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pinwheel and polka dot dessert table and smash cake

This Pretty Polka Dots & Pinwheels First Birthday is seriously on trend — and for good reason! Joanna Warbiany set out 6 months ahead of time planning this adorable birthday party for her daughter, Natalie, or as they like to call her, ‘Tilly’ (which I love). The classic combination of polka dots and pinwheels is just darling, and with the perfect color palette to boot, I think it’s safe to say this party is going to blow you away ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink, yellow & blue dessert table with coordinating cake pops, salt water taffy, rock candy and more
  • The birthday girl in a precious pink petty skirt, personalized pinwheel shirt & polka dot headband
  • Pinwheel & polka dot adorned two-tier cake and matching smash cake + pearl & pinwheel topped cupcakes
  • Beautifully written chalkboard first year sign + drink dispensers with creatively named cocktails

pearl and pinwheel topped cupcakes

pinwheel themed girl's first birthday party

metal and glass vintage drink despenser

individual glass milk jars with polka dots and paper straws

pink and blue pinwheel two tiered birthday cake

pink, yellow and blue birthday party desserts

girl's pinwheel and polka dots birthday party decor

chalkboard baby's first year sign

family photo for a first birthday party

birthday girl's petty skirt and baby tricycle


PARTY DETAILS as told by Joanna

For my daughter, Natalie’s first birthday, I wanted to style something adorable. I admit that I started the planning process when Natalie was just 6-months-old. I came up with the Polka Dots & Pinwheels theme and immediately started thinking of so many cute ideas! The party decor incorporated bright colors and fun details including a personalized backdrop, paper pinwheels and a two-tiered cake that included the birthday girl’s nickname, “Tilly.” The tissue pom poms added a girly feel to the display and coordinated with Natalie’s petty-skirt ensemble. I tried to be really creative with I came up with the names for the signature cocktails, “Tilly-tini” for the adults and a kids version, called “Tilly-Temple” which guests sipped from individual glass bottles paired with trendy paper straws. Party-goers filled favor boxes with a variety of sweet treats including cupcakes, brownie pops, hot pink gumballs, and rock candy.

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