Circus 1st Birthday Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

The First Birthday is the beginning of many milestones to come. And if you're a new parent you may be wondering where to start. Well, according to the latest trends, circus and carnival themed parties are a surefire crowd-pleaser. Boys and girls everywhere love the bright colors and even at 1 year old they recognize the iconic circus and carnival look. Our newest contributor from Moms & Munchkins styled this adorable Circus First Birthday for us. Here's how it looks!

Circus Party Decorations

Set the scene with colorful party supplies

There are many key elements that make up a circus. The big top tent, clowns, popcorn and cotton candy and much more. It's up to you to set the scene for your party theme with the right combination of circus party supplies. Here are some ideas for your circus party:

  • Red & white striped tablecloth
  • White & red helium balloons
  • Woodgrain table cover
  • Scoops for popcorn
  • Circus plates and napkins
  • Circus tent sippy cups
  • Bean-bag toss or the tic-tac-toe
  • Red & white striped paper bags

Add in some printable supplies to make it more personalized!

The little details can make your party more memorable. It's easy to open packs of themed plates and napkins, but personalizing the party with your own creative elements will make it a celebration to remember, even if your newly one-year-old doesn't. Check out some circus-themed printables from this Etsy shop that were used to complete this party.

Circus Party Food

Pick snacks that fit the circus theme!

Your baby might not be ready to dig into to all the goodies you can eat at the circus but that doesn't mean your guests won't be lining up to dig in. Foods like hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, fudge, gummy candies, mini donuts, ice cream, and cupcakes will satisfy the young and old! Layout all your food on a table and let your guests choose what they want to stuff themselves with at your circus first birthday party. With so many circus-themed foods to choose from, it should be no surprise that your guests will leave full and happy.

Print labels to let everyone know what is being served.

Labeling your food table will help guests know what they're eating. But the labels don't have to be an eyesore. With personalized printables, you can create food labels that fit the circus theme! You can find the printables for mini donuts, peanuts, hot dogs, popcorn and fudge all from Moms & Munchkins personalized printables.

Circus Party Games & Activities

Plan games to keep the kids busy!

Keep your guests entertained with some circus-themed games and activities. Think about all the fun attractions you can find at a circus and bring those elements to life in your home or yard. It's a good idea to have the games set up in advance so the kids have something to do as soon as they arrive. Make sure the activities are appropriate for all of the young guests. 

For more Circus Birthday Party Ideas, check out our Pinterest board for inspiration!

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