Lizzie’s Vintage Circus inspired 1st birthday party

 

Carnival collage

Before Lizzie was even born I had already decided that her first birthday would be a vintage circus theme. Teal and red are also conveniently the colors of her nursery. The weekend before her birthday we did a DIY vintage inspired cake smash featuring her birthday outfit.

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The Menu

We were trying to keep the food cheap, easy, and themed so we came up with Hot dogs, BBQ meatballs, popcorn, and caramel apples. We popped the popcorn ourselves, the meatballs stayed warm in the crockpot as did the hotdogs in there sleeves, and the caramel apples were apples slices with caramel dipping sauce. The food containers were my favorite thing at her birthday.  The popcorn bags, hotdog wraps, and red and white trays came from Pink Lemonade Party on Etsy.

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I’m a little obsessed with food tents. I made these myself in MS Word by downloading a free circus font from the web.

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For drinks were served lemonade, water, and beer. The coordinating paper straws are also from Pink Lemonade Party.

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This beautiful cake was really the centerpiece of the whole party. Our friend Jenna made it for Lizzie. It was beyond anything we could have possible imagined!

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Lizzie loved the cake (as you can see below). The first picture is from Sophie’s first birthday and I thought It would be cute to get a similar one of me and Lizzie, but as you can see Lizzie had other ideas.

Lizzie and mommy cake birthday

Favors

I’m so over all the little crappy things kids get as favors at birthday parties, not to mention how much it all costs. This year I decided to simplify and only get each kid one thing. I found these cute bags on cotton candy from Sweetopia Cotton Candy on Etsy and they were a huge hit.

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Games

Since it was a 1st birthday party I decided not to do formal games, but I did make this cute little ring toss game. It actually only cost me $2! The bottles were old beer bottles (no shortage of those around here), the crate was a clementine box, the paint I already had laying around, and I made my own stencil to print ring toss on it. I bought a set of 5 bangles at Michael’s for $2 and wrapped them with shredded fabric that I already had laying around. The 3 year olds at the party had a ball with it.

 

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