Gunner's First Birthday Circus Extravaganza

I can't believe it's already been over a week since we celebrated Gunner's first birthday. Thank you for being ever so patient as I worked on this recap post. Almost everything was a DIY project, so I wanted to take plenty of time to source some items and figure out the total amount we spent on the party.

Before getting to all of the details, I must say that the party went perfectly and I couldn't have asked for anything better. Gunner was surrounded by so many people that loved him, he was in heaven with all of his favorite people in one room. I loved sharing Gunner's first year video with everyone and seeing them smile, enjoy, and remember those moments. It was such a special day and time, and I am so so thankful for it.

Now, to the details..this is your fair warning that this is a somewhat long post. I could break it up into several post (decorations, food, etc.) but I like when I find a party planning post that has it all in one place. I'll give some details, show pictures, give you all of the wonderful sources I found (a lot were FREE!), and then give you a total party cost at the end. Here we go! 

Circus Shirt
Circus Shirt
Circus Photo Booth
 Yep, he's eating the mustache and Cody and I are exhausted.

As I mentioned in this previous party planning post, we went with a circus theme. We kept decorations pretty semi minimal -- all reds, blues, and yellows. The tables were sprinkled with small, plastic circus animals. Sadly, something that wasn't really captured in the pictures was the fact that we hung paper lanterns through out the living room and kitchen. Paper lanterns make a big statement but are cheap too..I love them for any party. 

We had a small photo booth decorated with streamers and balloons, providing a fun pop of color and way to document memories. I also made little photo props (seen above) for the photo booth. Near it I hung a picture of Gunner from each month and it was one of my favorite parts. I hand made two banners (the Photo Booth banner and one that said Happy Birthday and hung over our big living room windows) using a free downloadable font online that were good pops of color too.

All of the food was circus themed as well...popcorn, pretzels, corn dogs, candy, etc. We also had cute little popcorn boxes that people could put any of the snacks in. The plates and napkins with the big top circus tent were clearance finds. I made the cupcakes, because this momma is way to cheap to pay expensive bakery prices. They were iced with cream cheese frosting and were so, so yummy, every bit as good as the bakery. My mom made and decorated the main cake. When we were growing up she always made our birthday party cakes so it was really sweet to have her do the same for my son.

Circus Decorations
Birthday Banner
DIY Photo Booth
Circus Party Food
Circus Party Food
Circus Party Food
Circus Animal Crackers
Circus Party Food
Circus Cupcakes
Circus Cake

And the grand total of it all?! $238.89! Just under my budget of $250.

If you want more details on any items or DIY projects, don't hesitate to email me, I'd love to help!

- Invitations (not seen): FREE printable, here
- Photo booth mustache props: FREE printable, here
- Plastic circus animals (lions and elephants): Party City
- Paper lanterns: Party City
- Circus font seen on all banners: FREE font, here
- Popcorn boxes: Party City
- Plastic scoops: Party City
- White mini bucket containers: Target
- Cupcake toppers (also seen on popcorn boxes): FREE printable, here
- Paper plates and napkins: Party City, clearance
- Red and white polka dot cupcake liners: here 
-Gunner's super cute bow tie and lion tshirt: Mattie Mae Designs

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