Don't wait for Mardi Gras, Start things off with Carnival!
March 07, 2011
Carnival of Brazil Theme Party
Carnival (or Carnaval in Portuguese) is an annual festival held 40 days before Easter. It is very similar to Mardi Gras. Both are about having one last feast/party before supposedly being ‘good’ for the Christian time of Lent. So, if Mardi Gras just isn’t enough for you, why not start your party a day early and have yourself some Carnival!
Carnival Theme Party Invitations
Most people aren’t going to be aware of this fantastic Brazilian event, so if you were going to throw a party about it, you’ll have to clue them in with some great invites.
Use this Carnival Themed personal invite to get the word out. It’s strikingly similar to Mardi Gras, but the holidays are anyway. If you want some other choices, you can try looking through our Luau invitations. They are bright and colorful and could definitely double as Carnival invites.
You can also send along a colorful mask to help get people excited about your party right off the bat. These are small and light enough to be a simple addition to your invites, especially if you can hand deliver some. They are also cheap! As low as $0.14!
Carnival Theme Party Decorations
With Carnival, anything goes. This is meant to be one wild party. The country of Brazil comes to a complete halt for it every year, for almost a week! So don’t hold back on your decorations!
Inside or outside, fill your space with color and light. You can’t go wrong with an effort to overwhelm the senses. Start with bright lanterns. This will add fun colors and shapes to your party. Expand on that with some pastel colored pennant banners.
Unless you live in California or Florida, it’s unlikely you will have palm trees nearby. To help fill the void, use natural hanging palm trees or the simpler hanging palm tree.
Some flower whirls can keep the vibrant colors going as well as introduce new shapes to your party décor.
Put bright L.E.D. multi-colored candles on any surface you can find. You can also try them in even more lanterns!
Keep the light flowing all around your space. If you have lanterns everywhere, great, if not, try hanging some flower lights. And if you already have many lanterns up, use the flower lights to line a doorway or window frame.
Some Mardi Gras colored tinsel garland can be good to line your space too. It will add different colors as well.
A key aspect of Carnival involves people dressing in outlandish costumes. Whether they are dressed from head to toe in sequins or as an animal, the point is to be eye-catching. Before we look at costumes, let’s add some wildlife (other than your guests) to your party.
Some exotic bird cutouts are a nice place to start. Pink Flamingos are a must have. They have amazing color and a fun shape. You can also get an inflatable variety. We’ve also got inflatable palm trees, parrots and tropical fish if you like.
Carnival Theme Party Costumes
Both men and women dress in the most scantily clad outfits they can find (so no children for this party). Anything glitzy will do. Ladies, we’ll start with you . . .
Traditional ‘Princess’ costumes can be converted into Carnival fun pretty easily. This Aladdin Jasmine Deluxe Adult Costume is a good place to start. Other costumes like the Desert Princess, Neverland Fairy, and Faerie Dress have great colors and revealing cuts.
For the gentlemen, you can get straight to the point with the Borat Lycra Mankini. Showing just a little less skin is the essential Rocky Horror Picture Show Dr. Frank-N-Furter costume. Beyond that, most Brazilian men would start looking in the ladies section. We suggest you do the same. Just be sure to order the largest size possible.
You could always dress up as a parrot or at least wear a green parrot hat.
You can also piece a costume together by wearing a mask and feather boa along with just about anything.
Carnival Theme Party Food
Carnival is about decadence. So don’t spare on the foods which will bring your guests’ taste buds to life! Find sweet tasting seasonal fruits and pile them up! Pineapples, mangos, papayas, and anything else you can get a hold of.
The days after Carnival were meant for fasting. If you plan on giving up meat after Carnival, then you should roast a pig for it! But for something on a smaller scale, try some shish kabobs. You can even involve your fruit in the grilling. Just remember to alternate between meat, fruit, and veggies as you skewer everything up!
As your guests feast on food, keep their eyes feasting too with aloha flower pattern plates. Matching napkins and table cover can make for a nice theme. Use multi-colored cocktail tumblers to help guests remember which drink is theirs.
A toucan piñata can double as a table centerpiece. You can use a tissue pineapple or Cabana Rio centerpiece.
Carnival Theme Party Accessories
Don’t let up on the colors and lights! Use parrot L.E.D. blinkies or an L.E.D. flashing mouthpiece. Twirl 9” L.E.D. wands! Put on orange jelly L.E.D. rings and just be over the top!
Want beads? Mix and match all the colors you can think of!
Shake three different colors of L.E.D. maracas!
Wear L.E.D. Flip Flops!
There you go! Now cut loose and let the music move your body!