30 First Birthday Cake and Party Ideas [Easy]


Here are 26 30 first birthday cake and party ideas for your babies who are turning 1 year old (this post has been updated to reflect new ideas!). When your baby turns one year old, it’s a big deal! That’s why these party and cake ideas are so fabulous. Choose a theme that resonants with you and your baby and customize it to make it work for you. Here are ideas that I thought you’d love as much as I do including the ABC’s of a 1st Birthday party, animal themed parties, Book themed parties, Fun 1st Parties, and Cute Cakes!

Readers are constantly asking for specific birthday party themes, in fact it’s the #1 question I get over on the Tip Junkie Facebook page.  I’m more than happy to help you find an over-the-top birthday that you can emulate or knock-off some fab ideas.  Because I just adore a party!

first birthday cake

First Birthday Cake

unicorn first birthday cake

1. The unicorn theme is in, in, in right now, so of course a unicorn cake would be a must! {wink} Get some excellent ideas from 100-Layer Cake-let for a magical 1st Birthday party including cake that is to die for!

heart first birthday cake

2. Hearts never go out of style, and when your baby is YOUR heart, why not use that as the theme? Tom Kat Studio features so great cakes on this blog post including the heart cake perfect for a first birthday, so be sure to check it out!

very hungry catepillar 1st birthday

3. I am in LOVE with this Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake and party theme that’s perfect for a first birthday party. Get scoop on how the throw your own party on Made with Pink!

banana birthday smash cake

4. This Banana Baby Birthday Smash Cake is almost too cute to let your baby smash, but let them. That’s the fun of the party, right? Get the recipe from Sugary & Buttery here.

That’s a Wrap On the Big ONE

First Birthday Cake & Party Ideas

5. This One Year Old In A Flash Party has so many fab elements like the Photo Props, Dessert Table, invitations and decor. A lot of love when into this first birthday party! Elle Belle Creative gets an A+! {wink}

That's a Wrap on the Big One

6. That’s a Wrap on the Big One – I just love the damask, pom-pom, and checkered mix of fabrics and colors in this darling “that’s a wrap on the big one” birthday party. Thanks for sharing These Are the Days Blog!

first birthday cake party

7. 1 year old in a flash by The MACS Blog.  Here’s a darling orange and gray decorated party in the theme of “1 year old in a flash”; it had elements like a time capsule, photo props, as well as a 12 month picture banner.

First Birthday Cake and Decor

8. Celebration Of The First Year found at Loves of Life is an adorable  yellow and navy color scheme of this first year birthday party.  Katie went all out and even spray painted her daughters high chair to match the decor!

Once Upon A Time

9. Once Upon A Time – This “Tiffanys’ blue” and white theme by Kara’s Party’s is so romantic and clever for a 1st year birthday party.  I just adore all the gorgeous accents and that table cloth is fantastic.

The ABC’s of a 1 st Birthday

Alphabet 1st birthday

10. Alphabet 1st birthday – The source of inspiration for this 1st year party came from her son’s initials, “Cc“. You can find this idea at Pizzazzerie! The modern school alphabet theme is such a fun and personalized party theme.

Alphabet/flashcard party

11. Alphabet/flashcard party by Blonde – Here’s another modern alphabet party that incorporates the child’s first name and fun decor in big large letters throughout the party.

Vintage School Themed 1st Birthday Party

12. Pizzazzerie shared another great idea with this Vintage School Themed 1st Birthday Party – So many special touches bring back the grade school days from the Dick and Jane paper dolls to the little ABC blocks.

Cardboard Box 1st Birthday Party

13.  Cardboard Box Party – Little ones usually love the box as much as the gift, so why not plan an entire party around the fun you can have with a cardboard box! {It looks like this blog is no longer online but we still love the idea!}

Book Themed Parties

Book Themed Parties

14. Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Pink Pistachio– In honoring of cherishing time, this very hungry caterpillar was the perfect theme for this little guys first birthday.  You’ll love the decor!

15. Loving this Curious George First Birthday  by Living the Swell Life– You’ll appreciate all the love that went into this party.  My favorite is that her man dressed up. {snicker}

16. Little Miss Sunshine – I just adore this yellow “little miss sunshine” party theme.  I remember the books fondly as a child and I think it’s so bright and celebratory for a first birthday. {This blog is only open to invited readers these days. Sorry.}

17. Where the Wild Things Are –  It’s a predominately yellow and orange color palette with hints of blue and green splashed throughout. A mixture of DIY and purchased stickers/tags gave all of the elements of the party a personalized touch. {It appears that this blog is no longer online, but the idea is still great!}

Animal Themed Parties

Darling Elephant Theme Party

18. Darling Elephant Theme Party – This is an adorable teal, red, and gray party that’s so clean and fresh for an elephant party by Dulce Sobremesa.

Evan's Elephant Party

19. Evan’s Elephant Party –  Evan’s party was held at Warner Center, a photography studio located in Culver City.  Evan’s mom, Jenny, didn’’t miss a single detail while planning this party. {It looks like this party is no longer available on line! Bummer.}

first birthday cake

20. Zoo Party Theme by Sweet Casual Style  is an over the top Circus first birthday theme for a little one who loves animals!

21. Preppy and Pink shared the cutest Olivia the Pig party! – I already have the TV Show theme song in my head. {snicker}  This red with black and white damask is stunning and I just love that Olivia attended the party as well.

22. Maggie’s Animal Parade found at Paper and Ink is adorable! – If your little one loves animals – then consider yourself hooked up with an amazing party idea.

23. Moose and Zee –  This is such a stinkin’ creative party!  Down to the decor, games, and I just adore her Moose and Zee party bags.  {fab!} {Darn! This party is no longer online!}

Fun First Birthday Themes

Fun First Birthday Themes

24. Kori Clark created this Balloons Make Me Happy first birthday party theme –  I love the light blue and silver colors throughout this party.  They played Pin the String on the Balloon, which was just adorable idea.

25. My good friend Living Locurto nailed it with this Bubble Birthday Party for Kids – A bubble theme is perfect for any age, especially little ones.  Who doesn’t just love bubbles?

26. This Aqua and Red 1st Birthday Party by Candice and Ezra is is seriously such a chic party for a little man.  i just adore the aqua and red combined with the stripes and details.

27. Life’s Little Pleasures Sunshine and Flowers Themed 1st Birthday Party is adorable!  – I thought this was such a cheery and fun first birthday theme for a little girl.

1st birthday cake party

28. Preppy Baby Red & White Party –  I could not help but smile seeing the red and white bunding and polka-dots everywhere.  What a darling party and twist for a 1st year boy party. {This blog has been removed, but the idea is still adorable!}

29. Crushing on this Pink Lemonade 1st Birthday created by The Burrus Family– From the darling photo props, to the food, to the decor – this swanky mom thought of it all!

1 st Birthday Cakes

1 st birthday cakes

30. Hawaiian 1st Birthday Bash found at Coco Cake Land is great! – This pineapple cake head is hysterical and the perfect centerpiece to the dessert table.

30 First Birthday Cake and Party Ideas [Easy]

More First Birthday Party Ideas

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  1. Kiddie birthdays are so much fun to organize/plan… maybe it’s because a huge chunk of my heart is still a child, too. But these ideas are great, thanks for sharing them all!

  2. Okay, those little cupcake toppers with the baby’s face are just TOO CUTE!!!! I may have to do that for my daughter’s 2nd b-day. 😀

  3. I was so excited this morning to see this and see that my daughters 1st birthday was included! Thank you SO SO SO MUCH! 🙂

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