Monday, September 7, 2009

Under the Big Top

The first year of parenthood is a trying time. It's rewarding as heck, but it's definitely the most work you'll ever do in your life. And so, what better way to close out that first year, but to throw a giant extravaganza with all the people who helped you out along the way. The fun part- you're throwing a party for the most amazing little person in the world. So it's gotta be no holds barred, all out fun land. Plenty of activities for the kiddos, plenty of food and beverages for the grown-ups.
Event: H's first birthday... Le Cirque du Bebe

Decor: Vintage French Circus
I made flag runners out of an old Dr. Spock (circa 1954) book. Red and yellow butcher paper. Three EZ up tents in the backyard. Printed circus posters featuring the little dude at various ages. Top hat centerpieces with the number "1." Cardboard box circus train. Plastic tablecloth curtains. "Admit One" ticket garland. Tumbling mats, balls, wading pools, hula hoops, cozy coupe clown car, even a bouncy castle- brought by a friend! Hand-painted strongman and elephant backdrops... with a hole cut out for fun photos.

Menu: Upscale Circus Food with a French twist
Shrimp Corn Dogs with French's mustard, Pigs in a Croissant, Homemade Soft Pretzels, Chocolate Dipped Bananas with Crushed Hazelnuts, Popcorn served in red and white cones, apples with caramel dip (Ack, I think I forgot to put out the caramel dip!) Ooohs! for the little ones. Asian Veggie confetti with hoisin-peanut dip. (The French were fascinated with Asia and the Orient in the late 1800s.) Lemonade, Lonestar, Fat Tire Skinny Dip, Reisling, Sparkling Rose.

Invite: Circus Tent with opening flaps to reveal information. (Ladies and Gentlemen sign seal to be opened by guests) Ringmaster and Savoye fonts. Color printing. White envelopes.

We had so much fun playing under the big top with all of our friends and family. Henry decided utensils (and hands) were not necessary when approaching a big slice of birthday cake. I know he won't remember it... but we won't let him forget it!

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