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The Look For Less: Girly Circus {+ Giveaway}

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{HWTM contributor Tonya Coleman of Soireé Event Design here}, and I’m back with a Girly Circus inspired “Look for Less”, guest post where I share with you my tips on how you can have a fabulous, high-end looking party for less!

All the rage right now are parties that feature custom items that have been created by designers that match the party’s printables exactly… from the guest of honor wearing a custom-designed outfit to favor boxes to cakes. Today I’ll show you two different takes on the same party theme – a high-end designer version and a Budget Chic version – both featuring custom elements created from my new printables collection: “Girly Circus!”  And be sure to see the end of the post for a fabulous “Girly Circus Party for 8” GIVEAWAY!

girly circus printables and invitations

When designing a themed party, creating the perfect dining table is your chance to design a FABULOUS wow factor with a gorgeous centerpiece.  They can, however, be very costly. Here I show you how to create a stunning themed DIY centerpiece for less!

The centerpiece consists of a store bought candelabra and stuffed animals that were inspired by the printables then simply embellished with matching rhinestones.  I fell in LOVE with this “Girls Just Wanna Have Gund” limited edition elephant and hippo that matched perfectly with the theme and added the touch of whimsey I was looking for.  Add in the tricycles, my signature tutu chairbacks and plate inlay printables and a “Girly Circus” table is complete!

Cost of the High-End Centerpiece: $128

Custom doesn’t always mean more expensive!  I purchased the large tin vase at a flea market and the elephants from the clearance section of Michaels for 75% off.  They all were NOT white, so with a little spray paint and rhinestone embellishments we now have a customized DIY centerpiece that matches the party and looks like a million bucks!

Cost of the Budget Chic Centerpiece: $43

Budget Chic TIP
With all the money I saved by DIY’ing the centerpiece, I could add custom designed favor boxes from Piggy Bank Parties that added a high-end touch to the table and also helps keep the paper plates from blowing away!  How fabulous are these favor boxes!  They match perfectly!

A huge hit right now is to feature the birthday girl wearing a custom outfit for her special day that matches the party’s theme.  Here I show you a high end and budget chic option to get in on this trend.

How FABULOUS is this custom outfit made by Nevaeh’s Baby Couture!  I provided her with my printables for inspiration and she designed and made this entire outfit to fit the birthday girl perfectly!  Notice how she duplicated even the circus animals from the printables on the appliques featured on the ruffled top!  Gorgeous!  She even custom designed a hair pin and necklace from the printables for each guest to take home!

Cost of the Couture “Girly Circus” Outfit: $250

You can pull together a custom Budget Chic outfit with a store bought tutu, hair bow and tank top that you personalize with a printable circle iron-on!  Now you have a special personalized outfit that matches your party’s theme for the birthday girl!

Cost of the Budget Chic Outfit: $18

girly circus dressup tutu

Budget Chic TIP
With all the savings here, you can create an entire “Girly Circus” Beauty Bar complete with enough tutus and tanks for each of your guests to wear during the party.  Be sure to have the birthday girl in a different color tutu and tank top to keep her outfit different from her guests. You can also splurge on this fabulous personalized acrylic tray from A Blissful Nest that you can use after the party!

Once all your guests are dressed up to match your party’s theme, be sure to take advantage of the cute photo ops!  You can use your printable Lolli-tags™ as photo props as well as this custom birthday poster from Moulage Collection that the birthday girl can take photos with commemorating her special day!

Custom fondant cakes are such a wow factor to any sweets table but they can be quite pricey.  I will show you how you get this wow effect for a fraction of the price using a cupcake tower!

How fantastic is this custom cake from Danielle’s Desserts that matches the “Girly Circus” printables exactly! The details are amazing and creates a STUNNING wow factor on the sweets table.

Cost of the Designer Cake: $250

You can still achieve a wow factor on your sweets table by using my Budget Chic alternative. Displaying 2 dozen store bought cupcakes on a 5-tier cupcake tower provides the same height as a 3-tiered cake. Dress them up in matching baking cups from The TomKat Studio Shop and top with customized printable cupcake toppers to create a stunning wow factor at a fraction of the cost of a custom fondant cake!

Cost of the Budget Chic Cupcake Tower: $25

Budget Chic TIP
With the money you save from doing a cupcake tower vs. a fondant cake you can add other designer desserts to your sweets bar to match like cake pops and chocolate covered oreos from The Gourmet Pop, marshmallow pops from The Marshmallow Studio, gumpaste toppers from KupcakeSpot, gumball tubes from The TomKat Studio as well as ALL of the other store bought sweets on the table (cotton candy, cookies, marshmallows, chocolate donuts, meringues and rock candy sticks)!  Add in the printables and you have a “Budget Chic” Look for Less!

