22 Apr

Spectacular Vintage Circus Theme First Birthday

circus theme dessert table

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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elephant and zebra cookies

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bunting banner cake

monkey cookies

balloon garland

carnival kissing booth

marquee circus lights

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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.



– Printable Food Tags, Banners & Game Signs: Hello My Sweet
– Invitations: miss pok-a-dot
– Photos & Marquee Sign: Cheryl’s Husband
– DIY projects and costumes: Cheryl
– Dessert Table: Friend
– Draping: Concepts Event Design
– Games: My Little Carnival
– Balloons: Balloons & More
– Food: Tender Greens Food

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April 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Brandy SAYS:

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

April 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Emily SAYS:

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

September 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm


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!

April 23, 2013 at 2:56 am

Hello My Sweet SAYS:

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.

April 23, 2013 at 6:36 am

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April 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

@Tendbyglam SAYS:

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April 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

@CreateItGirl SAYS:

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April 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

[email protected] SAYS:

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!

August 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

miss pok-a-dot SAYS:

Me! Me! They came from my shop, miss pok-a-dot! http://www.misspokadot.etsy.com

September 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Leslie harris SAYS:

Where did you get the Farris wheel?

January 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

malvika SAYS:

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

February 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

richardsonamie SAYS:

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

July 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Naomi Jaremczuk SAYS:

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?

August 1, 2014 at 1:40 am

Megan Morgan SAYS:

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?

August 11, 2014 at 5:23 am


Did you ever find the dress pattern?

January 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

[email protected] SAYS:

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!

January 19, 2015 at 8:47 am

Andrea Hines SAYS:

How did you do the strand of balloons?

July 20, 2015 at 10:20 am
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