10 Sep 2015

How to Host a Backyard Fair

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The most wonderful weather is upon us and I’m planning on planning a few outdoor parties soon! We will be hosting a Backyard Fair and I’m so excited! This is a super easy and fun theme to run with!

Everything from the food to the activities will be so much fun to plan! I can’t wait! While it might not look exactly like the picture above, there are so many elements that you can customize to give it the same feel! To get started, I have navigated my way around the web and found some inspiration! Here are some ways to get you inspired to plan your own backyard fair!

We will be staying with a classic fair/carnival theme! So many ideas! Here are some of my favorites!


Check out these awesome invitations to get your guests excited about coming!

Fair Food


Photo By : Justataste.com

DIY Mini Corn Dogs for Backyard Fair


A fair isn’t a fair without amazing fair food! Since we probably won’t be renting the below trailer, we will be making our own corn dogs, hotdogs, popcorn, soft pretzels and carmel apples! We’ve found some great DIY recipes (the one from JustaTaste.com for the mini-corn dogs using –Gwaltney Hot Dogs– above is so perfect) and we can’t wait to get our party started! 

 Photo Credit: Flickr/ David DeHetre  


There are many carnival games to recreate right at home! It just takes a little creativity! Browse through some of our favorite midway games. It’s fun yo have lots of small prizes on hand too! Everyone’s a winner!


With an outside backyard fair, you’ll want to use the most of the big blue sky and your yard of course! Think balloons, strung lights and white tents decorated as booth games! Even hanging clothes line ropes and separating games witha sheet could be possible! Here are some great ideas from Martha Stewart!

Sweet Treats

 Screen shot of Four Seasons Website 
Your sweet treats will be the hit of the fair! We are dreaming of cotton candy, carmel apples, ice cream and sprinkles! Yum! Even jazzing up your ice cream with some added treats like a bacon cookie with salted carmel ice cream sandwich, made with Gwaltney Bacon, will really help set your treats apart from the everyday ice cream and sprinkles! And don’t forget the snow cones!


Hire a magician or balloon artist! Face painting or tattoos will always going to be a huge hit with kids too! Add a DIY photo booth and you will have the most awesome fair! {Learn how to set up your own photo booth here!}

Adult Fun

Adding a few mixed themed adult beverages will be perfect addition to bring the party together too! We love these cotton candy martinis or a grown up lemonade that can be made in a batch for easy serving!

We’d love to hear your ideas on how else we can make this backyard fair a huge hit! Leave us a link in the comment to other fun ideas!

This post was sponsored by Gwaltney Foods. I attended the Backyard Fair in St.Petersburg, Florida as a guest of Gwaltney Foods.  The winner of their “Gwaltney’s Win Your Own Fair” won this event, hosted by Gwaltney Foods, for 100 of her closest friends. With games, slides, Gwaltney hot dogs, cotton candy, pretzels and more this Backyard Fair was exactly the way I pictured it! So much fun! 




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Marisa is a Mama to 4 kids and resides in Tampa, Florida with her family. Connect with her on Twitter @TampaMama to learn more about Tampa Bay and things to do with kids, Florida family travel, travel adventures and tips or her secret parenting tips for staying alive while wrangling 4 kids. She has a "official" business background in marketing + PR + events, but now plays daily with social media strategy, brand development and digital media. Days are long. Life is short.
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