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Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

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Circus First Birthday Party smash cake & high chair

Last fall, I designed a Big Top First Birthday Party for Fisher-Price, and it just went live on their site this week, so I’m super excited to finally share it with you!

This theme was inspired by their adorable new Lion, Elephant, & Zebra Clicker Pals™. These toys are part of their Spring 2015 collection and are seriously just as CUTE as can be. I mean, circus-inspired baby animal toys with sweet faces and rainbow feet? Yes, please! ;)

There are lots of different ideas to take in here, from centerpieces and homemade desserts to accent decor, but the great thing is that everything is already broken down in organized detail over on the Fisher-Price website. You’ll find more images of the party with descriptions, plus free printables and 7 DIY tutorials that we shot in addition to the main theme.

Speaking of DIY, my 2 very favorite projects from this party are both pictured in the image below… the Ring of Fire centerpiece (more on this later) and the Circus Animal Pedestals, which are made from $1 Ikea pails turned upside down + colored duct tape!

Circus Birthday Party Kids Table

Rainbow triangle bunting (in various sizes) also played a big role in this party. I opted for bright fabrics with a shiny finish – kind of like a “kite” material– to best match the look of the toys.

The fabric bunting was pinned & swagged around both the kids table and the dessert table:

Circus Birthday Party Dessert Table

The dessert table backdrop was made from white curtains ($12/pair at Ikea) + a few long strands of colored ribbon. I originally wanted to make “curtains” entirely out of ribbon for this backdrop, but quickly realized that was going to cost a small fortune. This was much more doable. :)

We also made a big foam core “1st” Sign to put in the middle of the curtains. It was designed to match the “1” in the circus partyware collection.

Circus Elephant Desserts

All of the treats were a combo of grocery store-bought and homemade, but my favorite one was also the very easiest: “Strongman Barbells” made from donut holes + jumbo stripey straws! Even the Elephant Clicker Pal had some fun with these (see above). ;)

DIY Donut Barbell Circus Treats

Regular sized stripey straws were also used as sticks for printable decorative flags. I attached them to the toy animals with a strip of colored duct tape:

Circus Birthday Party Decorations

Here’s a closer look at the aforementioned Ring of Fire Centerpiece… do the stands look familiar at all?

DIY Ring of Fire Centerpiece - Circus Birthday

The stands are actually made from the bottom portion of Ikea’s $1 Tolsby frames + a really thick wooden dowel! I spray painted the dowels white to match, then hot glued them to the back of the “fire” ring. View the complete tutorial right here.

The Lion Clicker Pal toy is sitting on an upside down clear plastic cup (purchased at Party City). I added colored duct tape “diamonds” to the cup to dress it up a bit.

These DIY Big Top Cups were another fun project. They’re made from a printable  “tent top” template + kid-sized “to go” plastic cups (purchased at Target).