Red + Aqua Carnival Birthday Party Invitations for Grace!

As much as I love wedding invitations, there’s just nothing like the youthful exuberance of a kids party invitation.  Jennifer from The Paper Peony sent over these adorable carnival-inspired letterpress invitations that she designed and printed for her daughter Grace’s second birthday, along with some images of the party itself!


From Jennifer:  We planned a vintage red and aqua carnival theme for a small gathering in our home.  The invitations set the tone with fun fonts, stripes, and a red balloon in each envelope.  I designed the thank you notes with sweet little flags to compliment the party décor.


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We decorated with lots of balloons and wonderful hand-made fabric banners that were hung all over the house (thanks to my mother-in-law).  We served lots of popcorn, gourmet hotdogs and salads as well as “popcorn” cupcakes that I made for the kids. They were a huge hit!


We had toss games for activities and my husband Shaun even learned how to make balloon animals and flowers the night before.  He got really good at it too!  The kids favors were so fun to put together!  We included rubber ducks, animal crackers, clown noses, pin wheels, candy dots and whoopee cushions!  I also made little paper flags with each child’s name.




Such a fun party, and it looks like Grace had a total blast!  Thank you so much Jennifer!

{image credits: jennifer larkin | the paper peony}

  1. It’s a lovely invitation with beautiful colors and a great theme. But was only one male invited? (“Ladies and gentlemAn?”)

  2. hi! love the theme! there’s a picture with the 2 girls wearing clown noses and a bean bag toss behind them. Where can I find something like that? Was it made by you? Thank you for any ideas.

  3. Hi Joni,

    We purchased the toss game from The Land of Nod. I have a hearty list of vintage carnival resources/shops if you need anything else for your event. Please feel free to e-mail me!


  4. Hi .. I am planing a carnival theme birthday for my daughter and I love all your ideas 🙂 Can you please email me some info on where to get invitations !
    Thank You !!!

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