Tag Archives: Birthday

Circus Birthday

4 Sep

So what’s the difference between a circus and a carnival? At a circus there are more performers and acts than at a carnival but other than that they are very similar. However, since I have had so many requests for this kind of “kid’s birthday theme” I decided to put together an inspiration board for a circus as well as the one I have previously posted for a carnival.

I also wanted to include in this post some ideas to make your event successful as well as not being too expensive. I mean you could hire some clowns and jugglers… but why not let the kids be their own performers at this event? Break out the old Halloween costumes and let the kids dress up. Set up your own little stage and let them perform! You can even make your own “photo booth” and have someone there to take the kids pictures. You can make your own simple circus games too. By using oversized boxes you can draw a big picture of a lion and let kids toss bean bags into its mouth… Or take pictures of them “taming the lion and putting their heads in its mouth”. You could have a parent paint faces, or if you aren’t feeling too artistic use temporary tattoos. With a stick and some painted Styrofoam balls you could make a barbell and let the kids become the “strong man”.

Keep your food options simple… Pop some popcorn, grab some animal crackers and bake up some corn dogs. If you want to get a little fancier you could make caramel or candy apples, dip some pretzels in chocolate, make some fresh squeezed lemonade and either buy some cotton candy or rent a cotton candy machine.

No matter what you decide it is all about letting the kids explore and have fun! Isn’t that what birthday parties are all about? So let your inner child come through and have an amazing circus, carnival… or whatever birthday!

Circus Birthday Inspiration

Carnival Themed Birthday

20 Oct

My friend Nicole was looking for some inspiration for her son’s upcoming 2nd carnival themed birthday. I hope this inspiration board helps her see that this theme is well within reach.  Food for the party can be as simple as hotdogs, snow cones and popcorn. She can add some true carnival flair by renting a cotton candy machine and making some funnel cake. I don’t know about you, but I can always tell I am at a carnival when I smell the sweet goodness of funnel cakes in the air! Balloon animals and some homemade games can entertain the kids. Invitations could be a “ticket” to the invent. What a fun way to celebrate a birthday!

Carnival themed birthday inspiraton board

Lightning McQueen Birthday

1 Feb

This past weekend we had a Lightning McQueen birthday party for my three year old at our home. Guests were welcomed with a sign on the front door “Welcome to Radiator Springs Gateway to Cyrus’s Birthday.” From there they came through the house (which was decorated with red and black streamers) to the backyard, or should I say our Radiator Springs. The yard was decorated with over 100ft of black and white race flags, balloons, bails of straw, oil boxes, orange cones, road signs, 2 bounce houses and 3 cardboard boxes decorated like Lighting McQueen, Chick Hicks and The King. Everything from the decorations to the food screamed a day at the races. We served hotdogs, corndogs, steak sandwiches, popcorn, etc. I even gave the food fun names, like my chocolate dipped pretzel “dip sticks.”

The kids were entertained by running around the yard like race cars, jumping in the bounce houses, and doing art at the craft table where they could paint and decorate their own Lightning McQueen.

How was it done?
Most of the decorations were bought on-line for a discounted price, and I also went to a local auto parts store (“thank you Advantage Auto”) and got free empty oil boxes that we used for decorations. The invitations were made at home with a little help from Photoshop and the cute thank you tags and hanging “3’s” were all made and printed at home on a color printer. Bounce houses came from Wild and Crazy Jumps. Cake was purchased from the local Publix bakery. Cupcakes and cupcake decorations were also homemade. It is amazing what you can do with a computer and printer!

The party was a great success!

I made these on the computer and printed them out on a color printer. Print, cut, whole punch, ribbon, done!

These are brand new gas containers washed out and filled with juices and water.

Bounce houses provided by Wild and Crazy Jumps

I got this from a local auto parts store and made a few minor changes to fit the theme.

These cars are made from 3 paper boxes and construction paper

Homemade goodies with a Raditor Springs twist!

I set up an art station for kids to decorate their own "cars"