May 17, 2012

Circus Day

On May 19, 1884, Ringling Brothers Circus gave its first performance.

A few years ago, when my grandchildren were still let's-play-circus age, I decided the four of us would celebrate Circus Day with a special circus dinner and a video (Dumbo).
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The tablecloth is a fabric piece from a church bazaar.
A jar dipped in yellow paint was used to make the circles.

The balloon centerpiece was copied from a picture I saw on the internet.
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Candles are Christmas pillars atop upside down stemware.
Place cards were made from a graphic on the internet.
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Sponge clown noses rest on yellow napkins.
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Turned out, it was too hard to eat dinner and wear the nose at the same time.
Still fun, though!

Dinner plates were found at a summer yard sale. This was the first time I’d used them. Got the salads too, but there were only two of them - all six for $5.
If I would have had some of those dishes that look like ice cream cones, I would have used them in place of the plastic juice cups. Every summer I say I’m going to buy a set.
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The small Playmobile figures were part of a box of leftover items I used when teaching an animation class in middle school. After retirement, I gave them all to my grandchildren. A week before Circus Day, I asked the children to go through their toys and bring me "all the people and circus animals you can find." I went to the store and bought a clown. What’s a circus without a clown???
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The yellow booklets tied to the backs of the chairs contained circus themed pages
I found on the internet: dot-to-dots, word searches and coloring pages.
Animal crackers were meant for lunch boxes the following day.
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CIRCUS FOOD MENU:
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Chicken on a stick (I have a grandchild who doesn’t like hot dogs.),
corn on the cob,
a watermelon slice,
and lemonade in a box,

Then we all took our vanilla ice cream cones
to eat in front of the TV while we watched Dumbo.


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7 comments:

  1. What a fun table! Just love it :)

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  2. I love this! I'm going to remember this idea! How charming and fun for the kids!

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  3. AWwww...what a great grandmama' you must be!! This table is so fun! I will now begin the hunt for circus people, because we will surely do one of these tables at some point! Love it! Thanks for visiting and commenting on our ducky rescue story! ~Zuni

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  4. AWwww...what a great grandmama' you must be!! This table is so fun! I will now begin the hunt for circus people, because we will surely do one of these tables at some point! Love it! Thanks for visiting and commenting on our ducky rescue story! ~Zuni

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  5. Hi! Hope all is well with you! Summer is just stretching on this year, it seems!

    This is such a neat party setting. It's so fun to make memories with the Grandlittle's, isn't it?

    And so hard to see them grow out of things just like our kids did!

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  6. This is adorable, OA! You are so creative!
    I hope all is well there. Son and dil had their 5 th baby in June, so it has been a busy summer!

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  7. What a sweet party...kind of wish I was one of your grandchildren. ;) What a great job you did!

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