A carnival-themed baby shower is a lively and entertaining way to put on a celebration of a soon-to-be bundle of joy that is bright, interactive, and full of laughter. The ideas for decorations, food, and baby shower games are endless and it makes an already happy occasion that merrier.
Carnival Baby Shower Invitations
Whether you go more for a vintage carnival-style or classical carnival theme, red and white or red and yellow is a great combination for the invitation design. For the background of the invitation, you could have a circus tent pattern or stripes, or a more sophisticated, harlequin pattern.
Carnival Baby Shower Decorations
Red and white stripes are a signature carnival staple, so you’ll want to incorporate this into the majority of your decorations. If you’re having the baby shower outdoors, a red and white striped tent would be a fabulous idea to have the party under. Great opportunity to take out your carousel decors too!
If inside, you can drape the ceilings with red and white striped fabric and give the shower an authentic carnival feel. Flag banners in bright blue or pink (depending on the baby’s gender) spelling out congratulations or even the name of the upcoming baby should be put up along the walls.
Red and blue streamers cascading from the ceilings and bright yellow balloons are must-have decorations, while other carnival images like vintage signs and light-up marquee lettering help the venue look as though the guests just walked into a real carnival. Use the classic red and white striped look for the dessert table skirt.
Blues and reds work extremely well together within décor for a carnival-themed baby shower and you can never do too much of this. Set up a backdrop for the main event food table with a red backdrop and round, paper pinwheels in dizzying red and white stripes. This has a really neat illusion effect when the guests look at your backdrop. Of course, a diaper cake is all the rage at a baby shower, so why not make one in the shape of a red and blue circus tent!
Free Circus Carnival Backdrop
Enjoy this free Circus themed backdrop by Magical Printable. Click on the image to access the free printable. The backdrop measures 40×60″.
Carnival Balloon Arch Kit
This balloon arch kit is perfect for the dessert table backdrop! The kit includes primary color balloons in Red Blue Yellow, plus some confetti balloons for an added cuteness! Find this kit on Amazon (click on image below).
Vintage Circus Party Pack
This party pack may just be what you need if you are wanting an easy way to make all the decoration match! They are editable and can be printed instantly!
Red and White Carnival Triangle Flags
These triangle bunting flags are a fantastic addition to the theme! They are made from polyester fabric, so are washable and reusable making them the perfect decoration for the baby’s nursery after the celebration!
Carnival Baby Shower Food Ideas
Getting creative food together for a carnival baby shower is so much fun and you get to incorporate all the favorite fares of a real carnival! Cotton candy on sticks, popcorn in old-timey carnival boxes, and warm pretzels are just a handful of ideas for carnival-themed Party food.
Individual cartons with nachos, jalapeno poppers, and Frito pies are delicious salty staples of a carnival, while funnel cake, candied apples, and big, twisting lollipops give a little something to a carnival lover’s sweet tooth.
Individual shiny foil bags of roasted peanuts and metallic tubes of bright-colored gumballs are perfect for the guests to take around with them as they mingle or as the mom-to-be is opening gifts.
Of course, no baby shower is complete without delectable desserts, and that most certainly includes the cake. For something extra special, opt for a cake in the shape and details of a carousel or a Ferris wheel.
Another fun idea would be to have a popcorn design cake with the saying “Ready to Pop!”.For a more subtle baby shower cake, a double-tiered cake striped in red and white sugar fondant with a poofy topper captures the look and feel of a carnival just as well.
FREE Carnival Cupcake Wrappers
How to make Popcorn Cupcakes
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Carnival Baby Shower Favors
Baby Shower favors for your guests should be fun and nostalgic—just like a carnival itself. Think carnival elephant keychains or kaleidoscopes.
Individually wrapped colored cotton candy sugar cones tied with satin blue or red bows or sugar cookies in the shape of baby carnival animals are super yummy. You can even use party favors in lieu of prizes for baby shower games like Name that Baby Animal or Carnival Mad Libs.
Carnival Baby Shower Games
If it’s going to be a co-ed baby shower party, then it might be fun to have a carnival-themed game such as ‘Can Toss’ and ‘ Ring Toss”. This is a great activity if children are also invited to the party.
Carnival and Circus Fun Activities
- Caricature Drawings
- Mustache and Tattoo Station
- Photo Booth
- A Hula Hoop Contest (For Mommy-to-be to be entertained)
- Magic Shows
- Baby Bingo
- You may also think about leaning towards a dress in theme style costume and having a contest for the best costume.
Carnival Baby Shower Printables
Free Circus Baby Shower Templates
Carnival Themed Baby Shower Party Collection
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