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For my daughter's 4th birthday, she requested a Circus McGurkus theme, based after one of her favorite Dr. Seuss books, If I Ran The Circus. As usual, I took the idea and RAN with it. Over the last month, I have been hard at work making all the elements come to life. From signs and labels to costumes and full props, I went nuts. Here are some of the behind the scenes images.
You can see some of my decorations, with the pennant banner I made with my daughter's name. We decided to go all out with costumes, chosen for us by our daughter. She wanted to be Ring Mistress, my husband to be a Strong Man, and me to be the Bearded Lady. I made the Strong Man costume for my husband from striped fabric and added a costume belt.
For my daughter's Ring Mistress costume, we already had a leotard, tutu, and sequin vest that would work. I wanted to make her a special miniature top hat to bring the whole outfit together. I started with a basic felt hat and sewed pink satin around it, covering it entirely.
I adorned it with a sequin headband as a hat band and some poofs of satin and tulle.
It was still pretty plain for circus standards, so I glued on more sequins and added a rainbow flower. Perfect!
I wanted the Strong Man to prove his strength, so I made a barbell from a length of PVC and two beach balls, papier-mâchéd and painted black. I added a little crudely painted "500" on each weight. Done!
I felt we should have a station for the kids to try and lift the barbell, so I painted a "Test Your Strength" sign to use as a backdrop.
I wanted to create a large photo prop, with holes cut out for the kids to put their faces. Here I am painting while listening to the show Criminal Minds.
The finished result, being tested by my husband and daughter. Wonderful!
I made a Ring of Fire from a hula hoop and colored tissue paper and hung it with my daughter's toy tiger from fishing line.
Last, but not least: the cake! I did four layers. These are the middle two, which are a basic white cake recipe, separated into 6 equal portions, food coloring added, then dropped into pans one color at a time. Rainbow cake!
The bottom and largest layer was an Apple Spice Cake. Yum! For the top layer, I made Rice Krispie Treats and molded them into a peak, making the shape of a Big Top. You can see where I am going with this...
I iced the bottom layer normally, but did the Big Top in fondant. I sewed the pennant banners and attached them to straws, which were then just placed into the cake. My daughter had found the little clown figurine that we used as a cake topper. Voila!
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