So, I used a combination of PicMonkey and old circus posters that I found online to make most of the decorations. I also used some printable letters to make the birthday banners, and I downloaded these cupcake toppers for the cake decorations. I also used a printable bunting to decorate the main cake. (find links to what I used at the bottom of the post)
Circus Party Decorations
I found a lot of free circus printables online, but in the end, nothing quite matched the mood that I wanted to set for our party. I wanted it to feel kind of like a Victorian traveling circus, and I think what I ended up with fit that mood.
At the end, I’ve included the printable circus party decorations that I made, in case you want to use them at your own circus party!
The main decorations were the activities themselves, the food table, and the infamous crepe paper circus tent that I made.
Circus Party Activities
This is what the kids did for our circus party activities:
Walk the Tightrope
I stuck a straight line of masking tape down our hallway and had the children try to walk the tightrope. This was a surprisingly popular activity.
The World’s Smallest Menagerie
My girls have an assortment of tents, which came in handy for our circus party decorations. We used their tents as circus exhibits. The world’s smallest menagerie was a small tent filled with their stuffed animals.
The base for the balloon fortunes was Monkey’s art easel. I wrote some silly fortunes on pieces of paper (things like, “something good will come your way soon” and “watch out for black cats, they mean misfortune is coming”) and placed them inside balloons. I taped the balloons to the easel and the children tried to pop them with a sharpened pencil. All was well as long as other children didn’t pass in front of the flying pencil.
The World’s Most Venomous Serpent
Inside this tent is a vicious, venomous serpent. Watch out.
Face Painting/Photo Booth
I used wrapping paper to cover our closet doors in our office and set up a little photo booth with clown-themed props. The face painting was actually forgotten until most of the guests had gone home, but the sign was cute.
Monkey herself did the magic show, and did a great job. I hid our TV with a sheet to make the magic stage. She chose the stage name of Ashley for the show, which you can read about here.
Circus Party Decorations Printables
Click the photo below to download the free circus party decoration printables!
More Circus Party Fun
- Crepe paper big top tent
- Circus party favor tutorial
- Circus party menu
- How to throw a circus party
- Circus magic show