46 Popular First Birthday Party Themes

How to host a memorable first birthday party for your babies who are turning 1 year old!  These 46 popular first birthday party ideas feature birthday themes from children’s books, animals, board games, milk and cookies, ice cream, mustache bash, superhero and other fun themes.  With all of these amazing party theme ideas you are sure to have the most memorable party that no one will forget!  {{wink}}

Popular First Birthday Party Themes

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That’s a Wrap On the Big ONE

Look Who's One Party 1.  Look Whoo’s One Night Owl Birthday Party ~ This cute Night Owl themed pajama party would be fun for any sleepover.  The table is turned into a bed, the guests wear jammies, and cute little night owls make an appearance in all of the party treats. There are also great ideas for a first birthday, like homemade onsies and chalkboard photo props.

First Birthday Party

2.  Alice in ONEderland {Birthday Themes} ~ A gorgeous Alice in Wonderland birthday party theme that would delight any fan of the book. First Birthday Party 3.  One To Grow On {First Birthday Ideas} ~ First birthdays are always such a special occasion and deserve a special theme.  I love the idea of a ‘One To Grow On” party for a little girls first birthday.  The decorations are full of feminine flowers and the dessert table is filled will fresh grown fruit. That's a Wrap on the Big One 4. 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. Once Upon A Time 5. One 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.

First Year Party

6. 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 Party 7.  Little Slugger Baseball First Birthday ~ An amazing dessert table that features America’s pastime in a red, white and blue color palette.

The ABC’s of a 1 st Birthday

Alphabet 1st birthday 8. 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.

ABC Themes Party

9.  C is for CookieCookie Monster Birthday Party {Sesame Street Party} ~  ”C is for cookie and cookie is for me” ~ Cookie Monster.  This Cookie Monster buffet table was loaded with delectable candies, goodies and of course, cookies.  Guests were given homemade cookie monster face treat bags to take their treats home.  This party was totally a winner!

ABC Party Theme

10. 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.

Book Themed Parties

Book Themed Parties 11.  Jack and the Beanstalk 1st Birthday {book themed party} ~ You’ll adore this magical take on the classic fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk. The dessert table backdrop included Jack, the beanstalk, a castle, an amazing cake with Jack climbing up the beanstalk and not to be forgotten, magic beans.

Children's Book Themes

12.  Humpty Dumpty Children’s Party {themed party idea} ~ You’ll adore this modern take of the classic children’s fairy tale, Humpty Dumpty. It’s complete with a paper mache Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall, yarn pom pom garland, and delectable dessert ideas! This party would be perfect for a toddler birthday, baby shower and 1st birthday. Are You My Mother? Book Birthday Party 13.   Are You My Mother? Book Birthday Party ~ I adore the clean lines, the mix of patterns, and the fun mother hen touches in this party.  You’ve also got to check out the adorable mantel decor she made with pages from the book. So cute. Book Themed Parties 14.  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? {themed party idea} ~ I see one amazing birthday party staring at me! From the birthday invites to the treats and the most amazing cupcakes, the animal theme was carried throughout. The guests even got to decorate their own animal. Book Themed Party

15. Very Hungry Caterpillar ~ I’ve never met a kid that didn’t love the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  This is a great theme for a party not only because of the bright colors, but you basically have the menu for the party food already provided in the book found on Hostess with the Mostess.

Baby Einstein 1st Birthday Party for Twins 16.  Baby Einstein 1st Birthday Party for Twins ~ A colorful Baby Einstein party she threw for her twin boys turning one years old.  With a rainbow of colors, drink station, Caterpillars, cake walk, and party favors. Olivia the Pig Birthday Party 17.  Olivia the Pig Birthday Party ~ The red, white, and black polka dot balloons make this party fun and festive.  I also love that she painted an Olivia for the photo ops.  So something I would do. HA!. Curious George Monkey Party in Pink and Yellow

18.  Curious George Monkey Party in Pink and Yellow ~ I can;t say enough amazing things about this party.  I adore the fabric flower cupcake toppers, the color scheme, and all of the amazing fabric and patterns used throughout this party found on Hostess with the Mostess.

