CIRCUS {party details}

CIRCUS party 

Today I am sharing my Circus party details.  If I leave anything out, don’t hesitate to ask.

Planning: I am a very serious planner to the point where I need to put things down visually so I can figure out how to make the party a success.  I used a lot of pinterest inspiration, googling circus and carnival party ideas and asked friends like Date Girl, Jessica and Amber for opinions and suggestions.  I drew myself a picture of my plans… you can see how much you need by doing this in my opinion.
{Note: The party was planned outside but it rained, so be sure to have a plan B, because my plan B was all in a scramble & I think my pictures suffered}

Invitation:  I think Etsy is by far my favorite place to go for invitations.  There are so many talented creators and I found the BEST!  Ian & Lola was so helpful and creative with me (I even used her again for Ryan’s custom invite coming soon)

I went to Hobby Lobby where I found some invitation cards they had with the curtain opening that I thought would be perfect to slide her invite into and have her peeking through as you see in the bottom example.  I also used the “Circus” stick-on word for a few decorations since I had a few extra.  The invitation envelopes were too cute to pass up so it worked out well. 
{Note: I encourage you to send an invitation for any occasion to the President of the USA, even if you don’t like who is in office, ahem* because there is a 50% chance which is not the best but still, that you will get a response back}


Ticket Booth:  In my searches I saw a few ideas about having a ticket booth and mentioned the idea to Erik and he graciously agreed to build one for me.  I don’t have a plan to show or instructions on how he made it, he just winged it and it turned out beautiful!  I got the material at JoAnn’s Fabrics, stickers to modge podge on from Hobby Lobby and even the banners which I added letters to for TICKETS & RAYNE.   I am so impressed with my husband and this will be a great play spot for years to come!  I used Ric Rac from Pick You Plum to create the banner on the bottom..  
I also found the tickets at Hobby Lobby.  My Step-Mom Patricia agreed to be the ticket girl!
The Balloon Wreath:  I used pins, balloons and a Styrofoam wreath.  I pulled the balloons around and pinned them in where you can’t see the pins on the backside.  I found a plain wooden frame and spray painted it yellow and modge podged Rayne’s invite to hand it with baker’s twine that I got from Pick Your Plum and the pre-painted animals hot glued from Hobby Lobby.  I hung this on the front door as guests arrived.
Games & Signs: My original plan was to have 6 games for the kids but because of the weather and everything moving inside and we cut it back to 5.  Snickerplum on Etsy had the best game signs that were perfect for the party! Kristy was very quick and helpful! I would buy from her shop again in a heartbeat! 

The Cake:  This is always a huge deal for me and I love my cake lady so much that I have used her for 5 years now.  Instead of doing a tier cake, I thought that keeping them separate might be cool especially to add effect to my table.  This actually worked out so that I could easily cut the cake and they each had personality of a Circus.  If you live in the DFW area, you can order from Hands on Design Cakes.  Michelle is my baker b.f.f.  She sees my vision and makes it happen every time!
Signs & Other Decoration: 
*I found a candy store in our local mall and asked them to create tubes of gumball candy with the colors of our party.  I wanted to use this as a backdrop on a table and it worked out perfect for our gift table.  Turns out the bigger the gumball, the cheaper the candy since its mostly air.
*The Circus Signs personalized came from Wants & Wishes and its true… I wanted and wished and it happened.  Great work from Debra and I recommend this site for your party needs!!

signs and table
{Note: The chevron table cloth is from Hobby Lobby and I just had fabric cut to fit and the Happy Birthday Chalkboard sign I purchased from the Frisco Mercantile.  It actually came with a black and white polka dot ribbon & a base that was a rusty brown, so I replaced the ribbon with red and white stripes and spray painted the base red}

Photo Booth: I got all  my photo props and back drop at both Party City & Wal-Mart.  The pictures were adorable!
photo booth

Mason Jars: these are great for adding color and I filled mine with peanuts, balloons, clown noses & rubber duckies that Date Girl sent for Rayne’s Birthday. I used pre-made/colored animals to glue on and wrapped them each with washi tape and gave some finishing touches on a few with ric rac.  You can see here that I used some of the “Circus” stick-ons from her invitation to add with the décor.

Entertainment: Keeping in mind this was a birthday party for a 1yr old, I had to also think about our guests.  Reese is 2, Ryan and almost 5 and all of our friends ranged in age from 1-9 years old.  I kept wondering if I should get a small animal zoo but that would get boring for certain ages and it came to me.  Balloon & Face Paint Artists!  All kids love to get their faces painted and see what amazing things can be made from a balloon!   I called on Plano Party Animals to book with them right away after seeing them at our local school open house.  You can also follow their work on Facebook! Amazing RIGHT!?  The balloons were a hit but the face painting was top notch! 
face paint 
The Favors: I have finally come to the conclusion that Favors are the most fun aside from picking out the invitation and the cake to think of for a party.  I have also learned that you can waste a LOT of money on favors.  I decided that after each game played, the kids would win a prize.  There was a bag I provided for them to carry to each game.  At the end of the party, the idea was to have won each game and fill their bag with their favor, aka. prizes. Since they are all edible, I figure this is better than a bunch of trinkets that will be thrown away later.

