Circus Themed Fourth Birthday
The Greatest Showman has been on constant repeat around here for months. When I introduced my girls to the movie I highly underestimated the obsession that would soon follow – but it did make choosing a party theme pretty obvious.
For Em’s fourth birthday, a little temporary hair dye and a purple velvet leotard turned her into her favorite trapeze artist.
I don’t get wrapped up in the idea of elaborate parties, but I do love an excuse to make something. Birthdays in our house are usually big family dinners with decor that I can pull together the week or so before. My goal to create something magical for the girls but not kill myself in the process – so I reuse or make everything I can. It saves on cost and makes it easier to pull together last minute. Plus fabric garlands and handmade details are so much nicer than the disposable stuff anyway.
With a little guidance and some help painting, Kenley (who is 6) illustrated the sideshow posters. I can't get over how well these turned out! The pinwheels were made with 12-inch scrapbook papers and a few fabric flowers that were actually left from my wedding decor. Animal crackers tin was vintage and everything else was repurposed from previous projects. The only thing I purchased was a bag of mini pom poms and those got mixed with some of my hoarded craft supplies to dress their toys in carnival-ish costumes.
Em’s outfit was a purple velvet leotard found at the consignment store that I embellished with scraps of old fabric and a vintage diamond heart button. Best $6 purchase ever! Semi-Permanent hair dye was Punky Colour brand. I am a little sad that the lavender hair has now faded, but there’s still some dye left in the jar so it’ll definitely be back!