It’s a Party: Circus Themed 1st Birthday Party

It’s safe to say that a circus has tons of fun things for kiddos – between the animals, cotton candy and games, a circus is a kid’s dream! Using adorable apparel, fun snacks and an easy to make circus cake, we’ve created the perfect Circus Themed First Birthday Party! Saddle up and we’ll show you how it’s done!

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An invitation sets the tone for the whole event, and lucky for us Betty Crocker has a Birthday Party Kit that includes an invitation that will get the party started!


The Betty Crocker birthday kit is a one-stop-shop for your birthday party planning! From cake mix, frosting and sprinkles to a cookbook and fun printables, this kit has everything you need to throw a fabulous birthday bash!




The kit also comes with circus animal masks you can cut out for decoration and for kids to play with.


Decorating for a circus party is a total breeze. Combine red and white stripes, colorful balloons and circus animals for a simple setup that the kids will love!

Cotton candy in popcorn bags and circus animals makes an easy centerpiece.




Red and white streamers taped on the backs of chairs are perfect for the circus theme.


Even the animals can join in on the fun!


When you’re planning your Circus themed first birthday party, you’ll want delicious, easy to make yums that are as good for the littles as they are fun to eat.


Happy Family Brands has come out with a new Organic Milk and we used it to make a yummy smoothie for the kids to enjoy. It’s a great way for the kids to enjoy milk and fruit!

Toddler Milk Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 serving Grow & Shine Organic Toddler Milk from Happy Family Brands
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup organic strawberries
  • ½ avocado
  • Raw honey, to taste (children under one year should not consume honey)

Easy, Peasy Directions: Add all ingredients including the Happy Family Brands Shine Toddler Milk to a blender and puree until smooth.  For a twist on the smoothie idea, try adding the smoothie mix to fun ice pop molds,  freeze a Viola`, another tasty, wholesome treat!



When you’re getting your kiddos dressed for a birthday party, they’ve got to be in something that’s wearable, allows movement but tops the cute factor too!

Zutano clothing comes in bright patterns and cozy materials, making the outfits picture perfect but also great for playing in the yard!





Zutano’s bold stripes, bright colors, and fun prints mix and match easily and go perfectly with the circus theme (and for eating birthday cake)!


Zutano has the most adorable cozy bear suit~ circus theme (and of course! chilly day) perfection!


Their stylish clothes make a great birthday gift too!


The Zutano bear suit would make a fun gift for kiddos that love to dress up!


After the kids have played, it’s time for cake! Betty Crocker’s birthday party kit comes with everything you need to make the perfect Big Top Circus Cake including the easy directions! The cake is super simple to make and decorate, so there’s no stress – just more time to enjoy the party!



The birthday boy will love blowing out his candles on the Big Top Circus Cake!





Cake on the face is always a good sign!



After the kids are all hopped up on sugar, they’ve got to run that energy off before naptime! Deck them out in a pair of comfortable, stylish and adorable footwear from Pediped Footwear and they can play until their little heart’s content!


Pediped Footwear is a must-have first birthday gift too! Pediped makes footwear for all ages that is flexible, durable, not to mention comfortable and utterly stylish!


Pediped Footwear is designed for proper foot development for every stage and offer sizes from newborn to 4.5 youth. Momtrends’ readers can use the code MOMT15 to receive a whopping 15% off any purchase! (Offer will expire November 30, 2014)



After the gifts have been opened and the kids are pooped, send them home with cheery goody bags filled with Happy Family Brands healthy and yummy treats! Kids of all ages love the organic pouches, rice cakes and puffs! Happy Family Brands has food for babies, tots and toddlers so there’s healthy, organic goodness for everyone!




Here’s a few other ideas to make your circus theme really pop~

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1) Oriental Trading has a lot of carnival games like this Disk Drop game above. It’s perfect for this party theme!

2) Decorate the birthday high chair with balloons and a colorful pennant banner. A “1” birthday hat is a total must!

3) Serve elephant ear cookies to go along with the circus theme!

If you need a little more help keeping track of all your party deets, try the P.S. XO app! It stores your party ideas and allows you to throw a party right from your phone!

With these easy and adorable circus party ideas, you’ll be able to throw a Circus Themed First birthday party without breaking a sweat! Happy planning!

For more party tips and tricks, head over to Jackie Fogartie Events‘ blog!

One lucky Momtrends’ reader will win a prize pack including a goody basket from Happy Family Brands, A $50 gift card to Zutano, A pair of Pediped shoes, as well as a circus Birthday Celebration kit from Betty Crocker! Enter via rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Sara Christie

    I love the stuffed animals with party hats !! Especially the giraffe ! The whole party LOOKS great !!

  • jeevon

    Love the Cotton candy in popcorn bags and circus animals as an easy centerpiece. too cute

  • Trisha B.

    I really like the whole circus theme and the Zutano Bear-suit is too cute and perfect for the party.

  • Kellie

    I loved the popcorn goodie bags!

  • Natalie S.

    Love the whole set-up! So cute! The animal masks are super cute too.

  • Jessica B.

    I love it all! The cake looked so yummy.

  • I want that disc drop game for myself! 😉 What a fun party, I love the centerpieces!

  • latanya t

    the gift bags

  • micaela6955

    I like the cotton candy served in popcorn bags, very cute centerpiece along with the stuffed animals.

  • I enjoyed the circus animals most.

  • Sonya_Morris

    I love the table decorations! Everything came together so amazingly!

  • Gita Prasad

    gift bags

  • Susan Pertierra

    I loved seeing all the great party decorations.

  • Mary W

    I liked the healthy goodie bags that go home with the kids.

  • Kristin G

    I love the goodie bags! Cute centerpiece and ideas with the animals

  • cezovski

    I liked all the stuffed animals, especially the big giraffe!
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  • D Schmidt

    I really like the circus animal masks

  • Janet Watson

    I most enjoyed the Disk Drop game! My grandsons would have a blast with that! I also loved the stuffed animals!

  • Heidi Burns

    I loved the colors, table set up and homemade masks.

  • Kaykay Yip

    I love all the stuffed animals, they add so much to the circus theme! Also all the cute favors!

  • Cassandra Eastman

    I thought the masks’ were a really neat idea!

  • zmama

    My kids love animals and the circus so this is the perfect theme for them! thanks for the inspiration!

  • Sadie

    I liked the fun snack treat bags.

  • Casey H

    I like the bright colors and the animal masks- encouraging imaginative play is always a fun thing to do.

  • Courtney Bella

    I like all the animals in the hats !:) so colorful and cute!!! I want this for my daughter!

  • Tabathia

    I liked the stuffed animals

  • The table setting and giveaways! 🙂

  • Rosa Grigsby

    I love Big Top Circus Cake

  • lifeskit

    the happy tot packages looks so cute

  • sandra

    I like the circus animal masks

  • Abigail

    I love all of the stuffed animals and that some of the even wore party hats!

  • Love the circus animcal face cut outs

  • that it’s so colorful and whimsical (and works for both boys AND girls!)

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    Love Love Love the circus cake–so cute!

  • Terra Heck

    I most enjoyed seeing Cotton candy in popcorn bags and circus animals that made the centerpieces. Thanks.

  • Jennifer Tilson

    I loved the carnival game from Oriental Trading Company.

  • Andrea Darst

    The hippo stuffed friend!