Come One, Come All to a Carnival-Themed Party
Your babe will be the ringmaster of their birthday bash, with tips from Megan and son Ellis
Words Alexis Manrodt, Photography Sara Garza, Mama Love Photo
Published May 2018 DallasChild, CollinChild
Updated February 15, 2019
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Balloons Balloon City USA, 110 Exposition Ave., Dallas // 214/821-6482
Cotton Candy Cottonsmith // 214/444-4953
Caricature Artist & Balloon Maker B3 Entertainment, Wylie // 972/429-7015
Elephant-Themed Cake Annie’s Culinary Creations, 1908 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas // 214/328-2253
Event Planner Jacqueline Events & Design, 25 Highland Park Village, Suites 100-186, Dallas // 214/913-9108
Photography Sara Garza, Mama Love

The first love of little Ellis’ life was not unusual for a 1-year-old: balloons. His mom, Megan Jones, took the babe’s obsession as a cue to host a carnival-themed first birthday bash. With planning help from Jacqueline Events & Design, Jones and husband Jeff turned their Greenway Parks home into something more akin to a festive Fair Park.

Guests snacked on fairground favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers, candy apples, funnel cake and fresh cotton candy. Snow cones were available in two variations: sugary for the kiddos, boozy for the adults. A caricature artist and a balloon maker were both big hits, but the highlight of the party was watching little ringmaster Ellis and his precocious peers dig into the elephant-themed cake by Annie’s Culinary Creations.

More than 50 friends and family attended the backyard bash. Balloon City USA hung arches throughout the house, leading guests from the front door to the main installation—a silver Mylar arrangement that read “Happy Birthday Ellis” above the swimming pool. The dozen or so children in attendance splashed around all afternoon and then dried off with towels customized with each of their names.