For Eli's first birthday, we made a circus themed party complete with a circus tent, popocrn machine, peanuts, hotdogs, a "dress like a clown" station, pin the nose on the clown contest, face painting, and an area for kids to make circus animal puppets.
My husband decided to make a circus tent for the party because I couldnt find "big top" decorations that fit our style. He made the frame with PVC pipe and I found some fabric at a second-hand store for $4.00 for 6 or 7 yards.
I used Martha Stewart's famous pom poms.
For Eli's first birthday cake, I made a lion face cake with powdered sugar frosting to coordinate with the circus theme of the birthday party. The cake I made for the guests was a two-tiered chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. I also had chocolate, white, and gluten-free cupcakes available for guests.
The "Become a Clown" station we made by gathering clown clothes in a box and placing a disposable camera close. We got great pictures of all of the guests and sent a copy of the pictures with the Thank You cards later on.
There were some things that caused me stress... serving popcorn, peanuts, and hotdogs to a group of children is tricky with allergies and choking hazards. I called each guest before hand and warned about the peanuts and the menu.
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