Themed Toddler Birthday: Under the Big Top

Sep 24, 2013Reading Time: 2 min

Having kept Sloane’s first birthday very intimate and simple, it’s only right that I go all out for her upcoming second birthday. After all, this time around she is much more aware, walking, talking and plays well with other kids. I decided on a circus/carnival theme featuring primary colors. Her dad and I will be the ring masters while she is the main attraction. With about two months left, it’s time to get moving on the party preparations; invitations, décor, games, food, drinks and dessert.

Pinterest has been a huge aid in my party planning organization. Many things can be prepared at home and have found so many sites with great prices for the extra fun stuff. Here are some of my ideas for the big day:


Invitations will set the mood and help guests prepare for the big day. Include admission tickets with your invitation for extra fun. Simply To Impress has a great selection of pre-designed templates and has a fully customizable option too.

Décor & Props

This is unbelievably easy and looks great around a chandelier or with balloons in the middle. All that is needed is a hula hoop and crepe paper streamers in a variety of colors. Shindigz has crepe paper rolls for just for just 75 cents.

This Carnival Backdrop from Oriental Trading is great for setting the atmosphere and a great background for pictures.

For the dessert and food tables, I’ll reserve this eye-catching Striped Table Skirt and save for other holidays and birthdays.

Bring out the clown in kids and adults alike with clown wigs, colored bow ties, oversized colored sunglasses and Classic Clown Noses.


Set a true carnival feel with classic games like the disk drop, can bean bag toss, or the Deluxe Raffle Wheel.

These are just some of my ideas for the party. Believe me; I have a long list of things. If I don’t stop now, I could go on and on. What has been your best themed party?