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6/25/2013

Circus Party Photo Booth

When planning Owen’s circus birthday party I decided that a photo booth would be a fun addition!  Creating the photo booth area was so super easy.  I simply covered our patio sliders with a couple of festive, thrifted sheets and invited everyone to “step right up” with a circus-y message written on the nearby outdoor chalkboard!  Props for the photo booth included a thrifted and painted picture frame, an inflatable elephant (you know… because a circus is never complete without an elephant), clown hats and noses, silly glasses, a top hat and stick-on mustaches (for the ring master), a feather boa and so much more!  Many of the props I was able to borrow from Bailey’s dress-up box.  The other items I was able to purchase inexpensively at either the Dollar Tree or the local party store.

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I had no idea that the photo booth I created on the patio would be such a big hit.  I mean, don’t get me wrong… I knew it would be fun and I figured the kids would really enjoy it, but I never imagined that I would actually get all of the grandparents to participate.  Amazingly, though, they did!  And I’m so glad to have gotten so many fun pictures of the whole family!

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Things started off sweet… and then they got silly!

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Notice how Owen was eating his stick-on moustache in the picture above?  Classic!

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6/24/2013

Circus Themed 1st Birthday

I can’t tell you just how excited I was with the way Owen’s circus themed, first birthday party turned out!  The food and decorations… the favors, friends and family… everything was perfect! 

The menu for the party consisted of hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, animal crackers, cotton candy and of course clown cupcakes… all of which were very kid-friendly and circus themed!

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With this being the first ever summer birthday party at our house, I was insanely excited to include the outdoors in the entertainment. 

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In an attempt to draw people outside, I created a photo booth area on the patio… complete with circus themed props (The photo booth was so much fun that I’ve devoted an entirely separate post to it… so check it out to see all of the madness)

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After eating and goofing off in the photo booth it was time for the cake!  I baked a small smash cake, which Owen had no problem diving right into.

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One very quick bath and outfit change later, and it was time for Owen to open his presents.  Of course, the most exciting part of this was rolling around in the floor with all of the paper!

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It was definitely a busy, whirlwind kind of day… but more fun than I could have imagined!  Happy birthday sweet boy!

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6/23/2013

Circus Themed Party Favor Bags

I was so excited to celebrate Owen’s first birthday this past weekend!  But before I get to the details of the party, I want to share the super simple favors I put together using these circus-themed goodies. 

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To contain all of the treats I used popcorn bags purchased from the Dollar Tree and upgraded them using ticket-shaped invitations found at a local thrift store.

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I cut the invitations in half and used double-sided tape to stick the invitation to the front and back of the popcorn bags.

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Once that was done I just dropped in the goodies and called it a day. 

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Super cheap, super easy and most importantly super fun!  What more could any circus party need!

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6/08/2013

Martha Rivers Park

Spending the morning at Martha Rivers Park never seems to disappoint!  There’s so much to see and do…

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…and everyone always leaves happy!

Strawberry Picking!

While in South Carolina visiting family last weekend we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go strawberry picking.  This was Bailey’s first time picking strawberries and I was really excited to get to do it with her!

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After a little instruction from Nanny (my mom) on which berries were best and which ones to avoid, Bailey got right down to work.

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She worked steadily, filling her bucket with lots of beautiful, ripe strawberries.  I was truly amazed how, even at 3 1/2 years of age, the activity kept her interested.

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Definitely a morning well spent with a couple of my favorite ladies! 

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Maybe next time we’re in South Carolina we’ll try out blueberry picking.  Or better yet, maybe we’ll try peaches!