03 Jul

{Magical & Nostalgic} Circus Birthday Party

magical circus birthday party decorations

Wants and Wishes created the AMAZING printables for this {Magical} Circus Birthday Party – starring Ella the elephant and her sidekick Squeak, the mouse…how fun! Circus themes can be carried out in so many different ways, ( vintage, glam, girlie, etc), but I love how this one goes classic and nostalgic. Scroll down and get ready to feel like a kid under the big top again! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative “Ella the Elephant” centerpiece …eyeing the bags of peanuts, of course! :)
– Red & white striped popcorn bags, soda labels & party hats
– Chocolate covered cherry mice with almost sliver ears!
– Giant animal cookies with the requisite frosting & sprinkles

magical circus birthday party chocolate mouse

magical circus birthday party dessert table

magical circus birthday party soda wrappers

magical circus birthday party ring leader chocolate mustache

magical circus birthday party hats

magical circus birthday party cupcake toppers

magical circus birthday party popcorn bags

magical circus birthday party prizes and chocolate mice

magical circus birthday party favors


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Debbie

Come one come all to Andie’s Circus! Enter the magical world of the Circus and see Ella the elephant and her sidekick Squeak, the mouse.. We have lots of treats, sweets and prizes for you to enjoy!


For the decoration I wanted to make a dramatic focal point so I made a canopy draping red and white stripe fabric then adding light blue and red tulle underneath to add a little color, texture and volume to the display. We then placed our Andie’s Circus sign at the top.


For desserts we had popcorn, a must for a circus/carnival party. We placed the popcorn in red and white striped bags with our “popcorn- who wants some popcorn, come get it while it’s hot! tag. Other fun treats were oversized animal cookies with frosting and sprinkles, cupcakes done simply with white cream cheese frosting and topped with colorful sprinkles. We had mini chocolate covered cherry “circus mice” scattered around the whole dessert bar as they would be seeking out something sweet to eat.

Ella the elephant was a main part of our table so we had to include peanuts for you to “feed Ella” with or snack on them yourself. The ever increasing gigantic jaw breaker suckers as a favor with our thanks for coming tag. Also we wanted to acknowledge The Ring Leader (Andie the birthday boy) so we made these Ring leader face mustache sucker holder. They were a definite hit and could be used for a photo booth props!

We made party hats for each of the guest, so they could feel party of the circus.



– Printables: Wants and Wishes
– Popcorn bags: Zurchers
– Wilton chocolate mustache molds: Gygi’s
– Fabric drawstring bags with peanuts: Xpedex

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Windy City Novelties SAYS:

I love the sprinkles everywhere and the mice!

July 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Bebe SAYS:

Hi, I wanted to know where can I find an elephant and mouse you have for the centerpiece? Thanks bebe

July 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Lizzy SAYS:

I would love to know as well!

April 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Jodi SAYS:

can I ask how long each piece of material was for the canopy and how you hung it on the wall?

July 28, 2012 at 3:17 am

Wants and Wishes SAYS:

The material was I think 4 yards long and I made loops with fishing wire to hang it to the wall.

August 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

Melissa Thomas SAYS:

just an amazing theme. not that typical for a party.

November 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

evelyn SAYS:

Hello there and thanks for the ideas i am planning a carnival/circus themed bday for my lil turning one and was wondering how can I make the curtain props for the focal table..please explain thanks

December 12, 2012 at 3:33 am

Kris Abbey SAYS:

Love it!

January 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

sophia SAYS:

I am having my sons first birthday very soon and I love this theme and style. Where can I get the hats and the decor from? I want everything from the labels to hats to the canopy! PLEASE HELP

January 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Remona SAYS:

How did you make the party hats?

July 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Charlene Vella Vassallo SAYS:

hi im doing this theme for my babies one year party can you help me as to what did you put in the party favor bags please?

October 9, 2013 at 5:47 am

Alex SAYS:

Obsessed with these cupcake liners. Would you mind sharing where you found them?

May 19, 2015 at 7:38 am
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