Tallulah’s First Birthday – A Vintage Circus Party

I have been waiting for years to do a vintage circus themed party for one of my girls.  My older girls had different ideas for their parties this year so I knew exactly what I wanted to do for my Tallulah’s 1st birthday this year.  I had originally planned for the party to be outside, but the weather did not cooperate for us at all.  I am glad I adapted the party for inside because in the middle of the party a huge storm blew through.  That would have really put a damper on everything if it was outside.

Since the party was inside I had to cut a lot of my original plans.  I couldn’t do a photo booth and I couldn’t use a lot of the decorations I had planned.  We made it work with my space inside and had a lot of fun anyways.  My mom, sister, and I made custom party hats, decorations, and top hats for my three girls.  I ordered clown noses for the kids and all of the cakes, goodies, and food were home made by me and my mom.

I made the circus party hats and Tallulah’s birthday invitation using Rhonna Farrer’s Spring Circus kit.  You can find the kit here Spring Circus Bundle.  I just love it and it fit perfectly into my theme. Here is the front of the invitation.

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Tallulah's first birthday invitation, circus theme, kit by Rhonna Farrer Designs.

Here are the hats we made for all of the children at the party.

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I made Tallulah a smash cake by baking a cake in a tomato can.  I saw the idea on Pinterest and was excited to try it.  I took two large tomato cans and wrapped the bottoms with foil.  I baked one with red tinted batter and one with plain batter.  Then I sliced the layers into 4 total layers that I stacked in red and white striped layers.  Here was her smash cake before the party.

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When I found this Art Panel Print by Papaya art a few weeks ago I knew I had to have it for the party.  It was perfect and I can put it in Tallulah’s room so that she can have it growing up.  I based my cake and cupcake table around the print.  You can find the print online here www.papayaart.com – BigDealArtPanelPrint.html.  I found it locally on a day trip to Mt. Dora at a shop called High Falootin’ Junk.  It is a really cute shop in downtown Mt. Dora.  This is the link to the shop High Falootin’ Junk | just a bunch a good ol’ junk.  Here are the pictures of the cake table.

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I really had to make a conscious effort to put down the camera and focus on enjoying my baby’s 1st birthday party.  I wanted to live in the moment and not spend the entire party behind the camera.  Luckily I got my mom to take pictures while we opened Tallulah’s presents.  I set my Nikon on auto and told her to fire away.  I did manage to get some pictures during the party, but not nearly a fraction of what I would have liked.  Then again I am happy I spent the time with my family instead.  Here are some pictures from the party.  Tallulah had a fantastic time and I am so happy everyone showed up despite the impending weather.  I didn’t get pictures of everyone and for that I am sorry, but I had a fantastic time being mommy instead.

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  • This is simply amazing! beautifully done, I might need to try this some time!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for mentioning my store. It sure looks like the party was a beautiful one and the Papaya art panel was a perfect fit.

    DennaReplyCancel