Caroline’s Big Top Circus party has to be one of my all time favorites (although we aren’t supposed to play favorites!). Every once in a while when styling parties, the end result turns out better than you imagined….and this was certainly true with this sweet circus party!
Circus Party Decorations
The backdrop for Caroline’s dessert table was hand painted and 3-dimensional, with the plaque standing off the distressed backdrop. To add femininity to this colorful table, we selected a simple, white ruffled table skirt. For a touch of whimsy, we added these amazing elephant standees from Shindigz on either side of the table.
Our desserts for this party were so much fun, starting with this stunning 2-tiered buttercream cake draped with red and yellow ribbon and topped with a handcrafted circus tent and animal topper. Vanilla buttercream cupcakes were topped with gold flaming rings and plastic animals. To recreate these, simply mold gold pipe cleaners into circles, then attach a 2nd smaller piece as a “stick”. These were such a huge hit with the party guests, many taking their time to select which cupcake and animal topper they wanted as their ‘treat’. Red and white carousel cake ball pops were personalized with gold horse vinyl cutouts added to striped straws.
Serving both as party gifts for the birthday girl and fun carnival decor, we included some retro toys and a gumball machine on our main table.
Circus Party Snacks
Guests enjoyed their snacks and desserts at these beautifully decorated seated tables. Each table was draped in lined burlap linens. One of my favorite details selected for this party were the handcrafted pom pom table runners….they just added so much color and well, just plain fun to the tables.
Our centerpieces alternated between simple mason jars full of natural flowers and these fun elephant toys sitting atop colorful rolls of carnival tickets.
Circus Party Activities
During the event, guests enjoyed the skills of a balloon artist. The kiddos were carrying around amazing balloon art and sporting colorfully painted faces and hands. For photo ops, guests old and young alike, enjoyed standing behind our circus cart standee and in front of our
“Step Right Up” carnival photo backdrop where we had a variety of props to strike a pose. The custom made flame was among the favorite props!!!
Party Styling & Printables: Crowning Details
Party Backdrop, Flame Signage, Cupcake Risers & Carousel Horse Vinyl: Created by Jackie
Cake & Cupcakes: Timtations
Circus Cake Topper: Etsy (Painted Parade)
Cake Ball Pops: Angie’s Cake
Carriage Standee, Elephant Standees, Plastic Top Hats & Photo Backdrop: Shindigz
Custom Napkins: Etsy (Personal Kitten)
Popcorn Cones, Inflatable Barbell, Elephant Toy Centerpieces, Gumball Machines, Ticket Rolls: Amazon