T-Minus 40 Days

T-minus 40 days until Jack turns 1!  I can't believe I just typed that...time goes by so fast, but I'm glad I realized how quickly his big day is coming up so I can start planning his birthday party.  And by planning, I mean Pinning anything and everything even remotely related to planning a circus themed first birthday party.  I'm letting my imagination run away with me and having the best time fantasizing about throwing a hugely orchestrated, highly detailed, and uber-planned themed birthday extravaganza.  In my semi-lucid dream state, there are hired circus entertainers (trapeze artists, tight rope walkers, and aerialists), someone is blowing fire in the background, there are decorated tables full of well coordinated carnival foods and desserts, there are countless children running around playing different carnival games for prizes and the piece de resistance, a circus tent in the backyard.

In reality, his birthday is on a Tuesday and we're only going to be inviting a handful of friends and family, none of which are children.  I realize the First Birthday isn't really for the kid, it's for the parents, and more specifically, the mom, so I'm willingly scaling back the scope of the party.  But it's still going to be themed, and the house is still going to be decorated.  Unfortunately no one will be blowing fire, but I *might* end up wearing a tuxedo jacket with tails and a top hat.

I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to party planning, and if all goes well, I'll be posting updates as I acquire all the necessary decor and decide on food and drinks, etc., but for the time being, I decided to share some of my favorite pics that are inspiring my vision for The Ultimate Circus Birthday Party.











I am definitely looking forward to getting this party planned. I'm pretty sure I can pull off an adult friendly carnival party that satisfies my flair for the dramatic and appeals to my kid at heart, too. Any tips or tricks you can offer me? I'm always looking for new ideas or better ways to do things. Have any of you thrown a big birthday party?

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  1. I have never thrown a themed birthday party but this is making me want to! The utensils and napkins with the tickets is the most adorable thing ever! Even if you're not going all out you should still do that. I'm sure it would be much appreciated by party guests and you can even make it more grown up by using real utensils!

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    1. I know, I love the napkin/ticket thing! I already bought a roll of tickets! I'll probably stick with plastic utensils, though. If I used real ones, I'd want to spray paint them a bold color...

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  2. This sounds like a really fun first birthday theme Jessica! You've got to take lots of pictures so we can see the circus celebration :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm actually thinking of hiring a friend of mine to take really nice, professional pictures. Jack only turns one once!

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  3. Oh man, I can't wait to see the post on the actual day! :)

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    1. ...and I might actually get it written by his second birthday!

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  4. I love the circus theme! So super cute :) You are right about the first birthday being for the adults, the kid still has no idea what is going on! I think you should wait until the fifth birthday before you go all out.

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    1. I am trying very hard not to go all out...and to stay in a budget. I figure if I can go all out within a budget, I'm good. Paper streamers can go a long way......

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  5. That looks so fun! I love the circus theme. Man, aren't you glad we have Pinterest for party planning purposes now? Holy alliteration on that sentence, but anyway. Looks like he will have a fun and fabulous first birthday! Ok, I'm not alliterating on purpose, I swear. Gah! Can't wait to see pics!

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