Vintage Carnival Party

25 May

Did you know that E.C. Photography also designs and photographs parties?

We had a blast designing and photographing this Vintage Carnival Party!

We had many items generously provided by our fabulous vendors and made many of the items ourselves.


It’s just not a carnival without games! The Ping Pong Blast was an easy DIY game that the kids just loved. Shoot all three ping pong balls off the bottles and get your very own adorable clown soap favor courtesy of Melsfunsuds

The fish bowl toss was another easy DIY game, but this one proved much harder than everyone thought it would be! We said everyone’s a winner, but we never said winning was easy 🙂 Carnival Fish Soaps from Turtle Mountain Gifts were the perfect prize in place of real goldfish, and I’m sure the parents appreciated the trade!

Crazy Cans were knocked down with these gorgeous Carnival bean bags from Orange Canary Clay.

I think it’s safe to say all the games were easy DIY projects. They were all coordinated with matching paper and the labels from Gwynn Wasson Designs worked beautifully to complete the look.


After the games we had a few more activities for the kids. The Pie Eating Contest was a great way to bring in the carnival feel and the kids dove right in! We had a mini apple pie treat for each child and placed it in a tin where they had to finish as fast as they could without using their hands!

Then came what was voted the #1 best part of the party by the kids; Throwing pies in an adult’s face. I’m pretty sure they all focused their gripes about bedtimes, homework and not getting that bike they wanted so bad on one poor unsuspecting Dad. All in the name of fun right?


This party was held at snack time, a great way to focus on all the goodies you know the kids will eat rather than the “real food” they wouldn’t touch anyway 🙂 I have to start by showing off these amazing cookies made by Wacky Cookies. They were beautiful and tasted wonderful! These were gone so fast off the table, adults and kids alike were stuffing them in goody boxes, purses and mouths.

We had the basics like popcorn and cotton candy, but we also made plenty of our own fun carnival treats. Candy apples were covered in things like marshmallows, toffee bits, oreos and pretzels…. yum! Clown noses (rice crispy treats dipped in red candy coating,) candy mustaches on a stick, dipped pretzels, popcorn cupcakes, taffy on a stick, donuts on a stick and my personal favorite were the marshmallow clowns…. how cute are they?!

The shirt in the picture above was made by uglycowpretty and the lovely labels are by Gwynn Wasson Designs We also had a matching birthday banner and cupcake picks by Gwynn Wasson Designs, they were all so cute!


We had some fantastic carnival clothing for this party!

Miss Ruby Sue – Carnival crown

Poofskirts – Rainbow colored skirt

Uglycowpretty – Yellow and black bow tie shirts & flower shirt

Mama Runs With Scissors – Red bow tie shirt and arm warmers

We had some beautiful tissue paper poms from PomLove here in Portland, but due to the wind and rain we were unable to display them this time. Be sure to keep an eye out for them in our next events, you’re going to LOVE them!

Be sure to check out all of our amazing vendors and watch our Facebook page for more photos, there were just so many we couldn’t squeeze them all in this one post!

This was so much fun to design and the event itself was full of smiles and laughter. We’d love to design and photograph your next event, contact us at


Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Vintage Carnival Party

  1. jen

    May 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Such Fun!
    Thanks so much for a great post:)

  2. Arianna {Modern Hostess}

    May 25, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Great Party and photographs. Thanks for sharing with us over at Modern Hostess.

  3. lori ward

    May 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    LOVE IT ALL- Great Job! Thank you for using Miss Ruby Sue for your party- We really do it all!
    Creative Director@missrubysue

  4. sherry payne-scott

    May 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for including my carnival fishey soaps in your shoot, great work =)

  5. kae

    May 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    love the soap fish in a bag & the arm warmers on the older kids.

  6. Lori Hollon

    May 27, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    here from.. mama runs with scissors,, I love the little girl in poof skirt with balloons and pippy longstocking hair:)


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