Meet the Sullivans: Owen's First Birthday Circus: The Food

January 23, 2013

Owen's First Birthday Circus: The Food

For Owen's First Birthday we really wanted to keep the food simple. Luckily our "circus" theme allowed us to easily getaway with serving traditional carnival food. We had people of all age at our party ranging from 11 months to 87 years-old, so it was important to me that we have food that young children and adults all like. Who doesn't like pizza?

Our guests arrived right around lunch time, so we started with some snacks and then jumped right into the pizza and salads. If you don't know what Pigs in Blankets are you might want to check out this recipe and make them for your Super Bowl Party. They are always gobbled up quickly! 

My mom made the blue cheese dip and used a recipe similar to this one. Keith's mom made her very popular Tutia--it is at every Sullivan Family gathering! 

I made the Orange Creamsicle dip that you may have seen on Pinterest. It was sweet and very delicious on fresh strawberries. (I'll share the recipe tomorrow!)

A carnival party wouldn't be complete without popcorn! Our microwave still smells like burnt popcorn every time I heat something in it. My experience popping popcorn on the stove was not successful. I bought the paper popcorn bags from Dime Store Buddy on Etsy. 

We served a variety of drinks; sodas, waters, beer and wine. I also made Raspberry Lemonade, because again, what circus / carnival would be complete without lemonade? People seemed to really enjoy it, as it was all gone before the party was over.! I'm embarrassed to admit it was just two cans of Minute Maid Raspberry Lemonade concentrate (the kind you buy in the frozen food section), a little Country Time Lemonade and fresh raspberries. 

The drink dispenser, stand and sign are all from Crate & Barrel (they no longer sell the dispenser). I bought them all separately over the years and I have to say this drink dispenser has really come in handy in the 4+ years I've had it. Such a great entertaining piece. 

I bought the straws on Etsy from DKDeleKtables

Now, on to what is possibly my favorite part of the party (besides the adorable birthday boy, of course!), the Dessert Table! 

The Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder was a Christmas gift from my mother-in-law Barbara! Isn't it adorable? I'm in love with it and can't wait to use it again and again! We had gummy bears, chocolate covered pretzels (made by my always helpful and always sweet niece Natalie and my sister-in-law Kelly), gum balls, swirl lollipops, caramel corn, circus peanuts and caramel apple suckers. The yellow & red chevron treat bags were purchased on Etsy from DimeStoreBuddy.

I made Owen's cake myself. I used a 6 -inch Cake Pan to make the cake with boxed yellow cake mix. I usually prefer to bake from scratch, but I'm glad I skipped that this time, because I was really rushed with all the party prep. I made a simple buttercream frosting to use on the cake and cupcakes. 

I used this tutorial to make the DIY Sprinkle Cupcake Topper for his cake. It was really, really easy to do! Next time I would make sure to make it much thinner though! 

We sent each one of our younger guests home with a box of animal crackers! The tags were part of the "party pack" I purchased for his invitations from LemonSeedandCo on Etsy. We used a 2 -inch Scalloped Craft Punch to punch out the tags from 80# card stock. 

It was so much fun researching, planning and making all of the food for this party, but I could not have done it without the help of my mom, sister, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece! I'm so thankful for all of their help! 


Pink Lace and Cupcakes said...

Love the animal cracker favors!! What a fantastic party

Southern Elle said...

What an adorable birthday party theme. My little man is almost 7 months and I'm tossing around party ideas. Your baby is absolutely precious!

New follower, glad I found your blog!

Emily said...

That dessert table is sooo stinkin cute! That ferris wheel cupcake holder is adorable and it sounds like there was a lot of great food too. I also, really love the cake topper!! Lucky boy, that sweet Owen is!!