Backyard Carnival Bash

We know how hard it can be to plan and execute a birthday party for your kiddos, so we’re here to help! We’ll walk you through the steps on planning a laidback Carnival Bash, including treats, games, and invites.

Where do I start?

Like most parties, food is an important part. Complete your party with Mini Corn Dogs (#1581), Caramel Apples (recipe below), and an easy DIY Popcorn Bar. Here are a few other show-stopping ideas:

  1. Sno-cones are a simple idea, made easier with our seasonal Monin Syrups. You can choose from Blackberry (#1854), Raspberry (#5882), Peach (#5884), Coconut (#8602), Stone Fruit (#1636) or Cherry (#1637).
  2. Try your hand at Funnel Cake using our Sweet Cream Pancake mix (#7435). This blog post also includes recipes for Donut Holes and Pancake Churros.
  3. Would it be a carnival without Soft Pretzels (#1472)? Provide dipping sauces of cheese, mustard, or your favorite dipping sauce.
  4. Cotton Candy is another essential, but typically requires a machine- you can rent them from certain places, or try out this recipe that doesn’t require the machine.
  5. One of our favorite carnival foods is a fresh churro, but these Churro Cream Puffs paired with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces are a new and creative way to mix cream puffs and churros into one glorious dessert.

These deliciously easy Caramel Apple Slices are the perfect addition to your Backyard Carnival Bash. Plus, you don’t have to worry about figuring out how to cut a whole Caramel Apple for the kids to eat.

Caramel Apple Slices



  1. Before you begin, wash your apples. Then, slice, remove the seeds and insert the stick from the bottom. Pat your apple slices dry.
  2. Dip your prepared apple slices into the melting chocolate or caramel. You can dip all the way to the stick, or just halfway.
  3. Place dipped apple slices on a piece of wax paper (#1153) to harden. Repeat until all your apples are dipped and hardened.
  4. If you want to add toppings, do this before step 3. Simply drizzle the toppings over, then let the base harden.

Adapted from:

Don’t forget the games!

Our favorite backyard games include simple midway games like a ball and bucket toss or throwing coins into cups. A few of our favorite games include:

  1. Potato Sack Races
  2. Ring Toss
  3. DIY Photobooth

Carnival Themed Invitation

This simple party invitation is ready to use! Simply print the number of copies needed here and fill in the information to personalize for your party.

carnival invite
Sample Invite
Invite Template


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