Kids were dazzled by a magic show, the seven-foot trampoline, and DIY masks.

By Alexandra Lim-Chua Wee
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Rachel Zoe and her sons at a carnival birthday party
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Popcorn, face-painting, and prizes-few things spark that special childhood nostalgia like a day at the carnival. For Rachel Zoe, it was the perfect inspiration for her son Skyler's big seventh birthday bash.

"We were really excited about a carnival theme this year-a big top bounce house, and carnival food and games. I wanted it to have a throwback feel with red and white striped tents-a feeling of nostalgia that I know both kids and parents could appreciate," she tells us. And for the mother of two boys, family time is cherished. Among their favorite activities? Weekend brunches, strolling through the farmers market, and above all-baking. "The boys and I also love to bake together," she says. "We love to make pancakes and bake healthy versions of their favorite treats."

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Eachel Zoe's son Skyler's carnival birthday party
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With a theme in mind and plan in place, a grassy outdoor park was chosen for the setting. And on the day of the event, Temescal Canyon Park in Pacific Palisades, California, 60 kids arrived ready to play. "We had classic carnival games and a piñata, which never fails with the kids," says the fashion icon and founder of The Zoe Report. "We also had a magician, a photo area with props, and a face painter with henna tattoos. For the younger ones, we had a Little Tikes Fun Zone with a ball pit and trampoline-the kids loved all the activities!"

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Rachel Zoe's son Skyler's carnival birthday party
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Zoe admits her preference to what she calls a "less formal style of entertaining." For her, that translates into more pre-party prep and, consequently, more time to be present with her guests. "I also made sure the party area had plenty of seating options available from kid-sized picnic tables to comfy blankets and pillows set up around the lawn," she says. This way, guests could relax and lounge picnic-style between jumping rounds on the trampoline (Skyler's favorite part).

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Rachel Zoe's son Skyler's carnival birthday party
Credit: Rachel Murray / Getty Images for MGA

After DIY mask-masking and a game of life-sized tic-tac-toe, party guests refueled with classic carnival treats like mini sliders, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs. For a sweet finish, there was also a fun decorated candy table with mini cupcakes and cake. "When it comes to birthday parties, it gets harder to make something new and different every year," Zoe admits, "but a carnival seemed like a universal favorite."

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