Our version of a circus includes a small Big Top (tiny, in fact,) watermelon pink colors, house squeezed strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake, a hula hoop and a baby elephant (see below;)
Yesterday, was my BELOVED Annie's, 19th birthday. Home from college for the day with her big brother, we took every advantage of the 6 hours with them. My husband and I, once again, found ourselves asking them the perennial question, "Ummm, how is that possible? Weren't you guys, like, three? Last week?" Maybe that's why we got into the whole circus tent theme. It started out as a "ha-hah... wouldn't it be cool to make a circus tent for Annie's birthday table...ha-hah." Until, my husband realized I was kind of serious. (He IS an engineer, afterall.) So that very day "we" humorously concocted a tent from dowel sticks, tiny nails, jute, a slab of plywood and an old muslin sheet, oh, and some red paint. (Yeah ok, we have too much time on our hands.)
But...truth is, mini circus tent construction was a hoot. First "we" built the frame: slab, dowels, nails, jute. Then the hoot stalled for a bit when "we" came to the Big Top, and a lesson in Conics ensued. My frustrations with math hopped to the foreground, long stuffed down into a dark canyon inside my middle school brain somewhere. After a while though, the hoot came back as we hoisted a canvas top over the frame. Hurrah.
Then yesterday, we stuffed our snappy tabletop tent with small gifts for Annie, and stuffed the kids with a good home-cooked birthday meal. So why did we choose a circus theme? Ah, that be Annie. She has long dreamed of joining Cirque du Soliel. Running away to the circus. Maybe someday. But for now she has her own miniature Big Top. And a baby elephant.