Roll up, roll up! 19th May is Circus Day! In celebration of everything Big Top, we’ve created the ultimate guide to throwing your very own circus fancy dress party.
Everyone loves a trip to the circus: the clowns and acrobats; trapeze artists and tightrope walkers; jugglers and unicyclists. A fantastic treat for all of the family – and great fun to dress up as too! Everything you need, from lion costumes to face painting, is right here.
Whenever you think of the circus, you think of clowns. Whether it’s a classic white face, red nose combo, or something a little more scary, a clown is the perfect idea for circus fancy dress. The beauty of dressing up as a clown is that you can make it as simple or as detailed as you like! Either paint your face white and go mad with the nose and lips, or you go for full-on professional make up with all sorts of detail.
We love this tutorial for a classic clown’s face:
If you fancy being a little more scary, here’s a great one:
If you think clowns are so last season, and you want to be something a little more different, this website has a fantastic tutorial for a classic lion face:
Glitter is optional of course, but then if you’re going to the trouble of painting your face why not add a touch of sparkle!
One of the main attractions at the circus (besides the performers) is the food. In order to throw a good party – whatever the intended age range – you need to have great food on offer!
The classics of course are hot dogs and pop corn; but why not also try making cones from red and white striped paper for chips? Striped bags of sweets is also a winner.
We love the idea of having a “hot dog vendor” doing the rounds at your party:
We also love the idea of these lion tamer whips:
We love the decoration ideas in this pin:
The key with circus decoration is lots of red and white stripes, and lots of brightly coloured balloons. In fact, lots of bright colours, full stop!
And we love this really simple idea for decoration: all you need is some brightly coloured rolls of crepe paper and a hula hoop:
- A party is not a party without games – especially if it’s a children’s party!
- Obviously, if your party is circus- themed, you must play Sleeping Lions!
- Pass The Parcel with circus-themed paper and gifts is also a good idea.
One thing kids really love at a party is to make something they can bring home. If you prepare the pieces beforehand, these circus tent hats can be great fun:
Another great idea for all age ranges is a “photo booth” – all you need is a big sheet (or piece of coloured material) as the backdrop, and lots of props for people to hold. An empty picture frame is always excellent for this. Since your guests are already in fancy dress, they won’t need much else to have a fantastic photo taken!
As an added bonus, these downloadable circus printables are a great way to throw your party in style: