A Carnival Quince!
Do you love going to state or local fairs? Who doesn’t?This is a super fun and colorful theme that will be fun for everyone at your quince. In this post we will focus on achieving the traveling-type carnival theme (versus the Brazilian Carnival theme) for your quinceanera.
Creating a Carnival Quinceanera Theme
Color Scheme: Think of the explosion of colors that you find on a carnival midway. Pinks, yellows, blues, reds, purples…Select 3 colors and use that combination throughout your party details to help create your carnival quinceanera theme.
Venue: Can you hold it right at a carnival or state fairground? If not, a barn would be a nice second choice (and of course, even if you hold it at a traditional hall, this theme can still be carried out).
Invitations: There are a wide variety of carnival-theme invitation options available. Many of them have the appearance of an admission ticket, and may feature circus tents, carousel horses and other carnival fare.
The Dress: The perfect dress for this theme is either a boldly hued dress, or a dress that is reminiscent of a carnival aspect, such as cotton candy. **I have pinned what I think is THE perfect carnival/cotton candy inspired dress for this theme on this Pinterest board~
Quinceanera Court: Their outfits need to compliment the attire of the quinceanera. Pick two carnival inspired colors and plan the damas and chambelones outfits from there. Consider adding jean jackets to the whole crew.
Decorations: Consider mini fishbowls, merry go rounds or carousel horses as centerpieces. Use bunches of colorful balloons or oversize balloons. Super affordable: make a sign post with arrows pointing different directions to the food, dance floor and other places in your party.
Entertainment: A live band would be great for this quince theme, as carnivals have lots of live entertainment and music. A DJ would also work well because carnival midways are always playing the latest music–so either way you go is a win.
Food: as with any theme, the food can be traditional quinceanera fare, or it could follow along with the nature of the theme. In this case, carnival theme food can include: deep fried ANYthing, hot dogs, pretzels, fried dough or churros, corn on the cob, loaded nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, or whatever your favorite fair food may be.
Cake Ideas: I have seen cake toppers such as plastic balloon bouquets or a mini Ferris wheel that would be very cute. Or, instead of a cake, have a caramel and candy apple display.
Party Favors: Individual bags of caramel corn, with a tag attached thanking the guest for attending your carnival, will send your guests off with one last tasty treat from your party. Glo sticks for the kiddies.
Special Touches: Add a popcorn machine to your party, or maybe a booth where you can step on up and have your age (or weight!) guessed! Other booths to consider: a ticket booth (to buy a dance with the quinceanera), a photo booth, complete with some western outfit guests could be photographed in, or a booth with games (like a ring toss) where guests can win a small prize for winning. For even more fun, hold a pie eating or hot dog eating contest: award the winner with a blue ribbon.
How would you add your special touch to a carnival themed quinceanera?