Saturday was Jude's first birthday party, and what a fun little fête it was!
We served fresh popcorn in vintage style popcorn boxes, sugar cookies frosted with royal icing (so fun to paint!) and delicious cupcakes with chocolate frosting with little flags made from ribbon and satay sticks - classic birthday treats!
The cake was a yellow cake with buttercream frosting, with a cute little banner (it's been a hot trend this year, and I couldn't help myself - so perfect for the circus theme!) And how perfect were these napkins? I found them (as well as stripey straws, paper fringe and more) at a super adorable little shop called Shop Sweet Lulu!
We provided clown noses, for those who didn't happen to have any appropriate circus attire on hand...
...or who just happen to look ridiculously cute in one...
We made these charming birthday hats out of pom poms, ruffly paper trim, stickers and poster board - so fun!
One of Jude's birthday presents was this amazing Schylling baby piano that Sabrina picked up at the super marvelous shop Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids which was a big hit at the party - she brought over hers too so we could have dueling pianos...
Jude, striking a pose...
One of Jude's friends, the ever charming Miss Eva, arrived dressed as a tiger! How apropos, given the presence of this Ring 'o' Fire - hilarious!
We painted an upside down flower pot to look like a circus pedestal - a perfect place to pose this vintage Dumbo doll and his strong man friend...and I made simple striped slip covers for our ottomans to transform our living room into an instant big top!
Now, a great party is all about enthusiastic guests: Sabrina's son James, seemingly unperturbed by his amusing head wear and sporting a natty suit! Quite the sartorial splendor!
Darling Hugo, who's half French, looking very adorable as a tiny French clown!
Our friends Jillian and Toast of Because We Can
, came in hilarious cowboy attire...(props to Jillian for staying up 'til the wee hours the night before decorating cookies!)
The whole family, getting our circus on...
Alas, the birthday boy was a little less than enthusiastic about sporting a birthday hat!
Sabrina and her son Alex, having a jolly time! (How could you not, while double fisting kazoos??)
The party reached it's peak with an all kazoo birthday salute!
Happy Birthday, Jude!
We'll be posting tutorials for the Ring of Fire, Pennants, Circus Sugar Cookies, the cake topper and more, all week, so stay tuned!