Circus Party Planning

Gunner will be one year old this month! I really can't believe it. It seems like just a few days ago that I was writing this post that announced his birth and now I'm planning his first birthday party. His birthday is on the 16th of February, which happens to fall on a Saturday this year so we'll get to have his party on his actual birthday. 

We're doing a circus party theme and I've had a lot of fun planning out all of the circus decorations so far. I started the planning process pretty early, hoping to avoid the last minute rush. But here it is, just 10 days away, and I'm feeling like I'll never get it all done.

Here is a peek into what we have planned...
I don't wanna give away too many details, but I will share the details and a few circus party projects once the party has passed. We're doing almost everything DIY and hoping to keep the entire party budget (food, drinks, decorations, invitations, gifts) within a $250 budget. In my head $250 sounds like a lot of money but we have big families so food and beverages will take up a lot of that budget.

Do you have any budget party planning tips? 
Any crafts that would be perfect for a circus party?
What was the theme of your little one's first birthday?

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