Walking through Target a month before my daughter Ella's first birthday, my darling angel was on the verge of losing her marbles from being so tired. I quickly picked up the closest thing I thought would interest her and handed it to her hoping it would buy me the few more minutes I needed to finish my shopping. That "thing" happened to be a pinwheel, and Ella was captivated. That 99 cent pinwheel saved the day. Not only that, it provided the inspiration for my daughter's first birthday party...a Pinwheel Party!
Michaels and Tall Mouse. I used solid color paper as well as paper with pocadots. I folded the paper to make a pocket so the invite details could be pulled out and used a brad to attach a pinwheel I made with cardstock. The live version is much better, but this photo at least gives you the idea.
I elicited the expertise of my mom to sew Ella her party dress. I even found pocadot fabric make the pinwheel on the front.
I decided to serve cupcakes and made mini pinwheels in the same colors as the larger ones. I attached the pinwheels to colored toothpicks. I also make a cake for my daughter to dig into (it's tradition right?). This was a plain white cake, but I designed a pinwheel out of frosting on the top. Above the cake table is a banner I made using my Cricut. It was a windy day, so it blew letters around a lot. If I were to do this again, I would use thicker cardstock and affix it to the ribbon. For this one I only just hole punched it and fed the ribbon through not thinking about the weather.
This was such a fun birthday theme and although it took time to hand make all the pinwheels, it really did not cost that much. It made a great theme for my little girl. I think it would be a great theme for a baby shower (just change color scheme for a boy) as well. Maybe with the saying, "Cannot wait for the wind to blow you into our lives" or something cheesy like that.