DIY It: A Glitzy Centerpiece for a Circus Themed Party!

Your little girl just loves the circus! So, to mark her birthday, look no further for a fun and fabulous party theme. Make it a Big Top bash!

The awesome thing about this theme is that you can play up the glitz and spectacle of a 3-ring circus with all the party details. From the welcome sign to the place settings to the dessert table to the party favors (look out for our upcoming posts on all these!), you can have loads of fun just while decorating. And taking center stage in all these, of course, is the party table centerpiece. So “step right up!” and see how we chose to craft a circus-themed centerpiece that a birthday girl, just like your little one, is sure to love.

Assemble a Happy Hodge-podge of Colorful Elements

ornate wooden figurines in the shape of a carousel horse and a trained elephant

Decorating for a circus theme gives you the chance to pull whatever tricks you wish out of your “magician’s hat”! So for our centerpiece, you’ll notice that we went with an unconventional color palette and a playful mix-and-match approach for the decorative details.

Start with Colors – We wanted a look that was whimsical and girly, without being too sweet nor too traditionally circus-y. So we chose fuchsia, purple, yellow, and blue.

Circus animal cage, birthday girl doll, and glittering top hat in pink

Add a circus animal cage – As a base for our centerpiece, we again wanted something beyond the ordinary vase, box, or basket. So we opted for a wire cage decorated to simulate those vintage-style circus animal cages. We even put a stuffed tiger inside it. And best of all, this cage is a fun project you can actually DIY

Find the cutest “birthday girl” doll – What sweeter way to honor the celebrant than with a darling little dolly as the star of the centerpiece! We had her sitting pretty in a glitter-covered box on top of the circus cage, with the table-number pennant propped beside her. Moreover, we didn’t just stop with adding fun accessories.

To play up the circus atmosphere even more, we added ornate wooden figurines in the shape of a carousel horse and a trained elephant. These are actually decorative candlesticks, but we topped them with a few fresh flowers instead.

Finish the scene with a glittering top hat – To add more interest to the scene, we couldn’t resist adding this colorful top hat covered in shimmering glitter.

Circus themed centerpiece cage with stuffed animal tiger

Speaking of flowers, we also made mini arrangements of fuchsia roses, pink carnations, and yellow alstroemeria blooms in little glass votives and positioned them around the centerpiece. This is for a little lady’s special day after all! And now, the finished centerpiece awaits guests!

Ready for the Finished Centerpiece? Here it is!

Centerpiece with carousel horse for circus theme party

As you can see, there’s no one right way to decorate a circus-themed celebration. Just go ahead and have fun with your colors and accent pieces to come up with your own take on an eye-catching circus centerpiece!


  1. This looks so amazing! Pinned. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

    • So nice of you to stop by, Lou Lou Girls! Glad you like our party project…and we’ll definitely be linking up more at your fun Link Party! Thanks for hosting!

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  3. I love all the bright colors. I think it’s real neat how you included the dolly and admit one tickets around the napkins. Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

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  5. Hi. Where did you find the horse and elevant for the the centerpieces. Very interested

    • Thanks for asking, Yahaira. Those pieces were borrowed by our stylist, so sorry we don’t know the original source. Maybe you could try thrift / vintage decor shops?

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