It’s my last post about the birthday party; I promise. Now for my favorite part of it: the details and decorations. This part was SO MUCH FUN to complete. Let me begin by revealing that I am really not the most creative person I know. I am simply good at stealing someone’s ideas and adding my own thing to it a little, and all of these little crafts are something anyone can do. So easy.
One simple thing was the sign near our mailbox that greeted guests as they arrived. I actually made three signs but only managed to take a photo of one. We live on a hill and our driveway is long and steep, so this one was at the bottom near the mailbox.
As guests made their way up, there was one that said “Step Right Up” and further on, there was one that said “Almost There” because you sort of need a cheerleader to make it up our driveway. We tied bright balloons to some of the signs and to the front porch, and I hope it set the tone for guests before they even entered the party. Once they came inside, our guests saw this table in the foyer.
I placed the favors here next to a book I ordered from Amazon that worked with the circus theme and could be signed by the guests as they left. I know Jude will appreciate it one day as he reads the sweet messages left by all of our friends and family who celebrated with us. For the favors, I used Oriental Trading Company for all of it. Each bag contained some candy, a clown nose, some carnival-themed stickers, some circus-themed temporary tattoos, and a small box of crayons, so all of the kids at the party could leave with something fun. I designed the little labels using my scrapbook program, and you can have a closer look at them by looking at this earlier post.
I also made a high chair banner using the free circus font I found online. I simply cut circles and glued them to bright cardstock and then tied it all together. Super simple but helped to bring the theme together.
I used cloth rather than paper so that I can easily reuse them in the years to come. I figure boys are always having parties that use some combination of primary colors, so if we do trains or cars or superheroes or dinosaurs or whatever in the future, I can always use these flags and maybe just sew a couple of new ones to add to the mix and bring in something fresh. If you don’t sew, you could use heat n’ bond or something and make the flags that way.
I also made a birthday onesie I’ve already written about in an earlier post. I used the leftover material I had from the flags, added a little freezer-paper stenciling, and sewed it to a onesie I found for $4 at Target. Birthday Boy looked so perfect in it. He’ll continue to wear it this fall, I’m sure.
Lastly, my favorite part of the party was the photo booth. It was incredibly simple and served as some great entertainment. I simply used blue fabric as a background and strung some party pennants and lights over it. I spent about $5 at the dollar store to buy various funky Halloween type dress up things – a large tie, funny glasses, a feather boa, etc. I also tossed a few clown noses in there and placed some balloons next to it so it looked bright and circus-like. This photo booth idea could be great for all sorts of parties though. I can totally imagine it with a fairy or princess theme for little girls with a pink background and wands and tiaras. Or even an adult holiday party with a Christmas-y background. So. Much. Fun. In fact, my new problem will be avoiding the urge to have a photo booth at all my parties.
As excited as I was, I honestly wasn’t sure how this would go over because sometimes the things you are most excited about are not so loved by other people, you know? In the end, I think some of our guests did love it after all. I hope to print out some photos and mail them with the thank you notes so guests can remember fun times.
So that’s it! I think I’ve told you almost everything I can about our circus birthday party. Feel free to recycle these ideas for yourself, and I hope you have as much fun party planning as I did. If you want to read more about the details of this party, you can see my archives here and here.