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There’s something so fun & inviting about pinwheels… and I love that Anne from Hot Apple Pie was inspired to create a whole party out of them for her daughter’s first birthday! She also utilized tons of great Etsy shops for the pretty pink & orange celebration. Read on for all the details, as told by Anne…

pinwheel first birthday party ideas


“When our darling daughter, Isla, turned one, I knew I wanted to do something special for her first birthday party. Our neighbor has pinwheels in his yard and she loves to watch them spin around, so I decided a pinwheel themed birthday party would be perfect for our little girl!

pinwheel first birthday party ideas

I found these simply stated and adorable invitations from Jack and Izzy which set the tone of the party.

pinwheel first birthday party ideas

Guests were greeted by a Happy Birthday banner when they entered the house. Pinwheels were also put on the front door and scattered throughout the house in glass vases filled with orange Jelly Bellys. The banner and pinwheels were created by the amazing Shana from Crossroads Cottage.

pinwheel first birthday party ideas

The adorable Sweet as a Flower 1st Birthday Hat was created by Kylala Boutique.

Guests sipped peach slush, pink lemonade and soda from pink cups decorated with a pink pinwheel sticker from Jack and Izzy.

pinwheel first birthday party ideas

As party gifts, guest received small pink bags filled with candy. The bags were adorned with a small “thank you” tag created by fellow Haute Apple Pie blogger, Katie, and fastened with a mini clothes pin.

pinwheel first birthday party ideas

For dessert we had a 2 tiered pink cake created by Aly from (Milwaukee-based) Sweetness by Alice. It not only looked amazing, but tasted out of this world! The bottom layer was vanilla cake with cookies and cream filling and the top layer was lemon cake with lemon and raspberry filling.

Isla also had her very own cake to dig into! {both cakes pictured at top}

pinwheel first birthday party ideas

The birthday girl wore a onesie by sticheroos and a pinwheel headband (also from Kylala Boutique).

pinwheel first birthday party ideas

All in all, Isla’s first birthday party was a success! She played, opened lots of wonderful gifts, ate tons of cake and then took a long nap!”

Super cute, Anne – thanks again for sharing!

P.S. If you love pinwheels, be sure to check out the adorable Pinwheel Cupcakes featured in the Baby Gender Reveal party from earlier this year!

By |2018-02-12T18:25:07-07:00October 19th, 2009|First Birthday, Kids Birthday, Parties for Girls|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Alexis October 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Great party…there is nothing better than pinwheels!

  2. Blissful kids October 20, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Excellent way of celebrating birthdays.Specially the photos are so so so beautiful.

  3. Lindsey October 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I ordered from Shana at Crossroads Cottage before. She is so great to work with and does a great job. I highly recommend her!

    { Lindsey }

  4. Laura October 20, 2009 at 10:09 am
  5. Down Pillow October 20, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Such a happy theme :) I love the cute cake & place cards.

  6. Renee October 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my! I want one of these parties for myself!

  7. Neelam October 29, 2009 at 6:07 am

    So cute! Love the theme.

  8. Rochelle October 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I like the party favor bags and the placecards!

  9. Rosanna November 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Does anyone recognize the font used in the first photo of the cake for the word “PInwheel.” I see HWTM use this font a lot and I really like it, but don’t know where to find it. Anyone know?

  10. Meghan April 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Love your blog,

    so you were featured on my blog!


  11. Sara July 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Check out these pinwheel birthday shirts and party hats- a perfect match!

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