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Cirque du Bebe (French Circus)

Themed Centerpiece Ideas:

Feature animal statues & figurines in your centerpieces and party decor, and opt for pieces that are all one color for a contemporary vibe. Search for dark metal finishes, or paint wooden statues and figurines to match the party's color palette.

*Note: Discount stores like HomeGoods, Marshalls, and Ross are great places to search for  inexpensive decorative pieces that you can paint/modify without feeling guilty!

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Create eclectic, circus-inspired groupings. 
Instead of a traditional centerpiece, group various items that play on the theme in different ways to add creative appeal.

For example, in the second image above, the elephant figurine and baroque-inspired candlestick were both inexpensive purchases from HomeGoods that we painted blue & orange to match the party.  To add height to this arrangement, the elephant figure was placed on top of the candlestick. We also added a zebra-striped melamine plate on top of the candlestick to create a good base for the elephant.

To the right of the elephant, a monkey tea light holder from target "holds" a ceramic cup & decorative mirror ball combo that's reminiscent of an ice cream cone. 3-D glue dots were used to hold the "ice cream cone" in place.

The wooden placemats were another great HomeGoods discovery. We purchased 2 different styles and painted them blue, orange, and golden yellow to match the party.

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Incorporate Feathers
Giant "Feather Trees" made from large, colorful ostrich plumes make for a very fun, impactful centerpiece idea - and they're actually easy to make! Click here for all the how-to details for the feather trees pictured here.

Smaller ostrich plumes (about 12" - 15") are great for mixing into centerpieces as well. For the centerpieces in the bottom 2 images, we placed "feather palm tree" tops made from the smaller plumes into a simple glass cylinder vase that was covered with black & white striped paper and ribbon. This arrangement was then placed on top of a cool white Elephant Vase from Z Gallerie, although it could easily stand on its own as well!

(All of the feathers at this party were purchased at www.fabulousfeathers.net)

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Frame it.
Printed signs are one of the easiest ways to play up (and personalize) any party theme, as well as a great addition to most types of centerpieces. We framed several custom prints for this party (all designed in Adobe Photoshop) - and displayed them in cool frames that ranged from mod-minimalist (white lacquer) to ornate & decorative.  The ornate frames were all discount store buys, and most were painted shiny silver or bright orange to match the party palette.

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