Date: July 29, 2013 | Styling: Mandy Keener | Producer: Rosemary Hallmark |
Stripes, zigzags and polka dots in vivid primary colors set the scene for a circus-themed birthday party your kids won’t soon forget
It’s a jungle out there! Cruz is ready to monkey around in a Ciao Marco check shirt over a Mayoral t-shirt with a circus motif and Polo Ralph Lauren blue jeans from The Toggery, while Finley wears a Downeast Girl orange tank, Trendy Ties chevron skirt and Peppercorn Kids orange bead necklace, all from Grow. Tripp’s Joules Original striped jersey shorts and Fore Axel and Hudson white polo are comfy and fun options from Whippersnappers. Grow, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4769; The Toggery, Little Rock, (501) 663-8662, West Little Rock, (501) 227-8492, toggerykids.com; Whippersnappers, Little Rock, (501) 231-3632
These kids love to clown around, but they look sharp doing it! Tripp sports a Fore Axel & Hudson soccer shirt and Petit Lem plaid shorts, while Cruz wears Fore Axel & Hudson green plaid shorts and a white shirt, all from W.E.L. Dressed. Finley’s Rain4Life sequin skirt and zebra t-shirt, both from Haus Werk, make her a bedazzled beauty. Tripp looks all grown up in a red-and-white chevron tie from W.E.L. Dressed, while Finley is lovely in a red, white and blue polka dot dress by HalaBaloo from Whippersnappers. Haus Werk, Little Rock, (501) 663-5251, shophauswerk.com; W.E.L. Dressed, Bryant, (501) 847-9595; Whippersnappers, Little Rock, (501) 231-3632
Ta-da! Cruz wears a Fore Axel and Hudson rolled-cuff oxford shirt with Factory straight leg jeans from Grow, while Tripp does tricks in a Super Duper Shirting plaid shirt and Bows & Arrows navy shorts from Whippersnappers. Everyone gathers around a Coaster white wooden table from Kid’s Furniture that is the perfect height for wee ones. Tripp is stylish yet casual in Joah Love striped pants and a t-shirt from Bella Jack’s, while Finley looks sweet as sugar cookies in a red, white and blue Laundry by Shelli Segal dress from The Toggery. Cruz is ready to party in a KicKee Pants cotton striped t-shirt and matching shorts from Bella Jack’s. Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique, Fayetteville, (479) 444-8767; Grow, Hot Springs, (501) 520-4769; Kid’s Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 978-5439, kidsfurniturelr.com; The Toggery, Little Rock, (501) 663-8662, West Little Rock, (501) 227-8492, toggerykids.com; Whippersnappers, Little Rock, (501) 231-3632
Show-stopping treats! Wrangle the little ones for a snack break with ice-cold milk and circus-themed cookies. Striped cups and straws from The Social Type make the perfect vehicle for beverages, while sugar cookies from Sweet Love Bakes will satisfy their sweet tooth. The Social Type, Little Rock, (501) 661-9929; Sweet Love Bakes, Little Rock, (501) 613-7780, sweetlovebakes.com
Sweet Love Bakes’ Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream the butter and sugar, then add eggs one at a time. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until combined. Let dough chill for one hour. Flour a flat surface and cookie cutters generously before rolling out dough. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, reforming and rolling out dough until none is left. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.
That’s all! An oversized stuffed giraffe from Pickles & Ice Cream looks rather dapper in his striped bow tie from W.E.L. Dressed. Pickles & Ice Cream, Little Rock, (501) 225-7199, pickles-and-icecream.com; W.E.L. Dressed, Bryant, (501) 847-9595
Special thanks to Finley, Cruz and Tripp for clowning around with us, as well as to Sweet Love Bakes for providing cookies.