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Big Top Birthday

Four years old.  My little guy, Maxwell, is FOUR YEARS OLD.  Enjoying the present, reflecting on the past, and looking forward to the future is all I can do at this point.  Where does the time go?  Okay, okay… enough sentimental stuff.  Let’s get to it.

I got the idea from my friend Chelsea who was throwing a Circus Theme party for her oldest daughter.  As I researched lots of previous parties with the theme, it was obvious how fun and inspiring this party would be for a party-planner.  So I went with it.

As with any  party I plan, I focused on desserts first.  I mean… why wouldn’t I?

 
The super cute “popcorn” wrappers and personalized cupcake toppers came from one of my favorite and inexpensive sites from etsy called Dimple Prints.  They have the best print-out’s for a fair price.  The only one’s who AREN’T priced fairly is Staples with their 96 cents per page colored copies on plain white paper.  Yeah, no thanks.  It’s cheaper to buy cardstock and extra ink to print your own treasures.  Screw Staples.  Off. Soap. Box.

Take a closer look…

 

That’s not real popcorn.  That’s a cupcake.  It’s my go-to recipe for a classic white (with a touch of almond flavoring) cake.  I iced it with cream cheese frosting and topped it with mini-marshmallows that I spent over an hour on cutting in half, marking an “x” in each side of said marshmallow, twisting, and sticking back together.  THEN, as if that wasn’t enough work… I put a few drops of yellow food coloring into some water and used a brand-spanking-new tiny paintbrush to give the illusion of butter on the fake and torturing faux-popcorn.

Then…

I made these little beauties.  It’s a spice cake that I inserted a cheesecake filling, smack-dab in the center of the cake.  Then I made a cinnamon cream cheese icing, dyed it a deep red hue, and piped it on top.  Cinnamon sticks were the “stem” (which also gave the icing a much richer cinnamon flavor) and a Basil leaf for, well… for the leaf one might see on a fresh picked apple.  Cute, huh?  Wish I could say I came up with this idea, but alas… I am a great googler and pinterester.  Here’s the original link.

I thought it’d be super cool to have a “photo booth”.  Soooooo, I hired Andria C. at Earlie Daisy Photography to do this task.  She. Rocks.  Just saying.  Look at some of the gems she captured:

 
Okay.  So this mi familia.  Birthday-boy Maxwell, Daddy-Matthew, Bubba-Isaac, & Your’s Truly.  This is soooo our Christmas photo this year.

Yep, cutie’s with facial hair and boa’s.  Oh, and clown noses.

Here’s the goods:

Wait on it…..

There it is!  So funny!  Great job Tyler!

We had peanuts, popcorn, veggies, fruit, cupcakes, chips, and a ba-jillion hot dogs.  Yes, a ba-jillion.  Interesting fact:  the fruit and veggies were the first to be eaten.  Great job generation ‘now’!!  (Honestly, I don’t know what we’re calling this generation.  I may have coined a phrase.)

It was awesome.  The party, that is.  Want a recipe or need some tips?  OR do any of you OKC peeps need to hire a party/wedding coordinator?  Post a comment.  That’s all it takes.