Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

From vintage popcorn bags, vintage peanut bags to plastic clown cupcake toppers.  This Old Fashioned Carnival Party has it all.

Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain Let’s start with my favorite item, THE FERRIS WHEEL CUPCAKE HOLDER (you can purchase one from Amazon).  The cupcakes that are riding the Ferris wheel are Cotton Candy Cupcakes (I’ll have the recipe for you down below).  Because what is more fitting then cotton candy at a Carnival!  Carnival cupcakes wouldn’t be complete without some adorable CLOWN CUPCAKE TOPPERS.

Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Preparation 15 minutes 2017-10-16T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 15 minutes 2017-10-16T00:15:00+00:00 Serves Makes 48 Mini Cupcakes     adjust servings
Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain


For the Cotton Candy Cupcakes

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Flavor Frosting Creations Packets
  • optional-sprinkles

For the Vanilla Frosting

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • up to 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • up to 1/3 cup milk


    For the Cotton Candy Cupcakes:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Line mini cupcake tin with 48 mini cupcake liners.
    3. Add the cake mix, eggs, water, oil and cotton candy flavoring to a medium mixing bowl.
    4. Mix until combined.
    5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
    6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    7. Cool in pan 10 minutes, take out of pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
    8. Frost and add sprinkles.

    For the Butter Frosting:

    1. Beat butter until fluffy, add vanilla and mix until combined.
    2. Add confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time, add milk as needed to reach to correct consistency.

    Recipe Notes

    This recipe is from Lady Behind The Curtain

    Every party needs a party favor and I think these grab bag 2-in. VENDING MACHINE CAPSULES are totally fun.  The kids will flip when they realize they don’t have to beg their parents for quarters.  Fill them with little toys like whistles, stretchy toys, rings or mini squirt guns.  You can also add candy.  There is no limit to fun the kids will have with these unexpected treats.

    Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

    To add to the “old fashioned” look you can serve your popcorn in some VINTAGE POPCORN CONCESSION BAGS, PEANUTS IN VINTAGE SQUIRREL PRINT FRESH ROASTED PEANUTS BAGS.  Set a filled (I used rice) AUTHENTIC ROASTED PEANUTS BURLAP BAG behind to use as a prop.

    Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

    Please!  Don’t forget the hot dogs!  You can serve your hot dogs in PLASTIC HOT DOG TRAYS along with some retro KETCHUP/MUSTARD SQUEEZE BOTTLES.

    Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

    I served my drinks in mason jars fitted with DAISY CUT MASON JAR LIDS and RED, WHITE AND BLUE CARNIVAL PAPER STRAWS.

    Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain

    The last 3 items that brings this party all together is the MINI SWIRL LOLLIPOPS, POM POM GARLAND (I’ll show you how to make your own garland, the name is the link) and of course BALLOONS!

    Old Fashioned Carnival Party - Lady Behind The Curtain



    Old Fashioned Carnival Party — 12 Comments

    1. oh my gosh… Oh My Gosh… OH MY GOSH! I soooooooo want to win this as this is the theme of my grandson’s BD party in Sept. Thanks ladies for the opportunity to win such an awesome giveaway! I have my fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed!

    2. Sheryl this might be the cutest giveaway I have ever seen! What a fun collection. I would love to win and surprise my oldest son who is turning 12 in Aug with a carnival themed party. Thank you for the chance to win, and as always thanks for the fun linky party. Hugs, Mindie May

    3. This party looks amazing! I am currently up right now getting ready to make an explosive rice krispie volcano for my son’s 1st birthday, and a soaring pteranadon out of card board boxes 🙂
      This type of party is right up our alley! ADORABLE! I actually stumbled onto your site looking at you Pancake Dipper recipe…it’s the Pteranadon Wings item on our Bedrock Brunch 🙂 Then got distracted with all of your other fun recipes and parties…those cinnamon rolls? YES, PLEASE!

    4. Hi, I would like to know where I can purchase the carnival cupcake liners. I having a circus theme party for my grandsons and love your carnival soda can cupcakes. Thank you for your time.

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