Kara's Party Ideas Big Top Circus Carnival Party! | Kara's Party Ideas


Come one, Come all

enjoy the fun
Kaden and Gavin’s
birthday circus has come!!!

The circus party I‘ve been planning for months for my two June babies came and went with a BANG!

Take a seat, grab a snack…this post is LONG, so scroll down and sit back!

{most photo’s are courtesy of my photographer, Lyndsey @ seenboxphotography.com. it was SO hard to pick out my favorites. that’s why this post is so long!}

Open the curtains and……
i made/painted the ticket booth…it used to be a plain wooden puppet stage!

we served hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and sugar sugar sugar!

the bunting flags i made were purchased on parties by hardie notice the cups…they’re cute circus animal noses as well as matching ‘welcome to the circus’ cups…

the clown cupcakesi made…

i found the cute clown heads and clown shoes online. they made the cupcakes so adorable!…


here’s my snow cone cupcakes and popcorn cupcakes!
as i said in a previous post, i wanted to serve snow cones at the party but didn’t want the work and mess. so after brainstorming one night, i came up with these! fun, huh?!
i made the popcorn cupcake sleeves out of cardboard popcorn boxes…and then attached a popcorn label to the front. the ‘popcorn’ is marshmallows {i cut an x into each marshmallow with kitchen sheers} sprayed lightly with yellow food coloring spray…

and here’s the cake i made {more detailed pics below}. since this party was suppose to be last week {we got rained out BIG TIME and had to cancel/postpone it a week} the bottom part of the cake was kinda hammered. i re-made the top part though.
i made the fun happy birthday banner in photoshop{the paper was a mix of adorable circus paper}…

you can also see the napkins/napkin rings
i made out of tickets {got the idea from hwtm}…
and the cake stand..it’s a tub that i painted to look like a circus elephant step! i got the idea from one of my followers, briattany {perfect harmony}. thanks brittany!…
i ordered the water bottle labels through, pumpkin petunia.
SO cute!…
and, one of my favorite parts of the whole party….the photo booth {i made it out of painted cardboard, polka dot fabric, and small chairs}!…
the clown bibs i had out for the little ones…

they won goldfish soap at the goldfish toss {i made the soap out of glycerine, scented oil, and plastic goldfish, and small plastic bags!}. i tied little tags on {also made in photoshop} with cute circus ribbon.

zoltar the fortune teller

time to sing happy birthday! here’s the boys blowing out their candles…


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  1. Tammie says:

    My daughter is planning carnival themed party for her son, so i wondering where you found a few of your items that you had. The bucket that was yellow/red that was turned upside down with the lemonade on it, the paper mega phones that had sayings on them and also the ferris wheel that had the candy on it, can you please let me know where you found these, thanks for your time

  2. Bea Harnois says:

    Great source of information. Please send me your recommendations for entertainment for a circus 1st year old party (clown, balloon twister, face painting)
    Thank you so much!

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  5. Tiffany says:

    Great party decor. I wanted to know where did you find the colorful stackable shelf at?

    • Kara says:

      They were shelves that I had in our toy room and honestly, it has been so long I can’t remember where I got them from! Sorry! You could use any colorful storage boxes stacked together though!