16 Nov

Happy Cake Stand + Circus Party Inspiration

DIY circus cake stand

This cake stand makes me happy just looking at it – how about you?! It’s from a wonderfully creative & unique wedding that was featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and it’s on my mind right now for 2 reasons:

1. I think this would be a fantastic display in holiday colors for a big Christmas party/celebration or with gold/silver shingles for a dramatic New Year’s Eve dessert table…

2. because my daughter turns 8 months today, so I’m starting to get excited about planning her first birthday party – and the theme is going to be “Macy’s Birthday Parade” – as a play on the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I’ve always been a sucker for circus/carnival type themes, so a birthday parade fits right in there… and we just couldn’t resist the play on words!

Details on this cake stand from Martha Stewart Weddings:

DIY circus cake stand

Here’s some more party inspiration that I’m loving from this same wedding…starting with the adorable table escort cards, which I’d probably use as food flags and make from decorative paper instead since Macy’s party will be much less formal. (These would be super cute as place cards too though!)

DIY circus cake stand

And for party favor inspiration, these glassine envelopes look super cute with a favor tucked inside and a red stitching closure. I’ll probably need to borrow my mom’s sewing machine for this… usually I’d shy away from something that requires sewing, but I think even I might be able to stitch in a straight line! =)

DIY circus cake stand

I know that a wedding magazine probably isn’t the first place one would normally look to seek out ideas for a first birthday party, but you just never know where you’re going to find inspiration! Thanks, Luke & Joanne, for throwing such a fun & creative wedding!

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Kati SAYS:

LOVE THIS! It does make me happy just looking at it! :)

November 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Great ideas Jenn! so inspiring!
Thank you

November 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

Bird SAYS:

Sooooo gorgeous!! I’m sharing!!

November 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

Lauren SAYS:

Love this cake stand! My daughter is 8 months also, so I’m also in the midst of 1st birthday party planning. I think I will order this for the party and get creative! Thanks!

November 16, 2010 at 9:29 am


The cake stand is totally wicked!!! Love it!


November 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

Tanya SAYS:

Love how bright and colorful everything is! Such great ideas.

November 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Kori Clark SAYS:

What an inspiring post! I love the bundt cakes on the stand! I used them in a party this weekend, only my stands weren’t that fabulous!

November 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Lisa SAYS:

This is soooo CUTE and fun! I feel inspired and excited. Thank you lol. :D I want to try this for the holidays.

November 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Vanessa SAYS:

I love, love the cake stand!! Just gorgeous…all of it!

November 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

Nisha SAYS:

so pretty. love the bright yellow – thank you

November 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm
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