Magic tricks, colorful lights, rides, clowns and other characters… bring them all back for one memorable debut! Just because you turned 18 doesn’t mean you have to leave them behind. The Carnival and the Circus are definitely here to stay!
Come and join the Circus!
For your invitation, you can send a picture of a clown to let your guests know instantly what the party is all about. You can change the colors of the clown to muted ones if you want to avoid making the invite look a little child-like instead of using bright colors.
If you want to be a little more creative, send an invite that looks like a circus ticket. Put all the details at the back of the ticket and tell them to bring their “ticket” to the party.
You can use phrases like “The Ring Master would like to invite you to join the circus…” or “The Circus is in town and you are invited!”
It’s a Circus out There!
A Circus-themed party is all about the decorations. You can be as creative as you want to be with a circus-themed party! You can have a big tent set up outdoors with red and white strips as your main venue. If you only find white tents, tape some red crepe paper (or any soft paper) on the tent.
Decorate the inside with lots of colorful balloons, clown masks, photos or figures of circus animals like lions, elephants and horses. Hang a trapeze on the ceiling and below it a net to make it look like guests are actually inside a circus tent. Put a couple of bicycles
For the tables, put some colorful plastic balls, rings and bowling pins or any items that a juggler uses to juggle. You can also put it some tall feathers with triangle flags. Place some party poppers, whistles and scatter confetti around the table to make it more colorful and festive.
Members of the Circus
It would be more fun if your guests would dress up as part of the circus! Have them wear characters from a circus like clowns, members of a trapeze family or group, a lion trainer, the strongman who always carries a barbell or one of the circus ladies with feathers on their head. However, in a circus there is only one Ring Master and that title (as well as the costume) should belong to you.
Let’s Clown Around
If you want to have a little bit of fun on your Circus-inspired party, play some games that will surely make them laugh out loud.
Play Clown Relay, where participants have to wear a clown costume from the big shoes, suspenders, clown nose, huge glasses and orange wig. You can also have guests walk on a tightrope which can be about a foot from the ground. Have them balance on the rope while holding a very bright pink umbrella with feathers and balloons.
If you want to go for a mature Circus / Carnival themed 18th birthday party, it might be safe to have the film “Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” as your peg or basis. Happy planning!