Carousel Horse Party
Carousel horse party decor, food, favors and games

Having a Carousel Horse theme party adds the excitement of a carnival or county fair,
so it's time to send in the ponies and clowns, and to eat snow cones, taffy, caramel
apples, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream and hot dogs.

Here's how to have an old time Carousel Horse and
Carnival Party:

  • Let them eat cake. Get inspired by the fabulous Carousel Horse cakes others
    have created. Yes, you can make a memorable birthday cake using Wilton
    Carousel Horse cake separators, special cake pans and your imagination! Visit
    The Carousel Store for more cake toppers.

  • Give a carousel horse gift that doubles as decoration. The ultimate gift for the
    birthday kids is the heirloom quality wooden white carousel Horse (around
    $299), pictured right. Any carousel toys you display will bring the charm of
    yesteryear to your Carousel Horse Party.

  • Assemble a paper model carousel. "Cut and Assemble and Old Fashioned
    Carousel" by A.G. Smith is a fun project and makes a fine centerpiece for your
    carousel horse party.

  • Be merry and amused with these merry-go-round ideas:

  • Bring Carousel music to their ears. Download Carousel music to your MP3 player
    and have it as background noise. Try:
  • "Come To The Fair" Old Time Wurlitzer Carousel Music, Good Old USA
    Carousel Music Volume 1" by Wurlitzer Model 146-A Band
  • "Old Time Carousel Music" by The Wurlitzer Band Organ or
  • "Carousel Memories" by Replica Wurlitzer Band Organ and Verbeeck Band

  • More Ideas for a Carnival Theme and Carousel Horse Party:
  • Send in the clown (or puppeteer or face painter) to twist horse-shaped
    carnival balloons.
  • Decorate in red and white with yellow and blue accents. Buy bunting,
    popcorn bags and circus tent cups at Oriental Trading (and get cash back
    from your purchase).
  • Serve food in nostalgic plastic hot dog trays (find them on eBay with a
    "red plastic basket" search).
  • Wrap your Carousel Horse favors in a popcorn bag, or use the popcorn
    bags for fun snack mixes. You can also serve colorful candies in ice-cream
  • Hang a colorful canopy. You'll find circus canopies online and at Oriental
    Trading. Or turn Turn a patio canopy into a circus tent with some
    triangular flags you make from construction paper.
  • Tie a Horse figurine to pull a box of animal crackers (such as the Barnum
    Animals Cookie wagon box, pictured left). Use a pipe cleaner as the
    harness. Finding animal cracker boxes is not as easy as you might thing,
    so buy them online.
  • Trim the tables with an edible garland of life savers, Fruit Loops or candy

  • Don't horse around, buy what you need online now. Mylar balloons, like the
    carousel Horse, left, make excellent Party favors and double as decoration for
    your Party. They're hard to find locally, but you'll find them online in our
    Carousel Horse Party Supply store.
  • Make a favorable impression with your creativity. Carousel Horse favors are hard
    to find, so make your own: It's easy to affix a horse sticker or stencil cutout to a
    swirled candy stick, a pencil, or a straw. The Carousel Animals Cut & Use
    Stencils book by Celeste Plowden, availalble on Amazon, makes decoration easy.

  • Bake carousel horse cookies or mold chocolates or candies into carousel horse
    shapes. Bake sugar cookies with a Copper Gifts Carousel Horse cookie cutter.
    Or find a horse shaped cookie cutter and bake with wooden sticks to make a
    cookie lollipop. Then frost the cookies and twirl a colorful ribbon on the stick.   

  • Do yourself a favor, check out Dover Carousel books: Dover makes Carousel
    horse and animal sticker and activity books (about $1.50 each). Search "Dover
    Carousel animal" as well as "Dover Carousel Horse." See the stencils, too.

  • Flag good deals online.
  • This garden Carousel Horse Garden Charm flag, which measures 23.5" x
    34", is just $5 while supplies last (it has a $30 value).
  • You may find vintage Carousel horse toys and great deals on eBay, such
    as the Wilton Carousel cake pan from 1990. Fisher price made some
    sweet merry go round toys in the 1970s that you may find.With a little
    creativity beyond your search for "carousel" items you can find "merry go
    round" or "carnival" items. Try also "circus." We found  carousel pencils,
    Sandy Lion Merry Go round stickers, custom invitations, and carousel
    Horse chocolates on eBay. Wilton made a carousel cake pan in 1990. Find
    the on eBay and get cash back from eBay.

Menu for a Carousel Horse Party
  • Make colorful Rice cereal treats by substituting a portion of the cereal with Fruity
    Cocoa Pebbles.
  • Roll Wilton Rainbow Non Pariels  (candy sprinkles) onto carmel apples and
    sprinkle them generously to cookies and cupcakes.
  • Make edible table confetti from Necco Wafers.   
  • Any kind of fair food fits the carnival theme:

  • Carousel Horse Party Favors
  • Horse shaped Lollipops (make them yourself with candy molds available
    on Amazon or eBay.
  • Carnival masks
  • Carnival toys (e.g. Rubber ducks)
  • Rainbow swirl lollipops
  • Crazy loop straws
  • Mini Gum ball machines

Games and Activities for a Carousel Horse Party

  • Create edible carnival bracelets by stringing round foods, such as LifeSavers,
    fruit-flavored cereals with holes, miniature cookies with holes, and gummy
    candies with holes.  

  • Get crafty! Oriental Trading Company has a Carousel Horse Craft kit that
    includes plastic gems, foam and wooden pieces to make twelve 7" carousel
    horses. It doubles as a favor. Be sure to get cash back at Oriental Trading.

  • Play pass the parcel in a merry go round fashion. Here's how to play the pass
    the parcel Party game. Find one unique small toy for each child and wrap it well
    (a popcorn bag is fun and adds to the theme). To play the game, have Party
    goers form a circle. Hand one package to each child. Remember, each prize
    should be different and have different shapes. Start the music. Children pass
    the packages around the circle until the music stops. Then everyone gets to
    open the bag they're holding and take home the unique trinket inside.
    Alternatively, have just a couple of bags floating in the circle and as each child
    "wins" he can leave the circle to give the other Party goers a chance to win too.

  • Create a carnival atmosphere with a floating duck pond using a blow up
    swimming pool and rubber duckies.

  • Provide some Venetian masquerade face masks and have the kids apply their
    own sequins, feathers and gems.

  • Buy a real Carousel Horse. The most affordable we've found are at e-

  • Magic Pony Carousel Books. Search Amazon for carousel horse books in
    paperback by Poppy Shire and Ron Berg, around $3.99 include:
    Magic Pony Carousel #1: Sparkle the Circus Pony
    Magic Pony Carousel #2: Bright heart the Knight's Pony
    Magic Pony Carousel #3: Star the Western Pony
    Magic Pony Carousel #4: Jewel the Midnight Pony
    Magic Pony Carousel #5 Flame the Desert Pony
    Magic Pony Carousel #6:Crystal the Snow Pony

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