However, I love throwing kid parties. I love the themes. I love the chance to get people together. The way I see it you only have a handful of years to do it before your little one doesn't want a party anymore or they would rather have a fun activity with specific friends.
I dressed Vivi up like a little clown in the pictures above for the invite. I just bought the tie and used lip stick for the nose. I didn't really over think the outfit itself. I snapped a million pictures and those were two of my favorites.
We kept the food simple. Eliot's mom made a great pasta salad and my dad made empanadas. He ended up making over 80 of them for our small party! I had seen this snack mix on pinterest and it had a great free printable. We made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the shape of elephants. The kids loved them! I picked out a 3 Ring Circus cake from Publix and they actually include a smash cake for free decorated in a similar style as the cake selected for $25 why would I make it?
Amazon, the Martha Stewart collection and glued Vivi's monthly growth pictures. I purchased a make your own banner kit so I could put up her name but I can use it for any event in the future. I had collected circus bags from Michaels for the goodies bags which contained, animal crackers, circus stamps, punchy balloon and bubbles.
Outside we had a handful of games set up. We had a bean bag throw, ring toss, knock the cans, the piñata, fishing games, and the sand & water table. We had a sno cone machine that we brought out because, really why not. To be honest it was nice however it was terribly hot outside. We managed to have everyone popping in and out fairly comfortably.
The games I just put together. The ring toss was a set of water rings with baby cereal containers. We filled the containers with rocks and drew silly faces.
Bean Bag toss, well I had bean bags you can make those too if you like but I didn't. I did just right scores on plates that were weighed down with rocks and it worked like skee ball.
The knock a can I unwrapped 5 cans, wrote what they were on the bottom, so I could use after the party, put them a small table and that was that.