Dumbo Birthday Party Ideas That Are Fun

by Alli

Who doesn’t love Dumbo? Dumbo has long been one of my favorite Disney movies. Of course, I know all the words to every song in the movie. When the live-action movie was released, I was in Dumbo heaven. These Dumbo Birthday Party Ideas are fun and easy to pull off.

Dumbo Birthday Party Ideas

Planning a theme is easy for this one. A carnival party is a perfect way to showcase Dumbo. That was easy. Now it’s time to grab a pen and paper and plan the guest list.

Make a Guest List and Send Out Invites

Make a list and send out invites! These are some of my favorite invitations below.

Decorations for Dumbo Birthday Party

A red and white table skirt is just what your food table needs. Don’t forget a lifesize Dumbo cutout. Photos will be so cute!

Who can resist the tent-shaped lollipop stand? It’s adorable.

Tableware for a Carnival Dumbo Party

You can’t go wrong with any of the tableware below. I love the bright, colorful plates and cups. And a Ferris Wheel cupcake stand will be the talk of your party.


I would skip the peanuts if you’re inviting anyone with nut allergies, especially if you don’t know if a guest may have a nut allergy. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

A cute alternative is Circus Peanut Candy. These were such a thing when I was a little girl. These are peanut-shaped marshmallow candies with a soft and spongy texture.

A carnival party calls for carnival type food. Here are some great ideas. Pick out your favorites and you’re done.

  • A Hot Dog Bar
  • Corn Dogs
  • French Fries
  • Nachos
  • Sno-Cones
  • Lollipops
  • Popcorn
  • Animal Crackers
  • Cotton Candy
  • Caramel Apples

Carnival Party Games

  • Can Toss Game
  • Ring Toss
  • Ping Pong Toss

Check out these DIY Carnival Party Games!


Face painting is a fun idea. If you’re not good at face painting, chances are you have a friend who would love to help you out.

Face Painting Ideas for Dumbo Birthday Party

Hiring a clown is a good idea for older kids. They tend to freak out younger kids. I remember when my son was about 16 months old. We attended a birthday party with a clown. He basically cried the entire time. Clowns can be downright creepy to some kids.

These are also great entertainment ideas:

  • Balloon Artist
  • Juggler
  • Bubble Machine
  • Dunk Tank
  • Photo Booth
  • Magician


Once the party is over, you’ll want to send your guests home with a little reminder of how much fun they had.

A Dumbo Birthday Party is such a fun party. You can go as wild or stay as tame as you’d like. Happy partying!


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Michelle May 5, 2019 - 9:08 am

These are such cute ideas!!

Janet May 6, 2019 - 8:04 am

You always have the best party ideas and recipes that are not too complicated. I think that Dumbo is perfect for a summer party and doing a little pinning for future reference!

Jaclyn Shimmel May 6, 2019 - 8:07 am

Growing up, Dumbo was always one of my sister and I’s faves! Now that I have a little one myself, I am introducing him to Dumbo as well. I love all of these party ideas, especially the fun food ideas! I think that carnival themed food would be awesome!

Amber Myers May 6, 2019 - 8:18 am

I just love these ideas. I’ve always liked Dumbo. Plus the ride at Disney is tons of fun. I just love that cake.

robin rue May 6, 2019 - 9:05 am

Dumbo has always been one of my favorite Disney stories. I love the cake and ALL of these fun ideas.

Karen May 6, 2019 - 9:51 am

Dumbo was such a cute movie when I was a kid. I think this party idea is so sweet and beautiful! Lots of great decoration, entertainment and food ideas!

Melissa Chapman May 6, 2019 - 10:36 am

What beautiful face painting and cute kids. I have never had a Dumbo themed party but still remember those marshmallow peanuts that everyone loves.

Glamamom May 6, 2019 - 1:29 pm

DUMBO is the cutest party idea! The red is so vibrant and the circus theme has so many possibilities. My little guy’s second birthday is coming up and I will definitely keep it in mind!

Liz Mays May 6, 2019 - 4:47 pm

Oh these are some good ones. The games you managed to find were so cute. I’d really like to see the movie.

Tasheena May 6, 2019 - 5:55 pm

This is such a super cute birthday theme. Dumbo was one of my favorites growing up.

Theresa May 6, 2019 - 9:20 pm

This makes me with my girls were little again so I could throw a Dumbo party. He is such a beloved character, how could you not love a themed party revolving around Dumbo?

Pam May 6, 2019 - 9:54 pm

I actually saw a Dumbo themed baby shower not too long ago and thought it was really neat. A Dumbo birthday party could be fun.

Terri Steffes May 6, 2019 - 11:56 pm

What a fun birthday theme! I would have liked this as a kid. I loved all the Disney animals.

Cathy Mini May 7, 2019 - 3:18 am

This is so cute and kids definitely love this especially the face painting kids so love this and such a perfect and super fun party and the souvenir are so cute.

Ruth I May 7, 2019 - 7:58 am

My niece likes the movie Dumbo and her birthday is in 20 days. I think she will like this theme!

Lynndee May 7, 2019 - 9:50 am

What an adorable cake! I love the Dumbo cake topper. That’s just the cutest topper ever! Thanks for the ideas.

Rachel May 7, 2019 - 9:59 am

This would be super fun. Dumbo is just the cutest little elephant.

Amy H May 7, 2019 - 8:46 pm

These are such cute ideas. My stepdaughter does face painting. I may need to have a Dumbo themed party for the next birthday!

Swathi May 7, 2019 - 11:01 pm

The dumbo birthday party cake is really cute. My kids love face painting. I will ask them whether they need Dumbo themed party for their next birthday.

Beth May 8, 2019 - 4:52 pm

I loved the original Dumbo movie, it was so cute. These are great ideas!

Kieran Potter May 23, 2019 - 9:07 am

Hello Alli, Firstly, thanks for the article. Dumbo birthday party very funny & excellent ideas!!! Dumbo is the magical think of an elephant and historical. I love these ideas. And I generated some wonderful information for any party. Thank You!!!

Kyle Bloomfield May 28, 2019 - 8:47 am

I love Dumbo and I have seen that movie. But never thought of organizing the dumbo themed party but after seeing this I am extremely excited to throw a dumbo themed party. Thanks for this amazing idea!


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