A Series of Unfortunate Events – Carnivorous Carnival Dinner

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Carnivorous Carnival Dinner

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When I was looking through Emily Winfield Martin’s The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist, and I noticed that some of the dolls look like the Baudelaires from A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Klaus, Violet, and Sunny



If you replace Jane on this page with Violaine from the previous page, you can have the whole family. As you can see below, the clothes look like they match the characters as well.

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This book is so cute. For a long time I did not cut it, but when I saw what looked like the Baudelaires, I just had to cut them out. Towards the back of the book there are plain dolls that you can customize to look like yourself and different backgrounds for the dolls. I got inspired to recreate the circus from the 9th book in the series, The Carnivorous Carnival.



I decorated the tents in this picture to match the fortune teller’s and the “freaks’ ” tent from the book. I glued the two circus pages into a box to make a shadow box for this book. You can also store your paper dolls in the box. I also noticed that I could dress the Baudelaires up like their disguises in the book. Sunny is a wolf girl. I just cut an opening in the hedgehog doll to put Sunny’s head through to get her disguise. Violet and Klaus pretend to be conjoined twins. They are male in the book, but I think using the conjoined twins in this paper doll book is pretty close!


Starting in book 9, Sunny develops an interest in cooking. I thought I would go through the books and look for the food that Sunny makes. In this book, she helps to make tom ka gai soup. Lemony Snicket (the author/narrator) specifically mentions water chestnuts in the recipe which I didn’t really notice in any of the recipes I found online, but it did add a nice crunchy texture like the book mentions.


I made this recipe based on a bunch of others. It was also recommended to add fish sauce (instead of chicken broth + salt), lime juice, and/or red chili peppers in some of the recipes. I didn’t add these because of food allergies, but you could add any of them.

Here are the ingredients I used and cooked them the way you would for a curry. Serve with rice.

2 sliced chicken breasts

2 cups chicken broth

salt (to taste)

2 tablespoons of ginger paste (fresh would be better if available)

3 tablespoons of lemongrass paste (fresh would be better if available)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 white onion (sliced spring onions would be more authentic)

can of coconut milk

mushrooms (you can use any type, but in the book they mention “fancy” mushrooms)

water chestnuts


The first thing that Sunny makes is hot chocolate with cinnamon. I just added a bit of cinnamon sugar to my hot chocolate and sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon on top of the marshmallows.

For more A Series of Unfortunate Events party ideas, take a look at my last post and my Pinterest board.