Circus-themed parties are especially fun because they give you plenty of room to clown around. Set the mood prior to the party by sending out invitations designed as entry tickets. When it comes to setting up the venue, keep things festive with circus tents and other carnival trimmings. There are companies (see p14) which specialise in customised invites, directional signs, buntings and balloons; and they will deliver right to your doorstep.
For party nibbles, put out trays of animal-shaped crackers, pretzels, popular carnival snacks and other cheery treats. Hire a cotton candy cart or popcorn machine and order cupcakes decorated as clown faces (check out I Heart Party; www. iheartparty.com.my). Carnival-style games like hitting a stack of cans, pinning the nose on the clown and a lucky dip will go down like a treat. Party favours Circus animal figurines, red clown noses, swirly lollipops