Birthday parties are my favorite kind of parties. Scratch that. I just like to have an excuse to decorate and go crazy! That’s exactly what I did when a client asked for help with her daughter’s circus-themed birthday bash. Her daughter is a bit of a tomboy and she knew that pink just wasn’t going to cut it for her. A circus-theme can be perfectly gender-neutral and fun. With vintage candy-filled goody bags, a simple cake, and some animal masks, this party really took on a life of its own!
I was lucky enough to live near a Michael’s crafts that had dollar bins filled to the brim with circus-themed paper goods. Naturally, I bought out almost the entire collection. These animal cards served as the perfect invitation for guests. They also doubled as frame-able favors for the party-goers.
No circus party is complete without Ring of Fire Cupcakes. To make them, just twist red and gold pipe cleaner together and form a circle. Place the circle on the top of each cupcake and put a small plastic lion (found at your local craft or toy store) in the center!
To me, a circus has a sort of “vintage” feel so we just had to have some vintage Big Red sodas at every place setting. A stamped luggage tag wrapped around the bottleneck with twine was the perfect personal touch.
And then of course, the spoils. Everybody went home with a bag filled with all sorts of vintage candies and toys. Plastic toy animals found at the craft store were spray-painted gold before being tossed in each bag. There were so many simple little details that really helped everything come together! I’d say it was a success!
And I may have walked away with a goody bag or two…
Styling // Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel
Photography // Ashley Swapp Photography