Today I am thrilled to have the ladies of Bellenza guest-posting for me!  I love their enthusiasm for parties and weddings- their site is full of fabulous ideas!  And so, I welcome them as they show us a great idea for making clown party hats to go on top of containers for cute take-home party favors!  You can use milk bottles or any other bottle for the best effect!  Have the kids fill the bottles with treats and top with a hat!  So cute!

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Welcome to the BIG TOP with big-time cuteness galore! Kelli, of KLM Events, designed this dessert table for a first birthday party- and she made lots of the desserts herself!  What a fabulous sweets table with great style- it is the perfect combination of cute, sweet, and playful!

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Birthday Girl Saylor Rue loves the circus, and her mom Lottie was ready to invite all of her friends and family to the best birthday on earth with this Circus Spectacular held in their front yard!  This Circus Spectacular was designed by mom Lottie of Couture Events by Lottie…come one, come all!

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You will want this traveling circus to make its first stop in your town!  A Vintage Polka Dot Circus is the focus of this darling party with witty details and cheerful colors.  If you have a little Madagascar 3 movie fan in your home, you will love this delightful party design by Dina of Deliciously Darling Events! Step Right Up and enjoy The Greatest Party on Earth!

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Come walk the tightrope with us over this cute party designed by Connie of Candy Land Buffets!  I love the spin on the colors!  Connie opted for a pink and orange color scheme which adds instant fun to the dessert table!  And, I think the tightrope walker across the backdrop is a brilliant and unexpected feature!

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A circus party is one of the most-loved themes for children’s birthday parties!  Leave it to the creative minds at Spaceships and Laserbeams to come up with an amazingly unique and fantastically fun twist on the ever-popular Circus Party!  The vintage touches and whimsical animals add to the thrill of this Vintage Circus Party!  Step Right Up and Enjoy the Show!

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 Stripes, dots, harlequin patterns all combine to make the most colorful and cheerful Vintage Carnival Collection from Squared Party Printables of Atlanta, GA!  The carnival and circus themes are always popular when it come to children’s parties, and this party inspiration is just perfect to help you plan your next party!

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My children had similar ideas about what they wanted to do for their birthday parties last year, and so I suggested that we do one party for them both.  They loved the idea, and we combined their parties into one big circus!

The invitations by Itty Bitty were so much fun!  The outside was a circus tent and it opened to a clown hanging from a trapeze.   The invitations were topped with tulle and tied with raffia to close in the middle.

As the guests arrived, they were greeted at the ticket booth.  The ticket to get in was a clown nose!

Each child was given a small red bag to use to hold the prizes they would win at the party- with a nametag on the bag. A balloon arch was a special request from my daughter.  She was hoping for one the size of a building, but this was just right~

The cake was beautifully done by Emilee Greer of The Daily Deli.  Emilee assembled and decorated the cake on site before the party.  It was very fun to watch!

Emilee went above and beyond with this circus cake!  I was thrilled with how it turned out!


 With 100 little party guests (of all ages) plus parents, I had to be sure to have many games and activities.

The clown was a huge hit!  He made great balloons~

There were lots of dress-up props for the children to enjoy~

The Circus Spinner Game was fun- if the children landed on a 5 or a 7 (the ages of the birthday kids), they won a prize!

  The BIRTHDAY BOY having a ball in the Body Bopper!  These were in constant motion!!

And the Lollipop Parade was another popular place!  We played circus music and then stopped the music and called out a number.  The child on the lucky number could go get a lollipop.  This was so popular that we doubled up the children for this game and had 2 at each number.

The birthday kiddos had a special request to have MR. ERIC perform at the party.  I couldn’t think of a better person to clown around with than Mr. Eric!  He kept the children laughing and dancing!

Oversized balls were on the lawn for rolling, bouncing, or resting…

  The Birthday Girl gets a close look at the popcorn machine…

Retro popcorn bags by HEY YO YO.

Straws in circus colors by HEY YO YO.

Water bottle and fruit cup wrappers by A LITTLE LOLLIPOP TREE.

Circus star sandwiches…

Pinwheel toppers by CUPCAKE SOCIAL.

A happy little birthday girl~

Walking on stilts…

Favor boxes from NASHVILLE WRAPS.  Fantastic JUMBO box toppers from SIMPLE TASTES.

The favor boxes had small games, an old-fashioned candy stick, and a bag of POPCORN SOAP! The soap was a fun, unexpected surprise!  Bags of popcorn soap by LOVELEE SOAPS on Etsy.


A key part of the success of this party was having help!  I had a group of wonderful teenage helpers that volunteered their time to run the games and activities and help serve all of the guests.  Family and friends jumped in where needed, too!  Behind the scenes…

A big thank you to all of the friends and family that helped make the day fun and very special!

All bopped out…


 Party by Lydia Menzies

Favor Box Toppers (Jumbo-Size)- Simple Tastes

Signs, water bottle wrappers, fruit cup wrappers- A Little Lollipop Tree

Popcorn bags, paper straws- Hey Yo Yo

Popcorn Soap in Popcorn Bags- LoveLee Soaps

Mustache, glasses, hat props on a stick- Little Retreats

Paper pinwheel toppers for food- Cupcake Social

Cake by Emilee Greer of The Daily Deli

Food for adults- Marti’s at Midday

Photography by Three Sisters Photography (and friends and family)

 Party Dress and Shorts by McCall Wilder Designs

Entertainment- Eric Litwin, aka “Mr. Eric”

Clown and Balloon Arch- Up N’ Away Balloons