The snacks on the table included freshly popped buttery flavored popcorn, shelled peanuts, jumbo candy dipped marshmallows (which we named 'Elephant Feet'), sugar cookies, Twizzlers licorice, M&M's, chocolate covered pretzels, homemade blackberry white chocolate ice cream (mmm...), big foot candies, lemonade and of course, the amazing Circus themed cake made by my oh-so-talented sister from Candy & Cake.
I created some bunting with clearance ticking fabric and leftover ribbon to adorn the front of the table.
The candy jars marked with labels designed and created by me.
The gorgeous cake. One layer was chocolate, the other was white cake, with orange buttercream. So good! And isn't it amazing! I can't seem to get it through to my sister how talented she is, so maybe you can check out her blog (and her cakes) and tell her yourself!!
We rented a tabletop popcorn machine that decorated the dessert table for next to nothing. Such a perfect prop that made some fresh and tasty popcorn.
After finding the backdrop fabric for a great deal during Halloween (used for costuming), I knew I had to create something to mimic a circus tent. And it turned out just how I hoped!
Homemade Blackberry White Chocolate ice cream. It was sooo good, will definitely be made again!
We rented a cotton candy machine (it was a must) to create fluffy blue clouds on sticks. The kids loved and it and even the adults enjoyed it!
Shelled peanuts. It's one of the first foods I think of when I think of the circus.
We did some face painting and temporary tattoos for when the kids first arrived.
The drinks table had extra cups, lemonade, coffee and more cotton candy.
Although I never did get any pictures of it, we served hot dogs and veggies and dip for supper.
The kids craft was decorating clown hats that they could wear and take home.
We decorated with helium filled balloons that scattered the ceilings and added this centerpiece in the livingroom area.
What's a circus without a little photo booth. I cut out the props with my Silhouette, then glued them to wood dowels. Props included different mustaches, a bow tie, star shaped glasses, and big lips. There was also a fluffy boa, clown noses and a clown wig.
The backdrop was also clearance fabric that just happened to work perfectly with the colors and theme!
I made the framed photo booth sign by spray painting an old frame and printed this out.. stay tuned for the printable!
My daughter loved the photo booth best!
My birthday boys! It was so hard to have them sit still for a picture or two, so I didn't get many of them, unfortunately.
My hubby joined in the fun, too!
We played a fishing pond game (I was going to do a duck pond, but had such a hard time finding ducks at a reasonable price.. so odd.), I just used baby food jar lids with foam fish glued to the tops and with a handmade magnetic fishing rod, they were able to capture their fish!
And the kids also played a bean bag toss game. We made our own board and painted it and I whipped up some coordinating bean bags, too.
Lastly, the goody bags. I found them at Michael's for 50 cents each and attached a clown nose to the top of each one.
The goody bags consisted of a box of Lucky Elephant popcorn, Circus paint sheets, a bouncy ball, animal ball and paddle toy, and a lollipop!