Over the Moon: Nursery Rhyme Birthday Party


I know birthday parties can sometimes be overwhelming for Mom. But for me, I look at it as an opportunity to have a creative outlet, which I don’t always make time for. When Pearl turned one, we did a “Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties” theme and it was so much fun, I started thinking in themes. Ginger & Pearl’s birthdays are only a few weeks apart, so I decided to save on food & make things easy on myself by combining both their parties into one. And since these little years won’t last forever, I thought it’d be fun to do something with nursery rhymes. The food was fun to do because it was so easy to find corresponding nursery rhymes to “match.” I used google image to make some labels on my computer & printed them off for everything including water(!) Here are some pics:

Roast Beef Sandwiches: Three Little Pigs
Veggies: Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
Candlesticks: Jack Be Nimble
Water: Jack & Jill ran up the Hill
Wine: Old Mother Hubbard
Nursery Rhyme Food

We ordered our Mother Goose cake from Kathleen Gardner, who runs a local place called Tartelette. It far exceeded any expectations I had! And our amazing friend Maria made the cupcakes, which were phenomenal!

Mother Goose Cake by Tartelette
Mother Goose Cake
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star & Cow Jumping Over the Moon Cupcakes by Maria’s Kitchen
Pearl was Over the Moon for her cupcake!

I also made (& froze) some cookies ahead of time. I’d never made royal icing before, so for an amateur, I was super pleased with how they turned out. For the tutorial I used, click here.

Humpty Dumpty & Cow Jumping Over the Moon cookies

Most of the decorations were made from old plywood we had. My husband put his jigsaw to use and helped me with the shape and then I used the kids’ paint to create a Humpty Dumpty, Mother Goose, Clock tower and Cow Jumping over the Moon.

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon
The Mouse Ran Up the Clock
Humpty Dumpty & Mother Goose

Games: We played “Pin the Tale on the Black Sheep” with cotton balls and had a Humpty Dumpty Piñata. Ginger & Pearl actually helped make this- it was fairly simple to do and they LOVED being involved.

Pin the Tale on the Black Sheep


The piñata!



Lastly, the favors I kept super simple. To keep costs low, I used construction paper & a stapler and leftover candy from the piñata to make little Humpty Dumpty treats.

Homemade Humpty Dumpty favors.

Finally, I also made a wooden Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Photo Prop (could’ve also been used for a bean bag toss).

Me & my Pearl with the photo prop.

Overall, it was a blast… and such a sweet & memorable theme these two.

Happy Birthday, Ginger & Pearl!


What was a memorable birthday theme you had growing up?

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