characters with a werewolf  thrown in to add a little old school feel to the holiday.

Fun, Fun, Fun!


Include a few of these Halloween party games when hosting a party at home or in the classroom. We've provided both active and quiet games to settle over excited goblins down before heading home.

How Many ?
Fill a jar with candy corn and have each guest write down their best guess as to how many candies are in the jar. This is a good game to play at the beginning of the party, as guests filter in. Announce the winner at the end of the party--They win the jar! Try candy bars instead of candy corn - much tastier!

Pumpkin Pass Along
Before the party, make some jack-o-lanterns using orange rubber balls (about the size of oranges)
and a permanent marker. You’ll need one for each team. Divide the players into teams. To start the game, place the “jack-o-lantern” under the chin of the first player. That player passes the “jack-o-lantern” to the next player without using hands and then to the next player and so on. The first team to pass the pumpkin all of the way through the line wins. You can also play this game by passing the Pumpkin from player to player using  hands behind the back which isn’t quite as fun but also does not require the players  to get so “personal “.

Mummy Wrap Relay
Divide the players into groups. I find groups of three or four work best. Each group needs a player that is the “mummy” and the other players are the “wrappers” Provide each group with a roll of toilet paper. The object of the game is to be the first group to wrap a mummy using the entire roll f tissue.

Trick or Treat

Before the party cut several strips of paper; about twice as many strips as there are children.Then on half of the strips write the word “treat”. On the other half write “trick” with a trick such as “hop on one foot”, “pat your head and rub your belly”. Then place all of the strips in a Halloween bag. Have the children form a circle. Walk around the circle. Each player will draw a paper out of the bag and perform a trick or receive a treat such as a sticker, Halloween pencil or small piece of candy.

Quick Recall
Place theme related items on a tray. Show the tray to the guests for a
few seconds. Players write down or call out as many items as they can remember. Play this same game with a twist--Take an item away -can they recall what's missing?

How Many Words...
can you make from SCARECROW or JACK-O-LANTERN. For older kids only. Use a write-on wipe-off board for group play or distribute paper and pencils.

The Great Popcorn Challenge

Set out bowls full of popcorn at one end of the room, empty bowls at another. Teams must transport the popcorn from the full bowl to empty, using a measuring cup. Note: popcorn is a choking hazard for children under three.

Cotton-ball Scoop
Fill large mixing bowls with cotton balls and give each guest a spoon. Kids must scoop out as many cotton balls as possible in one minute - without using fingers!
Pin The Nose...  
on the Jack-o-Lantern, Stem-on-the-Apple, Hat-on-the-Scarecrow, or a variation best suits your party theme.

Halloween Parade
Let the kids show off their Halloween finery with a game of follow the leader while having a parade.

Bobbing for Apples and Doughnut String Game

These two traditional Halloween party games have stood the test of time!

Fill a large tub with water and several apples. The players must try to bite" into and "catch" and apple while holding their hands behind their backs. Don't forget to have some towels handy.

Using string, hang mini or regular doughnuts from the ceiling or a tree. The object of the game is to be the first to eat the doughnut with out using your hands! Do not use powdered or cinnamon doughnuts. Plain is the safest!

Simply Spooky!


If your hosting several children such as a classroom or scout troop, consider purchasing a prepared craft kit. The children will have just as much fun but it will keep the chaos down to a minimum.

Mask Making
Use paper plates a hole punch and scissors to cut a mask. Decorate with glitter glue, gel pens, markers, glue, odds and ends of fabric, feathers etc....

Silly Hats

Pick up old hats from a thrift store. Decorate with glue, ribbon, glitter etc.

Play Dough
Make a batch of orange play dough. Set it out on a table with Halloween cookie cutters and wooden dowel pieces for rolling.

The Essentials


Monster Hands
You'll need: Clear disposable plastic gloves, popped popcorn, red or green small gum drops and spider rings (optional). Place a gumdrop into each finger of the glove (these are the fingernails) fill the glove with pop corn. Tie off the end with rubber band or ribbons. Add a spider ring for fun.

Halloween Party Favors
Party guests will receive plenty of sweet treats on this special day. Parents will appreciate a fun-filled goody bag that is sugar free. 

To make your own...
Decorate brown lunch bags with a pumpkin paint stamp (craft store) and write the children's names with an orange  or black gel pen. Fill the bag with small toys, bubbles, coloring book, glow sticks, stickers, homemade orange play dough, etc. Gather the top of the bag and tie with green ribbon or raffia.

Make it work for you.

Halloween Party Tips

Simple or elaborate, which ever decorating style you choose needs to fit into your schedule, party space and the age of the kids. The success of your party will be the fun activities, so don't let this be a sources of stress. Older kids may enjoy a spooky motif with Halloween props; cobwebs, gravestones, spiders an such. When hosting younger children, keep your decorations simple with a black and orange color scheme, balloons, streamers and cute Halloween images.

Cover your table with a Halloween table cloth, fabric or even a white sheet. Create your own festive table centerpiece by tying a bouquet of Halloween balloons to a pumpkin. Group a few more smaller pumpkins in various sizes around the larger pumpkin. We always group items in three's. Add color by scattering candy corn down the center of the table. Provide small pumpkin treat holders or pumpkin cookies with the guests names at each place setting.

If your tired of the same old black and orange colors...try adding purple, orange, green and yellow. Your local fabric store will have Halloween fabric deeply discounted at this time. Pick up several yards in a variety of patterns to use a table runner, to drape on chairs, or cover your door and possibly furniture. It really sets the stage for a fun party!

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Are you ready to challenge yourself and your friends on this incredible 61' obstacle course. Race Through different challenges. Run and burst through the entrance, climb up and slide down the mini slide, maneuver your way through the log jams, squeeze through the vertical logs, scale the climbing wall, and slide down the giant slide to the finish. Who will win or get the best time at the end. This obstacle course is thoroughly cleaned between each use!

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