Party Ideas

Throw a Circus Party!

By Megan Price

Dreaming of throwing a party under the big top? We have lots of ideas to make sure your Circus Party is the greatest show on earth!


Decorations and Party Favors

When you’re decorating for a Circus Party, you’re in luck! Primary colors are your friend, so it should be really easy to find what you need. Combine the classic red and white stripes found in the Big Top tents with yellow and blue accents. Multi-colored balloon bouquets, or grouped on the wall attached to streamers are simple and easy decor. Also try printing out colorful signs for each game or activity. For example, you could use “Concession Stand” for the snack table. Birthday banners are great too, and there are lots of great printables. Just hang on a colorful string and you’re in business.

On the tables, stick with your color scheme with bright plates, cutlery, and napkins. For a creative touch, use a few “Admit One” tickets around the napkins as napkin rings.

For cute party favors, pass out small boxes of circus animal crackers, or small bags of marshmallow circus peanuts. Old-fashioned giant striped lollipops are also an easy party favor. If budget allows, leave small stuffed circus animals, like lions, tigers, and elephants on the tables. Also pass out clown noses, mustaches, or top hats to get the party started!


Food and Drink

Classic snacks like popcorn, CrackerJacks, candy apples, and corn dogs are great at a Circus party. This is also a great theme for a barbecue, so you could just throw some hamburgers or hot dogs on the grill, and set up a condiments station.

For dessert, cupcakes are always an easy and festive option. Whip up a few different colors of icing and you’ll have a colorful (and tasty) display in no time.

Bottled soda can add a vintage feel to the party, so toss a few in a metal tub with some ice, and you’re set.

If you don’t want to make all the food yourself, you can hire a Concessions company to bring things like popcorn and cotton candy machines, snow cones, pretzels, and more.

(Need more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board!)



No Circus Party is complete without entertainment! Face Painters are fun for kids and adults, and can usually do all kinds of amazing face art. Clowns are another circus staple that will keep the kids entertained with balloon animals, comedy, and magic tricks. If you’d rather stick with magic, try a Magician. They can add a bit of flair to any event! To help your guests make some memories, set up a Photo Booth. You can hire one, or set up your own with a simple backdrop and silly props. Use colorful wrapping paper or streamers for the backdrop, and clown wigs, giant sunglasses, and goofy hats for the pictures. Be creative and just have fun!

Add a few simple games like bean bag toss, ring toss, or cover some old cans with colorful paper and set up a knock-down game. You could also float some ducks in a tub and let guests pick one to win a prize! String up a rope a few inches from the ground for a tightrope walking station. Just think back to all of your favorite carnival games and go for it!

If you really want to take your event to new heights (pun intended) try hiring an Aerialist. You’ll need the proper space of course, but it will definitely make your guests feel like they really at the circus! You could keep the entertainment on the ground, but still exciting, with Fire Eaters, Contortionists, or Jugglers.


A Circus Party is bound to be a great time for you and your guests! Ready to book something amazing?


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