Well, I have been woefully neglecting the blog due to a big push to get all of our spring patterns sewn, drafted, photographed, and listed and also due to my daughter's 4th birthday. So, here is a collection of links and ideas for your own circus birthday. I was so busy playing carnival games with the kids that I didn't get photos of everything. I am going to ask one of the other moms if she has some photos of the party room.
The birthday girl's outfit is our Amelia Pillow Case Top and Ruffle Pants Pattern. I embellished it with an elephant applique from the craft store and stitched on 4 balloon buttons.
The cake was my first attempt at making a figurine with rice crispy treats and marshmallow fondant. Basically, you make the treats without butter and with extra marshmallow. Then you shape them into your figure. Once they dry to be rock hard, you cover the whole set up with icing and then fondant. I piped on some decorations with butter cream and then glued on some candy gems and gold balls.
We had straight carnival food: hot dogs, elephant ears, corn on the cab, nachos, mini corn dogs, the works.
I used some foam core board and fat poster markers to make up some of these little photo props.
I just used some clearance kraft paper bags for the loot sacks. They were empty so that the kids could collect the carnival prizes. I attached a foam nose for each kid onto the front. The labels are just printed from my computer. I actually went to fontspace.com and downloaded a circus font for my computer. It's free. Then, I tied strips of tickets onto the front of each bag.