How to Turn a Table Into a Carnival Booth

by Erin Ringwald

When planning a carnival-themed celebration, such as a birthday party or work-sponsored event, carnival booths are a necessity. Use booths to set up food stations, offer a variety of games or sell tickets for the other carnival stations. To save money on renting constructed booths from a party rental company, make your own by using a canopy and an existing table.

Items you will need

  • Pop-up tent canopy
  • Rubber mallet (optional)
  • Fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pins
  • Tablecloth
  • Poster board
  • Acrylic paint
  • Markers (optional)
  • Party balloons
Step 1

Set up a pop-up tent canopy. Utilize a canopy with four tent poles. Insert the four tent poles into the ground, using a rubber mallet, if necessary.

Step 2

Measure the width of the sides and back of the canopy. Measure the height of the canopy from the ground to the top of the poles. Cut a three pieces of colored fabric to match the three measurements.

Step 3

Fold the edges of the fabric pieces over 1/4 inch. Pin the edges in place with straight pins. Use a straight stitch on a sewing machine to sew along the edge of the fabric. Remove the straight pins.

Step 4

Attach the top edge of the three pieces of fabric to the bottom edge of the canopy using safety pins. Use safety pins to attach the three pieces of fabric where they meet on the sides.

Step 5

Place a table on the front edge of the canopy. Cover the table in a paper, plastic or cloth tablecloth of your choice. Choose a color that matches the color of the fabric you used for the sides and back of the booth.

Step 6

Cut a 8-by-24-inch piece of poster board to create a carnival sign. Write the name of the carnival booth on the poster board using acrylic paint or markers. Attach the booth to the center front of the canopy.

Step 7

Inflate small party balloons. Use tape to attach the balloons to the front edge of the table. Use one balloon every 6 inches on the front of the table. Alternatively, attach the balloons by stapling through the tied end of the balloon into the tabletop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Set up the booth as desired for food or games.

Photo Credits

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