If you’ve ever felt like your home is a 3-ring circus, here is your chance to have fun with it. Create a mini circus in your yard or a nearby park.
Make the invitation in the shape of a big top circus tent with flaps that open to reveal invitation. Or with a clown, ringleader or lion tamer and call your party the “Greatest Show on Earth”. Have guests bring wagons and ride-on cars for the “parade”.
Decorate the party area with brightly colored streamers and balloons. Display stuffed animals. Make funny paper clown faces and tape to windows. Play festive music.
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Provide clay and some animal shaped cookie cutters for children to play with. Make a bean bag or coin drop.Make a pin the nose on the clown or pin the trunk on the elephant game. Have an artistic friend do facepainting or apply temporary tattoos. Take Polariod pictures of guests with their face art. If you budget allows, hire a clown who makes balloon animals and hats.
Buy a pull string pinata in the shape of a circus animal or a big colorful star. Decorate wagons and ride-on cars and have a circus parade around the block.
Serve peanut butter or cream cheese sandwiches, animal crackers, and assorted fruit. For dessert decorate cupcakes with sprinkles or an animal cracker or make clown cupcakes.
Give guests a favor bag with animal crackers and blowing bubbles and send each guest home with a helium balloon.
What food do you serve at a Circus Party?
A circus-themed party is a great opportunity to get creative with food! Here are some ideas for circus-inspired snacks and treats that are sure to delight kids:
- Popcorn: No circus is complete without popcorn! You can serve it in individual bags or in a large bucket for guests to help themselves.
- Cotton candy: This fluffy, sugary treat is another classic circus food. You can either buy pre-made cotton candy or rent a cotton candy machine to make it fresh at the party.
- Hot dogs: Hot dogs are a popular food at carnivals and fairs, and they fit in perfectly with the circus theme. You can serve them with all the classic condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions.
- Soft pretzels: Another classic carnival food, soft pretzels are easy to make and can be served with various dips such as cheese or mustard.
- Popcorn chicken: This is a fun twist on traditional popcorn. Chicken nuggets or tenders are coated in a popcorn-style breading and then baked or fried.
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Great ideas, can you recommend a cake shop in Houston that can do a carnival cake like the one in your post?
Hi Martha, you can find our recommendations for great Cake shops in Houston here: Cake Shops Personally I would recommend Ashleys Cakes. 🙂