Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 1st Birthday Party

by jessicaturner on February 5, 2016

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Ezra turned one a few weeks ago and we celebrated with a Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star birthday party.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star  invitation

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Invitation

I had the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star invitation designed on Etsy and then printed with credits I had saved from Minted.

I shot the photo of Ezra myself using this backdrop.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Outfit

It took me a while to find a boyish shirt with stars on it on Etsy, but finally I found this one. I had it made with a red “1” to go with the party colors.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Decorations

The bulk of the decorations were in the dining room. I covered one wall in gold streamers and gold 3-dimensional stars. I found the stars after Christmas at Target, but these stars
would also work.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday

Throughout our home, I also had gold buntings up. These were from Minted (first used at my aunt’s 60th birthday party) and added a lot to the decor. I had them everywhere (though I didn’t seem to take many pictures that included them). I also cut one down to use on Ezra’s high chair.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

For that bunting, I used my Silhouette to add “ONE” and then some star stickers. It was simple and cute.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

The Silhouette was also helpful in creating a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star banner for the window in the dining room.

I also bought star balloons, which I tied to our mailbox.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Using a pack of star shaped plates from the dollar store, I made little stars to go up the path to our front door. It took about 5 minutes to make them and they looked so cute.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

For the table, I used a white plastic tablecloth and some gold wrapping paper (also bought after Christmas). I used this wrapped paper on the favor station and the drink station as well.

In the center of the table, I used a star basket with some mason jars in it for flowers + a picture of Ezra in a star frame.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

I also wanted to display monthly photos of Ezra. This frame from Personal Creations was perfect and a hit with all the guests.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Food

The menu for the brunch included:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

We made too much food (as usual!). If I were to do this menu again, I would not make the ham and egg casserole, as most of it was left after the party. Also, I served the sausage and bacon in a buffet server, which I highly recommend owning if you like to host parties.

The star biscuits and star shaped fruit were cut with star cookie cutters. I found a lot of star shaped food inspiration on Pinterest.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Cake and Cupcakes

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Because so many people were going to be at the party, I decided to make cupcakes to serve to dessert. To keep with the theme, I sprinkled Wilton Edible Gold Stars on the buttercream frosted cupcakes, then added star picks to each cake.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star cake

As for Ezra’s smash cake, I bought a small plain cake at the grocery store, then frosted it and added the Wilton Edible Gold Stars. (If you go to your grocery store and ask, many will give you the option to buy a plain frosted, or crumb coated cake. I bought mine at Publix for $10, which saved me so much time.)

I made the Twinkle Twinkle cake topper with gold cardstock using my Silhouette. I found the template in the Silhouette store. After it was cut, I glued it to two candy sticks.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Ezra absolutely LOVED the cake. We got so many fun photos of him. He started eating it before the candle was even blown out.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Photo Booth

Though it was cold outside, I wanted to set up a small photo spot to take some party photos. We didn’t have a great place to do this in our home, so I set it up on our deck. Here is a behind the scenes shot.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Backdrop Support System Stand

Heavy Duty Muslin Clamps 4 1/2 inch 6 Pack

Ella Bella Photography Backdrop Paper, 4’x12′,

Gold Tinsel Foil Fringe Party Decoration

It turned out SO cute! Unfortunately I didn’t get a ton of pictures during the party (I had intended to get each family  to take a picture with Ezra, but I did get some fun ones of him and our family.


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Favors

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

I found small star marquees at Target 90% off in their summer clearance (they were only 50 cents each) so the big kids got those. I wrapped them in cellophane and tied them with a star tag that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo. The little kids got nursery rhyme books that included a CD with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, which I found at the dollar store.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party Favors

Additionally, the kids all got Star water bottles (also from Target 90% off sale) and star party hats.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

The Dollar Store had metallic hats 8 for $1 and I simply added a star sticker to each hat.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Crafts

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Because so many big kids were coming, I wanted to have a few small activities for them, so we set up a coloring station with God Made Light coloring sheets and a star station where they could decorate popsicle stick stars.

To keep it easy, I made the stars ahead of time and had out a variety of decorations they could use to enhance them. A few of the girls really got into them. It was so cute!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Birthday Party

It was the perfect first birthday party!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Birthday Party - perfect for a boy or girl's party


Books I Read: January 2016

by jessicaturner on February 3, 2016

awesome books

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk: I actually read this book at the end of December, but I loved it SO much that I wanted to be sure to share it here. It tells the story of Inara Erickson who finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house in her deceased aunt’s island home. As it turns out, Inara’s life is tied to that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl driven from her home a century before. The book goes back and forth between the two women and the storytelling is fabulous. I devoured this book in two days and can’t stop talking about it.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel: This is my book club’s March select. I wanted to get it read right away so I could share my copy. Thankfully it was easy because it was one of the best books I have ever read. Ever. It is about an old man who on the exterior is a curmudgeon, but beyond that exterior has an incredible story. I don’t want to share to much, but trust me when I say, if you like fiction, you must read this book.

Winter Garden: After reading The Nightingale I promptly went to the used bookstore and bought every Kristin Hannah book I could find. Several people recommended I start with Winter Garden, so I brought it with me on my beach trip this past weekend. It’s nearly 400 pages, so I thought maybe I would make a dent. No, I read the whole thing in two days. It tells the story of two daughters who never really knew their mother Anya’s story. As they dig in, they learn about Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago.

Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time: I think about the principles in this book every single day. If you are interested in being more productive, using your time better and just changing the way you look at projects, this book is a must-read. (It’s a great companion to The Fringe Hours.)

In addition, I continued my daily/weekly journaling in the following:

The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration

Q&A a Day for Moms: A 5-Year Journal

Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal

What did you read this month?

For more book inspiration, check out my 2016 reading list and my profile on GoodReads.


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