Now that I look back on this Carnival 1st Birthday Party, I realised that it was our fourth carnival set up for that week. I was eating carnival for breakfast, lunch and supper! We did three carnival candy bar set ups  for Werksmans Attorneys activation campaign at three different locations; University of Pretoria, Wits and we flew down to UCT as well to set up. For photos of our set ups, visit our instagram page.

The Werksmans Attorneys’ activation campaign was completely different to this 1st Birthday Party.  We had to stick to the campaign colours and all three locations had to be identical. However we did have to adjust our set ups slightly to accommodate our venue space etc… All three carnival candy bar set ups were a huge hit with both my clients and the university students. By the end of that week, I had carnival coming out of my ears! I think It’s safe to say that Outlandish Events is the ringmaster of Carnival themed events!

Carnival 1st Birthday Party Decor set up

With a Carnival themed birthday party, there are so many ways to style one – you can keep it simple or go all wow. This theme comes with a lot of flexibility and as always, I enjoyed styling this event quite a bit. The client and I stuck to the original colours of blue and red.  Our decor set up really transformed the space we were given to work with. This carnival 1st birthday party was nothing short of WOW.

We went all out with bales of hay. Some of the decor items for this Carnival 1st birthday included a wagon wheel, wooden barks and lots of crates.Our centrepieces for the adults table were kept minimal with pinwheels in mason jars. Our pinwheels were all custom made especially for Outlandish Events. We had a carnival booth set up to serve drinks from. Popcorn and candyfloss could not be left out – what’s a carnival without those crucial elements!!

The cake had to have a big top tent and buntings! The cake pops were so adorable – in the shapes of clowns and pop corn boxes. Our bakers never fail to amaze!

We also had a time capsule for this event.. We had guests write stuff about the birthday boy with a message for the future etc.. on a card. These cards were then placed in a jar only to be opened when the birthday boy is old enough. I think it is an awesome idea to implement at any party. It truly captures the memories of an event years later.

Client Review:

The set up was exactly as what the client envisaged and this what she had to say:

“Dear Ishrat,
Hubby and I would like to express our sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to you for the amazing decor setup and coordination for our son’s first birthday party. I am so glad that I found your website while I was searching for a service provider with a difference, someone who could make our event unique and spectacular! The decor was all that I envisioned and more! Thank you for being so friendly and accommodating and we look forward to working with you again in the future.” ~ Sarisha

So here you go people.. We are an event planning business with a difference. To see our vintage carousel themed 1st birthday party, click here.

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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.