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26 First Birthday Cake & Party Ideas

Here are 26 first birthday cake and party ideas for your babies who are turning 1 year old.  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!

Tip Junkie 4th Annual Birthday Bash

As always, the Tip Junkie Party blog has HUNDREDS of first birthday party cake and party themes so you can always search there if you’re looking for something in particular.  Tip Junkie just turned 4 years old. {whoohoo!}  So we’re celebrating with the 4th Annual Birthday Bash.  We’ll be featuring birthday party ideas all week {several times a day} as well as giving away some pretty fab prizes.

That’s a Wrap On the Big ONE

First Birthday Cake & Party Ideas

1. One Year Old In A Flash Party –  This 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.

That's a Wrap on the Big One

2. 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.

first birthday cake party

3. 1 year old in a flash – 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

4. Celebration Of The First Year – I just adore the 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

5. Once Upon A Time – This “Tiffanys’ blue” and white theme 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

6. Alphabet 1st birthday – The source of inspiration for this 1st year party came from her son’s initials, “Cc“. The modern school alphabet theme is such a fun and personalized party theme.

Alphabet/flashcard party

7. Alphabet/flashcard party – 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

8. 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

9.  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!

Book Themed Parties

Book Themed Parties

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

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

12. 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.

13. 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.

Animal Themed Parties

Darling Elephant Theme Party

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

Evan's Elephant Party

15. 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

first birthday cake

16. Zoo Party Theme – An over the top Circus first birthday theme for a little one who loves animals!

17. Olivia the Pig – 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.

18. Maggies Animal Parade – If your little one loves animals – then consider yourself hooked up with an amazing party idea.

19. 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!}

Fun First Birthday Themes

Fun First Birthday Themes

20. Balloons Make Me Happy –  I love the light blue and silver colors throughout this party.  They played Pin the String on the Balloon, which was just adorable idea.

21. Bubble Birthday Party for Kids – A bubble theme is perfect for any age, especially little ones.  Who doesn’t just love bubbles!

22. Aqua and Red – Seriously this is such a chic party for a little man.  i just adore the aqua and red combined with the stripes and details.

23. Sunshine and Flowers Themed 1st Birthday Party – I thought this was such a cheery and fun first birthday theme for a little girl.

1st birthday cake party

24. 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.

25. Pink Lemonade 1st Birthday – 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

26. Hawaiian 1st Birthday Bash – This pineapple cake head is hysterical and the perfect centerpiece to the dessert table.

More First Birthday Party Ideas

DIY Party Ideas
If you love these parties – then you’ll find hundreds more
just as creative over on the Tip Junkie Party site!

Thanks Ladies. I just adore these ideas! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {{knuckle bumps}}   Also, don’t forget to check out the Tip Junkie Facebook page for even more creative ideas and tutorials.

Tip Junkie ~ Laurie Turk

Creating Memories that Endure,



  1. Comment-Anonymous
    Nicky @ JAF Gifts

    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. Comment-Anonymous

    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. Comment-Anonymous
    Gina Bell (East Coast Mommy)

    Fun! I just finished blogging about my son’s {easy/DIY} first birthday. Check it out:


  4. Comment-Anonymous
    Emily @ ReMarkable Home

    First birthday parties are so much fun! There are some really cute ones here. For my youngest, we did a Milk and Cookies First birthday. It was a fun way to celebrate the fact that he could now drink cow’s milk and was also a fun party to have lots of people and adults at.
    You can see my post about it here:

  5. Comment-Anonymous
    Katie B.

    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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