Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Step Right Up!!

For our sons first birthday party we decided to do a Circus theme.. 1) because I wanted to hire a balloon maker and 2) because most of the kids were a lot older and we thought we could entertain them with some classic circus games..

I got these gorgeous invites from Etsy.. I love how you can use your child's head on the characters body.. It gave everyone a good laugh!!

We dressed up Zion as a lion tamer, my daughter dressed up as a ballerina and my hubby and I dressed up as Ringmasters.. We also asked all the kids to come as their favourite circus characters and they all looked so sweet!!

We decided to have it at our home as we wanted to have hot dogs and sausage rolls for lunch.. At the entrance we pinned up signs on a tree, then we had a ticket booth and I made this cool '1' sign with pics of him over the last year..



At the present table we did up a blackboard sign with his name and birth details.. It was a cute little touch!

For all the signs and decorations we used bright colours (blue, red, yellow) with different patterns.. It certainly gave it a 'fun' feel..

We bought a popcorn and fairy floss machine to add the traditional 'circus' feel to the food.. We also served Strongmen dumbells (Fruit sticks), Caramel apples, Lion tamer whips (sour straps), Elephant pails (vegies and mayonnaise), Clown noses (Jaffas), Peanuts, Clow cupcakes, Hot Dogs and Sausage rolls.. For drinks we had juice and bottled water in a pail..

 I had so many ideas for the cake, but couldn't go past this gorgeous clown - perfect for a one year old!
The base was caramel mudcake with sprinkles and the head was a styrofoam ball iced (very cheeky and the kids got a little bit of a shock when I took it off to cut the cake :-/) 

For entertainment we hired the wonderful Tamara from The Face Painting People who made balloon animals for all the kids.. We had a couple of tables full of the 'classic' circus/fair games like knock down, ring toss, shoot a duck, ping pong bounce, and bean bag toss.. It kept all the kids amused for hours!! And we also had a 'kissing booth' which we got some sweet pics of the birthday boy and all his friends :-)

Each child went home with full bellies and a Popcorn goody bag with a clown nose, popcorn, circus tattoo, fun game, chocolate and lollies..

We had one very tired little one year old by the end of the day :-) 

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