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Circus Themed Fourth Birthday

Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak

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!

Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak
Circus Themed Fourth Birthday by Laura Macurak