Saturday, April 02, 2011

Greatest Circus Party on Earth

The Invite: My Circus Show Design for Tiny Prints

And now...the moment you have all been waiting for...James' Circus Birthday! My sweet baby James was 3 on March 15th and we threw him a big birthday bash with all the Circus trimmings before we went away for vacation on the 19th. (Literally, the day before we drove down to Florida - crazy, I know). We even took James and Sophia to Barnum and Bailey's Circus the weekend before as his birthday gift - we had a BLAST!

Bottles courtesy of Starbuck's Frappuccino; Striped Tablecloth from Oriental Trading

I spent weeks before preparing, researching, and online shopping for favors, decor and game ideas. I even bought a vintage looking cotton candy machine from Buy.com. I am very happy to say I shopped quite a bit on Etsy for some of the goodies. Ideally I would have made everything myself but I had NO TIME to spare. So I had to outsource for my own sanity. 

Pinwheels from Paper Polaroid Blue Barber Stripe Cupcake Liners from Hey Yo Yo

I did manage to make his birthday pennant banner for his cake and the large one for hanging... AND I spent a ridiculous amount of time opening and fluffing those poms! That counts for handmade by mom, right? The banners were pretty easy. I used grosgrain ribbon for the large hanging one (see last few pics below) and baker's twine for the cake one. It was so much fun putting it altogether, albeit hard work! Thanks to my best friend Raquel and my hubby for help with the set up and decor. =)

Poms from Sweet and Savvy Designs Stripey Straws from Hey Yo Yo

Believe it or not I got the edible letters for the cake from Stop and Shop. They even came in the perfect red and orange color combo. Saved on the cake by buying a non decorated cake and just decorated it myself. Was planning on baking it myself too but my husband put the brakes on that idea, and rightfully so! Sometimes I add just a LITTLE too much to my plate. {curse of the perfectionist}

Balloons and candy were purchased from Party City and some candy was purchased from a little independently owned sweet shop in Montclair on Church Street. {love Montclair!} We had a face painting station, a cotton candy station, a candy buffet, carnival games and hubby made animal balloons.

Garland and Games from Oriental Trading.
Mustache's on a stick purchased from My Creative Side Face Painting was done by me
Vintage Popcorn and Peanut bags from Hey Yo Yo Treat Bags & Clown Noses from Oriental Trading



Pennant Banner by moi =)
I don't have a personal picture of the Big Top crayon favors that I purchased from My Little Otter on Etsy but I had to mention this particular seller because she was very good about replacing the broken ones for me at the last minute. They were so cute! Had to keep the kids from eating them though - because at first they thought they were chocolates! So beware! LOL

I have a new respect for event/party planners. It is HARD work and very time consuming! But all worth it in the end when you have it all put together. Hope you guys enjoyed the pics. Hope it inspires you to throw a Circus party for your little ones. =)