Monday, March 26, 2012

Circus Birthday Party

We celebrated Malacai's fourth birthday with my family in vintage circus style.  I thought a circus birthday party would be fun for Malacai because he loves animals and his favorite color is red.  My mom also has these amazing vintage animal candle holders that Malacai loves - and they were perfect for a circus theme.

Photos by Justin Michau Photography.  So thankful to my brother-in-law for taking the time to do this!!

Also - be sure to check out Cait's blog to see her coverage of the party fashion {you must see her ring master outfit!} as well as some of her snazzy photos of the party!

I made ticket-style invites and put them in red envelopes {from Michaels}.  

Mike and I hung red & white streamers to look like a bigtop circus tent.  So thankful to my love for all his hard work helping me with the party!

Cait was a big help in providing props for the party.  Vintage bubblegum mugs, vintage carnival straws, gumball machines, a wooden horse, musical carousel and so much more - thanks Caitie-did!
The super cute vintage animal candle holders that my mom provided.

I made the cake bunting with fabric from JoAnn's.

I saw this of idea of making tiny party hats for the animals on Oh Happy Day and I just love it.  These animals are from Michaels.

White chocolate covered oreos with pretty sprinkles and a vintage clown I found at the thrift store.  Pompom garland made by my high school bestie, Sarah.  It was perfect for this party!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies - so good!

Cotton candy lemonade...take a glass of lemonade and add in a piece of cotton candy!  Vintage elephant glass was a gift from Cait a few years ago.

I love old-school style tin toys and our local toy shop has a nice selection of them.  I had to splurge and buy this elephant!

I thrifted this vintage clown tray a few years ago...the hamburger and hotdog plates are from Michaels.

I asked my aunt to bring veggies and she showed up with this most amazing clown veggie dip!  How cute is that?!

My mom & aunt made the orange fruit cups and I think they are going to be showing up at many future parties - I love them!
The stamped party cups were another idea that I got from Oh Happy Day.  I used a potato stamp and red acrylic paint {what I had on hand} to do mine.  Do you write names on cups at parties?  My family always does this.

Ring Master mustaches...chocolate style.  {Got the mustache mold off of Amazon last year}

Homemade soft pretzels with jalapeño cheese dip and homemade caramel corn.  {I'll share these recipes soon!}  The popcorn bags were from Michaels.

The red & white tablecloth was hand painted by Mike.  I came up with the idea to paint a tablecloth to look like the stripes on the bigtop circus tents and Mike whipped this up one evening - isn't he the best?!  More yummy homemade oreos and golden graham s'more bars.

I wanted to do a few games but only got around to getting one ready {well, Mike got it ready}.  He glued magnets on the rubber ducks and the boys got to "fish" for ducks!

And one of my favorites of a party...the photobooth!

Lincoln was absolutely amazing in the photo booth.  He couldn't get enough of taking pictures of himself!  The series below makes me laugh so much!  I love that kid.

Such a fun day celebrating!  Thanks to my family for all the wonderful food & help in pulling this off!  Happiest fourth birthday to my sweet Malacai Mitchell!


  1. great photos! dying laughing at some of those photobooth shots.

  2. best party thrower everrr. those invitations are amaze! i found ours in j's pocket the day of the party...
    so much yummy, yummy foods!!! ohhh and those photobooth

  3. amazing party! i am leaning towards a circus party for oliver this summer. getting some great inspiration here... thanks!

  4. HA!!! seriously great photos! and holy man! your kids are so lucky to have you for a mama! looks like that party was amazing mand!!

  5. how cute! love the photobooth idea. this is a fun theme.


  6. YOU ARE SOOOO TALENTED! I may just completely steal this whole party from you one day! Thank you so much for linking up with me at Drab to Fab last week! Hope you'll join me again with more of your great ideas!

    Have a great weekend :)


  7. Can you pretty please tell me how you made those incredible ticket stub invites? they are amazing! I'm doing a baby shower for my aunt who requested a "vintage circus" theme and these would go perfectly~!

    1. Hi Laura-

      I made these using Adobe InDesign - not sure if you have a design program you could make them in? Or you can always try to use MS Word - that's a little harder to design things in, but if it's all you have...
      I looked for free circus fonts, try:
      Then I searched for free vintage circus images {clip art}, until I found one I liked and placed that next to my font. Then I just printed them on kraft paper {I think mine is probably from Michaels}, and cut them around the border I had made {something in InDesign}.
      Not sure if that's helpful or not...a lot of depends on what programs you have to use. Good luck!!



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