22 Circus Themed Party Ideas That Are Over The Big Top

By Alyssa Bosco | Updated: October 31, 2022

    Circus-themed parties can be so much fun to plan and you could do so many DIY activities to make the party unique and one the kids will remember. This party guide will help you plan an extremely fun party, no one will ever forget; from the party decorations to the carnival games, to the smiles on everyone’s face. Let’s plan the party of a lifetime!

  1. Circus Party Plates
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    These Carnival birthday party supplies are perfect for a wonderful birthday party for kids. These plates are a huge hit for younger kids because it gives them an incentive to eat all of their food to get to the bottom of their plate to see the circus design. 

  3. Circus Photo Booth
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    Photo booths at a kids birthday party is always a huge success. This could be used for so many things it could be used as a carnival themed backdrop where kids are smiling and parents are taking great photos, or it could be used as a welcoming sign for kids to walk into the party of a lifetime. 

  5. Pin the Tail Game
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    That’s right, just step right up to play pin the tail on the elephant named Dumbo. This party game is great for kids, just blind fold them, spin them around 3 times, and point them in the direction of the game. Good luck to every participant, let’s just see how close everyone can get. Kids will have a blast as they are competing for a prize. 

  7. Bean Bag Toss
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    What kid doesn’t love a bean bag toss at their birthday party? The more points you get the bigger the prize you will win at the end of the party. This carnival bean bag toss game trains and promotes hand eye coordination as well as some math skills while your child is having fun. They need to add up their score to see what their prize would be. 

  9. Circus Table Skirt
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    What better way to decorate your table at a circus party than by using this red and white striped table skirt. It’s the perfect way to catch someone’s eye and make them think, maybe I should do this party idea at my next party. All your food, pickings, and desserts can go on this table to really make this tablecloth stand out. Get your peanuts here! 


    These are the perfect center pieces for your child’s circus or carnival birthday party as well as a baby shower. Each pack includes 2 centerpieces and they are 10 inches tall. To make this centerpiece taller you could create a DIY project for yourself and place the center piece on a wood slab with some peanuts sprinkles around with some circus animals surrounding it. 

  11. Cut Out Party Decorations
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    Adorable decoration cutouts are the way to go for your kids birthday party and they look great on the dessert table. These decorations are eye catching and can be a fun addition to your party favors. Who ever’s birthday is closest to the day of the party wins the centerpiece. 

  13. Photo Booth Props
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    A photo booth is always a great idea to have at a birthday party because it entertains your guests and everyone will have the greatest time ever with friends. These props were designed for adults and children to have a fun themed party or event and it makes for a very engaging atmosphere. 

  15. Treat Bags
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    Every child’s birthday party should have a candy table so the kids could take home any treats they would like. You could use these for a birthday party of even a circus themed baby shower. No matter where you go or what event you are at, treat bags from a candy table is always the best. They usually have all the goods you haven’t had in a while so step right up and clear the table.

  17. Circus Balloon Set
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    Every party or event wouldn’t be a party if there were no balloons in sight. These are made to float with helium and you could decorate with them indoors and outdoors. These balloons will bring out the child in anyone and put a smile on everyone’s face. Who’s ready to party??

  19. Cotton Candy Favor
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    Who doesn’t love a mouthful of cotton candy especially at a birthday party? You could give this as a favor to the kids or you could place this as a decoration on your child’s candy table for everyone to share. No carnival themed party is ever complete until you have had peanuts, animal crackers, cracker jacks, or cotton candy to end the perfect birthday party idea. 

  21. Cake topper
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    This cake topper is perfect for a carnival party. You could use this topper for a child’s first birthday party or any event that is circus themed. This topper will make your child’s birthday cake stand out from the rest of the desserts that are on the dessert table. 

  23. Candy Table tablecloth
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    Circus party tablecloths are always great to decorate with, but this one is perfect for the candy table for your child’s birthday party. You could place the birthday cake in the middle of the table, have popcorn bags, peanut bags, cotton candy buckets, tons of chocolate, cupcakes, lollipops, ice cream, and any other candy you may think of. 

  25. Lollipop Stand
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    This is such a cute accessory to your candy table. You could fill this stand with any lollipops or nay treat with a stick, such as cake pops that you could decorate to be carnival themed. It keeps the treats very organized and it’s easy to refill. 

  27. Ice Cream Bowl Favor
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    Ice cream bowl favors are the perfect gifts at a circus themed party especially a summer bash. Ice cream and cake are the perfect combination for a dessert. It fits a large scoop of ice cream and it still has some room for your child to decorate their sundae. 

  29. Circus Tent
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    Looking for the perfect gift for a child who is having a circus-themed birthday party? Kids love to make forts as children so they could make pretend. This tent is perfect for your child to play with some friends and to have a sleepover. 

  31. Animal Cookies
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    All children love cookies even if their parents won’t allow them to have much sugar. There is always an exception at a birthday party. Kids love to make animal sounds as they eat the different animal cookies. They are working on their recognition skills. Parents could place these as a decoration on the candy table.

  33. Balloon Arch
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    Balloons are the best way to go when setting up for a child’s birthday party. You could place this arch over the entrance way to the party or over the table of the party food or the candy table. These balloons really look great anywhere and it welcomes people into your party. 

  35. Party Invites
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    Party invites are very important and the best way for your child to hand out invitations to his class. Sometimes e-vites are not the best for a child’s birthday because the child will continuously remind the parent of the party if they see the party invite on the refrigerator. You want an invite that catches the eye and this one is perfect. 

  37. Fun Games
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    Carnival games are so much fun to play whether you are a child or an adult. This set has 28 pieces and you could play 3 different fun games such as the three-legged race, potato sack race, and the spoon and egg relay race. This set comes with medals so you could make it a competition between adults and kids and have a grand prize at the end for the final winner. 

  39. Ring Toss Game
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    Ring toss was always one of my favorite carnival games growing up and it shows kids how to focus and how they could do anything they put their minds too. This is a great for a circus party idea, the kids would love it as would the adults. Step right up and toss your small hoop and hop it lands on the cone. 

  41. Popcorn Boxes
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    Get your popcorn here! These are such a cute treat for the kids while they are playing at the carnival theme party. Some people may place these on the candy table or some might have a popcorn machine that the adults or kids could grab at anytime! These popcorn boxes are great for a snack during the party right before dessert.