Here’s our quick-fire guide to planning the best carnival themed bash, whatever the weather
Never has summer looked more diverse and colourful than in 2018, when we’ve been challenged with producing event entertainment for numerous world carnival theme bashes, from Rio parades to masked Venetian, Dia de Los Muertos, New Orleans Mardi Gras and London’s infamous Notting Hill Parade.
1. Plan for rain or shine
When choosing your venue consider that you may not get the Brazilian sunshine you hope for – a marquee or covered area will be put to good use whether it’s sunny or not. And any good decor company will make sure it fits your theme perfectly. We work with some gooduns!
2. Make an impression
Impressive meet-and-greet entertainment will set the tone of the event, and encourage your guests to get stuck into the theme. This could be steel pan bands a la Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, costumed Day of the Day stilt walkers for Mexican fiestas, or human statues for Venice Carnival.
3. Cater it right
Nobody expects a costly sit-down meal at a carnival-themed bash – it’s all about the street food. And don’t forget to cater to your veggie and vegan clientele. Many events we work on now are entirely meat-free.
4. Put on a show
From authentic Samba dancers to Mariachi bands, African drummers, limbo shows, and everything in between, your theme is all about colour and energy, and fun, so get your guests involved for that authentic carnival experience.
5. Document the memories
We can supply photographers and videographers, but if you’re after something a little more unique why not consider a photo booth, a selfie stand, or one of our amazing LED photo frames hosted by our costumed performers – the rainforest tiger goes down particularly well at these bashes.