Celebrating Year One

Last month we had the pleasure of celebrating our son’s first birthday! His party was a Fun to be One Circus theme and it was a labour of love to put together, but a major success. We celebrated with our closest family and friends who showered Adam with so much love.

We decided to host the party at our home which was the perfect decision as it gave us lots of room to prepare all the fun decorations. We rented a bouncy castle which had a ball pit section for all of our guests to enjoy which was a big hit! I get lots of inspiration and energy from planning little celebrations like this and love seeing everyone’s reactions when they see it all come together.


We all know I am a sucker for dessert tables so I knew I wanted to have a backdrop for pictures. I created a circus tent utilizing dollar store red and yellow vinyl table cloths. They were attached to the walls and ceilings using clear pins and covered with red and yellow balloons. The middle space in the tent felt empty so I filled it with a Happy Birthday banner.

We had personalized mini cotton candy bag treats, lots of popcorn and cake for all of our guests to enjoy. I also made ‘Strong Man Dumbbells’ using paper straws and attaching marshmallows on each end. Each of our littlest guests also got to take home a circus treat bag filled with age appropriate snacks, circus toys, fun sunglasses and a clown nose.


For Adam’s first birthday cake I wanted a fun backdrop for the pictures so I created a fun background using streamers and balloons. It’s quite inexpensive but looks incredible when put together. It takes just over an hour to put together. To create this backdrop start on one side of the wall by taping sections of streamer to the wall. I did a double of every colour to make it stand out better. Once the streamers are taped to the wall attach the balloons up top to fill the space. I tried using tape for the balloons however they kept falling down so I ended up pinning each balloon using a clear pin. (Yes I know, I had lots of little holes to patch after the party but oh so worth it!)


Our cake was created by the talented Tamara from Bake my Day Calgary. We had a custom two-tier cake made with two different flavours of cake including our favourite London Fog!


One of my favourite decorations that I made for this first birthday celebration was the circus tiger cage enclosure. I used our old Peg Perego stroller box which was just collecting dust in our basement. I started by cutting out the front of the box with a pair of sharp scissors and an exacto knife. Once my shape was cut out for the front of the cage I painted the box red. I picked up the gold embellishments at our local Home Depot store in the wood section and spray painted them gold. Once they were attached I hot glued them onto the box in each corner. I also purchased thin wood dowels and spray painted them gold for the cage. A big thanks to my girlfriend Lisa for letting me borrow Tony the Tiger!


We had lots of food for all of our guests to enjoy as well. We got very lucky with the weather as it was +27 that day! The guys did a great job BBQing for us! Thank you! One of my favourite food decorations was the fruit salad my mom made for us in the shape of a circus elephant. Doesn’t it look adorable?!


We had so much fun putting all of this together and I’m looking forward to planning our next big celebration soon. Thanks for stopping by to check out Adam’s special celebration and how we made it come together. Hope you get lots of circus inspiration!



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