Yesterday, I shared with you the carnival party I threw for my two little boys. You can read about it here. Today, I thought I would share some of the decorations I used to create the carnival atmosphere and point you in the direction of some great online resources for your carnival/circus themed events.
I first got the idea for a carnival party from the Klapper Cirkus range of kid’s toys at Ikea. We had the circus tent set up in the front yard.
And I had a selection of ringmaster and jester hats and clown hand puppets for the kids to play with. You can view these online here.
I also had a selection of different sized Ikea Nyttja frames which I filled with free, carnival-inspired printables from Pink Zebra Lounge. There were some great food ones. I loved the hot dogs one for our food buffet and the lemonade one for our drinks table.
Ikea also inspired me with their candy striped Christmas wrapping paper. I used it most importantly as an easy clean tablecloth for the kid’s table. To add a bit of height and interest to the dessert table’s focal point, the ferris wheel cupcake holder, I covered a box in this wrapping paper for the wheel to sit on. You can see I also did this for the water urn in the picture above.
I used cardboard bunting to decorate the front fence and above the food table. I printed the boy’s names on some of the bunting in a carnival style font. You can download a gazillion different carnival font for free to make your signs and invitations. One of the better sites is Font Space.
If you are in Australia, you can pick up this bunting in most variety shops these days, along with a whole host of matching decorations and tableware for your carnival parties.
I created my own backdrop for the dessert table with some fabric I bought on sale at my local haberdashery. I just bought a length of light, narrow timber from my local hardware, luckily it was the same length as my table. I used a staple gun to attach the material along the length and fishing line to hang it from my window that sat behind the table. You could create your own backdrop in a similar manner, or try covering a painting canvas or foam sheets which you can then prop up on the table. I was happy to buy material as I have a use for it after the event, but for a less expensive option, buy some wrapping paper to do this.
I purchased invitations, gift boxes and the like before I came across a fantastic site for free printables. Catch My Party has a whole range of circus party printables including banners, water bottle and chocolate bar wrappers. I printed this great sign and my food labels for the table.
Pumpkin Petunia also has a range of cute free circus printables. I am thinking that this thank you card will get used by me.
There is a massive range of carnival/circus printables available for purchase online on sites like Etsy. Most are affordable and adorable, giving your party a real cohesive feel. Some of my favourites you can find here and here.
I had such fun putting together this party. If you take the time to do a little internet surfing, you will fall in love with the idea of a carnival/circus party just like I did. The inspiration out there is endless and I wish I could have jammed more ideas into this little party.