More than all the stars: Skyler’s 1st Birthday Party





We wrapped up the celebrations of Skyler’s first year, yesterday, with friends and family over lunch. I decided to stick with the star theme that emerged when Eva made her birth announcements: “we love her more than all the stars.” It has seemed fitting, given her name.




I may have gone a little crazy with the photo paraphanalia, but once I had selected all of the photos for Skyler’s photo book I couldn’t help but add some items to the cart. I just love the bottle labels!

The wall decals are easily removable, so I even put them over the television. And I’m going to remove the ones of her monthly photos and repurpose them in an album.

For other decorations, my main sources were Etsy, Michael’s, Target, and Food52. I cut out letter to spell “happy birthday” the mantle, and arranged flowers from Costco.


Her grandparents were kind enough to have Hudson over the day before and friends took him for a playdate the morning of so that we could bake quiches and cakes, make decorations, and… rearrange furniture. California needs the rain, so I shouldn’t complain, but a wet forecast sent us scrambling a bit! We had just over 20 adults and nearly 20 kids (half babies, half preschoolers), so we cleared the floor (literally) and invited someone over to sing and entertain the kids. It turned out to be a lot of fun!

We also moved our coffee table into Hudson’s room and set up a magna-tiles station.




We tried to line up all the babies, but it was worse than herding cats…


so we tried this instead. Most of these friends are pictured here, pregnant at my shower!


When it came time to blow out the candle, Skyler was a bit mesmerized (though I think she enjoyed the singing) and Hudson was eager to step in and help. And then while the other kids raced off for their helpings, Skyler very slowly examined and tasted hers.





I hope when he blew out the candle, Hudson wished her a happy and healthy year two… and beyond.

P.S. Hudson’s birthday party.

Update: Thank you! Sources—Balloons, party hats, and star glasses from Party City, Photo wall decals and Bottle labels by Pinhole Press, Gold star wall decals by Jesabi, Star Garland and some of the stars in the cupcakes by Papercyn, Cake bunting by SoSimpleSoSweet (via Food 52), Cups and Cupcake liners by Meri Meri (but some found on eBay), Birth Announcement by Sycamore Street Press, Phases of the Moon print by Little Lark, Fringed garland by Paper Fox LA, Mini Picnic tables Ikea, Paper Pom Poms are Martha Stewart for Michael’s. We made the quiches and cake and I arranged the flowers using three bouquets from Costco that I re-combined.  The pink letters were hand-cut. 

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