I hope I’ve inspired you to use some of these Budget Chic tips when designing your next party! And to get you started, I am hosting a Girly Circus Party for 8 GIVEAWAY over on my blog, “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Party Planning!”  The giveaway package includes everything you’ll need to create you own Girly Circus Party for 8 guests from 10 popular party vendors!  One lucky winner will receive:

Girly Circus Party for 8 Prize Package:

  • “Girly Circus” DIY printable package from Soiree Event Design
  • Budget Chic outfit (tutu, personalized tank top & hair bow) from Soiree Event Design
  • 8 marshmallow pops from The Marshmallow Studio
  • 8 big top favor boxes from Piggy Bank Parties
  • 1 ribbon garland from A to Zebra Celebrations
  • 1 acrylic personalized tray from A Blissful Nest
  • 8 “Girly Circus” hairclips from Nevaeh’s Baby Couture
  • 1 custom birthday poster from Moulage Collection
  • 8 cupcake toppers from Kupcake Spot
  • 1 cakepop stand from Danielle’s Desserts
  • 8 paper plates, cups & napkins, 1 pack of pink/white striped paper straws, 2 dozen baking cups & 8 gumball tubes from The TomKat Studio Shop

This prize package is worth $500!

For more details on the giveaway and to enter click here.

Vendor Credit
POSTED BY:tonyaTONYA COLEMAN is a busy mother of 4 that ”LOVE LOVE LOVES” design & events! She has more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment business with a very successful graphic design studio & has been designing events for the past 5 years.

23 responses to “The Look For Less: Girly Circus {+ Giveaway}”

  1. […] like couture outfits, fondant cakes and a centerpiece wow-factor! If you missed the full post, click here. In honor of this post and to help debut my new printable collection, “Girly Circus!” I […]

  2. Bird says:

    Totally LOVE the ideas!! especially the budget version! ;)

  3. Erica Stevens McNeill says:


  4. Jenni says:

    What an amazing idea for a blog post. I love all of the budget and splurge elements. I think posts like this are amazing because parents can choose certain items to really splurge on without breaking the bank and still getting the feel that they’d like for their party. I also LOVE how you featured each of the vendors.

    • tonyablackstone-coleman says:

      Hi Jenni! Thanks so much! This is actually how I approach my own kid’s parties. Some splurge items I just have to have so I find creative ways to still achieve a high-end look for less so I have $ leftover to get the splurge items! The vendors are AMAZING and truly deserve shout-outs!!! thanks again for following the Look for Less series!

  5. Courtney says:

    That little girl is simply adorable! Love this post!

  6. Shawna says:

    Gorgeous–love this color combo and the budget chic tips on the party outfits are awesome!!

  7. Lorena Velazquez says:

    Adorable….love both versions.

  8. SO cute! SO reminds me of a book called The Night Circus.

  9. […] of my newest printables collection, “Girly Circus!”. If you missed the post, click here to check it out. Today I’d like to share DETAILS & GIRLFRIEND TIPS on the “GIRLY CIRCUS DRESS UP […]

  10. angela cook says:

    Love this, with my daughters upcoming 4 th birthday this would be perfect.

  11. Erin says:

    So cute. Definitely using some of these ideas and printables for my daughters 5th birthday in January. How would I order the printables?

  12. […] Hey party peeps! I’m so excited to have worked with the most AMAZING vendors on my latest “Look for Less” guest post for HWTM this month in celebration of my newest printables collection, “Girly Circus!”. The Girly Circus Printable Collection will be available on October 1st when our online Printable Shop launches! If you missed the post, click here to check it out. […]

  13. Mariage Original says:

    This is gorgeous! Where can we find the stripped ballons?
    thank you!

  14. […] Hey party peeps! I’m so excited to share DETAILS & TIPS on the “GIRLY CIRCUS” BUDGET CHIC TABLE DESIGN as seen in my latest “Look for Less” guest post for HWTM in celebration of my newest printables collection, “Girly Circus!”. The Girly Circus Printable Collection will be available on October 1st when our online Printable Shop launches! If you missed the post, click here to check it out. […]

  15. Tina says:

    Just love this party! Can you provide a source for the round two toned pink hat box/suitcase?

  16. More Circus Tricks And Tips « The Party Connection says:

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  17. Holly says:

    Beware, if you plan to order a birthday poster like the one above, I ordered a birthday poster like the above from the etsy site, moulage collection. The seller now carves out a big corner of the poster for her logo, which sticks out like a sore thumb. The photos on her etsy site do not indicate the change. I asked the seller remake the poster, since what I got is not representative of the photos in her listing. She refused, saying the logo was discreet and did not take away from the product. I can tell you, it is anything but discreet. It is a logo that sticks out because it does not match the style of the chalkboard and the words in that corner were offcenter to make room for the logo. It also now looks commercially done, not like a cutesy chalkboard. It is rare that an Etsy seller does not have good customer care. Again, just wanted to warn anyone looking for birthday prop ideas.

  18. Taifa says:

    Where can I get that canopy hanging above the table?

  19. […] Check out this fabulous outfit plus matching accessories custom designed by Jessica Ruiz from Nevaeh’s Baby Couture. You may remember her from an earlier “Girly Circus” post where she created a gorgeous custom outfit for my daughter Riley. You can check it out here. […]

  20. […] collection, “Girly Circus!” AVAILABLE NOW BY CLICKING HERE.  If you missed the post, click here to check it out. I’ve gotten alot of questions via email wanting details on this table…so…here it […]