When my friend Staci and I had a ton of leftover raffle tickets from a recent gathering where we gave out raffle prizes at a dinner party, we joked that we could use the extra tickets to throw a carnival. Then we decided, why not? Let's throw a carnival . . . but one for grownups so people would actually come! That is why I love Staci, whenever we have an idea we actually make it happen. Staci just moved into a new house and I knew I was going to be in Omaha for my dissertation weekend - so we planned to have the party at her new place as a housewarming of sorts while I was in town this past Saturday.
The following activities were included in the carnival:
- Bean Bag Toss - easy way to earn some tickets
- Duck Pond - each duck had a different phrase on it, the more offensive the less tickets you earned
- Pinata - filled with some small alcohol shooters /small wine bottles
- Petting Zoo - Staci's dog, Benson, walking around
- Fortune Teller - Tarot cards we left out
- Face Painting - people got very creative with this
- Temporary Tattoos - crowd favorite
- Ring Toss - another way to rack up the tickets
- Cake Walk - where the prizes were not a cake but small bottles of wine
- Photo Booth - a must at every event in 2013
- Kissing Booth - cute photo op
- Twister - this seemed like a good idea during planning . . .
We had lots of carnival goodies like lollipops, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, Our signature drink was a snow cone that you could infuse with alcohol if you wanted. We also had a ton of fun prizes that people could turn in their tickets to get. Prizes included: friendship and snap bracelets, boas, sunglasses, dinosaur hats, a Phoenix Suns poster, Penthouse magazines Staci found when she moved into her house, and other random prizes. Staci's brother-in-law even made a special rap for the carnival. Below is a file of the rap and a few photos. I wish I would have taken more photos but I was too busy enjoying myself. We decided this has to be an annual event so I will make sure to capture the event better next year.