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Playful Pinwheels & Polka Dots First Birthday Party

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I’m in love with the fabulous color palette and sweet simplicity of this adorable PINWHEELS and POLKA DOTS first birthday party!

Pinwheels and Polka Dots Party Highlights

Homemade pinwheels, paper garlands, buntings, oversize confetti… it’s a DIY party dream! Merav of T.W. Bean {and mom of the darling guest of honor} made everything herself – including her daughter’s adorable hair clip and birthday shirt. There’s great inspiration to be found here for birthday celebrations of any age… and I think this party would make for a super cute summer baby shower too;  just add in some polka dot onesies and fabric-flower-adorned socks and headbands! :)

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Merav

When it was time to plan my daughter’s first birthday party I knew that it was my one and only chance to plan it just the way I wanted. In the future Geffen, my daughter, will have lots of opinions about the characters and colors of her party so I wanted to create an event that was fun and playful.

The theme of pinwheels and polka dots came to mind when I chose colors that had a playful but not “baby” feel to them-grey, red, teal, sage green and tan. For decoration I used pinwheels in the party colors, bunting, oversize confetti, polka dot signs and garlands – all of which I made myself. We had a family brunch in our yard for about 30 people. Our menu included: mini pancakes, mini egg biscuit sandwiches, mini quiche, fig and brie pizza, pear/asiago and caramelized onion pizza, mini caprese skewers, yogurt parfait, lox and latkes (potato pancakes), fruit, vegetables and cake. Since it was all family I didn’t make party favors, but I did make Geffen and shirt and hairclip to match the party colors!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

6 responses to “Playful Pinwheels & Polka Dots First Birthday Party”

  1. This is beyond precious! Love the cake decor and the pinwheels!! What a cutie.

    ~ Jillian

  2. Mike says:

    wow this is great! So colorful and well thought out…must have taken a long time to prepare. Good for you!


  3. Leitia says:

    Pretty party…just wondering what you put in those baby food jars to keep the pinwheels standing?


    • Merav from T.W. Bean says:

      I put kosher salt in the baby food jars to help stabilize the pinwheels. The whole theme came about pretty organically and my goal was to make it fun and playful without being too “girly”

      I am happy you all liked it!

  4. Caron says:

    So creative. Love the fresh colors and love that it’s NOT the typical pink and purple girl theme!

  5. Becky says:

    I love it, I’m just wondering how the warm dishes like pancakes/quiche etc. stayed warm? I want to do similar things, but I don’t want them to be cold when I serve them