The late summer of 2010, just a few days before the first day of school, we had a Back to School Carnival Party. All the prizes were school supplies, fun pencils and folders, Squishies and erasers. The kids had a blast and requested to do it again for the start of the 2011 school year.
Most of the games we made ourselves from recycled items or things purchased at Goodwill, thrift shops, garage sales. This party was put together on a budget. It did take some time to put the games together, but most cost very little money.
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Step 1: INVITATION:
You can find many, many amazing invitations for carnivals on Etsy, Ebay and online shopping. Be prepared to spend some money with this option as custom work can be expensive.
I also like Shutterstock.com if you have Adobe or a similar software. You can download graphics and then add text. It is very easy to do and relatively inexpensive.
For my budget idea, I have created a very simple template for a ticket invitation that has many different looks. You can control the cost by which paper you choose to use. Construction paper to speciality scrapbooking paper, as an example. Add stickers or ribbon for a fun look. I also like that there is a spot to add your child's picture. For my template you will need a 6x9 envelope.
I also added two invitations that are made with just plain white cardstock. It costs pennies, but still has a great look. You could even have your child draw little carnival pictures on them. Just fill in the information and you are ready to go.