i chose a circus theme for bennett's big day. i initially wanted to do a whale theme, but i found cuter circus invites so i quickly changed gears. side note: party city was completely worthless and didn't have a darn circus-themed item in the store. isn't circus kind of a classic party theme for kids? not every kid is going to have a thomas the train or spiderman party. although let's face it, thomas will probably be bennett's chosen theme for next year. i digress.
fortunately, i hit the jackpot at michaels. until then i'd started to worry that the circus theme was an antiquated idea. as it turns out, though, it's just that the circus is just too cool for party city. the michaels dollar aisle was full of great circus-themed finds, so i picked up most of the party goods from there. and also target. because what can't you buy at target? (besides circus party stuff, of course.) thank goodness for pinterest and blogs, too. after perusing the internet and pinterest posts, i felt both reassured in my circus idea and also completely inadequate as a parent all at the same time. that's just what pinterest does. anyway, this blog post was the inspiration for bennett's party (or, more realistically, i made a solid effort at a knock-off version of this party).
regardless of whether the party was pinterest-perfect (i assure you, it was not), i think it turned out cute and everyone had a good time, which was the whole point. here's some pictures from the day...
|uncle jake and cousin martin (missing afternoon nap was tough on marty)|
|from left: cousin taylor (5), bennett, cousin charlie (6), cousin martin (3), landon (almost 2)|
|charlie and bennett|
|taylor, bennett, charlie|
|joe and taylor|
|bennett and papa|
|my little buddy "clownin' around"|
|uncle jake and auntie allison|
|martin, taylor, charlie|
|me and my mama|
|check out that handprint|
|wash it down with a little milk|