Posts Tagged ‘first birthday’

One of the cool kids

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I am super-duper, totally, ridiculously, unbelievably thrilled that Ohdeedoh is featuring Baby Evan’s Carnival birthday party today! The creative, modern, brilliant ideas on their website always inspire me, even if I’m not creative, modern or brilliant enough to actually use any of them. I live in Connecticut, which invented¬† flea-markets-masquerading-as-antique-dealers.¬† I am totally not cool enough for pale wood furniture, minimalist design and funky colors. I’m really more of an antiquey, junky, cluttery kind of decorator, as evidence by my crowded bookcases, mismatched furniture and collection of chicken shaped candy dishes (come back Friday to see them). I am no where near stylish enough for any legitimate publication, unless someone publishes Useless Collections of Candleholders and Mirrors Monthly.

So when I submitted Evan’s first birthday to Ohdeedoh I had almost no hope of being selected. Most of the parties I’ve seen featured have been done by moms who just HAPPEN to be party planners or professional photographers or Etsy craft sellers too (check out this Fairy Garden Party or this Lego Party) – but I’m honored the editors liked my ideas! I’m so proud of myself and my friends who helped make such an amazing party possible, especially Amanda and her fantastic cake.

If you missed my birthday posts the first time, you can find them here.

Evan’s First Birthday: Photo Booth
Evan’s First Birthday: Friends
Evan’s First Birthday: Decorations
Evan’s First Birthday: Food

The photographs I used for the party were taken by Nina Benjamin of Nina Benjamin Photography here in Connecticut. She’s also the photographer partnered with Papoose, my favorite baby store so you can check out more of her work there if you happen to be in the area.

And check out these photos my BFF Erin took. She’s just started her own photography business in the Philadelphia area and did a fantastic job catching all the little details of my party. You can contact her at

Evan’s First Birthday: Food

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I spent so much time painstakingly cutting out paper triangles, sewing yards of banner and hunting down just exactly the right font for my invitations that I completely forgot about providing food for Evan’s circus birthday party until the last minute. All I had planned was cake and candy and – although those are two of MY favorite food groups – I don’t think most people consider Pixie Stix and fondant a balanced meal. Also, I thought maybe giving all the kids an option besides SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR SUUUUUUUGAAAAAAAAAAAAAR would be a wise choice. I’m all about the wise choices.

I tried to stick with my circus/carnival theme, which made munchy, snacky food a good option. Here’s what we ended up with:

Hot dogs
Soft pretzels
Cotton candy
Animal crackers
Salt water taffy
Rita’s Italian Ice
Jones Soda
Pink and Yellow Lemonade
…and a whole bunch of random candy I used as decoration rather than food.

first birthday circus cake

Circus cake by Amanda, covered in homemade fondant, top layer is rice krispie treat, second layer vanilla, bottom is chocolate. Delicious AND gorgeous!

circus birthday party food

Dining room table buffet. The empty bowl is for the giant soft pretzels. Also missing: nacho dip.

My mom cut up GALLONS of fruit because she loves me and would like to let me keep all my fingers

circus birthday party food

$10 popcorn machine from Craigslist, boxes from party store online

circus birthday party food cotton candy

Mini-cotton candy bags bought in bulk from BJ’s (Circus tray from Goodwill)

circus birthday party food hot dog

Hot dog trays from iParty, old-fashioned ketchup & mustard from grocery store

circus birthday party food

Jar from a flea market, animal crackers from Target, candy stand from TJMaxx, taffy from Christmas Tree Shops

circus birthday party drinks

The lemonade has lemons floating in it, the pink lemonade has pink ice cubes with cherries in them. Cups from Celebrate Express online, straws from grocery store, milkglass vase from flea market, drink pitches from Target.

circus birthday party drinks

Rita’s Ice! I got a 2.5 gallon party bucket, which was MORE than enough and they let me borrow a scoop and gave me free cups. Loooooove Rita’s!

circus birthday party smash cake

Vanilla smash cake with buttercream frosting for Baby Evan – the pictures are FANTASTIC. It was a GREAT idea thought of and baked by Amanda. Cake stand is mine from a flea market.

Check out more party posts including circus party decorations and our circus party photo booth.