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