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Carousel Birthday Party

1st birthday parties are incredibly special occasions.  It is the birthday that not only celebrates the child’s first year, but also celebrates that the parents made it through the year!  This carousel birthday party submitted by Natasha for her daughter’s 1st birthday party, has that special edge all over it.

It is also a perfect example of how following a party planning checklist ensures that you have all details covered with a stunning result at the end.

I love the beautiful design of the carousel horse and its incorporation into the decorations, cake and even the food. This party is nothing short of stunning.

If you are ready for a fix of pure pretty and feminine party ideas, then you have come to the right place.

Carousel birthday party

Natasha said about the party planning: “I decided upon a carousel theme as I wanted to do something a little bit different and unique. I also wanted a particular colour scheme of pink, white and yellow.  Once I found the invite, it just all tied in together.  I based all my decorations around the invite.  My sister and I made the carousel horses by cutting out cardboard and then decorating.  I also made some tissue paper pom poms.  We held the party under a gazebo in a local park and wrapped ribbon around the posts to make them look like carousel poles.   The party favours, chocolate wrappers and birthday banner were all based around the invite and the colour scheme.  Likewise the majority of the dessert table was pink, white and yellow to fit in with the colour scheme.

Party Invitations

The invitations set the scene for what the party is about, and this invitation immediately captures the attention.  It’s fresh and delightful design are the perfect combination for a 1st birthday party.

Carousel birthday invitation

Party Decorations

The carousel birthday party decorations were incredibly effective displayed over the gazebo.  The pink, yellow and white colours were present amongst all the decorations and flowed effortlessly with the carousel theme.

The decorations consisted of carousel horses, tissue paper pom poms, balloons, 1st birthday party banners and pink, yellow and white ribbons.

Carasouel birthday party decorations

Carousel birthday party decorations

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

If you would like to know how to make one of these effective tissue paper pom poms for your next party, you can follow the tutorial here.

Party Food & Drink

The dessert table was absolutely stunning with its selection of mouth watering treats, displayed in pinks, yellow’s and white’s.

The carousel birthday cake was a replica of the invitation and stood out as an amazing feature on the table.  Other delightful treats included chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, rocky road, mini tarts and specially designed number 1 cookies.  Even chocolate bars were wrapped with party printable’s to match the invitation theme.

Carousel birthday party food

Carousel Birthday Cake



Carousel birthday party

Pink and Yellow Lollies

Cheesecake and chocolate

Party Favours

Most children’s parties now provide a party favor for young guests to take home. The favors at this 1st birthday party consisted of snack treats and were beautifully presented with personalized tags to match the party theme.

Carousel Party Favors

Natasha used a few suppliers for this 1st birthday party and their contact details are included below.  Please contact them directly to discuss any specific needs you may have.

Cookies – Karen’s Cookie Jar

Cupcakes – Cake Cafe

Cake – Cake Sudio

What do you think of this party theme for a little girls birthday?  What stood out to you the most?  If you like this idea, it is idea not only for a 1st birthday party but for young girls of any age.

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Planning your own carousel birthday party?  Check out these party supplies to help set the scene….

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18 Responses to Carousel Birthday Party

  1. Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro February 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    Creative and Very Beautiful!

    • Catherine Holt February 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks Dr Ron. I think the colours work perfectly together, and it gives such a girlie feel 🙂

  2. Allyn Stotz February 27, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    What a cute site! I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

    I hope you’ll return the favor and check out my blog at

    • Catherine Holt March 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      Thanks Allyn. I hope you find lots of party inspiration here 🙂

  3. Heru Prasetyono February 27, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I am sure It is not only beautiful but it must be delicous as well. Amazing…

    • Catherine Holt February 27, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Absolutely Heru. It was very hard trying to decide what to eat, as it was all sooo delicious 🙂

      • Heru Prasetyono February 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

        You’re a great blogger Catherine. Even though we are not in the same niche but I like visiting others’ blogs just to give comments and build relationship. I am learning from you.

  4. Brittany Champion February 27, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    Absolutely adorable!! I’m in love with you’re site and all that is showcases!

    • Catherine Holt February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      Thanks for your lovely comment Brittany, it is lovely to hear that people like what they see here 🙂

  5. Babanature February 27, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Hello Catherine,
    what a lovely pictures. are you the one that truly designed them? i am truly amaze. keep the good work rolling 😉

    • Catherine Holt February 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Thanks for your visit Babanature. The party itself was organised by Natasha, the little girls mother. I however took the photos and enjoyed all the yummy food 🙂

  6. Schneider Companies March 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    It just a delicious treat for the party people I have in love with the food I loves food specially sweet it was really nice to see lots of dishes at the same time.

    • Catherine Holt March 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      This was absolutely a dessert table from heaven 🙂

  7. Scrapless Press June 2, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    That cake is awesome and I love the carousel horse cutouts. Really clever.

    • Catherine Holt June 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

      The cake tasted absolutely delicious too!! Natasha put a lot of work into the decorations, and they work beautifully together. She created a truly stunning party. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Melissa January 14, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    What a adorable party. Do you know where she got the carousel horse decoration?

    • Catherine Holt January 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Thanks Melissa. I’m afraid Natasha made all the decoration herself. She drew a template and cut everything out onto card. It’s rather effective isn’t it!

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