Let Them Eat Cake: A Big Top Birthday Party

Make way for a roaring good time

the proper pinwheel!

When a friend’s daughter requested a big top-themed birthday, Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel promised to make the circus come to town. The Denver-based party planner and blogger covered all the details, from the handmade pinwheel backdrop to the buttercream-frosted cake.

Budget or blowout?
Budget. We pulled everything together for under $100. Plates and invites came from the craft store dollar bin. For my Ring of Fire cupcakes, I bent sparkly pipe cleaners to mimic hoops and topped each with a lion. We loaded goodie bags with Mary Janes, saltwater taffy, and other nostalgic candy, then sealed the tops with glitter-dipped clothespins.

the proper pinwheel!

Bet they loved all the sweets. Did that lead to any sugar-addled beasts?
We tempered the menu with crates of strawberries and Mason jars filled with radishes and carrot sticks.

Any tightrope walkers?
No. I’m a fan of low-key entertainment. I put animal masks at each place setting and let them show off their antics for the camera in front of the striped backdrop.

Photos: Ashley Swapp / Courtesy of The Proper Pinwheel