Sunday, May 17, 2009

Enchanted Circus Party

Well the Circus party was a great success. Even though we changed the layout due to a 80%possibility of rain, it still turned out as expected. By the way, it never rained and the children got to play outside the entire party.

Here are the Birthday Children, Caitlin and Bradley. They had such a blast at their party!


We set up a separate room for eating. When the children and the parents entered this room, they were so excited. Fabric draped the ceiling, chair backs with multi colored sashes and balloons were everywhere. They loved the special touch of each child having their own place setting with their names welcoming them. The big balloons, the clown figurines (purchased at the dollar store) and the lollipop and popcorn centerpieces really enhanced the table setting. Additionally, we had Large Yellow Caspari plates and orange runners that both can be found at The circus cups were from Oriental trading and the kids loved them.


The entertainers included a clown, stilt walker, who welcomed the party guest as they arrived and our favorite face painter, Amy Tam.


There was every type of food you could imagine. There was turkey and beef sliders, turkey and beef hot dogs, fruit buffet with colored chocolate fountains, sundae buffet to be served with the cake, mini chicken wings, chicken nuggets, wraps for the parents, cotton candy, popcorn and I made personalized water bottles. Of course each food had their own special circus sign.

Clown Around Time
For free play, the kids had plenty to do. There was a ball pit and two jump houses. There was also a dress station for the kids to become clowns complete with clown wigs and clown glasses with noses all found at Windy City Novelties. For the smaller kids, we had balls and clown cars for them the ride on. When it got too hot outside, the kids could come inside and relax by Laying with the Lions. This was a book station that was set up with plush animals.

The Cake

The cake and cupcakes came from our favorite bakery, Cakes Plus. The cake was three layers with a popcorn box at the top. The cupcakes were clowns and popcorn. The popcorn cupcakes came from the inspiration from one of my favorite websites, I had a great time making the base for the popcorn cupcakes.


The favors were large popcorn boxes that I just happened to run across at . Believe it or not, they were filled with Circus items found at the dollar store. They had everything Circus from games, to gummy food, toys, books and puzzles. For carrying purposes, we laminated large tickets (found at your local Party Store) and stapled them to each side of the boxes. These were a great hit!


  1. FABULOUS!!!! Thanks for sharing. Would you please answer a few questions for me?

    Did you color each of those cupcake cups with red stripes? If not, how did you make those? Where are the water bottle labels from? I love those bowls/cups that the sundae toppings/cutlery are in...where from?

    Love it all! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  2. Thanks Allison. The bowls,cups and plates came from the fabulous dollar section at michaels. For the popcorn cupcake holders, I used a cricut cutter to cut red paper in rectangles then used glue to place them on the bowls. This could be done also using your computer but you would have the extra step of cutting them out. The water bottle lables, I made myself with the help of microsoft word. I can e-mail you a template if you would like.

  3. that would be great...thanks.

  4. aWeSoMe party!! i'm in the process of planning a circus party myself..and found you thru google images. awesome site! love all your parties!

  5. Wow! So pretty and colorful and festive! Great Job!

  6. Wow this is so elaborate-- I love all the details-- fabulous job!!

    P.S. Those circus stuffed animals are so cute-- do you mind sharing where they are from?

  7. Loved the "Clown Around" station what a great idea for a co-ed party. Great theme follow through, glad you found me now I can follow you LOL. Its nice to find like minds.

  8. Thank you everyone for your kind words. Jess, the stuffed animals came from The mother of the birthday children brought them a while ago. I'm not sure if they still have them.

  9. While I just love your party ideas. I would love for you to email me the waterbottle label at Thanks again! By the way my daugther's 1st birthday is July 22nd and I am having her party on the 18th her theme is Catapiller. Do you have any ideas?

  10. How cute!!! I just posted a 'Under The Big Top' baby shower theme on my blog! The cake is awesome!

  11. Great job! The cake is amazing!

    Co-founder, Posh Tot Events


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