I thought to myself a couple months before his birthday... Let's see, Garrett's Birthday...nothing big...hmm...he loves hot dogs...and popcorn and snow cones... I know! We'll have a little circus-y themed family party! A couple days later I found an 8 pack of circus paper plates on sale and thought, "Eight should be enough."
Then a few days later while driving with my mother in law, I told her, "So, Garrett loves hot dogs, and I found some cheap circus plates, so maybe we can have a little family party and call it a 'Circus'.
Fast forward to Saturday September 22nd.
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Garrett's Big Top Candy Shop. My dad helped me build the frame of it, my mom made the awning. The scale is from Hobby Lobby (bought a long time ago) and the jars are from anywhere and everywhere. I've had a collection for years. In the shop there was, pixy stix, licorice ropes, circus peanuts, circus mints, gun balls, salt water taffy, circus animal crackers, colored marshmallows, lemon heads, clown noses and crayons.
Blow up clown shoes are from Decor Party Supply. We made the circus sign with a piece of wood, paper mache letters from Joann's, a drill, and Christmas light. It fell over before we even started, and only half of the lights worked. :( All of the fabric for the backdrops, tables, tents and banners, was purchased at either the fabric district in downtown LA, or M & L discount fabric in Anaheim.
A big thank you to Phil. Bekah, and Annie. There were a lot of hours and a lot of money put into this party, and it wouldn't have happened without them!
And thank you to Sarah from Dovetail Images for capturing every bit of it, so I could just enjoy the party!