6.08.2010

Circus/Carnival Birthday Inspiration

I'm currently very busy planning a special party for a very special boy. I thought I would share my inspirations. Since I'm always trying to be ATAP, (as thrifty as possible, my own acronym) I decided to go with a theme that already fit some of the things I had. Despite the over usage, I'm going with a circus/carnival theme. Here are some images logged under inspiration.
 Via The Finer Things I love all of the candy.

Via Save the Date for Cupcakes. I want rich colors.

Via Snippet & Ink. Is this not to die for? I wish I could recreate the entire thing in birthday form. I want a vintage feel.

I also love the thought of adding vintage Circus elements inspired by these:

Vintage Circus fabric found via blempgorf on Flickr. 

Vintage Circus image via The Graphics Fairy

I'm hoping to include elements like these:


My budget for the party is oh so TIGHT. I'm working on ways to keep it simple and cheap but also memorable. Wish me luck!


23 comments:

iamwoman said...

I tried to do a theme like that for my bro-in-law's reception, but my MIL didn't like the idea so we had to nix it:) Maybe I can go back into my idea binder for ya. I am super thrifty myself!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i love this idea. i think it's fresh and fun and mixes really well with vintage. if anyone can pull it off with a tiny budget it.is.you!

Wonder Woman said...

Good luck! Our party was pretty thrifty, but I did more with activities than decor. My son is also much older than yours though, so decor is more appropriate for you. Don't forget $1 bins at target!

T said...

I helped a teacher do their classroom all Carnival themed one year - LOTS of fun to be had...

if you enroll the help of some friends (carnies) to play a few games (simple is perfect for the tiny ones) and entertain (balloon animals are always a hit, and cheap once you know how to tie them)

Thrifty is always the way to go for parties!

Megan said...

I'm anxious to see how this turns out! I'm wanting to throw a b-day party on a budget too.

Kristina P. said...

This is so fun! One of my favorite websites is Hostess with the Mostest. I got some great shower ideas there.

Meg said...

Love the inspiration!! It will turn out fab, I'm sure of it! :) Can't wait to see pic's!!

PS - thanks for the comment about my bottle! eee! :)

www.meg-land.blogspot.com

xx

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

You are so much braver than me. So, so much braver.

Karen said...

Good luck with the party. I was lucky to make a cake that my dd wanted much less have decorations.

Love your ideas though and look forward to seeing more!

Following back from TTA

Karen
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Joni said...

Thanks for following. I am now following you back. I would love to have you back to check out my giveaways and enter. Hope you have a great week.

I♥thesecrazykids said...

That's going to be so much fun!

Dania said...

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

I adore yours. We have very similar tastes. I can tell. Your b-day idea is fantastic. It will be hard to keep to a strict budget and I can't offer any advice at all in that department because I usually go WAY overboard on parties in general (as hubby is so fond of pointing out). I wish you luck with your thrifty mission. Try ebay. You can always score pretty good deals there :-)

BTW, I'm following back.

anne maskell said...

how cute! I hope the party goes well. Thanks for following me, I'm following you too.

Kim said...

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Kim

Jess said...

I love your acronym. I might have to use it from now on(because that's how I live, too!).

Together We Save said...

Great idea... thrify is always best!

Victoria said...

I love the picts that you posted on here! Makes me want to do a full on theme party! I'm a new follower :)

Lisa said...

So fun~I wanted to purchase/make/eat everything on these pages.

The McLane Blog Page: said...

I did the same theme for Benson's 1st birthday. It was so much fun!!! We had face painting, a kiddy pool full of balls for the kids to jump in. We did a photo booth. We even had a "ball toss" game and the prize was a real goldfish--that was the biggest hit of the day!

It was a blast!!! Good luck with yours! I'm SURE it will be adorable if you're planning it!

Totally Tessa said...

Love the theme. So cute and can't get over how wonderful that inspiration board is!

the lovely paper blog said...

so cute! i love all of it and i can't wait to see what you come up with... as for that circle garland--i must make it! thanks for the great idea!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

planning my sons birthday was so fun! What made it fun was trying to figure out ways to fit it all in the budget-you can do it!
I LOVE these ideas!!

Tasha said...

I'm a friend of the VanWagoners and love your blog! I got rave reviews on my pinwheels and think you should absolutely incorporate them. You can see them here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tmw715/4533721592/