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Recently I threw my little one a circus birthday party. Since most of her little friends are actually boys I decided to keep away from the princess theme party ideas and do something that could appeal to everyone. It actually turned out to be a pretty party to plan since I could purchase a few key accessories, food and decor items, carry the theme throughout the party with primary colors of red, yellow and blue (and of course red and white circus stripes), and the food was super easy to prepare since I went with carnival style food. I will admit, going with carnival food is definitely not the healthiest of options though.
The menu consisted of:
- Hot dogs (served in carnival style paper trays)
- Pop corn (served in red and white carnival style boxes)
- Soft Pretzels
- Nachos and cheese
- Sliced apples and caramel dipping sauce (in lieu of giant caramel apples)
- A veggie tray since I felt like I HAD to have something healthy still.
For dessert and take home treats:
- Small individually bagged cotton candy
- Animal crackers in circus theme boxes
- Homemade vanilla cake (decorating instructions below) plus a polka dot smash cake for the little one!
I did a lot of shopping to try and find a bakery with a cute circus style cake but didn’t find anything that was quite what I wanted so I decided to do my own decorating. Now, I’m not the best at cake frosting so I kept the actual frosting simple with plain white. To decorate I added polka dot candy confetti. I created a circus tent and flags out of scrapbook paper. The flag banner was made by gluing the smaller flags to string and tying between two wood skewers (like you find to make kabobs) A few plastic figurines of animals you might find at a circus completed the look.
Decorating was a snap once I discovered IKEA sells small play tents. They’re only priced around $19 (I actually found one in an open package so it only cost me $12) I figured a decoration that could actually be kept after the party as a creative play item made a terrific centerpiece!
A few other theme ideas
- I bought red and white striped tablecloth covers and hung a large strip on the wall for a photo booth backdrop. I placed a bin of props like clowns wigs, funny glasses and more for a fun photo booth area.
- Large blow up circus animals served as decorations and could be taken home by kids as party favors.
- Since this party had plenty of toddlers we kept the games simple. An easy bean bag toss game was set up that even the tiniest baby could waddle up to and knock over. The older boys however still had fun whipping bean bags at the cans from as far across the room as they could. Punch balloons served as decorations and a fun toy for some of the kids too.
- Other game ideas might be a ring toss, carnival style rubber ducky pond, balloon burst, or a good old fashioned cornhole toss. Make the games even more fun by having participants win tickets they can cash in for little prizes.
Here’s a few other shopping ideas to carry out the circus party theme:
Paper Carnival Photo Booth Stick Props
Red/White Striped Tablecloth Roll
6 Inflatable ZOO ANIMALS/JUNGLE/Safari PARTY DECOR/Elephant/TIGER/LION/ZEBRA/MONKEY/GIRAFFE/INFLATES/DECORATIONS/PARTY FAVORS
Fisher Price Circus 1st Birthday High Chair Decorating Kit First Party Supplies
Welcome Sign Banner Party Accessory
Barnum’s Animals Crackers, 2.125 Oz (Packaging May Vary)
Plastic Carnival Can Bean Bag Toss Game (6 pc)
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