Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party (with FREE Printables)

Somehow, the baby turned ONE in May. To celebrate we did a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star party. Her decorations were very simple.

Lights

These Paper Star string lights were a simple addition to set a ‘twinkling’ mood for the party.

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Entryway Picture Wall

A picture wall welcomed guests in the entryway. It was fun to pick out our favorite 4×6 photos from the first year. To keep with the theme we added a few patterned scrapbook paper stars.

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Birthday Photo Banner

Every birthday at our house includes a large photo banner strung across the main room. The banner includes one picture per month from the previous year intermixed with a birthday message – Audra Grace Is One. Clothes pins covered with pink sparkle washi tape gave the black and white banner a pop of color and ‘twinkle‘.

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Cake

To make cake-smashing fun for the baby who cries when her hands are dirty (maybe she’ll be the cleanest child), we opted for a tri-color layer cake with simple white frosting between layers. It’s not fancy, but worked great (she didn’t really like touching squishy cake layers either so I am grateful for time saved by not frosting the whole thing!)

Paper Star string lights were a simple addition to help set the mood for the party.

Decorations

Now for some simple decorations you can print at home.

You guys, I am so excited to announce the first FREE printables from thisgratefulmama!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party (with FREE Printables) | thisgratefulmama.comThe images are centered on 8.5″x11″ paper so you can leave them as they are or trim them to be square. Just click on the links below and print the PDFs on white cardstock.

 

 FREE Printables

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

How I Wonder What You Are

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Up Above The World So High

Like A Diamond in the Sky

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Do You Know How Loved You Are

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One is Sweet Take A Treat

She Twinkles Wherever She Goes

 

Happy Birthday little one!

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Minnie Mouse 4th Birthday Party Decorations

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A few weeks ago I shared the cake from our daughter’s Minnie Mouse 4th birthday party. Another day I’ll share the food.

Today is all about decorations.

When it comes to a kids party, my motto is ‘keep it simple‘ – it isn’t necessary to spend a lot of money or go all-out to please a 4-year-old. 

Most decorations for this party are homemade using paper. Many are printed at home and just taped up. They are inexpensive.  Most won’t take much time but will still have a big impact.

Paper decorations are more than enough to make our daughter feel special!

Art

For Disney-inspired decorations without breaking the bank, this free Waltograph font is a lifesaver. Once installed, it can be used in Microsoft Word – Disney decorations, literally, at your fingertips.

Our daughter loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. From watching it with the kids, I’m guessing you can also quickly rattle off these sayings:

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Photo Birthday Banner

birthday photo banner is a personal touch with big sentimental impact. By far, this is my favorite decoration to make for bitthdays. I love spending time picking out each photo – one photo per month from the previous year.  It is pure joy to see our kids’ faces light up when they see it – they love feeling honored and celebrated.

Black and white photos were printed and intermixed with the message:

Happy Happy 4th Birthday Adelyn Joy

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Minnie Mouse Chandelier

Now I want to share something SO fun. Have you seen this DIY faux-capiz chandelier made using wax paper? This Pinterest project is on my someday list. For some reason I haven’t found the free-time yet.

Who has this elusive ‘free-time’ anyway?

OK, so I did NOT make a wax paper chandelier for this party. But I did make a paper Minnie Mouse chandelier to hang over the table. Admittedly, it was kind of (ok, extremelyputzy cutting out Minnie Mouse ears and bows, but there was nothing difficult about it.

Trust me, with some time and patience, YOU can do it.

All it took was time, tape, cardstock, clear bead-thread and two steel rings (12″ and 6″) from Hobby Lobby. Just think – you could create a chandelier like this for ANY party theme – endless possibilities. 

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Entryway Signs

Originally, I planned to put a ‘Come Inside, It’s Fun Inside‘ sign on the front door to welcome guests. But a Chalk Marker and poster-board sign can’t withstand a windy, rainy day, so it came inside.

In the entryway, a sign saying ‘Adelyn is 4‘ was created using a chalkboard banner, vinyl decal letters, and a cardboard cutout ‘4‘ decorated with crepe paper:

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Balloons

What kid’s party is complete without balloons? The morning of the party, I asked my husband to go find and buy Minnie Mouse balloons.

That man, he’s a rockstar – he returned 20 minutes later with this bunch of balloons from Party City to an appreciative wife and a delighted 4 year old:

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Happy birthday sunshine girl.

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‘You Are My Sunshine’ Birthday – DIY ‘You Are My Sunshine’ Photo Birthday Banner

DIY You Are My Sunshine Photo Birthday Banner

Our daughter turned TWO on Sunday. She is fun, sweet and joyful – full of curiosity, and quirky humor. She is a delight to be around and we are blessed by her every single day.

Before she was born, I bought her a sign for her wall that said “You Are My Sunshine” for her bedroom wall. And it is so true! She brightens up every room, and every face in it.

Even though she’s only two, I wanted to honor her by creating a few decorations. If you know her, you’ll agree that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ is a fitting theme for the girl who truly is…our sunshine.

I am convinced that every child (and adult) needs is a birthday banner in their honor. It is a simple and inexpensive, yet personal touch for their special day. The couple’s shower banner, simple birthday banner and dinosaur party banners I’ve shared in the past have been created using patterned paper and stenciled letters.

But this time I wanted to do something a little different.

I am one of those annoying moms who is always chasing their children with the camera…so with the hundreds (no, let’s be honest, thousands) of photos from the past year, I had plenty to choose from to make a photo banner. I wanted to pick one picture for each month of the past year. This way we can display some of our favorite memories of Adelyn and highlight how she has changed as she grew from one to two.

The biggest problem? Picking just one photo per month!

Pictures were selected that captured various facial expressions, and could be printed in black and white. Photos were printed on white cardstock using our home printer (P.S. remember to select grayscale printing if you don’t want to drain every ink cartridge on your printer), then cut to 8×8″.

The words to “You Are My Sunshine” were typed out using PicMonkey online photo editor (easy to use and free) using ‘Animatic Small Caps’ font (one of my favorites). I took some liberty modifying the rhyme to suit a birthday theme (just imagine singing it to the melody of the song):

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy…when skies are gray. You’ll never know, child, how much we love you. Happy Birthday, to you, today.

You Are My Sunshine Banner Flags

The text was divided between 8 flags to hang between the photos and was also printed on white cardstock.

At first, the white flags and black and white photos were hung using plain clothes pins. Excited to see it, I was disappointed by it’s lackluster and drab appearance…not exactly what I was going for with a sunshine theme.

So, I decided to use some patterned scrapbook paper to brighten things up. First, I made patterned paper covered clothes pins. Since I was short on time, my helpful mom cut the flags and lined them wtih patterned paper. We used Scotch tape for a quick application. She then labeled each photo with the month the photo was taken in. The labels were printed on scrapbook paper and glued onto the photos using a glue stick.

Pretty soon, the once coloress banner looked bright and sunshine-worthy.

Labels

The labeled photos and modified flags were re-hung on twine using the newly decorated clothes pins. 3M Command hooks were used to suspend the banner across our kitchen.

There were two very excited children when they came down for breakfast on Wednesday. They noticed it immediately.

Giggles, and a half jumping, half running-in-place ‘happy dance‘ ensued (hysterical, and has been repeated several times now).

Many of our friends have said there is no need to decorate for a 2-year-old’s birthday. And, they’re right…she wouldn’t miss the decorations…But the joy on both our son’s and daughter’s faces was worth every effort and would have been missed by me.

Completed banner

Happy Birthday Adelyn Joy. We love you!