Vintage Carnival – The Treats

Popcorn, cotton candy, corn dogs, nachos, sweet treats and junk food – that’s what comes to mind when I think of “carnival food”…so that’s exactly what we served at The Gaines Bros. Vintage Carnival Party! Scroll down for photos and descriptions of all the delicious snacks, treats, and birthday cupcakes offered. All the fantastic photos of the party were taken by my sister, Julie of Lot116 Photography (unedited shots), and our friend, Hughes of H3 Photography (vintage edit).

Popcorn and cotton candy machines were rented through Nichols Party Productions. They provided the rentals, supplies, as well as delivery, popcorn and cotton candy service throughout the party, and clean up. They are a family run business and are wonderful to work with…I’ve recommended them to many of my friends and clients. They took care of everything and the classic carnival treats were an absolute hit.

Old-fashioned homemade sweet tea and lemonade in large mason jar dispensers, from Cost Plus World Market, hit the spot on a warm October afternoon. Coordinating hand-cut signs by Love Paper Paint.

Hot and spicy nachos, mini corn dogs, fruit, chips, cheese balls, and animal crackers were some of the things prepped by Nana Sue in our kitchen at home and delivered to the park by our friends, Allison and Makala. We borrowed chaffing dishes from our neighbors, The Wellongs, to keep the mini corn dogs hot. Nana also made her famous Tamari Almonds and my special Chocolate Dipped Bacon, at our request. Plastic popcorn bins and silver trays from Dollar Tree, and red hot dog baskets from the $1 section at Target were perfect containers for holding all the food.

BTW, I also had funnel cake mix, oil and a deep fryer to make fresh funnel cake…and two dozen mini blueberry and cherry pies for a down-home pie-eating contest…but with everything else going on and all the junk there was to eat, we never got around to those treats. We ate mini pies with our morning coffee for a week and enjoyed fresh funnel cake at many of our family dinners afterwards, so it was not a total loss. 😉

The ever amazing birthday cupcakes were made (as all our event cakes are) by our dear friend, Jeff of Rhino Cake Company. Three flavors of scrumptious cupcakes, some decorated to look like ice cream cones and others with custom printed edible cameos of the Gaines Bros., were presented on a tiered cake stand on the candy buffet. The salted caramel popcorn topped chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, and old-fashioned vanilla cupcakes were beyond delicious and perfectly suited the theme of the party. We LOVE Jeff…he’s the best!

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