Tuesday, October 4, 2011

a b i g a i l' s  c i r c u s   p a r t y

Hi ya'll. I am a busy girl painting this week. I can't wait to show you what I have been working on!
I wanted to share a post from Michelle on her daughter's birthday party. Such a sweet party for a sweet girl.

Take it away Michelle!

My dear daughter Abigail turned 3 on September 18th.  We chose a circus theme mostly because I'm infatuated with bright circus colors, Ferris wheels and circus tents.  Don't ask my why?  I also attribute certain colors to my daughters.  Do you do that with your children?  Isabelle is shades of pinks and purples and Abigail shades of orange, yellow and turquoise.  I'm not sure why.  Could it be that Isabelle's birthday is in May, late Spring and she's a much calmer and inquisitive child whereas Abigail is a September baby and is particular and demands perfection and her way.  Needless to say here are some pictures of the celebration.

It took place at our house (as all birthdays have so far) on a Sunday afternoon with family (all of our family is here so there were a lot of us) and 2 friends from KinderCare.
I served turkey pigs in a blanket, homemade macaroni and cheese, apple juice, grapes and apple slices.  For treats popcorn, cupcakes and ice cream.  Favors included handmade pinwheels and boxes of circus cookies.

The front of Abigail's invitation framed.

Found paper animals and Michael's to paint for a craft project.  Abigail loved it.

Birthday girl blowing out candles.  I made cupcakes and with the leftover pinwheel paper I made mini pinwheels to adorn the cupcakes.  I used store bought white frosting and a 7 minute frosting adding a few drops of green and blue food coloring.
7 Minute Frosting
1 cup sugar
1/4t cream of tartar
1 egg white
1/2-3/4c boiling water

Add a first 3 items to mixer and blend at medium speed and slowly pour in the hot water (I used about 3/4 cup).  Turn mixer on to high speed and whip for about seven minutes or until stiff peaks form.  Add 1/4t vanilla and food coloring.

Frosts:  1/4" sheet or 2-8" or 9" layer cakes.  (or 3 dozen cupcakes)

I made homemade popcorn and served it in mini brown paper bags.

I used an antique coca cola crate to hold all of the popcorn bags.

Isabelle and Abigail--using Abby's favorite gift.  Broom & dustpan from Grandma Weller.

Party favors.

The party was a huge success. 

Thanks Michelle...I am totally going to make those pinwheels, I love the circus theme {I might steal that one}, the girls are so sweet, and did you see the decorations on the cupcakes!