Party // the circus party

April 15, 2009

Ezra's Circus Party

i just wanted to first say thank you all for your nice comments on the invitations i made for z man’s circus party.

i’m happy to report that the party went well, and i survived!
i wasn’t able to finish all the decorating, since i ran out of time, [i had big plans for some GIANT red balloons..] but it was still a success!

here’s a few of the party details: {for more details + pictures click here}Armelle Blog Circus Party

on the menu was-

  • fresh squeezed lemonade
  • homemade pizza- various kinds
  • strawberry spinach salad with feta candied pecans and poppyseed dressing
  • penne pasta salad with smoked mozzarella cheese, spinach, and roasted red peppers
  • white butter cake with buttercream frosting and lemon curd filling
  • cookies
  • cotton candy
  • popcorn
  • cupcakes


  • one silly clown [i had my husband learn how to make balloon animals. and the kids went nuts over them! ]
  • balloon animals
  • magic tricks
  • photo booth {see silly pictures here}
  • easter egg hunt

it was a fun party!
i still can’t believe my little guy is two?!!
{more pictures from the party here}

Birthday Party

46 thoughts on “Party // the circus party

  1. Danielle

    What a great party! Everything looked fantastic! I loved the photobooth! I used to alway have a photobooth at my parties that my dad would create with his polaroid camera and would create a giant card with a place for each persons to go on it. I still have every single card with a lot of the same friends getting older and older in each years pictures

  2. Lorajean

    LOVE this party and especially the invites! Your blog has to be among my most faves! I only wish I had found it a while ago so I could have been inspired by your posts sooner. 🙂 !!!


    WOW, it looks amazing! I’m so impressed with your attention to detail. It looks like so much fun and so, so memorable! I’d love to link to this if you don’t mind.

  4. Jade

    What he’s already 2? No way! That blows my mind, mostly cause that means Tate’s big day is just around the corner. AH!

    The circus party looked amazing. I’ll start working on Tate’s right now and maybe I’ll get half way by November 🙂

  5. becky

    lovely party! found you from partyperfect. I’m throwing a cotton-themed baby shower – where’d you source the cotton candy?? thanks!

  6. .caroline armelle.

    hi becky.
    thanks for your comment!

    i actually bought the cotton candy from dollar general. it came in a package. so i divided them up and put them in glassine bags and made a label for them and stapled the bag shut. if you do this, only do it the day of the party or the cotton candy will dry out.

    hope this helps!

  7. Debbie

    I saw your birthday party over at Party Perfect and wanted to drop a note to say how great it looked! Fantastic! I’m looking for ideas for my son’s first birthday and yours was one of the best done. Amazing invitations!

  8. our little love nest

    Love this!! My sister just did a circus party for my niece who turned 12. (that was what my niece wanted…I think I would too after seeing your post and I am in my 30’s.)Too fun!!xo

  9. Janika

    What a delightful party! And it’s just what my twins have been hoping for their party in July. Maybe if I start now we can achieve a bit of all your cuteness! Thanks for posting all these photos–so many great ideas!

  10. Jill

    what a party! i love the colors and theme. so so wonderful. good work on all of the details. the cake is really amazing & the pizza is making my mouthwater.

  11. mikodesign

    Hi, just found your blog, your circus party looks so great, we had a circus party for my daughter in march and we had so much fun preparing, we had also so much fun with making the balloon figures!
    Great to see what you created with this theme!!!

  12. lisalyn

    I just did a circus party post on my blog and included a picture from your party with a link back. I hope that is ok. Thanks for sharing your very cute party!!

  13. alliehoopes

    Of all the blog reading this is the only one that so inspired me to comment…just to say how lovely. Also bookmarked some of the white kitchen photos to keep me going on the never-ending cabinet painting that I’m in the midst of.

  14. Lindsey

    Soo precious! I love everything…especially the photo booth.

    One question, when the guests went into the photo booth, what did you have set up to take their picture? Was someone in there to take their picture? Or did you have a polaroid camera in there? I really want to copy your idea for my daughter’s party.
    thanks for sharing!

  15. Crystal Johnson

    I used your party as an inspiration for my son's 1st b-day party this past weekend. His was not nearly as cute, but I wanted to say thanks for all the ideas and tell you I gave you a shout out on my family blog.

  16. Lori

    Your circus party looks fantastic. My little boy is turning one in a few weeks and we are planning a circus party for him. I was wondering how you made the tags for everything. I love the way they look like little tickets.

  17. Ashley

    Did you make the banner yourself? Or did you buy it? If so, from where? I love it. We're doing a circus party for my son's first birthday.

  18. Alima Bell

    Your website is fabulous. I saw your birthday party this looks amazing. This is a great party! Everything looked fantastic. I like your whole table set up and photo. I am a regular follower of your blog and having drawn inspiration from you. Awesome…awesome really mind blowing. Thanks for posting all these photos. Have a great day.

  19. blueskiesandgreenlights

    Wow!!!! your party is amazingly cute!!! It's so bright and cheery, and it has such a great vintage feel too. Love it. My kiddos' joint birthday party circus is coming up in a couple of weeks. Any tips???

  20. Health Blog

    actually bought the cotton candy from dollar general. it came in a package. so i divided them up and put them in glassine bags and made a label for them and stapled the bag shut. if you do this, only do it the day of the party or the cotton candy will dry out.

  21. Anonymous

    This is so amazing! I was trying to find a super cute, but not tacky, theme for my sons 2nd birthday and I am so glad I stumbled apon this. I can't wait to do this! My son turns 2 on May 18 this year. Thanks for the great post!

  22. Margaret

    I am planning my son's circus birthday party. LOVE what you did and I've already found the popcorn and favor bags on ETSY, thanks to your prior suggestions. Just curious, what did you stuff in the favor bags?? I wanted to do something more clever than candy, if I can think of something.


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