Evelyn's First Birthday

My daughter inspires me to do what I love. It all started a few months before her 1st birthday (June 2010.) Like other mothers, I wanted the best birthday party (and unique decor) for my daughter.

As most people, I started browsing the internet trying to find the perfect theme. I found nothing. I wanted this to be original just like her. [[when she was born she had a full head of thick hair and looked like no other baby I have ever seen]] ha, maybe I'm partial because she is my baby!

:: evelyn at 4 months ::

Anyways, I decided to expand my search and I started looking on wedding websites. I know, I am that crazy mother. I came across the pinwheel theme for a wedding. I was in love. This was it. I knew exactly what I was going to do for her first birthday. Tons of pinwheels, lots of pink, and custom invitations.

I started the pinwheel theme with the invitations.

:: color invite ::

:: sepia invite ::

I created pinwheels and attached them to basic card stock that I bought at the local craft store. I embellished the invites with gems to give it that extra punch - because yes, little Miss Evelyn is a princess after all! The envelopes were embossed with butterflies to give it an extra special feel.

:: entrance to the party ::

Like most weddings today, the tissue paper puffs are a big hit. I also included these in the decor by hanging them from the chandelier. This was a very inexpensive way to add details to her party. Oh, and she loved them!

:: looking at her tissue puffs ::

The most time consuming part of the party was making all of the cupcake toppers. Since, I was going for a pinwheel theme, I decided to just top the cupcakes with them.

:: pinwheels in cupcakes ::

I also created a banner to display her name...

I even made pinwheels for all of the kids (and parents) to take as a gift.

I believe she truly loved her party...well atleast mom will remember and enjoy the decorations!

Happy 1st Birthday! (eeeee...10 months ago)

Our new addition will be here summer of 2011 making our family of 3 a family of 4. I hope to live up to this birthday party when Harrison arrives!

Special thanks to Jes @ JS Squared for her amazing photography. For more information you can visit her at http://jssquared.blogspot.com/.


  1. congrats, ash! good luck, i know you'll do great!

  2. Wow, how adorable your little 'Princess' is, and her party is fit for a Princess too! Everything is fabulous and I looove the pinwheel theme! I'm huge into theme parties myself, I recently had a 'Rubber Ducky' shower for my DIL(and my 'new' Grandson), what fun it was! Your daughter is a lucky little girl to have a Mama like you! ps. Congrats on your newest addition soon! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  3. Precious. Such pretty photos and I love all the tissue puffs. Just darling.


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