Carnival and circus themes are fantastic for bar and bat mitzvahs because they incorporate so many elements that you want to have at your party – delicious food, fun games, and vibrant and colorful decor. They also provide an all-around atmosphere of fun and a place for people to enjoy themselves.

 

Give your guests a heads-up of your event with this vintage carnival lottery ticket save-the-date card available on Etsy:

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This invitation is also available on Etsy:

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Linzi Events designed this old-time carnival invitation:

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Check out the great popcorn rsvp card.

Use custom postage to coordinate with your invitations, like these stamps available from Zazzle:

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These carnival-themed escort cards are available on Etsy:

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Set them up in a “ticket booth” like this one featured on Hostess With the Mostess:

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Name your tables after carnival rides and attractions such as “Merry Go Round,” “Ferris Wheel,” and “Bumper Cars,” like on these escort cards from Creative Invitations:

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Check out this great carnival-themed decor from Linzi Events:

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Provide games for your guests and a variety of entertainers, like at this bat mitzvah featured on Hostess With the Mostess:

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Have a juggler walk among your guests, or set up a fortune teller for your guests’ entertainment.

These fun signs used to direct guests to various activities were designed by Parties NV:

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This centerpiece featured on WeddingBee contains individually wrapped bags of different candies:

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For food, offer a “concession stand” with popcorn, cotton candy, and hot pretzels. Use personalized popcorn boxes like these from Etsy:

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This concession stand is available from Shindigz:

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This pretzel bar was featured on Wedding Bells:

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Companies such as Perfect Party Rentals rent out all kinds of food carts – pretzel and hot dog stands, sno-cone machines, and funnel cake and cotton candy carts:

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For dessert, here is a fabulous cake from the Pink Cake Box:

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Check out these great carnival cake pops from Sweet Luna Desserts:

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Offer your guests a festive rainbow-hued candy buffet like this one from Candy Warehouse:

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For instructions to build your own candy display, see Step by Step: Create Your Own Carnival or Circus Theme Candy Buffet. We list the types of candy, containers and accessories that you will need, as well as links to sources.

Have a fun sign-in board like this one from Parties by Debi:

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These cute circus-themed and old-fashioned carnival favor boxes are available on Etsy:

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Send your guests home with personalized chocolate lollipops like these from Shindigz:

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You can also give them individually-wrapped cookies like these from Etsy:

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For more ideas check out our Pinterest board for Carnival and Circus Theme Bar and Bat Mitzvah Ideas.

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