Monday, January 23, 2012

The Circus Party



This weekend was the big event.  My twin boys' 2nd birthday party!  I can't believe they're 2 now.. it flew by even faster than their first year.  
I want to share some (or a lot!) pictures of the party with you.  The boys had a lot of fun (especially since they have such a love for balloons) at our mini Circus-at-home!  We went with the colors blue, yellow and red and had accents of other colors too, since the Circus is so bright and colorful!
Anyways, enjoy!  I will elaborate some more on the party details and DIY's later in the week.

I'll start off with the dessert table.  The funnest and yummiest part of the party, am I right?  Candy!
You can't have a Circus party without candy.


 

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!


And me.


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!



So that was it!  I hope you are inspired to do your own circus party (since it was crazy fun to plan) and come back to check out some of the extras to do with the party.
Thanks for stopping by!

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119 comments :

Amy @ TheMombot.com said... Best Blogger Tips

This is kinda creepy, because I just threw a circus party for my 2-year-old this weekend too! We had many of the same things, right down to the photo booth, hot dogs, and lemonade... weird! Here's my party post: http://www.themombot.com/crafting/2012/01/22/vintage-circus-birthday-party

The NY Melrose Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my, where to start. I love everything about it! The table looks amazing! I especially liked the photo booth idea. The props were a great idea for the photos as well. I also have a two year old and cannot even imagine two. You must be one busy mommy! I'm your newest follower.

Beth Bailey Alyssabeths said... Best Blogger Tips

What an adorable party !!!!

I'm your newest follower

Beth

http://alyssabeth1.blogspot.com/

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

What an amazing party! All the details are just brilliant - from your circus tent, to the elephants feet marshmallows and all the fun activities!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Kellie Brown said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely adorable!! I linked up to our Parties & Entertaining board at iVillage~ http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Party-Talk-Tips/Cute-circus-themed-party/td-p/118828277

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that is crazy!! The party looks fabulous, what a sweet little girl!! Happy birthday to her!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you!! And welcome!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Beth!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Jill! I'm glad you stopped by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for sharing this, Kellie!!

Creative Raisins said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay this is amazing. I love a party that pulls out the extra stops and thinks about all the little touches. The photo booth is so much fun too. I stopped over at your sisters blog and yes she has an amazing talent, I am following her know too to see more of her fantastic cakes.

Crafty Mischief said... Best Blogger Tips

You party and your kiddos are adorable! I love the circus desert table!

Tamika Rybinski said... Best Blogger Tips

adorable, I love everything about this!

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Karla Medina said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh!!! what a fun looking party. I bet the children had a blast. Love all your decorations and snack table. SOOO cute!!!

Susan Crabtree said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute! we had a mario party for my son last weekend but I remember when we did his carnival/circus party when he was in preschool! so fun!

Barb said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this! I pinned it and shared it on Twitter & Facebook. So creative!

Decorating the Ville said... Best Blogger Tips

This is amazing!!! I love it all, but my favorite is the photobooth with all the fun accessories! Just love it!! Visiting from S&S...

Claire Jain said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh WOW! What an amazing birthday. Shoot, I want a party like this. Well done!

The Loops said... Best Blogger Tips

I love love love these colors. Red and light blue are my fave right now. I'm stopping by from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe. I hope you'll come visit some time.

http://theloops13.blogspot.com

Tausha said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the cutest idea~! I love how everything was simple yet fabulous! My kind of party! My favorite thing was your elephant feet. Loved how simple and cute they were! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Have a happy week!!

Tausha
sassystyleredesign.blogspot.com

Miriam@Bebookbound said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it love it love it. My daughter wants a carnival for her birthday this year, so I hope you don't mind, but I will be stealing a TON of your ideas. SO FUN! I don't know how you do it. Those are two lucky kiddos.

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! I adore every detail. The photo booth is so clever! And those tags!! I'm impressed! I will definitely be sharing! :)

LV said... Best Blogger Tips

These two year old celebrated in style. Very nicely done.

Sally Annie Magundy said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! So much fun!

Happy Rednesday!

Tales of a Trophy WIfe said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! I love all the little details. All the fun of the circus w/out the smell :)

Laurel Leaf Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute!! I want a circus party!!! The tent is amazing, and I love the lemonade bottles!!

WhyCuzICan said... Best Blogger Tips

What an awesome circus party- wish *I* coulda come! Lovin' it :D

Visiting from Under $100 linky party at Beyond The Picket Fence :) Thanks for sharing with us!
~Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

Jenilyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! This was featured today at Grits and Giggles!
http://www.gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com/2012/01/what-i-love-wednesday_25.html

The Southern Product Queen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this post! What a super cute birthday idea! I'm having a linky party again, and would love for you to join, and share your ideas! Here is the link https://www.google.com/analytics/web/#realtime/rt-overview/a27278139w52461742p53234243/

craftytexasgirls said... Best Blogger Tips

Visiting from the Southern Product Queen- great party! Love it!

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

Darling!! Wish I had kids to share in this kind of fun :) New follower. Would love for you to come visit me at livelaughrowe.com

Rosemary@villabarnes said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, that looks like so much fun. Great theme.

Maria said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun looking party! Love the circus theme!!!!

Debbie Mendes Cotton said... Best Blogger Tips

This is SO SO SO cute!!! I need to pin this like crazy!! I hope you can swing by and link up at our party this week!! xoxo Debbie http://www.inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinterest-thon-linky-party-3.html

Lauryn Clemmer said... Best Blogger Tips

how perfect is this entire setup!
my friend and i were just talking about party planning...
i look at parties like this and i'm so amazed!
this can't be real... it's too perfect :)
thanks so much for sharing your talents!
{love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

April@ Natural Nester said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! Everything is perfect for the theme and I love how bright and colorful it is! Great job, Mama!!! :)

Kara @ Mine for the Making said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE how your party turned out! I did a circus theme party for my daughter's 2nd birthday ;) Great minds think alike! It's such a fun theme to use. I love all of the games and the photo booth...too fun.

