Circus and Carnival Party

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I had SOOO much fun planning and crafting for the Kiddos Combined Birthday Party.
We had a Circus and Carnival Party.Other than my niece getting knocked down and chipping her tooth and my cousin’s son getting his head stuck between the clubhouse bars,everything went pretty well. :)

Here is a Re-Cap:

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Dessert/Goodies Table

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Party Hats for all the Kiddos

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Bouncer for the kids. Thanks to AZ Air Bounce!!
They have the best rates I’ve ever seen – Check Them Out!

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Popcorn Machine we borrowed from the hubby’s family.

My Sweet Bday Girl

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A Pinata. What can I say? We’re Mexican. We ALWAYS have one, and
the kids LOVE it!

The Birthday Boy. We call him Jubby. Ain’t he cute?!

Man, I could eat him.
He’s wearing the shirt my friend, Megan, from A Ruffle in Time,
made for him. Thanks, Megan!

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The Main Centerpiece on the Dessert Table with some
Salt Water Taffy Kabobs.

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The Goody Bags for the Kids.
Used these Popcorn Bags from Dollar Tree, and filled with other Dollar Tree goodies.
Just added a label. :)

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I spray painted some frames and hung them on some ribbon on a tree for people to stand behind and take funny pics with these “funny faces” I got from the Dollar Store.
Looved it!

And here are some of the fun things I made for the Party:

Birthday Invitations

Cotton Candy Bags

Popcorn Centerpieces

Party Hats

Vinyl Signs

Cupcake Toppers

I made almost EVERYTHING with items I already had, but I’ll give you a brief Tutorial for each item.

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-Scrapbook Paper

1. Print and cut out pictures of the birthday kiddos.

2. Using scrapbook paper, I cut out party hats and glued them to the pictures. I then glued those pics to a piece of scrapbook paper and scanned it into the computer.

3. Once it was scanned, I opened the image in Microsoft Word and added a Text Box to add text to the picture. I saved this and printed.

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4. I did the back side in Word and used fonts downloaded from (Ringmaster, Circus & Coney Island). I then printed these out.

5. Glue front and back to cardstock paper. To make it look more like a ticket, I used my circle hole punch to punch out the corners.

They may not be as easy as buying them, but they were cheaper to make and are cuter than what you can find in the store. :)

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Cotton Candy Bags

-Cotton Candy (Bought Bags from Target in the $1 Section)
– 6.5 x 6.5 inch Poly Bags
– Cardstock

1. Print out Cotton Candy Labels on Cardstock. Cut out with blank space above it. Fold over.

2. Divide Cotton Candy into 4 pieces. Place in bag and seal.

3. Add topper to top of bag and staple on.

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-Plastic Popcorn Boxes
-Weight to way down box)
-Floral Foam
-Scrapbook Paper
-Paper Grass

1. Put weight at the bottom of the box, and add floral foam (I cut one rectangle in half and used that).

2. Hot glue paper accordion flowers or other paper embellishments (I used some of my leftover cupcake toppers) to skewers.

3. Stick skewers in floral foam.

4. Add paper grass and candy to embellish.

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-Plain Party Hats
-Vinyl Dots or Scrapbook Paper Dots
-Hot Glue
-Scrapbook Paper
-Crepe Paper
-Sewing Machine
-Mod Podge


1. I used my vinyl machine to cut out 1 inch circles of different colors. If you don’t have a vinyl machine – no worries! Just cut out (or punch out) circles of scrapbook paper to glue on.

2. Add dots to hats in a random pattern. Set hats aside

3. Grab 2 crepe paper rolls. Put pieces together, back stitch the first inch or so and then sew along the middle. Each hat required about 4 feet of SEWN crepe paper.

4. Grab the unstitched piece of string at the end of the crepe paper and slowly pull, scrunching crepe paper as you go and pulling it towards the end that you started sewing at. You will continue to do this until all the crepe paper is gathered.

5. Once crepe paper is gathered, you can cut into the crepe paper making sure you don’t hit the stitch so you can make it look more frayed. Take this piece and hot glue around the base of the party hat.

6. With your leftover crepe paper, hot glue around the top of the party hat.

7. Now you will make the piece that goes onto the hat. To do that you will need to cut TWO 12 inch long and 1.5 inch wide strips of scrapbook paper. You will fold the paper back and forth until you come to the end of the piece. You will then hot glue the ends together as well as the other ends so that it makes a zig-zag circle.

8. Then you will push the edges of the circle in so that it forms an accordion flower. Hot Glue the center and hold. Do the same for the back side of the flower.

9. Now you will need to trace out your number onto chipboard (or cardstock).
Cut out, mod podge the front and add glitter.
Let dry.

