A fun themed birthday party makes children and their families feel special

Circus Fun

A fun themed birthday party makes children and their families feel special.


By Jamila Watson

Photos by Kourtney Marie Photography

Happy 2017! Some time ago, Julie Read from Juju’s Tutus and I had the pleasure of throwing a circus-themed birthday party for some amazing kids whose families didn’t have the resources to throw them a party. With the help of some talented and cause-driven vendors, we were able to put together an event to remember to make these children and their families feel special.

Candy Buffet

You can’t have a circus party without lots of candy. This candy buffet was so much fun to prepare. I used a simple white backdrop and draped it with red- and white-striped fabric. I used coordinating circus bunting on the backdrop and the front of the table. Next came all of the goodies. We had sugar cookies by The Baked Equation, an awesome topsy-turvy cake by Pixy Cakes, circus peanuts, donut holes, chocolate covered pretzels, candy buttons, and bubble gum inside a Ferris wheel. I also added fun animal props that I spray-painted gold along with some vintage wood trays. When doing a candy buffet like this, the sky’s the limit. My good friend Brandy over at Sweet I Do’s (wedding planner) did another candy display that was absolutely beautiful. Check out the Parties On Purpose blog for pictures.


The entertainment was truly spectacular and we owe a big thanks to all the amazing vendors that took part in helping us with this event. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus generously provided us with a wonderful performance by two of the clown cast members. It was so much fun having the clowns jump out of The Pink Party Bus (mobile party bus) and surprise all the kids. We also had a magic show (Magic By Gilliam), a DJ (Scott Perry Entertainment), face painting and a caricature (AZ Party Artists), carnival games (BT Bouncies), glitter tattoos (Parties On Purpose), a tight rope walker (Jessica the ballerina), a photo booth with a beautiful backdrop painted by Dana Railey of Kids’ Murals, and much more!

Party Favors

We had fun putting together the party favors, and staying consistent with the circus theme was so easy. We found big plastic reusable popcorn containers from a dollar store. Then we added items like clown noses, games, mustaches, and best of all, tickets to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus. The kids were so happy to receive this and even had a chance to meet the clowns again at their performance.



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