Months of planning went into Ariana’s Carnival 1st Birthday Party – My client wanted a carnival theme but it had to be colourful and elegant at the same time. She was looking for a bespoke birthday party not your usual decor items that can be purchased anywhere! She wanted a very busy look and feel to create the excitement of being at a real life carnival. Our colour scheme were mostly pastels. I really liked the result of this event. Our venue was The River Cabin. However the weather turned out really bad on this day. There was a huge storm and the skies were grey and miserable – that kind of dampened our spirit but nevertheless, the Outlandish Events team pulled together and created this beautiful and elegant carnival set up.

If you follow my posts on a regular basis, you will know that we did many carnival set ups last year. So much so that we call ourselves the Master of Carnivals! Well, if you missed it here’s the link to Kiav’s Carnival 1st birthday party along with some Corporate Carnival Candy Bar set ups we did in three different locations. So my point is, whether you are a boy or girl.. or even a corporate company, Outlandish Events can truly create a personalised and tailored event for you. Kiav’s and Arianna’s birthday parties were the same theme yet look how completely different they were.

Ariana’s Carnival 1st Birthday Party Decor

As you will see in the photos, we created a very busy set up with lots of plush carnival animals and beautiful flowers. All the stationery and backdrop were designed by Outlandish Events. Hoola Hoops and popcorn tubs were among a variety of our carefully selected decor items to fit in with the Carnival theme.

The centrepieces we used for the kids table were hanging clowns, which was a last minute decision to incorporate. However, it created such a beautiful effect and complimented this Carnival theme very well. Adults tables were beautifully set up with vases of fresh flowers as well as paper flowers. To achieve the elegant look my client was looking for in a Carnival set up, we used a lot of mirror boxes.

A variety of colourful pastel vases adorned the main dessert table filled with soft coloured fresh flowers. Some of the edibles that we had at the table were some pastel coloured macarons, carnival themed cookies with Arianna’s name beautifully displayed. We had the cutest cake pops ever – do check it out as they are little clowns! For cupcakes, we decided to go with candy floss and popcorn topping!

Ariana’s Carnival 1st Birthday Party Entertainment

For entertainment, we had stilt walkers welcoming guests as they arrived. The kids were treated to a magic show. We had a face painter decorating the cute little faces! We also brought in a Zorb Tracker for both adults and kids to have fun on. Babies were not left out as my client ensured that we had soft play area for them as well. And no party is ever complete without a Jumping Castle!

Food and Dessert

This 1st Carnival Birthday Party was surely not short of food. My client had a variety of delicious finger foods and dessert available for the guests. We also set up a waffle station for guests to enjoy.

After months of planning, it was amazing to see this event come together. The weather was a huge disappointment but nevertheless Outlandish Events created a memorable and special event for this little family to enjoy their daughter’s Carnival 1st Birthday Party.

Client Review – Ariana’s Carnival 1st Birthday Party

Dear Ishrat, thank you for putting together such an incredible birthday party for my baby last weekend. I wanted a bespoke, WOW event and you definitely met my expectations. The detail was outstanding and you took everything I asked for and brought it to life in the most creative, beautiful and fun way. I would also like to commend you on your professionalism. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you in the last few months and I wish your business every success in the future.” Ayesha

As you can see, Outlandish Events will go the extra mile to make your event memorable.. Do give us a try and we promise that you will not be disappointed. There’s no compromise when it comes to undeniable quality, attention to detail, professionalism and excellence.




Ishrat Joosub, creative extraordinaire and founder of Outlandish Events, is also a mom of a gorgeous girl and a adorable boy. She is a loving wife to her doting and supportive husband. Ishrat Joosub fondly known as Ish, has a passion for styling events along with years of experience in styling functions in the corporate world. Her experience and skills, paired together with her friendly and enthusiastic personality gives you the perfect planner for your functions.. from birthdays, weddings, showers and corporate events, Ishrat Joosub will turn your function into a truly magical one where fond and unforgettable memories will be made. Ishrat prides herself in creating a flawless, personalised and bespoke celebrations for her clientele.

When Ishrat isn’t planning parties, she is spending quality time with her precious family. She loves travelling around the world and exploring South Africa. She is also a great cook and baker so her family’s tummies are never rumbling!

Her vision is to take event planning in South Africa to the next level – creating beautiful and luxurious events for a distinctive client base. The purpose of the blog is to showcase the events styled by Outlandish Events as well as the behind the scenes challenges and opportunities. Working exclusive in the luxury sector of the wedding industry this blog is dedicated to bringing you the good, the bad and the in between of dealing with venues, suppliers and creating a memorable function.

Renowned for her attention to detail, discretion and personal touch, Ishrat Joosub works with an exclusive clientele looking to wow their guests in creating either an intimate event or a grand lavish affair. No event is too big or small for Outlandish Events to take on – Ishrat’s focus lies on undeniable quality, building long term relationships with all clients, exceptional values and services.

Ishrat gets booked very fast for all types of functions thus to avoid any disappointments we advise to book at your earliest convenience.