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Create a vision:

1. Set your Theme.

2. Create your color palette.

I recently blogged about the importance of creating your vision, here. ( behindthecake.tumblr.com ) This is the most important step in achieving what you want to see. The color palette that caught my eye for Camila’s Circus party was bubblegum pink, soft aqua, and mint. This palette was inspired from the cutest cookie ice-cream cones that I found on Pinterest. Then, I added the typical bold circus colors, red and gold, that brought it all together.

Set a budget:
Setting a budget is essential, because when your vision is bigger than your means, you can easily overspend. However, I have found that there are always ways of making your vision come to life without breaking the bank. When you are trying to save some money, all you need is a little imagination. This involves a lot of DIY projects and simply looking around the house to see how you can reuse certain things.

For instance, last year for my daughter’s Circus party, I used an antique horse my grandmother had in her storage as a focal point on the dessert table. I added a few feathers and VOILA! If you plan ahead, you can always invite a few girlfriends for “wine-night” and work on some crafts for the party. (centerpieces, momentous, etc.)

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Create a guest list that fits your budget.
There are several different opinions to this tip, and none of them are wrong, but I will share mine with you. Last year, I set a much larger budget for my daughter’s birthday party than this year. This meant cutting the guest list this time around. Last year, I invited approximately 120 guests, while this year I only invited 35 guests. I decided to have a “ Tea for 2” party, only inviting girls within my daughter’s age with their moms and very close family. I will keep you posted on how that turns out.

Set a date and time. Look for a venue.
Mother Nature is always unpredictable, even though, outdoor venues are amazing. Depending on the month of your party, you can take your chances in having an outdoor party. Always have a Plan B in mind.

Food and Cake
What is a party without a Cake? A meeting. (just kidding, I saw that online somewhere) Find yourself a great bakery in your area and get yourself a great looking/tasting cake. Shopping local is always best, because, you will keep your money within your city and your community. We recommend that you order your cake with 2 weeks notice, the sooner the better. If you are having something last minute though, don’t get discouraged. We make miracles happen, at Cakeland. Something can always be done.

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Order Invitations:
It is recommended to order custom invitations 3-4 weeks before the party to assure you get what you want. I have a great local spot that I have personally worked with under my vendor list below.

Decorations, Photography, and Activities
The rest of your budget should be spent wisely between decorations and activities. I will list below people in our area that I have personally worked with for my events.

Venues:
Paseo Real (Weddings and Quinceaneras)
Party Town
Gallery 201

Invitations:
Paper Passion
Decorations. Flowers. Activities. Etc:
Making Me Events (Event Planning) (Flowers)
Neon Sunshine Face Painting and Balloon Artists
La Fiesta By Omi Face Painting
Munequita Mayra (Decorations)
Sketch (Caricaturist)
Happy Kernels (Popcorn)
Photobomb (Photo Booth)
Clown Bolitas
Myreida’s (linens and decoration)
Kristina T Photography

Cake, Desserts, and Food:
Cakeland
Bolillos Café