HOW TO: Throw a Circus Party fit for a clown

0-clowning aroundIt’s birthday time again!

Last year’s theme:  skateboarding. This year: the Big Top. And big it was….Charlie recently turned Lucky 7!

After attending circus school and hurling himself off of a trapeze platform, this little clown and his friends ventured back home, greeted with Platypus Designer Duct Tape crafts + lots of other treats.

Inspired by an image in the book “Every Day Counts” from Ikea, I pre-planned various tablescapes using goodies from lots of fabulous online sites and retailers.

Oriental Trading Company was my first stop for affordable circus-themed merchandise such as top hats, clown noses, DIY name tags, treat bag supplies, character bottle labels, striped cupcake collars + more.

And then the juggling balls started rolling….

Given Charlie’s fascination with Platypus, it was only befitting to include it in this party decor. (Some would say he is actually a Master Crafter…). So, my friend Kristin and I crafted like crazy both the night before and morning of the party….Nothing like Platypus People waiting until the last minute to decorate….And while no small undertaking, the DIY was easy to do. That’s the beauty of making stuff with Platypus tape – it’s quick party chic! And integrates with all sorts of entertaining + decorating motifs. High and low.

Without futher adieu, here are a few pics from Trapeze Arts in Oakland of Charlie climbing gigantic heights in order to fly….

Now let’s get this party started, shall we?

03-trapeze steps  04-trapezeplatform



Totally sets the mood! And the kids loved having individual snacks

patio tablescape with Platypus

birthday party with sour apple linen platypus designer duct tape

How To:

  • Hand painted herb pot by Charlie made when he was 4. Sniff-sniff. Our babies grow up so quickly….


  • Easily make popcorn cones by cutting approx. 6.5 inch square template out of parchment paper; repeat “x” times depending on the number of cones you need; cover one side of each square with tape pattern of choice; fold into triangle to create the cone shape; seal edge with narrow strip of tape.
  • Buy bulk bags of popcorn + peanuts in shell at Costco. We bought enough to feed a whole family of elephants!
  • If you make cones to hold ice cream, scoop scoops onto a cookie sheet + freeze them. They won’t melt as quickly during serving. How super is it that so many of Rob’s patterns mix + match for these cool treats: Picnic Gingham, Platy Orange Linen, Pool Chevron, Pink Polka Dot, Purple Polka Dot, Summer Grass. The matte finish on his designs looks so much more sophisticated as compared to the other shiny tapes on the market. They suit parties of all kinds, for “kids” of all ages.

retro peanut bagsHandmade Popcorn Cones with Sour Apple Platypus Designer Duct Tape + parchment paperSour Apple popcorn cones - Platypus Designer Duct Tape


This scene is just awesome, I think. Some fun Platypus ideas here.


handmade tablecloth

tabletop with Platypus Designer Duct Tape

How To:

  • Red dotted fabric from JoAnn turns into festive tablecloth hacked using a mere pair of scissors.


  • For the placemats, use posterboard and cover with tape of choice to make a piece “fabric.” Then, add a contrasting border in your desired width + fold for clean edge. Our placemats were on the petite side to fit a smaller table. Buy plates first.
  • For the napkin ring, you just need to fold a small piece of duct tape in half. Then seal with a tiny piece of tape. Slip around the pre-folded accordion pleated paper napkin. Easy peasy!

animals marching by Platypus Designer Duct Tape

wine ballon ties idea from Brit Morin at


Serving drinks was never more fun!

How To:

  • Assorted long balloons from Diddams are tied into bundles + added to plexi wine glasses from Pottery Barn. (Similar ones here.) So easy! Thanks to Brit Morin over at for this stylish touch to stemware. Tutorial here. Total cleverness. I could see decking out in college colors (like Carolina Blue + white) for sports-minded parties/tailgates as well as all holiday themes.

stemware balloon ties idea by brit morin at

The dessert tablescape was filled with all sorts of treats including the icing on the cupcake: the Real Leopard #7. (By the way, Charlie loved this moment. He saved his #6 from last year. It was fashioned out of Jolly Roger. Luckily, Rob has 21 patterns + counting. One for every year. Ha!)
lucky number 7 in real leopard Platypus Designer Duct Tape
How To:
  • Another hacked tablecloth. This one was made out of bicycle + unicycle screen printed jute from JoAnn, cut into 3 sections + layered on top of each other. I was so excited to stumble upon this fabric. One of my favorite ideas + I plan to throw lots of dinner parties with it!
  • 7 colorful Birthday balloons from Diddams party store, a regional chain here in the Bay Area.

circus party dessert tablescarp














And finally, the treat bags. The real reason that every kid wants to attend a birthday party….

gift bags with Platypus Designer Duct Tape

gift tag handmade from Platypus Designer Duct Tape

How To:


Well, that’s it folks. Hope you enjoyed the show. See you next year!

Because we’ll be here.

Laughing, crafting + celebrating.


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