Circus first birthday party: ideas for food, decor & games

May 24, 2012 1 By EngineerMommy

Sophia’s first birthday party was this past weekend. We went with a circus theme, which I wrote about here. We had circus elements throughout the whole party and it was a huge success.

Here is how we put it together.

We strung balloons on string from our fan to three points (one on a curtain rod, another on a second curtain rod, and another on a kitchen hook). We had the strings of balloons draped in such a way to mimic a circus tent. We made huge tissue paper pom poms, which I wrote about previously here. We kepts everything in our theme colors: red & yellow.

We served popcorn in authentic popcorn bags. We served cotton candy sticks- pieces of cotton candy shaped into balls and stuck onto lollipop sticks. We served circus peanut candies and strawberry-shaped marshmallows sitting on a bed of edible grass (I picked these up right after Easter on clearance!)

We hung a Happy First Birthdy Sophia on the main feature wall, which I wrote all about here. We also picked up a package of circus themed wall decals, which we displayed to the right & left of the main bunting banner. We picked up some carnival-themed photo cards and put Sophia’s picture in it. We displayed these in a row on the table. They served as decor & favors- each guest could pick one up when they left.

We also made a huge photo collage in the shape of a the number 1. We glued the photos onto poster board shaped as a 1, and then taped that onto the wall. We love how the whole party turned out and how it all came together!

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