How to Throw a Circus Themed Party

The Twins turned 6 a few weeks ago and to celebrate the big day we threw them a Circus Themed Birthday Party.

At first the birthday party plan was to have a low key party lacking any theme.  But then I found the cutest Free Circus Party Printable Invitation and I couldn’t resist making the no-theme party themed.  I JUST HAD TO.

And then I found these Free Circus Cake and Cupcake Topper Printables and I had to have them as well….

Then, Jeff decided to build concession stands and game booths (I know!  Amazing, right?).  He went to Home Depot, came home with wood and spray paint and the next thing I knew we had these amazing props.

He put me in charge of the lettering for the signs.  I found this site with  Free Circus Fonts (I used the URWWood Typ D), downloaded the one I wanted and then enlarged the letters, printed them out on card stock, cut out each individual letter and then laminated.

Before we decided to go all out for the party I made this birthday banner.  In hindsight, I so wish I had thought to download the circus font before I made it….

We rented a bounce house, a popcorn stand and a cotton candy machine.  Score!

Should you ever decide to throw a Circus themed party, you MUST have cotton candy.  It was the hit of the party.

Of course, no Circus themed party is complete without a clown cut-out photo thingy!  Jeff made this too.  {I know.  He’s so talented!}

Every party requires a cake….

Some candy…..

And Games……{we had a coin toss, musical chairs, fast ball and darts}  Don’t forget the tickets to win on games to pay for food!

Oh, and parents crazy enough to attempt to pull it off.

Last but not least, find yourself a sister to photograph the event because I can guarantee you’ll be too busy to remember to capture the memories on film!

And that’s How to Throw a Circus Themed Party.

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  1. Oh. My. Goodness…you DID go all out!! Those props your husband built turned out perfect!! And I didn’t even know you could RENT cotton candy stands! Wow wow wow wow wow!!!!! I can’t wait to see you outdo this party next year. The bar has been set!

  2. That looks amazing.
    Should any of my kids want a circus themed party I’ll make sure to look back at this site.

  3. LOL. You know all the other moms are cursing your name now don’t you? Just raise that birthday bar up 57 notches why don’t ya?

    You and Jeff make a pretty good team. He’s a good man.

    Loved it all. If we lived closer, I’d totally borrow it all…

  4. Next year I am going to expect a personal invitation to this type of birthday extravaganza.

    I mean, the least you could have done is hired a clown to show up at my doorstep, entertain my kids, and present us with the invitation.

    Something to aim for. 😉

    Amazing party from an amazing mom. xo

  5. What an awesome party! My kids would like to be adopted please :).

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  6. All I can say is wow. If I were still in the party throwing frame of mind, I’d definitely attempt this. It looks absolutely awesome!

    @Kat — Here, popcorn and cotton candy machines usually come together, and from the same company that rents the moonbounce

  7. Wow, that is awesome! What a great day you made for the boys and their friends. I’m sure everyone had a blast. Way to go!

  8. That is AMAZING!!!

    I may need to use this idea for one of Delia’s birthdays since it is warm enough to be outside. Fun!

  9. Angie,

    The party turned out so amazing and it looks like the kids had such a wonderful time. Those carnival game stands are FAB-U-LOUS! {knuckle bumps}


  10. Darling. I heart heart it.

  11. holy bajoley! 😀 what fun!

  12. The party turned out AMAZING! No detail was spared. I’m glad that I was there to enjoy the celebration. Ladies, you know that pictures don’t always do it justice. You should have seen it in person!!!!!

    The kids had a wonderful time! Well done!

  13. WOW amazing!!! You and your husband did great work on this!! I had to comment b/c it reminds me of the one we threw my little brother when he turned 4!

    We did similar stuff..nowhere quite this amazing lol…But we had a wooden fence on the side of the house & set the balloon dart thing up there..I also constructed a ticket booth & my Mom was the ticket lady haha…My oldest brother dressed as BOBO(why, I’m not sure lol) the clown! We ended up holding it indoors for the 1st part due to rain..that was alot of work..We made a bigtop tent inside & put streamers up and all. I really love yours though..thanks for bringing back some good memories for me as we lost all the pics to water damage:(

    Also, it’s great to see alot of familiar faces posting here haha..I feel like sometimes we all follow each other online…I am in good company:)

    P.S. I FINALLY get to fly to CA to see my brothers I raised Angie!! woot! haha..I am SO excited! I’ll have to shoot you an email with some pics soon!!

  14. WOW. Outstanding Angie! I bet they all had a blast! Well done.

  15. Now that is an awesome birthday party! Way to go!!!!

  16. Woah, can we say best party EVER??? I would love to have a party like that! 🙂

  17. That looks like such a great party, I want a circus party for my birthday now!

  18. Seriously AMAZING!! You did a great job! One of the best parties I have ever seen! I can’t believe all of it!

  19. Wow! What an awesome party. Maybe one year we’ll do it for our girls (their birthdays are only one day apart), so it might be good to combine it.

  20. Great birthday ideas! 🙂 I’d love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers would love this idea too!
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  21. I love this party so much! So many gorgeous ideas, you guys definitely pulled it all off 🙂

  22. We are doing this theme for our son’s 3rd birthday in December and I’m trying to do a bit of research now to get a head start. How did your husband get the game stands to stay up? I like this idea, but I see that the signs are held up with thin pieces of wood on either side and then are somehow attached to the table I assume? They seems like they would be top heavy and fall over. I want to make them right, so would you mind sharing your secret so that they don’t fall over on me mid game? Are the tables made of wood too or are they card or buffet tables? Thanks.

    Jaime (mom of a soon to be three year old)

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