I had wanted to do a fun circus themed party for awhile but I thought that probably it would have been for K's birthday since it's in the summer and then I could have had carnival type games outside. However, since she's older, she has her own ideas about what she wants for her parties.
Usually our parties are around the lunch hour but for this party we had a brunch with amazing homemade crepes made from an old family recipe. Such a good idea!!! I found this great idea from Kid's Birthday Parties on using cut marshmallows to look like popcorn on top of cupcakes.
I found most of the decorations at Target and they were even on clearance too! I had the girls color a few pages out of a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily coloring book I had been holding onto.
I even learned how to make balloon animals for the party. I can only make a dog though. The lips and mustaches on the straws came from Catch My Party and they added a very fun touch. The kids loved playing with them, and by kids, I mean my Grandpa.
I had hot air balloons hanging over the dessert table. The mobile was one I found at Ikea quite awhile back and the paper ones I found on the Sparkle Power blog site.
The treat bags and circus animal headbands were also from Target. Unfortunately we never ended up using the face paint stencils. Bummer!
E loved her cupcakes (what's not to love - marshmallows AND Nana's famous buttercream frosting).
The birthday girl got some help opening her gifts from her lovely big sister, K.
It was a fantastic and memorable day for everyone there. We combined several traditions, had a ton of laughs, and enjoyed the company of some wonderful family before we moved. All in all, I'd say it was a success!