I'd searched and searched for some fun pinwheels for the focal piece of my birthday tablescape. All I ran across were either too summery looking or just plain 'cheesy'. You know the type I'm talking about - shiny primary colored pinwheels of old. So, I finally gave up and decided to make my own pinwheels out of card stock paper. I then stuck several styles and shapes of these pinwheels into a tin flower urn as this added the perfect height my pinwheel centerpiece.
Once I finished with the pinwheels, I had some extra polka dot scrapbook paper so I decided to make fun placecards out of the left-overs. Just cut and fold. :-)
My fun birthday placesetting includes a colorful party horn (store bought), a cleverly folded white napkin featuring similar buttons as scattered on the table (napkins are a Crossroads Cottage exclusive), pink shabby chic luncheon plates (the perfect size for a slice of birthday cake), and these lace shabby chic charger plates.
Hope you enjoyed this fun and festive birthday theme! And Happy Birthday to all of my fellow January Birthday buddies! To see a list of "ingredients" to pull off a similar birthday tablescape in your home, please see below.
Shimmery Tuille- Hobby Lobby or any fabric store
Colored Buttons - Any fabric or craft store
Party Horns - Party store
Custom Pinwheels - Available at Crossroads Cottage
Fun Party/Button Napkins - A Crossroads Cottage Exclusive
Shabby Chic Luncheon Plates - Available at Crossroads Cottage
Shabby Chic Charger Plates - Available at Crossroads Cottage
Secrets to Success:
* If you are low on time and money, but you'd still like your tablescape to look amazing, purchase tulle at a fabric or craft store. (Yes, tulle is the stuff that ballerina skirts are typically made of, but it can be used for so much more!) They make it in lots of fun colors these days - some are even shimmery! Sewing not required. Just throw layers of this over your bare table, or for a more finished look layer these layers over a cloth from your exisisting collection. If you are using colorful tuille, a plain white cloth underneath will really make the tulle pop! Warning: As tulle is highly flammable, please keep clear of flames - including birthday candles!
* If you don't have the time to make pinwheels, but you are looking for a creative and inexpensive birthday party centerpiece, consider wrapping several different sizes of boxes in bright/colorful wrapping paper. Make a gift tower out of them by wrapping boxes with matching ribbon. Even better, if you are the gift giver, wrap your gifts and place them strategically in the center of the table to create your own fun gift centerpiece!
Other blogs on Birthday Tablescapes: Birthday Cookie Idea, Fondue Birthday Party