Aug 26, 2010

Circus Guest Dessert Feature

How cute is this circus guest dessert table created by Leanne of Mrs. A in the Cove blog from Australia?  I get a lot of circus submissions, but this one was executed beautifully.  I love the circus tent cupcakes, the mini doughnuts, and the small jars of strawberry milk.  Leanne did a few things right here.  First, she created a nice balance of varying heights on her table.  She also left area on the table to breathe so it doesn’t look too crowded.  I also really like how Leanne took a small cake and elevated it to create a bigger statement by stacking tiered boxes under her cake plate.  And how cute is the mini bunting decoration on top of the cake?  The mini bunting of cakes and cupcakes seems to be a new trend popping up.  It looks like Leanne also used a lot of our diy tricks like creating popcorn cups and chocolate bar wrappers out of decorative paper.  Btw, the beautiful signage came from the lovely Kim of TomKat Studio from her Etsy shop here.

A few styling {and practical} tips and tricks:

(1) Be careful about the sizing of your linens when you don’t have a special table underneath.  Sometimes the legs of a table are not that special {especially folding tables}, and in that case it is a good time to use a full length cloth.  The table above still looks beautiful, but it would have elevated the look with a full length linen.

(2) When you are using a bunting for a focal element on your table, measure out how low the bunting will be so that it doesn’t compete with your cake or other vertical elements on the table.  I’ve seen many tables where the bunting was too low and competed with the dessert on the table.  Leanne did a great job and kept some room between the cake and the bunting.

(3) When you are using decorative paper for popcorn cups, make sure the paper is either coated or that your popcorn is not greasy.  The first time I tried this out I had grease on beautiful decorative paper and it didn’t look beautiful at all!

Fantastic job, Leanne!  I look forward to seeing more tables from you.

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  • Lovely table, precious tips – as usual!

  • Hello I write from mexico, Amy your creations are beautiful congratulations
    I am planning a baby shower for my baby who still do not know if child will, I will continue to inspire me through here so beautiful with so many ideas

  • So adorable! I love the tiny bunting on the cake!

  • Claudia Antunez


  • I love the circus theme. It’s so beautiful

  • Like I commented in a previous post, I am going to be doing a circus/carnival theme for my kid’s 1st birthday. And just like the other post, there’s plenty of inspiration here! Love the bunting, cupcakes and the red/white straws in the pink drinks! Lovely!

  • Nice job, Leanne! Thanks for the tips, Amy.

  • Gorgeous party, Leanne 🙂

  • Hi Amy
    Thank you so much for doing a feature on my party – I am so incredibly honored that you liked it and I continue to be inspired by your lovely creations. Leanne x

  • Beautiful display! I recently implemented cute popcorn boxes in a dessert station. I love to see your guests features.
    Patricia of Charm Event Design.

  • Indeed , love the mini donuts, the tent cupcakes and the strawberry milk. The mini donuts also looked so yummy. Like the cake bunting too.

  • i absolutely love everything you do! i love the red & white striped straws…so adorable. this would be amazing for a baby shower or little one’s bday party : )

  • i love the colors used for this. It’s such a fresh take on a carnival theme!

  • This color combination feels so fresh! I really love the mini donuts and the circus theme. Actually it made me laugh because it reminded me that I had a circus theme birthday party when I was like six or something. It was fun because everyone dressed up — I think I was a “tight-rope walker,” but the dessert table was nothing close to this.

  • This all looks so beautiful!! I’m in awe at the level of detail and care.

  • What is bunting please? I really appreciate the comments you left about the table. Thanks for helping me learn more about dessert tables. I learn so much from you Amy.

  • LeAnne did such a beautiful job on this party! Thank you for mentioning my designs!

  • I LOVE your party. That is awesome:)I have one question…where did you get those bottles? i just love them and would love to get some of those too for my daughter’s birthday party.


  • Sharon


  • Amanda

    So pretty – love the theme.

    I also would love to know where you got the bottles from please.


  • deepika

    how did you make the pink background that you have your bunting on? is that foam board or cardboard, or even plywood? love the milk bottles too!

  • Amy

    I’m dying for backdrop ideas. I know what to do when it’s just a photoshoot, but when you are having an actual party it’s so hard to find something that takes awesome pictures and also looks good at the actual party. Any tips SO appreciated.