Carousel First Birthday

Lucky me! I got to help a good friend and all-around creative gal with her son Wright’s first birthday celebration. Lucky you! She agreed to share. Enjoy these sweet ideas from Lauren’s Carousel First Birthday then leave a comment above to let us know what you think! You can browse our carousel paper wares at our online paper store.

Step Wright up for some fun. Our little boy is one!

It was a big top full of fun for Wright’s first birthday at the carousel.

’round and ’round they go…the birthday boy and his guests had a great time riding the carousel.


Check out our invitations. My favorite!


Pink Peppermint Paper did the most amazing job on the design. I love their work! So custom and personal. I was sent several options to choose from but that wasn’t nearly all they did for me. Eleanor, the lead designer brainstormed with me on details from banners and games to favors. And her ideas for the overall party were just as amazing as the final invitations, favor tags and thank you notes.


Here is the favor tag on one of the favors. Speaking of favors, they were filled with carnival things like cracker jacks, candy and circus tattoos but also with bouncy balls and squirt rings for the boys, while the girls had lip gloss and fun jewelry. The guests also got a personalized big top sippy cup.



I love the cake! The designer was able to match it to the invitation just perfectly.


She also created a personal “smash cake” for Wright. What a hit!



And let’s not forget the food!! We had “Incredible shrinking corn dogs,” “Fat lady dip” with apple slices, “Merry-Go-PBJ” and “Say Cheese” sandwiches (shaped like carousel horses), “Cirque de Chick-fil-a” nuggets, “Carnival Krispies,” “Fruit-On-A-Stick” and “Big Top Chicken Salad” (for the adults). Of course, there was also popcorn, animal cookies, goldfish (in goldfish bowls), peanuts, cake and ice cream.



The tables were decorated with balloon bouquets anchored in popcorn containers (another fun idea from Pink Peppermint Paper).


And since the carousel is a bit tricky to find, we did some themed directional signs.



What an absolutely wonderful day! Happy First Birthday Wright!


This fabulous party predates my blog and was first featured for us on what is now the Creative Party Place site. Visit to read all the ooohs and ahhhs over Lauren’s party!

Source List

Popcorn Holders: Target
Large Popcorn Holders (like bowls, held popcorn and animal crackers): Dollar Tree
Fish Bowls for Goldfish crackers: Pet Smart
Paper Bowls (Red/White stripes): Hobby Lobby
Napkins/Plates: Hobby Lobby
Favors: mix of Oriental Trading, Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree
Sippy Cups: Oriental Trading
Banner: Etsy

23 thoughts on “Carousel First Birthday

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  2. Everything looks great! I LOVE the sippy cups! What kind of marker was used to personalize each sippy cups?

  3. I planning my son’s b-day party and I have almost everything for the theme but I wanted those millwheels if possible…Thanks

  4. Thanks April! The sandwiches were made using a cookie cutter purchased online. It’s hard to do, but the result was cute. Not sure about the bib. I’ll check with the party mama.

  5. This is a really cute theme! Where did the sandwich cutters come from? Also, the bib? I really do love this theme and may use it for my son’s 2nd bday.

  6. Thanks Lori! The tall, skinny popcorn favor containers were plastic (from the Target dollar bin) and are about 8 inches tall by 4 inches square.

  7. I love everything! Wondering if the popcorn containers used for the favors were plastic or cardboard and what the measurements were.

  8. Hi Marissa,

    I couldn’t include in our online store the carousel invitation featured on the blog because of technical issues with the way the file was built, but you can order the one featured in our online store and leave a note in the comments section of checkout (NOT in the PayPal notes) that you prefer the blog version of the invitation, and we’ll hook you up. Thanks!

  9. Hi! Great ideas! I was also curious about the invitations. I see the one on the website, but is that the only one available? Thanks!

  10. Hi! Love the idea – in fact, we are planning something similar for our daughter’s 1st bday – already purchased the popcorn containers from target!
    Was wondering if the carousel invitation currently on your website is the only one available or do you have others? I am looking for something similar to the one for Wright’s 1st bday, but a little more girly. Can you please advise…
    Best, Victoria

  11. This is a great party idea. Maybe you should consider going into party planning. I know you would get a lot of business…

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