Carnival or Circus Themed Party

Throwing a Carnival or Circus Themed Party at Home

Here are some fun carnival and circus themed ideas from parties we have posted in the past.

Here’s a unique idea for table centerpieces. This spilled popcorn idea can be done with real popcorn, glue, and spray adhesive. For all the party details designed by Jennifer Hostetler, read this post: Circus Themed First Birthday.

Carnival Centerpieces

Make a simple cake topper with pom poms, paper, string, and straws. Get the tutorial here.

Next, add DIY painted animals for a carousel or circus themed cake.

Easy Circus Cake Topper

Make these cute party favor gift boxes we made for a circus fourth birthday party. Get all the details of what’s inside and how to make them.

Lastly, make your own carnival games by saving beer bottles for a ring toss and plastic canisters for a ball toss.


Get Inspired at an Actual Carnival

Attending an actual carnival is a great way to get inspired before throwing a Circus themed party. Make sure to take pictures! The colorful lighted signs, the giant inflatable prizes, and the abundant walls of furry creatures are all cute ideas you can bring home to DIY. With a little imagination, you can definitely turn these ideas into cool DIY projects and have a fabulous party.

Make a ticket sign with wood, or a left over cabinet door found at a second hand store like Habitat for Humanity ReStore (or your garage!). Use a cutting machine to create a TICKETS sign and glue colorful bulbs around the edges. Popcorn can be purchased at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or even Amazon. Here is an Amazon affiliate link for cotton candy.

Consider making fake jumbo crayons, hammers, and lollipops with cardboard and painting them. You can also find inexpensive inflatable toyson Amazon (affiliate link).

Copy the ideas below by using a pop up tent. A pop up tent is great for outdoor parties. You can have games underneath, or seating with tables.

To complete this idea, hang wire from one end of the pop up tent to the other. Use “S” hooks to attach the inflatables. This way the are easy to take down. Use these to double as decorations and party favors.

You can always use stuffed animals that your kids already have to create this look to add to the decorations.

To complete this look use zip ties to attach stuffed animals around a pop-up tent.

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  1. Thanks Dinah…great pictures, I picked out a few of those same pictures. My creative juices are flowing and I love the drapery around the cake and the candy. So much to do. Thanks again for the great ideas.

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