I just lurv a Coney Island/Carnival inspired party. There is something that is so nostalgic and fun about these types of parties and weddings that make it turn into an experience instead of just a party. That’s why I’m not just going to give you eye candy, I am going to tell you the story behind this event vision. Even if you are not 100% sold on doing an entire wedding based on this theme—it can be great for a cocktail hour or final hour of your wedding—or even an after party!
Carnival food should be part of the food pyramid. Pretty much convinced of that—but since it’s not, here is a fun way to bring back your favorites in a glammed up version for your wedding guests.
Cotton candy, funnel cake and hot dogs make great treats to pass around as your party winds up or winds down. The cotton candy from Martha Stewart, is colorful but packs much flavor. Mini funnel cakes or even a funnel cake bar with various toppings (whipped cream, ice cream, fruit and gourmet sugar toppings) can be fun and cure any sweet tooth ailment (or cause one!). These mini hot dogs from Yum Sugar can be paired with gourmet sauces like chipotle ketchup or honey dijon mustard.
What’s a carnival with out french fries? A travesty! The first picture from The Bride’s Cafe is an upscale display of french fry shooters, which I adore. Nevertheless, I am still captivated by this vintage version I found over at The Cinderella Project. The only thing that would top it would be to personalize the paper that comes with the fries—shoot for making your own personalized newspaper with your names and life events for a realistic, personal touch.
Ever since I spoke at the Eventology conference this year, I have become obsessed with Garrett’s Popcorn (Thank YOU, Katasha!). And nothing could soothe your soul more, end world hunger and solve the health care reform debate than a popcorn bar with Garrett’s. There are other companies that provide a myriad of flavors and seasonings, but if you want to stay true to your carnival theme, opt for caramel and butter only served troughs—I mean decorative vases and containers.
Another favorite? Snow Cones. But not just your run-of-the-mill snow cones, I’m talking about Fresher Than Fresh snow cones. Made with natural flavors and fruits, they are sure to be a hit. Featured above are clementine, blackberry lavender, agave hibiscus, lemon prickly pear, and ginger rose!
Drinks can be made just as much fun as the food! In addition to your regular bar, add some fun like these mini root beer floats found on the San Diego Food Stuff blog :
Of course, what would this party be without a signature drink?
Check out these caramel apple martinis by Good Life in the City. Perfect mix of tart and sweet, as well as reminiscent of the all-time carnival favorite. FYI, traditional candy apple mix makes a great candy apple martini as well. Here is the recipe for the caramel apple martini:
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add ½oz vodka, ½oz Sourz apple liqueur and ½oz butter ripple schnapps. Shake and strain into a Martini glass rimmed with caramel syrup.
Okay, luxelings—we’ve talked food and drink; stay tuned as we start incorporating other fun details!