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Amaze Your Guests with a Vintage Circus Party

By Megan Frisbee

Ever since “Water For Elephants” hit the theaters, we’ve been in love with the Vintage Circus party theme. The idea has been around for awhile, but it’s still one of the most visually exciting themes out there! Plus, you can add all kinds of amazing live entertainment to take things up a notch. We have a few ideas to bring your Vintage Circus party to life.



Stripes are an easy way to incorporate that circus feel into your party. If you can’t have the actual big top tent, bringing the red and white stripes into your decor will do the trick. Hanging a backdrop of alternating white and red scarves or sheets can mimic the tent, as well. Try and find faded red to add to the vintage theme. Banners with alternating flags are another simple yet effective decoration. Luckily, balloons are inexpensive and fit beautifully into a Circus theme. Hang balloons from the ceiling and pair with white lights or scarves for a simple, yet gorgeous setting.

If your budget is a little higher, you could have marquee letters with lights spell out “CIRCUS” (or maybe the name of the guest/guests of honor).


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Photo Credit, Project Nursery


Invitations are really fun for this theme. Create and print postcards announcing “The Circus is Coming to Town” with all of your event details. Not feeling creative? Check out these gorgeous invitations from Freshly Squeezed Cards!


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Photo Credit, Freshly Squeezed Cards



What foods do you love at the circus? Maybe funnel cakes, caramel corn, hot dogs, or cotton candy? All great ideas for your Vintage Circus party! Set up a self-serve table with all of your favorites and let your guests take their pick. Or if you’d rather have someone else take care of the details and add an element of authenticity, try bringing in a Concessions company to provide sno-cone machines, cotton candy, hot dogs, and more.

If your party includes a cake, there are tons of amazing designs out there. Professional Cake Decorators can help your vision come to life, or simplify things with a cupcake tower instead! Just frost them in your theme colors, add a printable toothpick flag, and you’re set.


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To dress up your food table a bit, print labels in a fun “Circus” font. Here are some ideas to get you started! (Try downloading them on FontSpace.)


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vintage circus party font



While it would be amazing to have an elephant in your backyard, it’s not entirely probable. That doesn’t mean you can’t have awe-inspiring entertainment at your Vintage Circus party! In fact, some of our favorite types of entertainment live in this category. If you have the space, Aerialists put on some amazing shows in the air above the party. Jugglers, Fire Eaters, and Acrobats can also take advantage of the area and keep your guests mesmerized.


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If space is a little tight, try up-close and personal entertainment like Mind Readers, Tarot Card Readers, or Strolling Magicians. Have some kiddos at the party? Balloon Twisters and Face Painters are always a great addition to Circus parties!

For more Vintage Circus Party ideas, check out our Pinterest page!


Ready to book some entertainment for your Vintage Circus Party? Find the best at GigSalad.


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