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

What a darling idea for a party! Happy Birthday to your twins.

Bekah said... Best Blogger Tips

Found this on Pinterest too - stopping by from TGIF! Love this party idea - looks like loads a sweet fun! :)

~Bekah @SonshineTotSchool.blogspot.com

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm speechless! This is SOOOOOO CUTE!!! What a lucky little birthday boys! : )
M.L.

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea! LOVE the picture booth!

Thanks for linking up to Tell it to Me Tuesday @ Creatively Living!

--Katie

Courtney C said... Best Blogger Tips

http://sweetcsdesigns.com/archives/3111

So cute! I featured you in my Friday Finds post!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said... Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable...I love theme parties! I love the clown noses on the treat bags...so cute!

You have created so many wonderful projects! Share your craftiness on my website www.ohmy-creative.com

Susan,
http://www.ohmy-creative.com/
A community to Create - Share - Inspire

agaphcia said... Best Blogger Tips


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Vicky said... Best Blogger Tips

Love all these great ideas! I am visiting from A Pinteresting Party and have pinned this post. Vicky from Mess For Less

Tutus & Tea Parties said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all that you had at this party! It looks like a blast! Thank you for linking up to A Pinterest Party! :)

lulumusing said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! Anything circus suits me, and you've done it just right.

D+B said... Best Blogger Tips

You have such a cute blog. I found you on the link party. I am your newest follower. :) If you would like to check out my blog that would be awesome and follow me back..I would love to feature you on my blog sometime, you have way cute stuff..

-Brooke
for-the-luv-of.blogspot.com

MiaB said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness!!! WOW!!! You are talented and so creative :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday.

~MiaB
www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from my Show & Share party! Thanks for linking up!

http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2012/01/show-share-24-features.html

katy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is sooooooooo sweet. I bet your babies had the best time!

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm featuring this on Tell it to Me Tuesday @ Creatively Living!

Come on by and grab a button!

--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Love love love!! :)

Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday :)

Laurianne said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so adorable! What a great party idea!

Jami said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so happy you shared this adorable party at the Tuesday To Do Party! It's one of this week's features. Feel free to stop by and grab a button!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Robin said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all the details! Fabulous job! :0)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you!! Thanks so much for your support!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Tamika! I'm glad you liked it all!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

The kids loved it! Especially the balloons! :) Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Susan! The circus party is so fun to plan, too. :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Barb!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! I'm so glad you stopped in!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Claire! You are so sweet!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much! I agree, the colors actually went with my kitchen colors, too!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much, Tausha! Your comments were so kind!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! I'm honored you are inspired by my party! Steal away!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much! You are so sweet!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Sally!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Exactly! I'm not a fan of the smells! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you!! So glad you stopped in!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the feature! That's so great!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Kelly!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Maria! So glad you liked it!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Debbie! You are so sweet!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

You are too kind!! Seriously! Thank you so much, Lauryn!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, April!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Kara! Circus parties are so fun to plan, don't you agree!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Sarah!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for stopping in!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Katie!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Courtney!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much! I'm excited to share my projects on your site!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much! I'm glad you stopped by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

You're so sweet! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for following! I'll check it out right now!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much!! You are too kind!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Lindsay!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! They loved it!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for the feature!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Kelley!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for stopping by!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks again for the feature!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Robyn!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! It bring back memories of a circus baby shower I threw years ago! I'm actually thinking about a carnival party for my 4YO next birthday and I LOVE your labels, I've been planning on using bunting on my labels, they turned out great! I'm featuring your party today on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays, thanks for linking up!

Sewandthecity said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fabulous party! I love your ideas, all the colours and the treats! My 4 year old will be having a Unicorn Birthday part at the weekend so i might have to steal some ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love this party! It is so wonderful. I especially love the photo booth and all the props. I bet your kids had a blast! Great job!

Maria Kitching said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you very much for this, I'm having a circus theme party for my little boy in April, he'll be three. Deffinately lots of good ideas here.

Kara said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh. Cutest party I've seen in awhile! Every single detail is just fabulous!
I'm featuring this today at Creations by Kara. http://www.creationsbykara.com/2012/02/look-what-i-made-linky-party-2-1-2012.html

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Ashley!! And thanks so much for the feature!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you!! I'm not sure what you're going for, but my sister did a unicorn tea party this past fall, you can check it out if you want: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/11/free-printable-friday-unicorn-tea-party.html Hope it helps!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Jen! They loved everything, too!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome! Have fun planning yours!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Kara!

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

What a colorful and fun party! I love the circus theme! I am featuriing this on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and will be Pinning it too!

Hugs,
Lelanie

odetoinspiration said... Best Blogger Tips

So much fun!! You did an amazing job with the details!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@ToSewWith Love Thanks so much for your support!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@odetoinspiration Thank you!!

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

The votation for TSWL's finest of February 2012 is on! Go tell your friends to vote for you! ^^) good luck!

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Tulip TrueAim said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing! The kids looked like they had so much fun. I love the "Elephant Feet"! I am stopping by from Thats so Very Cheri. I am a new pinterest follower and GFC follower! Hope to see you at True Aim.

calg14 said... Best Blogger Tips

Im throwing a carnival party in 3 weeks and i have been looking for clown noses everywhere! Where did you find yours?

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

I had the same problem. I ordered them from eBay. Have fun!