Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Aidan's Circus Train Party - 1st Birthday!

I still can't believe a year has past, and my little boy, Aidan, is now 1 years old. It seemed like just yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital and our whole world had changed.

We decided to celebrate big and throw him a circus party, since I've always wanted a circus party, but then I found a train you could rent at trainpartyexpress.com, and it evolved into a Circus Train Party extravaganza!

Of couse as you already know, it all begins with the invitations. It was printed on both sides and even included a train ticket you could tear off. Artwork was from Nitwit Collections (license #33615) 

To order this Circus Train Invitation, go to our website www.invitationparlour.com we also have 5x7 for sale on the site as well. Or if you are looking for a custom invitation that you don't see on our website, invitationparlour.com or our etsy store, then contact us at info@invitationparlour.com

My friend had made me onesies for each month, which was great because then we would remember to take pictures every month for a year. I used the pictures for the invitations and had them at the party as well. 

Custom address labels are a must with my invitations & cards....presentation starts with the envelope. As I always say, it's not necessary...but it surely does look cute!

And here is the centerpiece of the party...the circus treats table, it was loaded with different candies, candy apples, cotton candy and animal cookies. There was also mini cupcakes & a yummy chocolate cake from A Piece of Cake.

Here's all the details from the treats table. I decided to decorate the cake myself so that the cake would match the party, there was mini bunting flags and a circus train on there, that I cut on my sillouette. The mini cupcakes were bought from Walmart (I was so lucky the colors matched) I bought cute little clear gable boxes and put animal cookies in there and they had labels saying, "Aidan's Circus Animals" The polka dot background was wrapping paper I found at Paper Source and all the popcorn containers I found at the Dollar Tree store (that place is a like a treasure chest for finding random things you need for parties)
This display was my prize counter for the carnival games we had in our backyard. We had a raffle for bigger prizes, but everyone is a winner at this party and all the kids got to choose from yo-yo's, clown bouncy balls, train bubbles/whistle and circus ducks.

I found the vintage circus train toy on ebay, and when it arrived, I was so happy to see how big it was, which gave me the idea to fill it with lollipops. We didn't have a real clown, but the 3' clown balloon was floating around greeting people. I think the signs were great addition, we had a train stop sign, signs for the games, even a sign for the "snack bar" where guests filled up on hot dogs, pizza and nachos.
Here is the train that started all this party madness. Funny thing is that when I booked it I was afraid it would be like a boring tram ride, but when I saw it and rode on it the first time, I felt like a kid. There was music playing like the rides at Disneyland, and it actually went pretty fast (definitely put your seat belt on). The conductor was wonderful & everyone had an awesome time on it...even the adults :)

I found the cute little clown costume on Zulily. I was so happy when it arrived the day before the party.

See the rest of the pictures on the slideshow...click here.

Vendor Credits:

Invitations, matching stationary & signs: www.invitationparlour.com 
Party Styling:  www.mycreativevision.com
Train Rental & Popcorn Machine: trainpartyexpress.com
Red striped treat bags: Skyler's Party (at etsy)
Vintage Circus Train: www.ebay.com
Prizes/Favors: www.orientaltrading.com
Balloons: www.laballoons.com

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