I am not usually "that mom" but I had my son's first birthday planned the day after he was born. Ha! I'm kidding, it was not that early but it was at-least six months in advance.
A few years ago I had a client that ordered circus birthday treats and I thought they were just the cutest so I was absolutely delighted when I came across the idea of a circus themed first birthday party.
I also decorated that table with Cracker Jacks and confetti from the dollar store. Do you see the paper clown in the background? My daughter made that for her baby brother - how sweet!
The colorful ONE was fun to make! I purchased wood chip letter from my local hobby shop and used acrylic paint to paint them. The hobby shop also had those cute wooden characters so it was very simple to just glue them on using my hot glue gun. I cut out stars using my star paper cutter and yellow card stock then glued them to each letter.
I purchased this fun circus tent cupcake stand online. I was a bit skeptical but it looked great in person and held up well. I was able to put it away for another party.
The cake was vanilla with vanilla bean buttercream and the topper for the cupcake stand and the cake came from Bells N' Berries on Etsy.
For the cupcakes I just made simple chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and topped them with either buttercream and a frosted animal cookie, Cracker Jacks and caramel sauce, or mini marshmallows with a dusting of yellow pearl dust to look like popcorn.
The cake pops were strawberry and topped with a chocolate elephant made from a candy mold I found at my local cake supply store. The little stand for the elephant was an upside down cup that I glued card stock mini pendants and red paper dots to.