It isn’t everyday that you can host a celebration. Special occasions call for special preparations. Even without special occasions and you just feel like turning your home into The Big Top, it’s exciting way to bring in a carnival atmosphere to make your home more joyful. The best thing about carnival themes is that you can get inspiration using only creative imaginations. Once you decorate your home into a carnival theme, everyday is like a mini festival.
With the winter holidays waiting just around the corner, nature will take its course in creating that carnival atmosphere in your home. However, if you want an early winter head start, you can make snowflakes and man-made carnival snow blizzards from cotton balls or felt paper. Spray with glue and splash a liberal amount of glitters to create glow and sparkle. Turn your living space into a winter wonderland carnival setting by hanging your glittering snowflakes from the ceiling using thread, twine or thin strings. To complete the effect and for a more blizzard look, get cans of spray snow to decorate windows, doors, stairs and walls.
Use fabric to set a circus-like atmosphere. Drape colorful fabrics from your ceilings to mimic the tents of found on circuses. Hang from the center of the ceilings towards the edge of the ceilings until you cover your ceilings with the fabrics. Match with drapes to complete the tent effect. Use bright colors and alternate them, such as yellow or red or blue and red.
Play with colors. Set your table with red, blue and yellow covers and place your kids’ toys and stuffed animals at the middle. Utilize alternative centerpieces such as balloons or popcorn boxes or miniature carnival hats. Instead of your usual placemats, design your own clown or parasol paper table mats. Your kids will have a grand time helping you out in coloring and cutting. You can also let them draw their own versions of these cute paper mats.
Up, Up and Away
Carnivals will never be complete without delightful and colorful balloons so don’t leave them out. Bunch a few of them, tie them to balloon weights and place them around the room, or near the main entrance or in every corner of your home. Make an improvised carnival archway at your front door using bunched up balloons. You can also place small balloons on straws near windows. Balloons come in various shapes and sizes, so try mixing them up for variety. After all, carnivals are a mixture of everything under one roof, so be playful with your concept. Carnivals are for kids, so let your kids pitch in an idea or two. Let them experience the joy of creating their very own carnival town.
Streamers and Posters
Create posters and streamers, featuring famous carnival shout outs such as “Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth!” or “Spectacular World of Circus” or be original by authoring your own carnival announcements. It’s fun and easy. The best source of posters and streamers is your kids’ coloring books or you can download carnival images from the internet, enlarge the images and print them out. Place these images on your poster cardboard or tape them on a thin sheet of blanket or cloth if you want a bigger signage. You can also place your self-made circus posters on walls and doors. There are so many carnival characters and images you can choose from – flying trapeze actors, circus ring acts, clowns, roller coasters, cotton candies, ticket booths, circus tents, and a lot more!
Use Carnival-Like Accessories
Display colorful, carnival-themed accessories. For a mature setting, try hanging assorted Venetian masks on the wall. Use decorative pillows with jewel tones of emerald, ruby red, topaz blue and amethyst. Use table linens such as table runners, tablecloths and napkins with hues similar to the decorative pillows. Use golden platters and serving wares. Hang colorful beads from your chandeliers for a more festive look. Use some of the left over beads to act as tiebacks for your curtains.
Before you know it, your home is ready for a mardi gras or a circus.