Step Right Up: How to Throw the Ultimate Carnival Theme Party

Are you ready to bring the magic of the carnival to your next celebration?

Hosting a carnival or Greatest Showman theme party is a fantastic way to create a fun-filled, colourful, and whimsical atmosphere that will leave your guests with memories to cherish.

Carnival Party cake topper

Whether it's a birthday bash, a summer soiree, or a neighborhood get-together, here's your guide to throwing the ultimate carnival theme party that will be the talk of the town.

1. Set the Scene with Carnival Decorations

The key to a successful carnival theme party is creating an immersive atmosphere that transports your guests to the midway. Start by decorating your party space with vibrant carnival-themed decorations:

  • Big Top Feel: Hang colourful banners and streamers to mimic the look of a circus tent. Add a circus tent tablecloth to your food and dessert tables.

  • Balloons Galore: Balloons are a must! Consider balloon bouquets featuring circus characters and primary colours.

  • Concession Stand Vibes: Create a concession stand area with a popcorn machine, cotton candy maker, and a lemonade stand. These can double as fun party activities.

    2. Dress the Part

    Encourage your guests to embrace the carnival spirit by dressing up in carnival-themed costumes. Think clowns, ringmasters, acrobats, and strongmen. Provide clown wigs, red noses, and fun accessories for a costume station to get everyone into the act.

    3. Carnival Games and Activities

    What's a carnival without games and activities? Set up classic carnival games like ring toss, duck pond, and bean bag toss. You can make some of these games yourself or rent carnival game booths for an authentic feel.

    Consider hiring a face painter and a balloon artist to keep the little ones entertained. And don't forget a photo booth with carnival-themed props for memorable snapshots.

    Circus Party dressing up

    4. Food Fit for a Carnival

    Carnival food is all about indulgence. Serve up classic carnival treats like:

    • Popcorn: Offer flavoured popcorn in carnival-striped bags.
    • Cotton Candy: Rent or buy a cotton candy machine and let guests spin their own sweet treats.
    • Hot Dogs: Set up a hot dog bar with all the fixings.
    • Sno-Cones: A sno-cone machine can be a big hit on a hot day.
    • Carnival Treats: Create a dessert table filled with candy apples, funnel cakes, and caramel corn.

    5. Carnival Themed Party Favours

    Send your guests home with carnival-themed party favours. Consider items like clown noses, mini carnival games, or custom carnival-themed cookies.

    Carnival Party favours

    6. Entertainment

    Enhance the carnival atmosphere with live entertainment. You could hire a stilt walker, a fire juggler, or even a magician to keep the crowd entertained throughout the event.


    By following these steps, you'll create a carnival theme party that's sure to be a hit with guests of all ages. From the vibrant decorations to the delicious carnival food and games, your celebration will capture the essence of the carnival and leave everyone with smiles on their faces.

    So, step right up, get ready to enjoy the carnival, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Your carnival theme party is bound to be a roaring success!

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