A Carousel and Parasols Themed Party for Child, Teen, Wedding or Adult Gatherings

I’m not even kidding. I think I have a pre Bride zilla on my hands. I’m totally kidding but not kidding on that part but this girl had a vision for her big day from the dress to the theme and was very much wanting it to be very white and clean and pretty looking.

Since many of the people there had food allergies or intolerances I made sure that we included signs with the names of food and if they contained gluten, dairy, etc. Also mentioning the type of gluten free flour you use helps too. I hate having to ask questions of the host when I know they are busy so having the signs always helps me.

Decorations

We went with a carousel and parasols themed party. The decorations turned out perfect. We put flowers in Mason jars for the buffet table decorations. We also used different colored and texture white picture frames for the table. We topped the table decorations off with these pretty parasols and a carousel cupcake holder.

Mason Jars with Flowers (Dollar Tree)

Parasols from eBay: $4.15/each

Carousel Cupcake Holder: Amazon

(Also look on eBay–we found ours for $10)

Optional Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder: Amazon

Garland, Flowers, Mason Jars, Frames, Table Cover: Dollar Tree

Sign Holders: Amazon

Food

This is where I usually go crazy. Okay a lot crazy. My daughter loves black beans and rice and wanted to eat that. I hesitated a little to keep with the theme but she pushed (see pre Bridezilla–kidding but she was adamant) and we went with that for the menu.

chicken ranch taco

Slow Cooker Ranch Tacos by BurntApple: Toppings we had out included corn and flour tortillas, guacamole, avocados, tomatoes, cilantro, black beans, shredded cheese, and salsa.

Mexican Street Corn Salad by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

mexican ranch dressing

Cafe Rio Dressing by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Slow Cooker No Boil Macaroni and Cheese (for the kids who were picky eaters) by Cookies and Cups

Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Cake by City Cakes (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

Gluten Free Funfetti Cupcakes by Fork and Beans with Miss Jones Confetti Pop (or Vanilla) Frosting (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

White Chocolate Cherry Limeade Sugar Cookies by BurntApple

Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream by BurntApple (White Chocolate Candy Mold Topper by Wilton)

Cookies and Cream Cookies by BurntApple

Crumbl Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe by BurntApple

(Okay, I’m starting to think I have a dessert problem…)

Activities

Since this was a family event and during the summer I rented some chairs from Connie Events (801-471-7739) for the inside so the adults could sit and talk in the air conditioning! and a castle bounce house for the kids so they would stay outside. We also have a teeter totter and trampoline outside so the kids wanted NOTHING to do with being inside. They even ate outside too so the kid mess was minimal inside.

The event turned out the way that she wanted it–surrounded by her friends and family. It was the perfect summer party!

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