Kids Circus Themed Birthday Party
As an event coordinator I love putting together parties. My favorite parties to plan and coordinate are children’s parties, because you can get really creative with the theme, color palette, and DIY decorations.
Only two weeks separate my three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son’s birthdays. So this year we had a joint birthday party for them. Both of my older children love animals and I thought a circus theme was a natural fit. My color palette was light blue, red, yellow and hints of gold.
I would love to take you behind-the-scenes at their recent birthday party. I hope you enjoy!
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We obviously couldn’t have live animals at our event, so I thought it would be fun to create a parting gift that included animals. The kids loved picking out their own animal as a parting gift.
I really wanted to rent a popcorn machine, but it wasn’t in the budget. So I found these super cute “fresh popcorn” bags, and popped the popcorn on-site in the microwave before guests arrived. They still had fresh popcorn as an appetizer and the scent of fresh popcorn lingered throughout the evening.
Perfect for the theme were these adorable cakes that my friend, Rebecka, of Sweet Alyse Bakery made. They were so delicious too!
The cakes, animal crackers, and popcorn sat atop a vintage yellow quilt from my mother-in-law that added wonderful warmth and color to the space.
For every party I plan I like to step outside of my comfort zone and try a new DIY. Enter the balloon garland! I have been enamored with balloon garlands as they grace Instagram and Pinterest. So I purchased 4 different types of balloons and made my own asymmetrical balloon garland to go over the entry and exit door. At the end of this post I will list what item made this garland so easy to make. I am now hooked, and I am excited to try different versions of the balloon garland for future events.
One of my favorite parts (and my son’s) was watching the children (and some adults) put clown noses on throughout the evening. It was so wonderful to watch them “clown around.”
THE biggest hit of the night was the bouncy castle. My children and their friends played in it for a solid 4 hours. They only left to eat dinner and cake. It was a wonderful investment, and a great way to keep the kids entertained so the adults could visit.
Just like at my daughter’s one-year-old Swan Lake Birthday Party I created a simple fan wall for behind the buffet table. It was a great way to add character to an otherwise boring backdrop.
I am no florist, but I had so much fun arranging a variety of flowers from our local grocery store in a plastic popcorn holder. I set the arrangements on top of a simple red and white stripe fabric table runner.
Another look at my asymmetrical balloon garland!
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I had so much planning and decorating for their party. However, the best part was knowing that my children had an amazing time! Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us.