Ezra turned one a few weeks ago and we celebrated with a Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star party.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star party 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 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 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.
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.
For that bunting, I used my Silhouette to add “ONE” and then some star stickers. It was simple and cute.
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.
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.
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.
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 Party Food
The menu for the brunch included:
- Star biscuits and jelly
- Apple raisin french toast bake
- Ham and egg casserole
- Fruit, with watermelon cut like stars
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 Party Cake and Cupcakes
Because so many people were going to be at the party, I decided to make cupcakes to serve for dessert. To keep with the theme, I sprinkled Wilton Edible Gold Stars on the buttercream frosted cupcakes, then added star picks to each 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.
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 Party 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.
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 Party Favors
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.
Additionally, the kids all got Star water bottles (also from Target 90% off sale) and star party hats.
The Dollar Store had metallic hats 8 for $1 and I simply added a star sticker to each hat.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Party Crafts
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!
It was the perfect first birthday party!
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Jessica Anderson says
Love it! This is such great timing because I am planning the same kind of party for my son’s first birthday in April. I have been having a hard time finding ideas for boys rather than girls . The link for the Etsy invitation is not working for me. Any chance you could tell me the shop name? Thanks so much for all of the inspiration!
So sorry! It’s Dreamy Duck Shop. Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/200423994/twinkle-twinkle-little-star-invitation?ref=shop_home_active_5&ga_search_query=twinkle
Great party! This may have already been done before (if so, could you please post a link? 🙂 ), but I would love to see a tutorial on how to use the silhouette cameo. I have one and know that i don’t use it to its fullest potential because I’m not sure what of the best paper/card stock and where to find it. Mine seems to crumple a good bit. Also, where you find the best images, sizing, etc. I have many ideas to do but usually end up frustrated! Thank you!
I generally just use cardstock from my scrapbooking stash. The sparkle cardstock was really thick, so I did have to run it through two times. I bet if you search Silhouette tutorial on YouTube, you would find many that would do a better job than me. 🙂 I tend to buy images direct from Silhouette. Honestly, I have only used it a handful of times and am still learning too.
Kristin Smith says
How do people typically respond to the “no presents please” on your invites? We haven’t had a lot of formal “kid” parties for our kids, mostly because they have SO MUCH STUFF and I don’t want parents to feel obligated to bring a gift…but I also wonder if they would bring one anyways. The fear of “what if I am the only one who doesn’t bring a gift to the no gift party” (Maybe that’s just me?!) 🙂 Instead i have hosted neighborhood parties for like Valentines Day and our kids get to host a fun party but no one has to feel like they have to bring something!
Also interested to hear how the no gifts please goes. considering an option like this for my girls this year for their big party’s as they also both have SO much! And I also have the same worries as Kristin if I’d be the only one not to bring a gift if I received an invitation like that. I know I over think things like this so hearing your experience will add to my thoughts to ponder over.
Most people follow the request and do not bring gifts, which is wonderful! A few friends brought cards, which was sweet.
Oh my word sooo soo cute!!!! You are so creative and frugal!!! I hope I am a fun mom when I start having kiddos!! I had a crafty mom and I am also crafty so it’s something I hope to pass on!!
Awwww, thanks for your kind words!
Such a cute party with so many cute personal touches. I LOVE that frame!
the cape on the corner says
cute. i love the star fruit and the plates you lined the path with. so smart!
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
Super cute theme! Love the star-shaped cups and the crafts. Love parties with lots to do for the kids! On to Year Two!! Visiting from Weekend Retreat party.
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says
Such an adorable theme! Great job carrying it out in every detail!
Audra @ Renewed Projects says
I am a star nut and just LOVE this party idea! What a find on those star marquee party favors, too! Happy Birthday to your little one.
Amanda @ The Bay Bush says
I love this! We are planning a pink/gold glitter party for my daughters first birthday next weekend. The plates on the sidewalk are genius!
Christine at Must Love Home says
Love it!! Thank you for sharing your awesome party with us at Friday Favorites!! I hope you will share with us again!!Hugs- Christine at Must Love Home
Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids says
Cute birthday theme! I’ll have to keep this party pinned for a future idea. Stopping by from the Creative Corner Link-Up.
SO sweet–totally adorable birthday party theme-well done!
CJ Huang | Morsels of Life says
I love how you so creatively tied everything together! Looks like a wonderful party. 🙂
Jennifer romaine says
I love your theme and your sweetie looks so happy! Your party is one of the features this week at Dishing It! & Digging It! Thanks for linking up!