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Pinwheels & Pearls design (part 3 of 3)

Here is the final post from our pinwheels & pearls party. I hope you have enjoyed seeing the design and photographs from this sweet birthday.

One of my favorite things about this party was how involved the amazing mom and her close friends were with the design. We worked together and had incredible fun as they handcrafted alongside me for the party. The favors are a great showcase of their talent.

Each little boy at the party received a homemade pinwheel bow-tie for the occassion.

We made the pinwheel bow-ties just long enough for their little necks + a few for the bigger boys as well. They all thoroughly enjoyed taking the ties on and off while posing for pictures during the day.

Instead of bow-ties each of the girls received a pinwheel necklace.

The necklaces were very simple to make and it was nice to hand out favors that we knew would be used again after the party. Necklaces like ours would look lovely for many different party themes.

We also gave out miniature Kaleidoscopes to all the kids for play time.

Lastly, the birthday girl hat- which was one of my favorite pieces of our Pinwheel & Pearl party. The hat was inspired by a gorgeous photo and I was particularly delighted at how it turned out. Here is the tutorial I wrote for it.

Our sweet birthday girl wore it with grace and beauty well beyond her age.
Concept & Design by City Cradle Design, Photography by Michael Chan

Part one- The dessert bar & food
Part two- The design & games

Thanks so much for journeying with me as I tackled number 5 of my 30 parties this year:)


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  1. totally planning a pinwheel party for my almost 3 year old.. and so when I stumbled on this… I was giddy… would love to know more about how you made these pretty pinwheels… did you find a tutorial somewhere?

    and totally giggling over the chandelier… we live right outside SD.. and I have a couple of those chandeliers from neighborhood garage sales.. that I snagged for a buck each.. one I just painted red and hung in my craft space…. but they are identical.. was it originally a hideous ugly rusty wannabee brown.. ..?? haha..

    totally following this fun blog.

  2. I’m throwing a pinwheel party for my soon-to-be-2-year-old and have been racking my brain for a theme-appropriate giveaway for the boys. I LOVE your pinwheel bowties. Do you have a tutorial for those that you’d care to share?

  3. Michelle, yes I do have a tutorial for them and one of these days I will actually get around to posting it:) Hopefully this week- in the meantime if you’d like to buy them pre-made I have a limited supply for sale in my etsy store- you can get there by clicking “store” on my top banner.

Pinwheels & pearls design (part 2 of 3)

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