Book Themed Party

19. Where the Wild Things Are ~  A tree stump cake plate and moss balls bring an outdoor element to this wild indoor party.  Includes a cute idea for guests to guess what the birthday boy will do when he grows up found on Hostess with the Mostess.

Animal Themed Parties

Animal Party Themes

 20.  Little Lamb {First Birthday} ~ Mary had a little lamb…who’s fleece was one year old!  The neutral color palette and fluffy wool, yarn and felt textures added the perfect touch.  Yarn pom flowers.  Fleece garland.  A delectable dessert table.  This would also be a very sweet baby shower.

Animal Themed Party

21.  Vintage Woodland Bunny Party ~ This Vintage Woodland Bunny Party is absolutely enchanting! It’s a mixture of rustic, vintage and eclectic. Some of the elements included a moss covered monogram, wood slice cake stands, pennant bunting, vintage baby items and woodland animals. Teddy Bear 1st Birthday Party 22.  Teddy Bear 1st Birthday Party ~ The color scheme of light blues and white with and a pop of yellow make this Teddy Bear party theme ultra chic and so beautiful from KiKi Events.  This party could be tailored to almost any animal theme, simply substitute a different stuffed animal and voila. baby Blue Tiger Birthday Party 23.  Baby Blue Tiger Birthday Party ~ Using the traditional colors of yellow and brown, the baby blue {or teal} makes turns this themed party into a sophisticated theme that would work well for any age.

Animal Themed Party

 24.  Vintage Lion First Birthday Party {1st Birthday Ideas} ~ Leo celebrated his first birthday with this fabulous vintage party theme.  If your little one has a favorite animal, it can easily be substituted for the lion and made vintage with the help of all of the beautiful vintage fabric touches. Animal Themed Parties 25.  “Tweet” Bird Themed Party {First Birthday} ~ “Tweet” this adorable orange and pink vintage bird themed party to your friends.  You won’t be short on inspiration when you see how many ideas there are.  A photo booth with props, a wishing tree to leave messages on, a photo timeline, and gorgeous decor.  There’s even a tutorial to stamp your own invitations. Darling Elephant Theme Party 26. Darling Elephant Theme Party – This is an adorable teal, red, and gray party that’s so clean and fresh for an elephant party.

Sock Monkey Party Ideas

27.  Good Ol’ Sock Monkey Birthday Party {Monkey Party Ideas} ~ This is an adorable party with a old fashioned sock monkey theme. Using the colors blue and red this party is perfect for a little girl or boy. Lots of inspiration packed into one post! Blues Clues Birthday Party 28.  Blues Clues Birthday Party ~ With adorable DIY mailboxes that she made to hide some clues in for a game but also served dual purpose as decor for the sweets table and an impressive Blues Clues cake. Bright Blue and Orange Giraffe Birthday Party 29.  Bright Blue and Orange Giraffe Birthday Party ~ This party was created with some serious love for the birthday boy.  Details include a handmade 5 foot tall stuffed Giraffe as well as 60 different party decorations.  Wow! Monkey and Banana's Birthday Party 30.  Monkey and Banana’s Birthday Party ~ I totally bananas over her adorable this fun Monkey birthday party in traditional brown and yellow colors.  With two dessert tables and fun party favors this is a great party to grab ideas from.

Animal Themed Party

31.  First Birthday Circus {1st Birthday Ideas} ~ The first year of parenthood can often feel like a circus, so celebrate the completino of that year by throwing your 1-year-old a first birthday circus.  The images of this fun first birthday will inspire you lots of fun circus food and decoration ideas. Animal Themed Party Idea 32.  Whales and Sails First Birthday ~ This nautical theme is perfect for a baby boy’s first birthday party.  She also includes a great tip on using decorated baby formula cans for ice cream containers.  If you’re celebrating a 1st birthday, you probably have plenty of those laying around.  {wink}

Fun First Birthday Themes

Fun Party Themes

33.  Bow Tie and Mustache Bash {first birthday} ~ It’s definitely fun to be one with this adorable bow tie and mustache bash themed party! The yellow and blue color palette is bright and cheery with bow ties and mustaches incorporated throughout the party decor. You’ll even find brownies shaped as mustaches.

