Posies and Pinwheels

Tate celebrated being one today at her Pinwheels and Posies party! She looked so cute in her birthday outfit.

The invitations were delivered a few weeks ago, and four little friends came over in the afternoon to join in the festivities.

A monogrammed wreath greeted guests at the door …

… and an easel (with a paper garland) displayed a message in the front entryway.

The little guests amused themselves with treats from the activity jars (a fun idea I found here). I used ninety-nine cent planters from IKEA, fixed them with cute labels, and filled the jars with whistles, balls, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and pinwheels. The treats all came from the cheapy bins at Party City.

While playing with the activity jars, little mouths could munch on little tins of baby goldfish.

When the kids had played themselves out, we went inside for a balloon drop. Luke and Lila had a balloon drop at their first birthday party too and it’s one of my favorite ideas for little ones. We taped yards of tulle to a ledge in our house and filled it up with balloons. My older kids released one side of the tulle and the balloons fell down on the little ones. A big hit!

The kids sat down at the party table which was decked out in pink and orange. The centerpiece was made up of branches covered with pinwheels and posies and stuck in a vase of tulle. I tucked the napkins into patterned library card pockets and set the stamped wooden spoons on top. Water filled flower-topped mason jars with decorative paper straws. Confetti circles and flowers topped the table and snacks (Baby Mum-Mum’s and Puffs) were set out in jars with labels.

Tate had her own pink and orange smash cake …

… and the guests dined on pink and orange iced cupcakes with pinwheel and posy toppers.

When it was time to leave, Tate’s friends took home bags filled with their activity jar treats and pinwheel-topped boxes that contained a homemade flower-shaped teething biscuit.

We had lots of fun celebrating Tate!

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Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. I love it! You are very clever my dear. Nice colour scheme, and love the pinwheels and posies, and the favour boxes. Great photos too. Jane:)

  2. Man oh man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. We had so much fun!! Brenner couldn’t stop talking about it! What about the group photo on the couch?

  4. SUPER cute!!!

  5. I love everything you did for Tate’s party but I really love how excited Tate looks in the first picture! She is so cute.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. What a beautiful party! I love the party hat… did you make that?

  7. I love that first photo of Tate. So cute! Great details! Wow, you’ve spent so much time and thought on everything. I love the branches with the pinwheels on it.

  8. This is one of your best yet! I love the color scheme. What a fun party Randi!

  9. Way to go Rand. Excellent details. Maybe we should do a styled children’s birthday shoot together. She looks so cute in the first photo – like she just walked over and plunked down on that chair.

  10. What a great party! You did such a great job on all the table decor! I love her birthday hat too. Did you make it? Or was it ordered?

  11. Thanks – I love the hat too. I made it … you can see a link to the pattern here:


  12. What a great party! You continue to outdo yourself!

  13. fabulous! Love the balloon drop idea! I’ll be featuring it on Everyday Celebrating!

  14. What a beautiful party!!! Love her hat!!!

  15. Gorgeous party. So many great elements!

    Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

  16. What sweet party decor !

  17. What a sweet party! I love all of the special touches you added to everything.

  18. What a lucky girl! I love the name Tate…too sweet!

  19. What a great party! I loved her hat and she is so darling!
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  20. Oh golly that was ONE PARTY!!! Seriously I don’t even know where to begin…I am so impressed it was amazing! Okay I guess I’ll begin by saying why have I never heard of a balloon drop before…one word…fabulous! I love how you labeled everything to make them super cute and that branch centerpiece was so fun as well! Can’t believe you even had matching straws!!! Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! I hope you’ll come back next week and link up again!

  21. stop! that’s SOOO cute!! i love it ALL! new follower, thanks for visiting. :)

  22. This is such a cute party!!! love it! I’d love for you to link them up at sundae scoop! http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

  23. I LOVE the orange and pink color scheme. The bday girl’s outfit is just precious!! The cupcakes look amazing. Love all the little details. I’m visiting from The CSI Project today. Hope you’ll stop by my blog to say hi. :)

  24. very sweet! I love the color combo! And the little snack jars are adorable!

    hugs! Kim @ Frost Me!
    party inspiration

  25. what a little dollface + what a lovely blog. i’m your newest follower. hope you link up again this week at a crafty soiree

  26. What a fun party. The orange and pink is a fun party theme. I really liked the garland as well as the pinwheels.

  27. Pink & orange are one of my favorite color combination! The party favors are especially cute. I hope you’ll stop by the Pretty Packages Party and share them!

  28. adorable!! love this color scheme. the balloon drop is precious!

  29. So sweet! Another party we’d love to see!

  30. So cute! The balloons are a great idea! Kid heaven!

  31. Ok! I’m a new big fan of yours! I love your parties and I’m a new follower too. :)

  32. somebody loves hot pink! Wow!…. good show.


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