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come one, come all

enjoy the fun
kaden and gavin’s
birthday circus has come!!!

the circus party i’ve been planning for months for my two june babies came and went with a BANG!

Take a seat, grab a snack…this post is LONG, so scroll down and sit back!

{most photo’s are courtesy of my photographer, Lyndsey @ seenboxphotography.com. it was SO hard to pick out my favorites. that’s why this post is so long!}


Open the curtains and……
i made/painted the ticket booth…it used to be a plain wooden puppet stage!

we served hot dogs, chips, lemonade, and sugar sugar sugar!

the bunting flags i made were purchased on parties by hardie notice the cups…they’re cute circus animal noses as well as matching ‘welcome to the circus’ cups…

the clown cupcakesi made…

i found the cute clown heads and clown shoes online. they made the cupcakes so adorable!…

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here’s my snow cone cupcakes and popcorn cupcakes!
as i said in a previous post, i wanted to serve snow cones at the party but didn’t want the work and mess. so after brainstorming one night, i came up with these! fun, huh?!
i made the popcorn cupcake sleeves out of cardboard popcorn boxes…and then attached a popcorn label to the front. the ‘popcorn’ is marshmallows {i cut an x into each marshmallow with kitchen sheers} sprayed lightly with yellow food coloring spray…

and here’s the cake i made {more detailed pics below}. since this party was suppose to be last week {we got rained out BIG TIME and had to cancel/postpone it a week} the bottom part of the cake was kinda hammered. i re-made the top part though.
i made the fun happy birthday banner in photoshop{the paper was a mix of adorable circus paper}…

you can also see the napkins/napkin rings
i made out of tickets {got the idea from hwtm}…
and the cake stand..it’s a tub that i painted to look like a circus elephant step! i got the idea from one of my followers, briattany {perfect harmony}. thanks brittany!…
i ordered the water bottle labels through, pumpkin petunia.
SO cute!…
and, one of my favorite parts of the whole party….the photo booth {i made it out of painted cardboard, polka dot fabric, and small chairs}!…
the clown bibs i had out for the little ones…




they won goldfish soap at the goldfish toss {i made the soap out of glycerine, scented oil, and plastic goldfish, and small plastic bags!}. i tied little tags on {also made in photoshop} with cute circus ribbon.


zoltar the fortune teller



time to sing happy birthday! here’s the boys blowing out their candles…

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158 Comments
  1. Gagan

    this is such an inspiration n i have now successfully completed my little one's 1st bday party wth a similar theme….u helped m alot wth the ideas…hats off 2 u…

  2. Fiestera Chic

    Love your blog!!!
    Everytime I see this party I found something new and useful..
    I´m from Colombia and run a blog about parties and ideas, and I'm featuring your photo booth in my site.
    Visit me @ http://fiestascreativas.blogspot.com/
    Cheers!!!
    PS. It´s very likely I´ll feature again this party in the near future :)

  3. Mandy

    What a great birthday!! Do you sell the decorations that you used after the birthdays? If you still have some of the circus decorations I would definitely be interested!! Please let me know what you do with all the leftover stuff!

  4. kara's party ideas

    Thanks! I found the cardboard boxes at the dollar tree!

  5. Sabrina

    You did an amazing job!!!! It all looks so adorable! I am planning my daughter's 5th birthday to be circus theme for April. I was wondering how you made the goldfish soap? Do you still have any of your games and decorations that you would be willing to sell? Where did you get your cotton candy from and the red tents used on your tables? You have basically the same stuff that I was going to buy so I was just checking!!! You can email me at [email protected] if you want to !! Thank you!!!

  6. Anonymous

    This is totally Wicked!! I have chose a circus theme for my boys 1st party and i would love to create something as good as this x

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  8. Dominique

    i am in love with this party- it looks amazing… my little boys 1st birthday coming up in july and this theme wins hands down!

  9. Alisha

    OMG, My little girl will be one in a couple of months and I have had this circus party planned forever but I just needed something like this to really get me excited about it and give me some really good ideas! You did an amazing job, I'm such your cute little boys had a ball:)