Best Kids' Parties: Big Top Circus

Best Kids' Parties: Big Top Circus

Dabney Frake
Jan 22, 2013

Ages: 4 and 6
Location: France

My kiddies were born on the same day (two years apart) and as such, their birthdays are always somewhat a challenging affair. But I'm soooo happy (and relieved) that this year, they collectively decided on a "Big Top Circus" birthday party theme. It's a classic, fun and colorful theme, plus it's totally suited for any age group.

I designed the party printables to emulate the traditional circus colors red, white and blue, but added different pattern (polka dots, harlequin, stripes) to keep things fun and eclectic. This is one of those party themes that allows for bold use of pattern and colors, so I really went to town! For the party invites I wanted a "circus is in town poster" kind of look, and included confetti and printable carnival tickets in the envelopes. I always love using printable cut-out or party icons to embellish my dessert tables, and wanted to re-create a "3D" mini-circus as my main desserts table.

Using my kid's garden gazebo frame and a piece of MDF from my local hardware store for the table top, I created a bespoke mini circus tent out of PVC pipes to house the desserts. A yellow oil cloth fabric was perfect for the roof of the tent. Little party hats were embellished with accordion paper rosettes made from yellow paper, and colored beads. These were used as much for decorations as they were for entertaining the kids and as photo props.

Circus or carnival food is fairly simple, so I relished the opportunity to make it part of the décor too! Monkey nuts were displayed in cute paper cones , which I made using scrapbook paper, and embellished with beads. Popcorn was displayed in printable popcorn boxes. The handmade sugar lollipops were from a local artisan, and decorated with printable tags and displayed in a round gift box filled with candy balls. Fabulous, decorated cookies tied in beautifully with the rest of the décor, and were also given out as favors. The centerpiece of the desserts table was the fabulous cake! Different flavor squashes were served in cute little soda bottles, but I kept the yellow ones for the table, which were wrapped with printable bottle wrappers. The cute stripped straws from Sweet Estelle finished them off beautifully! Old-fashioned candy jars (from local "dollar" store) were filed with gum balls, jelly candies and "flying saucer" sweets from my local supermarket.

In-keeping with the theme, I created some carnival-style game booths in the garden. The kids helped me set it all up and we loved trying out each game before the party too! ;) I designed the printable carnival signage for the booths, which I hung with string and wooden pegs to yellow garden posts. Printable carnival-style, vintage tickets were given to each child before they started playing so everyone could trade in their tickets at the end in exchange for prizes!

Thanks, Bird! Readers, you can find these printables (and others) at Bird's Party Shop.


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