Cookies by Cookie Coterie

I got the wooden tray with the handle at the McKinney Antique store and made the banners you see with my favorite collection of washi tape.  Cassie is the most amazing Cookie decorator and baker.  These are forever going to be my favor offered at any party  I throw!

Cotton Candy Mason Jars: I searched high and low for the best price on mason jars and can’t find anyone who can beat Wal-Mart.  I ordered the daisy mason jar tops from Diane at The Enchanted Frog Events.  I spray painted them to go with our theme colors and added my fun straws that I have been collecting over the months from various places.  I got cotton candy from Party City and filled each mason jar for each kid to keep one.

cotton candy {Note: The mason jars filled served as great decoration too until they were handed out as prizes}

Animal Crackers: I got these from Wal-Mart as well but the talented Debra at Wants & Wishes and wrapped them around the boxes personalized with Rayne’s Circus on them.
animal crackersPopcorn in a Bag:  I bought these bags and toppers from Hobby Lobby and filled them each with popcorn.  It’s a great snack and an easy prize!
GoldFish:  We gave out a goldfish at the duck guessing game and I got clear bags from Party City and Wants & Wishes made the cute label for me to add!
All of these favors were put in a very simple bag with another sticker to Thank our guests for coming from Wants & Wishes!
Wardrobe: Rayne was dressed in her red tu-tu dress that I got new from Kid2Kid in McKinney.  She didn’t get it dirty even through her cake smashing!  Reese wore a circus outfit that was originally for Rayne to wear but this fit her better.  The circus outfit was a custom piece I found at the Frisco Mercantile. Rayne rocked her dress! 
Other party supplies I used were purchased through

What a fun party!! 

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Laura / The Shed blog, by Pet Scribbles said...

Wow Janette, the circus party looks like it was amazing! You didn't leave out any details, and I love that you provided links to so many fun vendors - really helpful! Definitely saving this for reminders of things not to forget, let alone for the fun circus theme! Thanks!

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

What a wonderfully creative party! So smart the way you drew laid out a floor plan in advance. It's clear that a lot of thought went into the planning and in making every detail special. The goldfish in a bag prize is so clever. Great idea about keeping the cakes separate rather than tiered -- just like a three-ring circus, you had a lovely cake in each "ring"!

Jenn/Rook No. 17

Jessica McCoy said...

You are the party queen!!! You planned everything out so well and spent the time to really do things right! What a great party and I'm sure all the parents will be talking about it for a while!

Thanks for linking all of the stores that you used!! This will come in handy for future party planning!!

Cyn said...

This is absolutely adorable!! What a fun party!

Anonymous said...

How in the WORLD did you have time to do all this??? Incredible. You must not have slept for the past two months. It was seriously all worth it though. It is a PERFECT party!

becca said...

wow what an amazing party you did a great job and so much fun

Amber said...


This party turned out so great! It's so nice to see the final product after having so many chats about it!

Love what you did with the invitations, the tent idea was super cute!!!

Mrs. Match said...

I'm so glad you posted this, because I was able to see a lot more detail than in the first post. I LOVE the cotton candy mason jars. Those look awesome! And I'm so glad you were able to use the rubber duckies. :-)

Rayne really did rock that tutu. So adorable! I love all the little details you added. What a special 1st birthday party!

Jonie Marie said...

Wow! I am so impressed! You have so many incredible details. I'm sure any little kid would love a party like that!

Connie Weiss said...

Oh my gosh!! What a fantastic party! I love everything.

Emily said...

Oh my gosh woman that is one heck of a party.

Erica @ Mi Todo said...

wow! great job, mama!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

What a great party!! I love all the amazing details you put into it!!

cherished bliss said...

It turned out awesome girl! I am loving it : ) Such great details too : )

Anonymous said...

Definitely looks like you went all out for her party! So much fun and your decoration and game ideas are absolutely awesome :D Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Everything is perfect! What a fun party.

Durante said...

Wow, this is a LOT of work! I'm very impressed, you covered the bases so well, I can't imagine how long it took to put together.

I feel bad, I just made my child cake for their birthday.

christina montes said...
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christina montes said...

I love the invites. i was looking into ordering the sames ones from Etsy. What size did you print the invite in order for it to fit inside the tent. It states 5x7 but the card looks smaller.

phoebe said...

amazing! you really know how to throw together a party!! thank you for sharing all of your ideas and vendors.

Emmy said...

I am bowing down to your awesomness! Seriously girl you went above and beyond! So amazing.

The decor, the games, everything! Awesome.

And that last picture, so sweet!