A Backyard Vintage Carnival Birthday

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My gorgeous wee Second Cousin Miss Olive turned four recently, and to celebrate her parents threw her the most immaculate fun-filled backyard carnival I have ever laid eyes on! The styling, the colours, the whole aesthetic I think you’ll agree is just next level GORGEOUS! All the happiness in the world just radiates from these pictures, the adults looking just as pleased as the children with the festivities! The games, the food, the vintage and pastel tones, I can’t get enough! I asked Mum Pip how she came up with this creative idea, “A visiting circus was in town, and after a bit of Pinterest stalking, a carnival theme quickly became a great idea. A long time black, grey and neutrals fan, I didn’t want to completely let loose on bright colours – so I settled on a ‘Vintage Carnival’. With gorgeous costumes, decorations and spread of activities, we had a fun-filled day of carnival chaos!” says Pip. The tightrope walker costumes for birthday girl Miss O, and her baby sister, were the best I’ve seen, complete with a stunning DIY feather-head band made by clever Pip herself, and teamed with Tutu Du Monde sparkly ‘show stopper’ shorts. The games were a hit! “Bobbing for apples quickly became lets throw the apples in and see them splash” says Pip. “But the chaos was surprisingly all part of the fun.” The classic clown piñata was adapted from Pips own piñata making tutorial : You can read more on how to make one HERE. Other activities and details included:

  • Popcorn for sale at the Carnival stand.
  • Party hat making with all the trims.
  • Bringing back the 80’s childhood hoola-hooping expertise!
  • Balloon making
  • Party bags – a tassel wand, gold dusted seal biscuit, animal pencil and a clown nose

And as for that eloquent cake… The Carnival Cake – based on Sweetapolita’s birthday medley, was constructed with raspberry jam between layers of blue funfetti stars, pink amarena cherry and rich chocolate. Fondant icing was decorated with hand painted green, blue and gold and finished with handmade flowers and elephant cake topper. Other tasty carnival treats included:

  • Pip’s favourite Nigella biscuits finished two ways – Elephants and stars dipped in coloured melted chocolate sprinkled with pearlescent drops and seals in gold dusting.
  • Freshly cut watermelon stars and blueberries
  • Strawberry jelly with blue chocolate shooting stars
  • Mini hot dogs with mustard
  • Sausage rolls with homemade tomato sauce
  • Medley of candied and buttered popcorn

Pip and her sister Lex have a  gorgeous blog, you can follow their beautiful families, their recipes, activities, and styling over at Two Houses blog : http://www.twohouses.com.au/

Photography credit: Oliver Bain Photography

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