Noah turned 1 almost three years ago, but since his 4th birthday is quickly approaching (one month away!), I thought it would be fun to do a little flashback post and share his circus themed 1st birthday party. I know it’s cliche to say, but I really do feel like this day was just yesterday. I had SO much fun planning this special day. My husband would likely say that I had TOO much fun. Maybe it’s the event planner in me, but I had his theme picked out before Noah even turned 6 months old!
What’s a circus theme without a tent?! Okay, so this tent was mainly out of necessity for seating for our guests, but hey, whatever works, right?! Our house at the time was fairly small, and we didn’t want our guests to fill crammed inside our house, so we moved the seating outside. We hung paper lanterns to add a pop of color inside the tent.
I created these “popcorn” centerpieces for the tables with white hydrangeas and fun little popcorn containers I found at Party City. I added a little weight to the bottom of each centerpiece so they wouldn’t blow away in the wind. Super simple!
We tried to keep within a reasonable spending limit for the party, but we agreed that we would splurge on one item, so we chose a popcorn machine! I loved having this little extra surprise for our guests. I think we ate leftover popcorn for 3 days following the party. I’m not complaining though. Who doesn’t love movie theater popcorn?!
Here is how I decorated our fireplace mantle. Together, the hubby and I designed this little chalkboard sign that we also used as a photo prop for Noah’s one year photo. And a friend of ours made the birthday banner for us.
A close up of Noah’s smash cake with a DIY bunting flag cake topper I made.
Some smash cake fun. We had to help Noah figure this whole cake smashing thing out, but once he got a little taste of the icing, he was all in!
I put together this dessert table with some yummy homemade treats along with some circus-themed candy. I added a cute little sign that read “Welcome to Noah’s Sweet Shoppe” to finish it off!
Noah’s official one year old photo!
Reminiscing back on this day has me super excited for his 4th birthday party next month. This upcoming party is the first year where Noah is actually playing an active role in the planning. Our little car lover requested none other than a Lightning McQueen theme for his special day!
What theme did you choose for your baby’s 1st birthday?