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Step Right Up! It’s a Circus Party Theme

I have been so eager to share this circus party theme with everyone! I am going to share all the creative {and simple} circus party ideas with you….are you ready? There is a lot to look at!

This circus party was held for a very special one year old’s birthday. When his mom decided circus was the theme she wanted, I got to work on creating a circus themed invite.

This is the front of the invite I created using my computer. I got the idea from Caroline Armelle from Armelle the Blog. I printed them onto red cardstock and they looked just like hers {thanks for the inspiration!}. The back of the tickets had more pertinent party info for the guests to read.

Two design elements that were carried through the entire party were 1. The red tickets and 2. The circus font {I downloaded for free and used on everything}.

This party had many DIY elements that cost virtually nothing. And since birthday parties can become very costly, this was a must–spend less without loosing the “awe” factor! Greeting guests was a welcome sign that was made out of old cardboard and some craft paint….simple right?

At the entrance was a table filled with party bags for each child. The labels read “Step Right Up” and were each personalized using that fun circus font I mentioned. Inside the bags were bundles of red tickets that each guest would use during the party. The bags were large enough {and easy for the little ones to carry around} that they fit all the goodies and prizes that were to come.

Throughout the party space was this handmade paper pennant. This is my favorite party decoration because it is simple so versatile {plus inexpensive}. Made with cardstock and ribbon, paper pennants are my go-to party decor item.

More signs made out of cardboard and paint to decorated the party space. Not only where they a fun decoration, but they let little ones know how many tickets they were required to forfeit for each activity. I was so surprised that the tickets themselves seemed to be the biggest hit of the circus party. The kids just loved counting out and handing over their tickets!

Oh and this is the birthday boy…rocking his “1” tee from Bug & Goose matching the circus party theme of course! I love their personalized tee’s, they are a perfect party accessory. Order in your party colors and with with the age of the birthday child or their initial. Of course the birthday boy needed a wardrobe change {boys get dirty after all}. He went from his “1” tee to a “Ring Leader” tee {you can see it below}.

Many games, activities and fun…. all “big top” themed (like circus bean bag toss). The kids loved “paying” for the games with their circus tickets!

The “concession” stand was a brilliant addition by the fabulous caterer, Laura. She whipped this mock concession stand up using tables, milk crates, zip ties and table clothes. Brilliant… and a huge hit! She served pizza and homemade corn dogs (which were to die for). Of course, payment for the concession stand snacks were made by little red tickets.

As simple as centerpieces get.

We made these cupcake toppers, but I love the idea of classic circus balloon toppers (you can get them here).

My new favorite cupcake stand decorated with mini paper pennant flags. {Thanks to Kim from Tom Kat Studio for the cupcake stand info. Read about “the stand” here}

Before the birthday boy’s highchair become covered in big top birthday cake.

There was a circus tattoo station. A popcorn machine, popping fresh kernels all afternoon that was scoped into cute popcorn sacs. A fun circus pinata {of course} and many other circus”y” details.

And my favorite part of this circus theme…the photo booth!

 

Just a couple more photos, I promise!

Just place a coat rack or basket near your booth with fun props. We made this booth out of a refrigerator box, fabric and paint. So simple!

And for a party favor, what else but circus cookies? Tied to each was ribbon and a red ticket with “Thank You” written on it.

Believe it or not, there were many other details…I could have gone on and on :). Thank you for reading and I hope I inspired your next circus themed party in some small way.

Chocolate Brown Bridal Shower

Do you remember that chocolate brown bridal shower I posted last year? Well, I just came across more pictures from that fabulous fall bridal shower and could not resit posting a few more pictures. If you are planning a fall shower or any event with the chocolate brown color scheme, I hope you find a bit of inspiration in these images. This was such a memorable event to both coordinate and attend (as was their fall wedding)- I just had to relive it one year later!

The wine barrel was found at the garden section of the local home improvement store.

I made these table runners from fabric I spotted and just loved.

I also made these wine glass charms. Really simple to do, found supplies at the nearby craft store. I placed them on the napkin so guests could choose to either place them on their martini glass or water goblet.

