Vintage Backyard Carnival

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
To Buy:

- Kettle Corn - Classic Potato Chips - Any Childhood Snacks (ex. party guests brought animal crackers, pb & j’s) -Plenty of Beer. B.Y.O.B is totally appropriate

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
To Make (semi-homemade):

Make Fried Oreos by simply using pancake mix. Prepare the batter according to package directions. Individually dip the oreos in the batter deep frying until golden brown.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
To Make (semi-homemade):

Hot Dog on a Stick

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
To Make (semi-homemade):

Let guests cook their own on the grill.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
To Make (semi-homemade):

The more interactive your carnival, the more fun!

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
To Make (semi-homemade):

Caramel Apples. You cam buy caramel sauce straight from the grocery store. Use cake pop sticks.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Photo Op

Create a designated place for guest to take pictures.  This will easily become a highlight of your party, especially if your guests are active Instagramers.  Think mid 1800s when it comes to finding decorations.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Photo Op

I was able to pull a few bowler hats from my closet & my roommate had some goofy wigs for people to be silly.  The backyard has this cool old park bench, so a cheap prop like a newspaper gives party guests an opportunity to recreate an iconic picture, even if its quirky way.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Kissing Booth

My roommate Chloe & I built this kissing booth. Not to shabby, eh? 

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Kissing Booth

Mason jars can be used to collect $. Let your party guests take turns in who gets to run the booth to mix things up.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Ball Toss

My friend Tommy built our ball toss game from the scrap wood from our kissing booth.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Ball Toss

Beach buckets were screwed into the boards. You should buy about 6 wiffle balls, so each player get 3 throws.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Ball Toss

This game is much harder than it looks, but that's how a carnival game should be.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Watermelon Eating Contest

Buy 3 pre-sliced watermelons, that are about the same weight.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Watermelon Eating Contest

Challenge the competitors by not allowing hands.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Watermelon Eating Contest

Everyone will underestimate how tough it is, and every spectator will be very entertained.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Water Balloon Toss

Just like we all did in summer camp, fill up a bucket of water balloons and have everyone partner up.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Water Balloon Toss

This game is the best during the summer months, especially when you're spending an afternoon under the sun.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Water Balloon Toss

There will always be a mischievous bunch chucking the extra water balloons at UN-suspecting victims.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
Beer Pong

Set up a table for beer pong. A party with a bunch of 20-somethings isn't complete without it.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival

Same goes for shot gunning a few beers.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
The Prizes

Raid the kids birthday party favors section of a party store or a dollar store.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival
The Prizes

Be sure to have prizes on hand. Bubbles are always a cute addition, but water guns seem to be the most coveted prize.

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Vintage Backyard Carnival

You know your carnival is a success when there are plenty of smiles all around!

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Vintage Backyard Carnival

Summer is just around the corner, so start planning!

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In theory, going to a carnival entails a day filled of childlike fun with games, Ferris Wheels and lots of yummy fried foods and confections.  Unfortunately, you have to wait for the fair to come to town.

Well it’s pretty hard to simulate the big games and roller coasters at home, but there is plenty of fun carnival food you can make at home, and let’s get real, your friends will be overjoyed at the idea of having an afternoon of boozing & indulging on all the foods that are bad for you, but taste so good.

This is the perfect backyard party.  Use old carnival colors like red, yellow, blue & white throughout.  Get plenty of balloons, and don’t forget to put a bundle in front of the house to cue guests where you are.  Red and white checkered patterns are back in trend so old school decor should be easy to find.

Check out the gallery above to learn how to plan your own!

Kiano Moju

Founder

Founder of Culinary Inspo. Kiano is a California raised foodie with a big travel bug and even bigger appetite to explore the world's food and cultures.

4 Comments
  1. This looks like so much fun. That vintage feel of the carnival is very clever. I bet everyone had a great time. I love the candied apples. No Carnival is complete without them.

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