An at-home celebration with mask-making, storytelling, and a gondola
When you live in the Midwest, you have to get super creative about enjoying winter. Having something to look forward to in the dark winter months makes all the difference. The plan for this Venetian Carnival (“Carnevale”) party was born. The guests were classmates (ages 3 to 6), and their families. The setting was a house, that we transformed to the islands of Venice, Italy. While the focus was the children, and the goal was to bring them together for a fun afternoon and to teach them a bit about this Venetian tradition, we also wanted to delight the parents. This had to be a kid-friendly party that the adults would not want to leave. Here are the highlights.
We set the tone for the event with handmade invitations, featuring some of the most prominent elements of Carnival – masks and the gondola.
We set up stations around the house so the kids could work on their own, or with a parent, and engage with some of the cultural and arts activities. This table had two puzzles, a challenging puzzle of Venetian masks and a more simple wood puzzle of the map of Italy.
A library table with several children’s books let kids explore on their own, or with a parent. The books helped us research the decorations and activities for the event, too.