Circus Decorating Ideas

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Circus Decorating Ideas
Outdoor circus parties are great options for children. (circus background image by Peter Baxter from Fotolia.com)

The circus theme is a popular choice for parties given the versatility of the event. A variety of activities, decorations, foods and locations can be selected based on the preferences of the party host. Choose your favourite features of a circus, and add a modern, whimsical or conservative approach depending on the audience for the circus party.

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Modern Circus

Cirque du Soleil introduced a modern take on the conventional circus with avant garde themes, including stories about a man's relationship with his horse as seen in Stevia. Artistic acrobatic displays are a feature of this circus style. When planning a circus-themed event for an adult audience, consider having colourful tension fabric installed along walls and as coverings for your tables, hanging colourful hula hoops from the ceiling and decorating multiple surfaces with mirrors. These dramatic but subtle touches create a modern twist for your party that is fun and age-appropriate.

Outdoor Circus

Children love the experience of being outdoors in the midst of the circus excitement. Rent a large tent to host a child's circus-themed party. Choose a tent with red and white stripes or yellow and white stripes if available. Add clusters of colourful balloons anchored to the ground by toy clowns. Set up folding chairs for each child with individual popcorn boxes filled with circus treats, including candyfloss, giant lollipops and peanuts. Drape colourful flags from corner to corner inside the ceiling of your circus. Oversized stuffed animals make a great finish to this decor style.

Corporate Fete

Company parties often have themes to help boost the energy of the event. When planning a public or corporate event, think big, but remain conservative so that your decor does not interfere with the event's purpose. Create a large visible display that serves as a backdrop for guests. For example, a dramatic fabric display of red and white in the shape of a tent works well in a ballroom or even outdoors in a city park. Hang red and white balloon clusters around the space and place tiny umbrellas as decorative centrepieces on each table.

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