Come One, Come All…It’s a Circus Party

Come One, Come All… it’s a Circus Party!  Step right up for a colorful birthday party under the Big Top + a Giveaway too!

Giggles Galore Circus Dessert Table

Happy Birthday Circus Sign

Circus Photo Booth with Twins

Giggles Galore Circus Sweets

Planning a party for boy/girl twins can be a challenge.  My twins definitely have different interest, but I’m not ready to throw two different parties for them just yet.  I’m always looking for creative and fun ideas that appeal to both of their interest and a circus themed party covers lots of their favorites (he loves animals, she loves dress up)   I loved this vintage circus printable package from Lauren Haddox Designs and think it’s great for kids birthday parties or even a carnival fundraiser!  The colorful details combined with a little effort, a touch of creativity, and inexpensive ideas guarantee kids of all ages will have a blast!

Giggles Galore Circus Party

Circus Party Hats

Big Top Circus Cupcake

Giggles Galore Ticket Circus Cake

Let kids nibble on circus- worth treats like caramel popcorn, cotton candy, circus cookies, candy apples, circus peanuts and cupcakes.  There is no need for a Big Top Tent, take the party outdoors to a local park with lots of room for the kids to play.  Include carnival games like Ring Toss, Knock Em’ Down Tin Can Toss, Duck Pond, Bean Bag Toss and Dart Throw.  And to make it feel just like a real carnival give each kid tickets to play the games.  I purchased several rolls of tickets from Oriental Trading and set aside 50 tickets per kid.  I decided to use the leftover rolls as decorations on the dessert table, an inexpensive way to add creative details to your party.

Giggles Galore Circus Party Popcorn Cart

Circus Cotton Candy

Giggles Galore Circus Caramel Popcorn

Circus Candy Apples

Circus Drink Bottles with Striped Straws Giggles Galore

You can’t have a circus party without lots of prizes!  Make a prize table and display “grab-n-go” bags of trinkets.  Oriental Trading has the best variety of carnival toys and games.  They have a whole section dedicated to Carnival parties including candy, toys and games.  I ordered the medium toy assortment with over 100 pieces for our prize table.  Not only was the price right there was definitely something for everyone.  One of the things I love about Oriental Trading is they are committed to offering the best value for your dollar with the lowest prices — guaranteed!  If you are planning a circus or carnival themed party make sure you check out their prizes and games for your big event.

Carnival Prize Gate Giggles Galore

Circus Ring Toss

Circus Prizes Favor Bags

A circus just isn’t a circus without a little clowning around…don’t forget to create a photo booth to capture all the silly circus fun!  I used red and white polka dot fabric to create a photo booth back drop and put out lots of silly dress up options including circus animal ears from Michael’s, party hats, and clown noses from Oriental Trading.  The clown noses were a big hit and also included in each take home party favor box.  Green and white polka dot gable boxes held plastic circus animals, birthday bubbles, clown noses, circus kisses, and custom wrapped chocolate candy bars.

Photo Booth Area

Circus Zebra

Parker in Photo Booth

Giggles Galore Circus Party Favors

Giggles Galore Circus Candy Bar Wrap

Thanks for letting me share lots of inspiration and creative details for The Greatest Show on Earth, a Circus Party everyone will love!

Circus Party Decorations


 Party Styling & Photography – Giggles Galore

Vintage Circus Printable Party Package – Lauren Haddox Designs

Candy Apples – BBLU

Circus Tickets, Toys and Clown Noses – Oriental Trading

Circus Animal Headbands – Michael’s

Rolling Bar Cart – A Blissful Nest

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Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.


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  1. Bethany McIntyre says:

    I love this party! What a cute idea!

  2. Marina Reyes says:

    Love your site. Nice giveaway!

  3. Cute, love your use of the tickets! I loved my daughters art party & elf party!

  4. That party is 2.cute! I loved throwing theme parties for my girls when they were younger. Then they grew up and threw their own parties. “No party favors, Mom” — harumph!

    • I’m definitely not ready for that day yet, I guess that’s why we make such a big deal out of celebrations now…I know eventually they will be “too cool” for it. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the great giveaway! I love your circus party theme:) We get the Oriental Trading catalog in the mail, and my daughter LOVES going through it whenever it arrives!!

  6. Lego!!!

  7. Bianca Andrea says:

    my new favorite theme is “paw-ty” time, dog parties 🙂

  8. Love this….we did a circus themed party for my daughters 4th! It was so fun!

  9. Oh how darling! My very favorite detail is the idea of using a large roll of tickets as a pedestal for the cake. SO SMART!

  10. Donna O'Neil says:

    I love safari parties.

  11. This is TOO cute! Love this theme and so could be used for boys or girls

  12. Love the circus party Mariah

  13. I love the tickets under the cake and the table cloth! My favorite party themes are unique and creative with an unusual twist. My boys generally like more popular things and I struggle to make them unique. I’m currently debating over farm, train, duck, or duck/farm for my son’s two year party and my other son will have a pool party for his five year party.

    • I can totally relate, I love creative parties and fortunately my kids have come up with some pretty fun ideas for themes. A duck/farm sounds like fun, looking forward to seeing what you do!

  14. I love the Luau theme. You can use it for so many events.

  15. Stacey Turner says:

    We did a Transportation party for our son’s 1st bday and it was great! I am so glad to have found your blog though because we are having a circus party for his 2nd bday so this is currently my favorite theme! It changes each year. 🙂

  16. Love the pic with the big red nose and the glasses! Your twins get cuter every year.

  17. Brandy Ketler says:

    I love carnivals!

  18. I LOVE this party. I’ve done one carnival party for a friend, and it’s still one of my favorite themes.

  19. I would have to say the Princess theme.

  20. Tiffany Mays says:

    My favorite theme so far has been Dr. Seuss! We did it for my 2nd sons’ 1st birthday!

    Loved your circus/carnival party! Very creative!!

  21. Fun Giveaway- I am going with Beach Theme!!

  22. My mom always did “backwards parties” with us, where all the guests had to come with backward clothing, we ran relay races backward, the cake was upside down, etc. Too fun!

  23. I really love this party.

  24. Brandi Bryant says:

    My favorite party would have to be this circus one. I think I am going to incorporate some these great ideas into a carnival party for my two older kids. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Andrea Albright says:

    I still love the peacock party you did for Aubrey!

  26. We did a sparkle and shine for my Z and for Sol Nascar was a winner.

  27. Where did you find the green polka dot gable boxes?

  28. We absolutely LOVE this party. The role of tickets that the cake is sitting on is such a clever touch, and the colors are perfect. So cute!

  29. *ROLL, not role 😉

  30. This is amazing!! Thanks for sharing on Living Creative Thursday. I featured you today:-)

  31. love love all your ideas..the metal frame used to pin the prizes on…guessing a bed frame…any other ideas what i could use ?
    so cute!

    • Yes Tina, it is a vintage metal frame from a baby bed and it worked great for displaying our prizes. If you don’t have a metal frame you could attach twine or string to a large picture frame and clip the prizes on that. Have fun planning your party!

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