Carnival-Themed Second Birthday Party {Celebrating Emma Rose}

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Last year, we invited all of our family and friends to help Emma celebrate her first birthday, and it was awesome.  This year, though, we decided to just invite a handful of her little friends.  We got our first really cool day of the season that morning, but the sky maintained a bright blue and the sun was shining throughout the afternoon; all of the fall leaves were at their peak.  A perfect backdrop for an outdoor celebration at our favorite pumpkin patch and a beautiful day for one special girl’s second birthday party.

mama dada emma

This second year was definitely different in the way of photos…we couldn’t get the honoree to sit still for many shots, but watching her enjoy the day was priceless.

party overview

Pumpkins helped add a pop of color to several areas, like the tables, and they doubled as a way to help keep stuff pinned down on a breezy day.

corn stalks

Cornstalks, stacks of hay and vivid mums were a stark contrast against the blue, blue sky: just a few of fall’s finest things.  We loved the venue at Conklin Farm so much at Emma’s first birthday party last year, that we had to come back.  Chances are, we might return next year, too!

dessert table

dessert table 2

fabric garland

There were lots of seasonal treats to pick from, including the caramel dipped apples, homemade apple pie pops and apple cider donuts.  The fabric garland was a perfect mix of carnival colors and patterns and were a cheerful addition to the dessert table.

popcorn flowers

White hydrangeas tucked into paper popcorn boxes were a fresh way to look like the real deal and made easy centerpieces for each table.

kids table

These kraft paper gable boxes held sweets for the little guests to take home with them from the party.

apple cider stand

Fresh apple cider from the farm was a big hit.

donuts and pops


Lollipops and an assortment of gumballs added color to the table and the goldfish were a perfect snack for little hands to grab.

cake close up

The cake was an ideal fit for the occasion.  The stripes mimicked a carnival tent and the blue and yellow were great complements.  I added store-bought star candles for the birthday girl to make a wish.

sneaking the cake

sneaking the cake 3

The birthday girl helping to place the candles on top of the cake and sneaking some of the icing in the process.

blowing out the candles

Hope both of their wishes come true.

dada emma gigi

Snuggles with family on a beautiful day.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

ferris wheel front

One of my favorite items at the party, these letters made the perfect back-splash for the focal point of this carnival-themed bash.

marquee letters

These marquee letters were battery operated and lit up with the touch of a switch on the side of each letter, making it super convenient to hang without a tangle of wires and cords.

ferris wheel side

Homemade vanilla cupcakes were topped with mini-marshmallows to look like bunches of popcorn perched on a bright red Ferris wheel.

popcorn cupcake

Emma Rose indulging in one of her favorite treats.

bean bag toss 3

Vintage clown bean bag toss was among the three games at the party.

bean bag toss

ring toss

This ring toss was easily assembled with an old crate and a few bottles of sparkling water.


The kids loved the hayride.

wheelbarrow rideWorn out from the party, these two opted for a ride in the wheelbarrow.

My Favorite Party Details From This Carnival-Themed Bash:

  • The Ferris wheel cupcake stand
  • ‘Popcorn’ cupcakes
  • The apple cider
  • Homemade apple pie pops
  • Vintage clown bean bag toss
  • Marquee letters
  • Red and white tent birthday cake
  • and MORE!


Stylist:  Pumpkin + Rose

Photos:  Pumpkin + Rose

Venue:  Conklin Farm, Montville, NJ

Cake:  Sweet Lucky’s Bakery, Morristown, NJ

Wine Crates:  {Available for rental through Pumpkin + Rose}

Popcorn Cupcakes:  Pumpkin + Rose

Red and White Striped Baking Cups:  Amazon

Tableware:  Candy Cane Red Paper Plates via Amazon & Pool Collection: Dots via Shop Sweet Lulu & Ruby Red Collection: Dots via Shop Sweet Lulu

Wooden Rainbow Stripe Utensils:  Shop Sweet Lulu

Paper Napkins:  Amazon & Pool Collection: Stripes via Shop Sweet Lulu & Ruby Red Collection: Dots via Shop Sweet Lulu

Paper Cups:  Ruby Red Collection: Stripes via Shop Sweet Lulu

Caramel Apples:  Whole Foods Market

Swirl Lollipops and Assorted Gumballs:  Amazon / Amazon

Vintage Glass Jars:  Shop Sweet Lulu

Apple Pie Pops:  Pumpkin + Rose

Small Hay Stacks:  Michael’s

Apple Cider Donuts:  Kings Food Markets

Apple Cider:  Conklin Farm, Montville, NJ

Food:  Tutto Fresco, Livingston, NJ

Ferris Wheel Cupcake Stand:  {Available for rental through Pumpkin + Rose}

Marquee Letters:  Michael’s

Fence Backdrop:  {Available for rental through Pumpkin + Rose}

Wooden Crate for Ring Toss:  T.J. Maxx

Vintage Clown Bean Bag Toss Game Boards:  InWithTheOld, an Etsy Shop

Carnival Bean Bag Toss Party Game:  Amazon

Vintage Style Popcorn Boxes:  Shop Sweet Lulu

Paper Gable Gift Boxes:  thefavorbox, an Etsy Shop

Fabric Garland Banner:  jpurifoy, an Etsy Shop

Birthday Girl’s Carnival Dress:  BabyThreadsByLiz, an Etsy Shop

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser:  World Market {Available for rental through Pumpkin + Rose}

end of emma bday party day

Lots of little moments from a happy day.  {Happy birthday, Emma Rose!}

Hope you enjoyed!



  1. I love everything about this! The hydrangeas made for the prettiest popcorn look-alikes, and the marshmallow cupcakes made for the sweetest! The vintage circus-esque, light-up E-M-M-A sign placed on the wood backdrop was an amazing touch. And, best of all, smiles from the beautiful birthday girl! Congrats on a really beautiful job.

  2. Sad I missed it. Soooo cute! Stevie had a blast 😉

  3. Annie Sutherland

    October 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Wow what an awesome party! Every detail is amazing!

  4. Beautiful décor. So glad you had a nice day. Emma is just a little beauty.

  5. Everything looked amazing! Happy Birthday to a beautiful little angel!

  6. Pumpkin+Rose has done it again! What a creative theme with such lovely touches!! A special day for a most special little birthday girl!

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