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Carnival Days – Booth & Prize Ideas

Posted by Stumps Spirit on September 28, 2011

Indoors or out, in traditional primary colors or modern neon, your carnival theme event can benefit from a visit or two to Stumps Party for the best in carnival supplies and ideas.

Carnival Theme Event Booths for Outdoors
Start with a canopy and side walls. If you have never done this before, it’s important to know that canopies and tents naturally will want to become airborne in much less wind than you think! Take care to tie and stake your canopy and/or put weights at each corner to anchor it sufficiently for conditions.

Likewise select the heaviest, sturdiest tables you can manage for inside, and weather-resistant vinyl banners to advertise the booth. If yours is an annual event, think about putting a message on carnival banners that is not dated, so they can be re-used.

Now you’re ready to finish decorating! Drape plastic flag pennants or two-color spirit pennants across the top for color, and cover tables with coordinating plastic table cover rolls secured with clips, tape, or table skirts. Tying clusters of balloons to the booth corners is fine, but do leave it to the very last step in your decorating since latex balloons age quickly outdoors.

Choose games and sales items that hold up to the expected weather conditions for your part of the country. For example, select hard candy lollipops instead of chocolate lollipops as sales items and prizes if it might be hot out.

Stash some extra bungee cords and double-sided tape under the table for “just in case.”

Carnival Event Booth Ideas for Indoors
Of course you can use your canopy indoors, but in this case look at the feet to see if you need to wrap them to protect the flooring in your carnival theme event venue.

As for decorating, indoors you have a wider range of materials at your service. Use red-and-white striped or solid corrugated paper to skirt a table or make into a tri-fold table display. Consider the delightful possibilities for the ceiling, and incorporate crepe streamers and balloons into carnival décor.

One of the biggest advantages to indoor carnivals is the availability of dazzling made-to-order props: Carnival entrance, Ferris wheel, ticket booth, carousel horse and more. We’ve expanded the color palette of carnival decorations so you now can decorate a carnival theme event in traditional primary colors or in a way that evoke neon and the midway on a summer evening.

Carnival Food, Games & Prizes
Carnivals and popcorn go together. Offer a deal at the ticket booth that with x-number of tickets purchased, carnival-goers receive a plastic popcorn container that is good for a free fill-up (mark the bottom of the box upon serving the freebie) and can later be re-used as a container for trinkets.

Alternatively, you can serve customized bags of Stumps’ caramel popcorn, and soda pop in customized stadium cups. Try to add value to your edible offerings wherever you can with free personalization and take-home containers that make them more attractive.

Classic carnival games are inexpensive and met with affection no matter the generation. Fill up a large tub or kids’ wading pool with water, add duck pond floaters and follow the included instructions. Likewise fill a dozen or two plastic fishbowls placed together in a grid pattern and get out the ping pong balls for a game that combines skill and chance.

Wearable favors are convenient for strolling prize winners and add to the festivity. Funny hats, party beads, sunglasses, whistles and glow favors are just a few examples of party favors that make terrific carnival game prizes.

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