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Best First Birthday Party Ideas | 1st Birthday Themes You Will Love!

Celebrating your child’s first birthday is such an important milestone. And there are so many sweet First Birthday party ideas to choose from. Planning your baby’s First Birthday is such fun, it’s a big milestone in their babyhood. A first birthday is a great time to start some meaningful birthday traditions, and of course a chance to celebrate!

How to plan a Baby’s First Birthday Party

There are certainly some things to consider when planning a first birthday celebration for your baby. Nap times is a big one. Remember, your little one will likely still be taking naps during the day so plan the party celebrations around this. Check out our post How To Plan A First Birthday Party for all of the ins and out of planning your baby’s First Birthday, such as what time of day and week to throw baby’s First Birthday party, who needs to be invited and of course, what food to serve.

Now let’s delve into some gorgeous First Birthday Party ideas and themes!

The Cutest First Birthday Party Ideas

Choosing a theme for your baby’s first birthday is a cute idea and really helps tie the party together. Some ideas for how to choose a theme could include:

  • Your baby’s nursery theme. Does the nursery have a color theme or character theme that you would like to continue into the First Birthday party?
  • The theme of your Baby Shower, or birth announcement cards can be carried through into your baby’s first birthday.
  • A favorite character or toy of your Baby, for example Peter Rabbit.

Original First Birthday Party Themes

If you want to do something a little different then read on for our fun and creative baby’s 1st birthday themes.

Circus Themed First Birthday Party

For a brightly colored first birthday theme for boys or girls, check out this adorable circus theme by Festa PR. From the tiny top hats to the adorable elephants, your baby is sure to love this spectacle that will knock the socks off your guests.

This theme also works really well as a First Birthday theme for twins.

Wild One Themed First Birthday Party

Our next idea for a First Birthday party is to go wild with the wild things. We are talking about a Wild One first birthday party. And this one from From The Heart Events is styled to perfection!

Alice in Onederland

This adorable First Birthday theme is a child-friendly, grown-up tea party. We love this gorgeously whimsical look, from the showstopper cake down to the fake grass on the table. Think mismatched teacups full of flowers, teapots and of course, the famous eat me biscuits! Don’t forget playing cards and mismatched balloons. Styled by Flour & Flowers by MK, we love the quirky touches!

Teddy Bear Themed First Birthday Party

Our next adorable idea for a first birthday party is a teddy bear theme. Keep it cute and cuddly with soft browns, creams and gold. The babies and toddlers will love it!

Boss Baby First Birthday Party

Boss Baby is a great party theme for a baby’s first birthday! If the themes of Boss Baby ring true in your house, then you should consider this first birthday party idea!

Aloha First Birthday Party

The next theme on the first birthday party ideas list, styled by Hello Pretty Events, is perfect for summer. You’ll want balloons and cocktail umbrellas with some gorgeous tropical bouquets. Keep the color scheme bright and cheerful and you can go easy with the decor. If you want a budget version, just print out surfboards, pineapple tops, and palm tree leaves and sprinkle in strategic places.

First Trip Around The Sun First Birthday Party

A First Trip Round The Sun party is a lovely 1st party theme for a boy or girl. Go for a space and moon theme and style with your favorite colors.

Disney Themed First Birthday Party

If your baby (or you!) have a particular Disney favorite, then why not go for that as your first birthday theme idea. This gorgeous Snow White set up is super cute or maybe Lion King is more your thing!

Little Prince First Birthday Party

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The next of our unique first birthday party themes is somewhat regal! Celebrate the little prince in your life with a Little Prince first birthday party! This super cute theme puts your baby boy at the centre of the theme!

Mermaid First Birthday Party

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Everything is better under the sea! That’s the idea with our next first birthday party theme. Blue cloth backgrounds strung with seashells, paper, handpicked or bought, it’s up to you. Ice your cupcakes right and stack them in towers and you have a coral reef effect that uses food as a feature. Stick a fish or two on sticks and bingo!

Dinosaur Theme First Birthday Party

If your baby boy or girl likes dinosaurs, then a Dinosaur Roar first birthday party is a fun idea. Cute baby dinosaurs keep this party theme sweet enough for the little ones!

Pretty As A Princess First Birthday

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We’re not sure whether it’s the princess theme or the pink and cold color scheme that’s wowing us here! This is simple and chic, perfect for something that won’t overwhelm your baby but still delight her and your guests. Pink tablecloths and gold balloons with gold glitter and party hats used as centerpieces make for a fantastic first birthday party feel.

Fun to be One Train Party

A teddy train! Isn’t this first birthday party idea just the cutest?! The theme by Dazzling Parties, is simple, trains filled with teddies. Keep the color scheme simple and muted and decorate with trains filled with teddies! If you carve your veggies into trains and fill train carriages with food, you’ve got a gorgeous decor right there.

Whole Llama Fun First Birthday

This Llama first birthday theme is bang on trend and super cute. Go for pretty pastel shades and cute llamas to make the babies smile!

Bright and Bold Tea Party

Babies love bright colors so this first birthday theme will really get them going! Decorate with lanterns and hanging flowers to really bring this theme alive.

One In A Melon Watermelon Themed First Birthday

Another cute first birthday party idea is this watermelon theme! Go all out with healthy party food for the babies to match the theme.

Safari Themed First Birthday Party

This first birthday party by Popping Parties Events is all about the friendly pals in the jungle. Add a sweet and child friendly touch by placing as many stuffed toy animals as you can. Coconuts cups would work well here and if you’re going to custom order food, go for jungle animals.

Sweet One Party

Sweet One is such an adorable first birthday party theme! This pretty set up has a lemonade theme to it, but you could style this so many ways!

Some Bunny is One!

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So the theme for this first birthday party is bunny rabbits and all the sweetness and cheer they bring. Choose your own color scheme to fit your child.

Minions First Birthday Party

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If your baby loves these little yellow creatures, then a Minions first birthday could be a fun idea!

Woodland Animals First Birthday

Our next First Birthday party themes idea is a whimsical woodland wonderfest. Baby animals and wooden signs with forest style wild garlands and mushroom themed cupcakes. Adorable rabbits and foxes flit around the room either in the form of cutouts or in the form of custom cookies.

Travel Themed First Birthday Party

Our next entry for the First Birthday Party themes is a travel theme. Planes and hot air balloons make up this sweet first birthday idea.

Boho Rainbows First Birthday Party

Another sweet idea for a baby’s first birthday is a rainbow theme. You could either go bold and bright with traditional rainbow colors, or go with pastels like this pretty idea.

First Birthday Party Activities

If you’re looking for suitable activities for the party, including how to keep your precious little one occupied whilst entertaining the adults, you’ll find everything you need to know in our post, What to do at a baby’s first birthday party. Bubbles are always heaps of fun with babies, as are balloons! Have plenty of healthy snacks on hand to keep those tiny tummies full and consider mini birthday cakes that are manageable for toddlers.

If you are planning a First Birthday party you might want to consider a Smash Cake or a First Birthday time capsule. Or if you are planning a First Birthday for twins, we have lots of ideas!

First Birthday Party Ideas Final Note

So we hope you were inspired by our First Birthday Party Themes list. We’d love to see what you come up with!  Your child’s first birthday party is always a chance to let your creativity shine and get in touch with the artistic side of your soul.  Celebrating your baby’s first year is such a special time and we hope this has given you plenty of ideas.

Of course, everyone having a good time is our absolute priority and that’s why you have to choose something that suits you and your family. If you’re looking for more info on planning a first birthday party, check out this post right here, and remember, the most important thing – is to have fun!

And for the Ultimate List of 150 Party Themes, check out this post!

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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