It didn't matter if the circus was coming to Linley's town - her mom Courtney created it instead! She tells us all about it: I chose a circus theme for my daughter Linley's 1st Birthday party.I had so much fun with the invitations. I fell in love with a fun circus invitation I saw on Thoughtful Day. I was so excited when I came across a DIY version on Martha Stewart.
Finding the cute pink striped bags was quite a task. I ended up getting them from MiniMega. Putting them together was so fun, and sending them out ... even better!
At the party, we had carnival games,cotton candy, popcorn, a photo booth, a clown, and snow cones for the first hour of the party. My mother-in-law made the darling fishing pond. And, she also supplied the milk carton game. We made a photo booth out of a striped cabana tent I found on Amazon. I wasn't sure at first about having props, but I'm so glad we did. Everyone loved the fake mustaches, colored wigs, and clown noses. It turned out so fun. For a minute, I actually felt like I was at a real carnival. I think all of the kids really enjoyed this part of the party.
The kids collected tickets at each of the games, and got to turn them in at the end of the party as their favor. Everyone got one of each thing: a punch balloon, a clown nose, a Chinese YoYo, bubbles, a whoopie cushion, a lollipop, and bubbles. I found plastic bags at Ikea with colored stripes and dots that worked perfectly for take home bags.
We threw centerpieces together using Blumeboxes, feathers, yarn balls, crepe paper, and lollipops. We scattered juggling balls, and plastic circus animals around to make it a little more circusy. I found all of those items at the Dollar Store.
I saw a Circus Sign on Modern Kiddo and wanted to make one for the party. I enlisted the help of my wonderful husband. We used wood, paper mache 3D letters, and Christmas lights. It wasn't hard, but it was time consuming. Totally worth it though. It looked great once it got dark, and really made it feel circusy.
We kept the food simple. Hot dogs, chips, fruit, and vegetables. It doesn't look like there's much fruit in the picture above. There was. I guess I didn't snap a picture fast enough. We had toppings for the hot dogs like bacon, cheese, dill pickles, sweet relish, and of course ketchup and mustard. We had fun with the vegetable tray. My mom used a paper straw and a pom pom to make it circusy. We put pepper rings on the straw.
I was so happy with the way the cake turned out. I thought maybe we'd make our own, but my Mom saved the day and ordered one. Good thing she did. Kristen Hill made it. I absolutely loved the little glittery L on Linley's little cake.
Linley won't remember this party. I don't think she even knew it was all for her, but I'm okay with it. I think everyone had fun. It was a fun night. One, we (and she) can remember when we scan through all the pictures.
Thanks Courtney! Speaking of pictures, see more of this marvelous party here!
Centerpieces: Blume Box
Feathers: Hobby Lobby and Fabulous Feathers
Cake: Kristin Hill
Carnival Canopy: Oriental Trading
Striped Cabana Tent: Amazon
Invitation Idea: Thoughtful Day
Invitation DIY: Martha Stewart
Pink Striped Bags: MiniMega
Circus Sign Inspiration: Modern Kiddo