05 Jun

Big Top Vintage Circus First Birthday Party

circus first birthday party dessert table with lion tamer licorice whips

Step right up boys and girls! Ashley Berrie of Ashley Berrie Photography created a magnificent Big Top Vintage Circus First Birthday Party that you have to see to believe! Under the big top, this menagerie included traditional carnival games, clown-approved toys and plenty of circus peanuts to go around! With BOLD colors and FUN vintage style, this party is the perfect prize!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Strongman marshmallow dumbbells, ferris wheel cupcake display & lion tamer licorice whips
– Vintage-style popcorn machine + popcorn box & lollipop table centerpieces
– Blue & red balloon & bunting decorated mantle + a polka dotted smash cake & bunting decorated high chair
– Buntings & stripes circus 1st birthday cake + ‘1’ photo sign & 1st birthday photo shoot display
– Circus story guest book, circus-themed toy & treat filled gable box party favors + mini gumball machine favors

circus party popcorn machine

carnival circus bunting and stripes birthday cake

blue and red circus party mantle decor

first birthday photo shoot party decor

strongman marshmallow dumbbells

first birthday photo number sign

popcorn box and lollipop table centerpieces

circus peanuts and gumball machine party favors

candy basket party favors

boy's first birthday smash cake and high chair

homemade photo booth with crazy silly props

circus story book guest book

birthday party face painting

circus themed party favor toys


PARTY DETAILS as told by Ashley

I loved every moment of planning this party for my first son’s first birthday party! My most favorite creations were the big top backdrop behind the main table, the custom gable boxes for each child that read “It’s time to clown around (child’s name)” with a clown nose on top and the table centerpieces simply made from popcorn boxes/tissue paper and lollipops!

I also used sentimental items like the antique wagon my grandfather gave me which held all the children’s goody bags. And also the vintage suitcase owned by my grandmother which held the custom cotton candy bags.



– Photography: Ashley Berrie Photography
– Cake: A Cake Walk
– Circus Dog Collar: Fantasy World Creations
– Custom Coloring Sheets: Valerie Pullam Social Stationary & Design
– Vintage Peanut bags, teal berry containers: Dime Store Buddy
– All paper products: Paper Source

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Bec @ Love That Party SAYS:

That little strongman paper cut out is the cutest, it just makes me smile. The little marshmallow dumbells are fantastic, sometimes the simple ideas are the best. I am such a fan of red and teal blue together, and have recently designed some circus party printables around the same colours, they’re hard to beat!

June 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Brandon SAYS:

Do you think it was made by her? I have looked for it everywhere.

August 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

I just found it on Amazon! The name is Sawdust & Spangles – here’s the link :)

P.S. Apologies to everyone else that already asked – I didn’t see the comments until just now!

August 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

Brandon SAYS:

Any idea where the strongman paper cut out came from?

August 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Krae SAYS:

What was the guest book that you used? =)

July 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Ashley McGill SAYS:

Where did you get the bags from? The ones on your mantel that hold the balloons!

November 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Jessica SAYS:

Can you please tell me the name of the guest book?
thank you!!


December 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

Sara SAYS:

What’s the name of the guest book!?

March 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Jacob Breehne SAYS:

where are all the party printables from?

October 22, 2015 at 3:02 am

erin SAYS:

where are the party printables from?

October 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Family Photographer SAYS:

Such a colorful blog post!

October 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

Brittney Kincannon SAYS:

love this idea!

October 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm

erin SAYS:

Just stunning ! Where did you get the gumboil machines?

February 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Pranjal SAYS:

WOW! where did you find the gumball machines?

March 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

Tarsi Woods SAYS:

would love to know where you got the mini gumball machines from!!

May 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm


Can you please let us know where the gumball machines and the guest book was from…I would love to include these in my daughter’s party in a few weeks..Thanks

July 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Mel –
I’m not sure where Ashley purchased those exact machines, but you can find lots of similar ones online! Here’s what comes up with a google shopping search.

And then book is called Sawdust and Spangles and it’s available on Amazon. Hope that helps! :)

July 7, 2016 at 5:52 am
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