A little circus party for Henry 1st birthday that was supposed to look something like this. Work and overdue yard maintenance pushed it to this year and combined it with Charlotte's 10th. Then Molly threw her budget in for good measure. And so the little circus party grew into a big circus party.
Once fueled up, we moved on to dressing up. I could make these ostrich feather head dresses for days. Like, I have a problem. Clown noses, top hats, mustaches and sets of arm bands (slap bracelets) were intended to create some gender balance.
There was a small backdrop, or "Selfie Station" as I plan on TMing it (but my plans aren't very good since this is the only photo of it that exists....) and a Fuji Instax camera to document your awesome-ness. We ordered these photo frames for the kids to decorate.
Then it's a hop-skip-and-a-jump to the backyard for circus pandemonium in the form of a tight-rope workshop, mechanical horse, facepainting, Henry's little circus camp, and cupcakes. The Cinncinnati Circus Company came to do the tight-rope workshop (this guy juggled during slow times, too).
This dessert buffet was why I was so excited to expand the party from a little bday for Henry to including the girls--I really felt like I hadn't seen any circus parties focused on the ostrich feather and sequin side of the circus. Which is my favorite side of the circus. And I've been dying to try these ostrich centerpieces (verdict: pretty easy to make. Also, these are on the cheap--only $20 in feathers total. More is more, but I forgot to hit "buy" on my second installment--oops.). I predict the 8x8 sequin cloth will make many future appearances.
Sadly, the wind did not permit my desired favor layout but you get a little taste of it here. This did get me thinking: the reason I love favors is mostly the table full of adorably packaged favors all lined up. Period. End of story. But I try to put theme appropriate tokens inside. The bags included a swirly pop and star garland (repackaged in a cute striped bag).
After finally deciding that ordering for-real horse show-style ribbons printed with my circus party info was officially out of budget (my original favor idea), I made award rosettes out of crepe paper streamers and card stock (foiled, natch). I'm weirdly obsessed with them--you could use them for everything....maybe next year's valentines need to be in this format.....
Oh, and there were crafts because you just never know how long kids will stay interested in things. In this case, almost none of the crafts were utilized :)
That's it. Now, photo montage time:
Watch out! Cotton candy slowly melts.
Photography: Kristy Murphy Photography
Horse, Cotton Candy machine, extra tables: PartyTime Rentals
Food Packaging: CupcakeSocial, Party Surprise
Ostrich Feathers: eBay (mine were from here)
Parasols: eBay (mine were from here)
Top Hats: aliExpress (seller)
Clown noses, slap bracelets, mustaches: Amazon
Sequin backdrop: aliExpress (seller)
Elephant Cookies: Lovebird Bakery
Lucite cupcake stand: Amazon
Circus Tent: Ikea
Lions & Barbell: Amazon
Stripped Plastic Tablecovering: Oriental Trading
Tissue Fans: Oriental Trading & PaperMart
Star Garland: aliExpress (seller)
Craft supplies: Amazon
Giant plastic Popcorn containers (floral arrangements): Dollar Tree
My awesome set-up team: