Taylor Swift celebrated her 20th birthday over the weekend by giving away some big bucks and hosting a party at her parents' Hendersonville, Tennessee home. She told People, "It's more like an end-of-year Christmas party that happens to be on my birthday." Taylor spent the night before the party at home baking butter cookies and gingerbread cookies with cream-cheese icing for her guests. Word is actor Taylor Lautner flew into Nashville Sunday to surprise Taylor Swift on her birthday? Guess where he took her yesterday for a birthday lunch? Pancake Pantry. Yes!
Swift also has donated 250 thousand dollars to schools around the country that she's either attended or worked with. The money will pay teachers' salaries as well as buy books and fund various educational programs. She said, "Something I wanted to do at the end of this amazing year and especially on my birthday was give back to something I really believe in, which is education. The schools that I went to and the amazing people I got to learn from really turned me into who I am, and I wanted to give back."
In other Taylor news, she and Kenny Chesney made the Top 10 list of 2009's highest-grossing tours, based on ticket sales. AOL's The Boot reports that U2 came in at #1, followed by Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Swift and Britney Spears. Kenny landed at #9, beating out Metallica, who rounded out the list.