Monday, June 6, 2016

{My Parties} Elmo Circus Party

#elmo #circus #circusparty #carnival

A circus party is one of the classic themes for children’s birthdays. In fact, my own oldest son had a circus party for his 1st birthday. It is a theme that my clients request often! When these clients contacted me to do a circus party for their two-year-old little girl, we also talked about what other interests she had. When they mentioned that she loved Elmo, I suggested that we incorporate him into the party as well! What’s more fun than an Elmo Circus Party for a two-year old?Because this party was at a neighborhood park, I couldn’t do any kind of backdrop. So, I started my table design with a balloon arch.
I made these cute over-sized popcorn boxes from white science fair backdrops. I used four of them and cut the tops using a bowl as a guide to make them scalloped. Then, I taped two of them together and used red metallic wrapping paper to make them striped. My balloon artist then made the balloons look like popcorn going from one box to the other.
I knew I had to have marquee lights with Kaitlyn’s name, so I picked these up at the craft store and customized them with gold glitter and assorted washi tape
I used a red linen for the table and then added a piece of red and white striped fabric on the top. I displayed my treats on a variety of hat boxes in different sizes and shapes. I added embellishments to them using metallic paper, tickets, poms poms, stickers and tape. Each one was a little bit different, which made it really personalized for Kaitlyn.

We served a variety of fun treats at this party, including custom sugar cookies, red and blue glittered candy apples, Elmo chocolate suckers, these fabulous yellow and pink cotton candy pops, and whirly pops that I created with the birthday girl’s initial. Putting Elmo’s face on the treats was a great way to incorporate him into the party theme.
The personalized cotton candy was made by Dolly's Sweet Dream Cotton Candy. I love how they made the labels match the theme! So fun!
We also had Elmo sugar cookies of course! These are by my friends at Whimsy Cookie Co. 
Michelle at Ellery Designs created this awesome wooden Sesame Street sign for me, personalized with Kaitlyn’s name.
What an awesome keepsake for her! She can have this for years to come. It really made the perfect focal point to hang over the adorable cake by Mad Lily Cakery.

For the favors, I ordered these individual bags of candied popcorn and added a cute custom favor tag to each. I love that the bags are sealed, so the guests can enjoy them at a later time. 
Each guest table had a different centerpiece. One of them was a giant lollipop that I picked up in the Christmas section of the craft store and then embellished with tickets and pom poms, the second was circus signs that I made into an easy centerpiece using a hat box and dowels, and the third was a big circus tent piƱata.

And of course, no circus party is complete without a ticket booth! We had this one right at the entrance to the park. 

And, this little birthday girl was about the cutest thing ever!

Miss K's third birthday is coming up fast!
I can't wait to see what theme they pick this year!


Street Sign: Ellery Designs
Cookies: Whimsy Cookie Co. 
Glittered Apples and Elmo Pops: Sparkling Sweets Boutique
Cotton Candy: Dolly's Sweet Dreams Cotton Candy
Popcorn: Oh Nuts
All Photography and Design: GreyGrey Designs


  1. How did you do the invitations? To put circus and Elmo together? I like this theme for my son's first birthday in July!

    1. I actually didn't do the invitations. The mother of the child did them. I wish I could help!


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