1st Birthday Themes

34.  “Rat Pack” Little Gentleman Party {1st Birthday Ideas} ~ This sophisticated 1960?s Rat Pack gentleman themed party with whimsical features is perfect for a first birthday. The bubble pipe used through out the party is an excellent example of this!  The dessert table has a tufted leather backdrop to fit over the TV space in the entertainment center. Fun Birthday Party Themes 35.  Superman “Daily Planet” Birthday Party {first birthday} ~ It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a flying baby Superman! How fun is this Superman “Daily Planet” themed first birthday? To tie the whole theme together Jenna designed an invitation that looks like the front page of a newspaper with a photo of a flying super Clark! Newspaper was also used for a backdrop and table runner.

Fun Birthday Party Themes

36.  Monopoly Board Game Party {themed party idea} ~ Before you pass “GO” you must stop and look at this extraordinary classic Monopoly Board Game Party! All of the details down to the invitation will knock your socks off. There were metallic gold board pieces, custom signs, hanging top hats, ‘bag of money’ cake pops and game card cookies.

First Birthday Party Theme

37.  Little People Party for you Little Guy or Gal {Toddler Birthday Theme Idea} ~ This is a perfect little party for your little guy or girl! A classic toy, Little People are beloved and with this adorable party you can show your little one how beloved they are on their special day. With a modern twist this party perfection! Fun First Birthday Party Theme 38.  Indy 500 Race Car Birthday Party {First Birthday} ~ This vintage race card themed birthday party is full of great inspiration for homemade party favors, food, and activities to help your little race car driver  celebrate his special day. Fun First Birthday Themes 39.  Cardboard Box Party {toddler birthday party} ~ This cardboard box party is pure genius down to the last detail! Ordinary boxes were transformed into a play-yard complete with rocket ships, trains, helicopters and planes. There were even lunches in a box. Raggedy Ann Party 40.  Red White and Raggedy Ann Party ~ This adorable party is red and white and everything Raggedy Ann! Use this as a great inspiration party to create your own Raggedy Ann themed party for your little girl! Everything from the perfect dessert table to party girls outfit has been thought of in this perfect party!

Fun First Birthday Themes

41.  Cookies and Milk Party {1st Birthday Ideas} ~ This retro/vintage cookies and milk party is amazing!  It was held in a park so various stations were set up.  There was a Milk Station, Play station, Looking back station, Main table, and the Party favor station.  A great idea to use up space and bring things together.  Bridget has included the tutorial for the banner and the hutch.  The white chocolate “milk mustaches” are fantastic!

Fun First Birthday Themes

42.  Vintage Ice Cream Party ~ I’m digging the old fashioned portrait of the birthday boy in the soda shop garb.  Great idea.  Lots of yummy party food ideas too. Fun Party Themes 43.  Uno Themed First Birthday Party ~ What could be more fitting for a baby’s first birthday party than an Uno theme, right?!  They even made a faux cake out of Uno cards – sweet!

First Birthday Themes

44.  1960?s Manhattan Themed Birthday ~ This 1960?s Manhattan themed first birthday is nothing less than brilliant!  A dapper little fellow in a bow tie and blazer partied in style.  The grandfather built four fabulous munchkin-sized storefronts, including a produce stand, newsstand, tattoo parlor, and their favorite NY burger joint, Shake Shack. First Birthday Themes 45.  You Are My Sunshine ~ “You are my sunshine”! Isn’t this the perfect theme for a sunny summer party? From the flower pops to the sunburst pom poms this post has tutorials to easily recreate the entire party. And, as an added bonus, there are free printables too! Score!

Fun First Birthday Themes

46.  Luau Birthday Party {First Birthday} ~ Aloha!  What luau themed party would be complete without paper parasols, lei’s, grass skirts, and tiki’s?  This amazing first birthday party has it all and then some.  Did you know that crushed graham cracker crumbs makes excellent sand?  You don’t want to miss the other food and decor ideas.

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