You can see the “Bridal Sweet Martini” recipe in the original post.

Our fabulous caterer set up the food table, lovely!

The dessert table, yum!

We built this trellis stand which was backed with a romantic fabric padding. Guests slipped in personal notes to the bride, tucking the cards in the trellis itself.

The favors were set up pool side (which also had floating candles in it). The soft glow from the water looked great when the sun went down on this evening shower.

Guests were given individually potted fall flowers. The little white tins were inexpensive and I made little tags that read “Falling in Love” and “Let Love Grow.”

Candy or Cowgirl?

It’s almost that time, my little girls’ b i r t h d a y s! I have two girls, they are six years apart, and their birthdays are one day apart. Did I mention they are in the same week as Christmas? Yes, December is one giant party in our family, which means I MUST begin choosing a party theme and get-to-planning! So far, I am considering two birthday party themes that I find adorable, Candy and Cowgirl. How ever will I choose?

The napkins alone are a toss up- candy or cowgirl? Which do you like best? Please help me decide!

Candy napkin via Family Circle & Cowgirl napkin via Country Living

Sundae Party Theme

Remember that ice cream party theme I shared a while back? Well, lets take dessert themed parties to the next level! Consider hosting a sundae party. Why? Well, there is something about ice cream that everybody loves. Perhaps it is because it’s cool or smooth- perhaps it the simple reminder of childhood that delights. Whatever the reason, ice cream rocks…and so does this sundae party theme. Created by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic, this sundae party takes place in a hip ice cream parlour…and she gives you DIY steps to recreate your own!

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Cherries, of course.

The argyle cups may just be my favorite detail.

If you head on over to Eat Drink Chic, you can even print out these adorable labels for your own sundae party! Plus, see many more sundae-licious photos of this party and get all of Amy’s DIY party steps!

For the Grooms!

Let’s be honest, wedding registries are usually chalked full of home furnishing and kitchen items that the bride is swooning over. Sure- the groom may have added a grill or gave his input on the color of the bathroom towels, however most often- wedding registries lack “guy stuff.” Well, not any longer- grooms everywhere can rejoice, your voice can be heard!

Check out this guy-geared site, The Man Registry. Grooms can now really get excited about creating a wedding registry, with gadgets and gizmos galore- this is the perfect place for a “groom only” registry or a place to get some awesome groomsmen gifts. Here are some of my favorite groomsmen gift ideas:

Any groomsmen would be happy to receive the above gifts. Not only are they cool and out of the ordinary, they are something that one can actually use (and enjoy) over and over.

1. Soft sided cooler. Hold up to a 12 pack and you can even get this monogrammed. 2. Poker set– now they can invite you over and get your game on! 3. Floating beer pong table…loving this! I think everyone has that one groomsmen who would love to receive this as a gift! 4. Jalapeno griller. Have a grill lovin’ groomsmen? This is perfect for stuffing and grilling jalapeno peppers. HOT!

Calling all NYC Brides: Join The Diamond Dash!

Are you a bride or groom {or know one} living in the NYC area? Thoughtfully Simple is smitten over this fabulous opportunity for you to win BIG and help make a difference! Ladies get out those flats and get ready to dash around Manhattan for your chance to win BIG {did I already say that?}

Participants will Dash around New York City in hopes of being the first couple to complete a scavenger hunt. Dashers will have to put their NYC knowledge to the test by racing around to clue stations around the city. In the end, one speedy couple will win:

– A $20,000 Tacori engagement ring

– A honeymoon to Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii’s big island

– Plus several other prizes from fab sponsors

BONUS: all will be done while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

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What a fun way to win amazing swag for your wedding day and also enjoy a day dashing around the city together! Registration just opened and participants can sign up via the Diamonds Make a Difference website, http://www.diamondsmakeadifference.com.

Okay, now register for your chance to enter the Diamond Dash and tell all of your facebook, twitter, and real life “engaged couple friends” about this great cause! Hurry- go, tell…. go, blog!

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