party decor, vintage, weddings

Night at the Circus

Recently I conceptualized, styled and transformed my living room into an 1890s circus for a little get together, with the help of my friend, Amalia Rompoulias. This vintage circus theme is one of my favorites.  With antiques, old carnival photos, baked goods and handmade elements it all looked so great!  We  setup a big top tent using old fabric.  A vintage trunk served as the drink table and persian rugs were used to cover the snacks and dessert tables. Additionally for the decor, vintage sequined numbers were hung from a rope clothesline, hula hoops were covered in rope and secured to the wall, and handmade balloons were hung from the ceiling. Vintage bottles, jars, crates and trays were used for displays.

The food and desert tables were a huge hit.  Peanuts were served in bowler hats, alongside popcorn, corn on the cob, burgers and corn dogs.  Every sweet tooth was fulfilled on the sweets table that included a big top-themed cake, cupcakes, caramel apples, cookies, donuts and candy.  My favorite part of the sweets table were the cookies.  They were served on “spinning plates” (small plates balanced on dowels) resembling classic circus jugglers.

Drinks were served in classic glass soda bottles, each with a paper straw.  Feathers and lace prettied up the drink table.

The balloons were crafted using paper mache, fish net stockings, and vintage tassels.  They were hung from the ceiling using rope.  Large mylar balloons sat on the floor and fishing net was used to bundle up a bag of balloons that also hung from the ceiling.  Pretty awesome, right?!  Would love to recreate this in a larger setting soon! More photos can be seen HERE.

  1. Illustrious Peacock

    September 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Love it! I want to come to your house!!!

  2. ooobop!

    September 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I do hope your living room stayed like that after the event. It looks amazing!!!

    1. alanajonesmann

      September 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      ha i do wish i would’ve kept it up. thanks so much!

  3. Cristina

    February 10, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Alana…those balloons are to die! I might have to recreate for my hula and henna party!

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