Big Top Birthday Party

When my cousin Monica told me that the theme for her son Oliver’s 1st birthday party was a Big Top Circus, I was very excited. I love the circus theme, even used it for my older son’s first birthday a few years back.  It’s an easy theme to work with and you can do a lot with very little:  play up certain colors – red, blue, yellow and add some patterns – stripes, polka dots.  Already you’ve transformed your space.  And although you can find circus-themed party supplies just about anywhere, you can also use plenty of non-circus-themed items for the party that relate back very well – popcorn, animals, clowns, oh my!

Monica being a former event planner, I knew she had big plans for Oliver’s party. She sent me links to decoration ideas she had in mind and asked me to make banners, cupcake toppers and other party supplies for the event. I was really happy with the way everything came out and couldn’t wait to see how it all fit in with everything else Monica had planned, particularly the dessert table.

Pretty Things Paper

As you can see from the pictures the party looked great and the dessert table set up was amazing.

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Table details:


The cake:


A special thanks to Monica and Adrian for letting me share this with you all.  And a very Happy Birthday to my godson Oliver!



This party was awarded “Best Decorations” by  Thank you for the honor and recognition!



  1. What a creative and cute theme! You and Monica did an absolute phenomenal job with this. How long did it take you to plan?

    P.S. I love the outdoor idea, was the party held at a park?

    1. Thank you! It was all Monica’s concept and planning (we live in different cities). I only made the banners, cupcake toppers, food labels, and photo props.

      She starting planning a couple months before the party and did things little by little. First starting with the theme, then looking up ideas and things she liked/wanted to do. Several weeks before the party she physically drew out a diagram (of the dessert table, party tables, etc.) to get a good idea of what she had and what else she needed (see my previous blog post, Mapping Out a Plan:

      And yes, the party was outdoor – at a park, with train rides even!

  2. This is a gorgeous and very impressively presented theme. Well done!

    1. Thanks so much Angie!

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  4. Talor Hobbs · · Reply

    How did you make the banners? They are awesome, and I wanted to do this theme for my sons 1st birthday! Thank you in advance.

    1. Thanks! I made them using my Silhouette (die-cut machine). I used it to cut the pennants. And printed the letters and cut them from it as well.

      1. Talor Hobbs · ·

        Oh my word, they’re perfect! Do/Could you make them for my sons party? My email is

      2. Hi Talor. I have an Etsy site and normally sell banners from there, but I’m currently not taking an orders (I’m 35 weeks pregnant and don’t want to take any orders just in case the baby comes and I can’t complete the order). Not unless your son’s party isn’t for a couple of months. Sorry about that!

      3. Talor Hobbs · ·

        Ahh well first thing I’d like to say is congratulations and I completely understand! It is more than a couple of months away, lol. His birthday is in September (starting extremely early)! But yes I’d love to purchase when you start up again. Could you please email me whenever you get a chance and I get on your Etsy as well. Thank you so much, and congratulations again! 🙂

      4. Then that will work! I will email you soon!

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