A Bright and Colorful Rainbow Carnival Party

carnival party ideas

Our sweet friend, Nancy, of A to Zebra Celebrations styled this gorgeous and happy colorful carnival party for her daughter, Ashley.  We loved designing a new themed carnival invitation and printable set for the party that incorporated bright pink, yellow, green, red, orange, blue. This gorgeous Rainbow Carnival party is precious and happy in every way.

Nancy had us design a rainbow carnival invitation that was based on our popular vintage carnival printable invitation designs.

Some of our favorite elements are:
– The backdrop made out of ribbons
– The 3 section candy machine
– Toppers on the cookies

rainbow circus invitation

See more bright and colorful parties:
Rainbow themed 1st Birthday
Rainbow Chevron Pool Party
Bright and Trendy Arts and Crafts Party
Candyland Birthday Party

How adorable is this carousel rainbow cake below?  I love how they used all of the colors from the rainbow carnival printables and the ruffled bottom tier on the cake definitely helps make it even more girly!  You can find a similar carousel cake topper here.

The rainbow ribbon garland from A to Zebra Celebrations it so festive and pretty as a backdrop!


carnival party tables

How perfect is this party setting? The simple balloons help add bright color above the table!

carnival party tables
These pom pom centerpieces (Glue pom poms onto round styrofoam balls) give the rainbow carnival vibe and add such fun color and decor to the center of the table! Don’t they remind you of gumball machines!?

pom pom centerpieces

We love how Nancy used our printables to spruce up the water bottles on the table.  The striped party hats were perfectly color coordinated with our printables.  The patterned papers from our printable collection can also be used to make the party hats, too! I love how she added a clown nose to the tops of the party hats!

Layering various sized paper plates are a fun an inexpensive way to add a pop of color to the table, too!  The polka dot fabric runner also helps tie in the other colors from the party!

carnival water bottle wraps

I love how Nancy gets into character for her parties… Precious costume!

carnival party dessert table

candy skewers

Dress up simple iced animal cookies with printables or balloon decorations!

colored animal cookies


These cookie toppers are just perfect from 4 Kids Cakes!  I love how they tie in the theme and coordinate perfectly with the rainbow carnival printables.

circus party cookies

gumball favors

Nancy set up a Candy Shop, which seems to be essential to a great Carnival Party!

candy shop table

The gumball machine makes a perfect centerpiece here to set the stage for the other cute mini gumball machines, blow pops, lollipops, gumballs, gummy bears, Charms, Giant Pixie Sticks and more!

candy buffet

candy shop table

Nancy dressed up the plate and utensil table with printables, too! We love how she mixed and matched bright colored pink, green, blue, orange and yellow paper cups, paper plates and utensils and added our 2″ Party logos to the cups to tie it all together.

She used striped straws with our party flags and they looked perfect for the carnival!  What a creative idea to put all of the party supplies sticking out of popcorn containers, too!

ruffled table cloth table

carnival printable party straws

The party had a whole host of fabulous games for the kids to play and of course a prize table for the winners!  The carnival tickets make the carnival feel so much more authentic, too!

carnival party games

party games

party favors

We love photo booths and this rainbow carnival photo booth is perfect!  The kids had so much fun with the photo booth props like the feather boas, jumbo glasses, clown noses, microphone prop, clown wig and more!

carnival party photo booth

carousel party cake

Nancy attached our printable favor tag to the party favors which included cotton candy bags, rainbow lollipops, a felt lollipop and a bracelet. So precious!

carnival party favor tags

carnival party favor

Thanks, Nancy, for sharing your adorable Rainbow Carnival Party! What a special and beautiful day!

– Party Styling: Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations
– Photography: Capture it All Photography
– Rainbow Carnival Invitation & Printables: Anders Ruff Shop

PRODUCT SOURCES to help you create a bright and colorful Carnival party:

– Cake: Cuteology Cakes
– Cake Pops: Inspired Sugar
– Candy Skewers: Sweets Indeed
– Custom Made Cookie Toppers: 4 Kids Cakes
– Lollipops here and here and here
– Cotton Candy here
– Giant Pixie Sticks here
– Gumballs here
– Clown Noses here and here
– Oversized Glasses here
– Clown Wig here or here
– Party Hats here
– Feather Boas here
– Microphone Prop here
– Ribbon Tassle Garland: A to Zebra Celebrations
– Popcorn Containers here or here
– Paper Plates here, here or here
– Paper Cups here
– Paper Napkins here
Party Hats
– Straws here
– Mini Gumball Machine here
– Games here
– Bracelets from Double Trouble etsy shop
– Shirt: The Lucky Princess
– Candle is from Blingy Birthday Candles
– Tickets here
– Felt Lollipop Clip (as shown in favor)  Shining Stars Boutique
– Rainbow Carnival Printables: Anders Ruff
– Table runners from Party Shoppe on etsy
– Carousel Cake Topper here
Gumball machine is from Candy Crate
Balloon picks from Kellie’s Paper Place.
Each chair had a colorful marabou boa from One Way Novelties
Clown pinata- Party House Supplies