Circus Baby Shower – Invitations & Decor (Part 1 of 2)

by jessicaturner on June 6, 2013

Circus Shower decorations

This past weekend, I co-hosted a circus baby shower for my sister, Melissa, who is pregnant with her first child, a boy named Landon! (I love the bunting with his name made by Lisa Leonard. SO perfect for decorations and photo shoots.)

We hosted the shower in Wisconsin and had such a wonderful time. I am so excited to share all the details with you. Today I am going to share about the theme, invitations and decor, and tomorrow I will share about the food and games. Some links in this post are referral and affiliate links.

The circus baby shower theme
The idea for the circus baby shower theme was sparked when I found Valentine’s circus cookie jars and small treat containers at Target on clearance 90% off. Apparently, they were not a hit for Valentine’s, but I thought they were PERFECT for a baby shower. I bought everything I could find in Nashville, plus had some friends buy some in other cities and we were set. (This goes back to my tips and tricks for party planning in advance.)

The invitation
I was shocked how difficult it was to find a cute circus baby shower invitation. I found this one on Etsy that I loved, but the shop was closed during the period I needed to order. It all worked out though because I found a circus birthday invitation that stole my heart and the designer modified it with text I provided to make it baby shower specific.

Everyone absolutely loved it!

Once I received the design, I uploaded and ordered the cards from Minted. What was great about using Minted, in addition to the phenomenal printing and cardstock quality, was that I was able to upload all the addresses and have them printed on the envelopes for FREE! Such a huge time-saver!

I also ordered return address labels from VistaPrint that had elephants on them to keep with the circus theme.

Photo booth

I made a primary colored bunting to hang up with some colored fabric to make a sweet photo booth at the shower. (To make, get 1/3 yards of five colors and a pack of bias tape. Cut the fabric into 7″x8″ triangles, sew together the triangles, then sew to bias tape. I like to make my buntings double sided so that they will work anywhere.) The photo spot was centrally located in the room and was a focal point as people walked into the shower.

In it, we had a variety of masks (from Michaels) and clown noses for people to pose in a photo booth.

We also had a clown wig, but the ladies didn’t want to wear it. However, Elias was a huge fan.

Because of the photo booth, we were able to get pictures of Melissa with just about everyone who attended the circus shower, which was so nice.

Circus shower big top canopy from Ikea

We also planned to have her open gifts at the front of the room under an Ikea big top canopy that I hung above the fireplace, but people couldn’t see her, so we moved her to the more centrally located photo booth. The backdrop was darling for her gift photos, though I was disappointed to not have the big top in more photos.

Ticket accents

I bought tickets at the Dollar Tree and created a ticket garland on the railing leading up to the clubhouse where we had the shower. We also tied balloons to the end of the railing. It was SO easy and everyone commented on how cute it was.

I also wrapped tickets around jars of candy on the dessert table (more about the food tomorrow) and attached tags sent to me by the sweet Kerri P. (be sure to click the link to see her amazing circus shower). The small circus napkins were from Michaels.

In the photo you can also see one of the circus tent cookie jars that I bought at Target after Valentine’s Day. We tied red, yellow and blue balloons to each of these and scattered them throughout the room. Originally we were going to use the Valentine’s cookie jars as centerpieces, but because of me being out of town, things didn’t work out as planned. However, what my aunt came up with was perfect!

The centerpieces

My Aunt Sandy took the lead and designed these beautiful popcorn circus baby shower centerpieces with the prettiest lollipops I have ever seen. They looked so awesome.

We scattered mint filled little circus tents (bought at Target after Valentine’s) on the tables as well.

After the shower, we made a quick video explaining how to put these centerpieces together. These centerpieces could work for a variety of themes. I am going to be creating similar ones for Adeline’s Sesame Street party in a few weeks. The possibilities are endless. Check it out below.

Tomorrow I will share about the menu and the fun games that we played, so be sure to stop back. And, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin Dance June 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

THIS makes me want to get pregnant again.

Which is saying A LOT.

You amaze me, Jessica Turner :).


Marge June 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Hmmm, an elephant on an invite for a pregnant person? Your sister is a good sport!


jessicaturner June 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Frankly, I didn’t ever even think of that. :) Everyone loved it, including my sister- whew!


Katrina June 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Super cute party! I was not aware that you could print your own designs through Minted. Where is that option. They have great quality!


jessicaturner June 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

It’s in Christmas cards and is called “The Big Picture”


Sharon June 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

Thanks for the ideas. I have been thinking I would like to do a circus / carnival party for one of my boys birthdays.


jessicaturner June 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

I totally think I might do one for Adeline’s 3rd birthday… a year from now. HA! :)


Kerri P June 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thanks so much for the shout out on your blog. I’ve been checking to see what amazing things you came up with and the shower looked awesome (I just saw that circus tent awning at Ikea a few weeks ago and told my sister, “Too bad we didn’t have that for the shower.”)

The link you posted back to my site was broken, a missing colon or something. I posted it below if you wouldn’t mind updating it. Thanks again.

Kerri P


Denise July 24, 2013 at 11:28 am


Can you tell me how you were able to upload that invitation to minted? I’m ordering the same one for a baby shower and was told that they will not use other designs than what is on their site. Any other suggestions?


jessicaturner September 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I’m so sorry I missed this comment: search “big picture holiday photo card” – it is the only template they offer where you can upload a jpg. It’s a work-around that works! :)


Melanie July 26, 2014 at 1:30 am

Where did you get gum balls from?


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