I am delighted to announce that this party has been featured in Kara’s Party Ideas! Click on her name to see the article!
In 2016 little Liam turned ONE and the entire family was super excited to celebrate his birthday. Well...and mommy of course thrilled to plan another party! When I look back at the photographs of the birthday parties that my parents threw for me as a young child, I knew that I wanted to create those beautiful memories for my son.
Liam is also very blessed to have grandparents who believe that the first birthday party should be the most memorable. A circus was brought to Naples and built in the backyard. There was a Dumbo Elephant Ride, A Choo-Choo Train ride, bounce house, petting zoo, face painter, balloon artist, icee-cones, cotton candy and a mini horse ride.
The top birthday party themes of 2016 included circus, lumberjack, Mickey (every year it is in the top parties) and farm house. To date, the circus theme is a top theme due to all the available products on Oriental Trading, Shindigz and Etsy. My inspiration came from the local circus that came to town in February. A friend gave me a ticket for the circus and I immediately thought "how cute would a ticket invitation be!!!" My Pinterest board was soon filled with inspiration from other wonderful profiles.
I am a do-it-yourself person, so I purchased many templates from Etsy and built the items and put together the personalized goody bags. My wonderful friends came early and helped me put the entire party together.
The trick to such an elaborate party is to begin purchasing your decor months in advance at a slow pace. That way your wallet is not hurting all at once. Although we did contract several vendors, the icy station or cotton candy can be a DIY station by renting the items from local vendors or purchasing small versions through Amazon.
All the kids had an amazing time and Liam's first birthday was a beautiful, and a very hot (literally) success!