10. Hot glue your accordion flower to the front of your hat. Also hot glue your number to the middle of the flower.


– Masonite
– White Spray Enamel
– Saw (or have it cut at Lowe’s)
– Vinyl
– Polyurethane


1. Cut Masonite into 16 in. x 24 in. rectangles.

(My cute hubby – he’s the BEST helper!!)




2. Spray boards the color you want them. Let dry.

3. Cut vinyl with words you want. I used “CONEY ISLAND” font downloaded from

4. Peel and add vinyl to boards. Polyurethane and let dry.

5. Add ribbon if desired.

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– Cardstock
– Labels on Paper
– Toothpicks
– Hot Glue
– 1.5 in. circle punch
– 2 inch scalloped circle punch


1. Using scallop punch, punch circles out of cardstock.

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Birthday Cupcake Toppers #3

2. Print out Number Labels on regular paper or white cardstock. I’ve provided these PRINTABLES for all of Sumo’s Readers.
(Font used: Ringmaster downloaded from

3. Using circle punch, punch out numbers from paper.

4. Glue numbers to carstock.

5. Hot glue toothpicks to backs of cardstock. Cover hot glue area with another circle if you’re OCD like me and want to cover the back. :)

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Voila. Fun and simple Cupcake Toppers.

Although I had so much fun planning the party I’m glad it’s over.

I need a nap now. :)


Lil' Luna
Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    Wow is right! You have outdone yourself! So many fabulous ideas–thanks for the inspiration!

  2. 2

    So cute, you did an awesome job! I can't wait to throw a circus party. Problem is, I already have the next to birthdays planned… I guess I will have to wait:)

  3. 3

    Great job. I especially love the silly picture frames. Those are some great memories.

  4. 4

    You did a wonderful job! Hoping I can talk a into a circus theme for her birthday!

  5. 5

    Ack!!! Where were you, and this fabulous post, when my girls were turning 7 and 8, and I threw them a Circus party? Oh to be ableto go back in time,lol. You did an amazing and inspired job.

  6. 6

    I love the hats! What fun!

  7. 7

    This is all so fantastic! You did a wonderful job!! Saw your link at Me and My Bucket's Show Us What You're Working With….

  8. 8

    wow! What a fun birthday party!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. 9

    I do love an over the top party! Your kids are the luckiest.

  10. 10

    Woh…you've been a little worker bee! Everything looks absolutely perfect! I really love those hats, so cute.

  11. 11

    Awesome party! I love those party hats and taffy kabobs but my absolute favorite…the frames and funny faces!!! That is hilarious. You are so creative. Looks like a blast!

  12. 12

    My girls had a BLAST at the party! Everything looks so cute! Wish I could have made it to see firsthand! Seriously, you do everything cute!

  13. 13

    Girl you are so creative I love this. Seriously when we move back to AZ I will hire you, wowzers!!!

  14. 14

    All your ideas are fabulous! Looks like it was a spectacular party. I just forwarded this link to a friend who is planning her daughters' parties for November, I'm sure she will get lots of ideas, thanks for sharing.

  15. 15

    I just have 1 question. . . WHO ARE YOU!?! You are absolutely amazing Kristyn! I find great inspiration in your talents. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. 16

    Yu are so awesome, but you kinda make me feel like a bum Mom. ;0) SO cute. I love all your things.

  17. 17

    A-dorable! I hope you'll share the super cute party favors at the Pretty Packages Party!!

  18. 18

    So many wonderful party ideas- especially love the great hats !

  19. 19

    this is completely adorable… thanks for linking up to a crafty soiree… i am featuring you tomorrow. hope you link up again. I'm also your newest follower (

  20. 20

    Oh my gosh, what a wonderful party and I love all your how to tips. Didn't realize how much you did to those hats to make them so fabulous!!! The bright colors are so fun, thanks for including printables:) and for sharing at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!

  21. 21

    looks like you guys had a great time!! the party turned out super cute as well! i was planning on having a circus theme party for leiton, but can't now.. thanks for sharing! oh.. and i love the shirt on your handsome little man ;).. thanks for the shout out!

  22. 22

    I love this! Is there any way to get the downloads for the numbers 1 and 3 for the cupcakes other than scribd? I am having the hardest time. It wants me to purchase or subscribe but I don't want to pay. Would you be able to email or am I just doing it wrong? You're awesome and so creative! [email protected]

  23. 23

    I wish I would have seen this before my daughter's party! Best hat instructions around

  24. 24

    Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I am inspired! Extremely useful information specifically the closing part :) I maintain such information much. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thanks and best of luck.

  25. 25
    Alicia Nabors :

    I was wondering if you would be interested in making me 20 birthday hats.
    Thanks, Alicia

  26. 26

    That’s super cute! I wish I could have had such a cool party as a kid. Haha! The “funny face” pictures were a nice touch. I might have to steal that Idea.
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