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Spectacular Vintage Circus Theme First Birthday

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Come one, come all! Step right up to see little Emily’s spectacular Vintage Themed First Birthday by mommy, Cheryl! With cotton candy, a popcorn machine, and fun carnival games, Emily’s big day is a magical sight to behold! (For more Circus Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Homemade light-up marquee!
  • Adorable birthday cake with scalloped bunting + an circus elephant smash cake
  • “Popcorn” cupcakes on a ferris wheel + cotton candy votives
  • Circus tent dessert table with DIY ribbon fringe
  • Homemade matching circus print outfits for Emily, mom, and dad!

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Cheryl

We wanted to throw a huge and memorable 1st birthday for my daughter, Emily’s birthday, so we chose a vintage circus, a theme that people of all ages could enjoy.  Everything you see in the pictures is nearly all DIY. My favorite details from the party were the matching family outfits that we wore that were custom made by me and my mother. My husband made the the Marquee sign out of foam paper, poster paper, and marquee lights! My other favorite detail was the dessert table. Picking out the desserts was like picking out all the possible candies at a candy store! The desserts were all done by a friend. We played a special game for my daughter, which is typical in our culture where she had to pick an object out of various general items on the ground and that object predicts her future interest or personality.

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  1. Brandy April 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Is the anyway to find out where she got that Farris wheel?

    • Emily September 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Did you ever find out where to get the Farris Wheel?? Needing one!!!

  2. Tee April 23, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I want to know how they did the multiple pictures in the shot with the caricature. I would love to do that at my daughter’s carnival party!

  3. Hello My Sweet April 23, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Printables designed by Hello My Sweet, this was left off of the vendor credits! http://www.hellomysweet.me Hello my sweet designed the very large Step Right Up banners, Food Tags and Yellow/Blue games signs.

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  9. blueblove@gmail.com August 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Is there a link to who made the invitations? I’ve been searching everywhere online for the perfect invite for my sons birthday and I absolutely love this one. I’d love to know where i can find the creator!

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  11. Leslie harris January 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Where did you get the Farris wheel?

  12. malvika February 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hi, where did you get the ferris wheel? I’ve looked all over and can’t find one. Please help!

  13. richardsonamie July 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I am interested in finding out about the ferris wheel please!!

  14. Naomi Jaremczuk August 1, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Love the balloon garland images. I am a graphic designer and I was wondering if you know the source of the balloon images? I would like to inquire about purchasing one of them for use on a website I am designing for a balloon company?

  15. Megan Morgan August 11, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Would LOVE to find a pattern for the mom’s dress for my little one’s bday party. Any insight on what she used or where I can find a pattern similar?

    • D January 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Did you ever find the dress pattern?

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  17. 22julia.erin@gmail.com January 19, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I am interested in the mom’s dress pattern as well! I LOVE IT! My LO will be One in April and I NEED THIS!

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  19. Andrea Hines July 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

    How did you do the strand of balloons?

  20. samantha September 9, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Where did you find the elephant cake topper for the smash cake? so cute!

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