Happy happy birthday to your little one! Here at Celebration Wishes, we know the joy and mixed emotions that can come with your baby reaching new milestones. That said, celebrating the first year of laughter, tears, and incredible growth during their 1st birthday party will make for a beautiful core memory.
Whether you want a small gathering alongside family to ring in their next year or if you opt to throw a Kardashian-style bash, choosing a theme can feel like a big deal. We’ve got you covered with the birthday themes, so you can focus on celebrating this happy day!
1st Birthday Party Ideas
1. Wizard of Oz
Lions and tigers and BABIES, oh my! Yep, you guessed it.We’re kicking off our party themes with a Hollywood classic! Make your own yellow brick road and dress your baby as one of the infamous characters, like the lion or Glinda the Good Witch.
Get hands-on and make some background decor inspired by Oz, using cardboard boxes, paint, and a whole lot of glitter! Order a cake shaped like ruby red slippers and put mini bottles of bubbles in your goodie bags! Transforming your party space into the immersive world of Oz will keep young party goers entertained and leave guests exclaiming, “we’re not in Kansas anymore!”
Food Idea: Yellow brick road cheese board
Drink Idea: Green glitter Oz-mopolitan cocktail
Decor: Cardboard painted yellow brick road
Photo Credit: www.hwtm.com
2. Bee-autiful Day
A bumblebee themed birthday party lends itself to bright colorful decor. Hang yellow balloons and streamers and fill the room with sunflowers. Making the space feel on theme will be easy, just source plates, cups, paper florals and anything else you can find in yellow and black!
Hang a bumble-bee pinata for any older kids (or even parents) in attendance, and head to Pinterest to find honey-flavored recipes to incorporate into the day. Hiring a sugar cookie artist to make bumblebee cookies can be great favors for your guests, both kids and grown-ups alike!
Food Idea: Bumble Bee Cake Pops
Drink Idea: Honey Mead
Photo Credit: www.catchmyparty.com
3. Baby in One-derland
There is so much you can do with an Alice in Wonderland themed party. From whimsical decor to wacky games, the possibilities are endless with a little imagination! Host this 1st birthday party in your backyard and play croquet with your guests like the Queen of Hearts.
Set up finger foods and other tea party snacks to create a full lunch spread fit for Alice herself! Print out movie-inspired coloring sheets for any kids in attendance or set up a wonderland craft table, such as painting wooden roses (but they don’t have to be red).
Food Idea: Eat Me, Drink Me tea party finger foods
Drink Idea: Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
Decor: Whimsical Colored balloon arch and florals
Photo Credit: www.fun365.orientaltrading.com
4. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
To know this classic Dr. Suess story is to love it. Its heartwarming message of growing up and going your own way has resonated with audiences of all ages, making it the perfect party theme to celebrate your little one. Use the whimsical story art to inspire colorful decor, such as:
- Paper clouds
- Colorful florals
Print Dr. Suess coloring sheets for the kids, and frame pages of the book on the drink and snack table for easy decor! Head to Etsy for handmade items, such as a high-chair banner for your little one, that will make for adorable photo ops during their cake smash!
Food Idea: Rainbow marble pretzels
Drink Idea: Colorful, fruity party punch
Photo Credit: Amazon
5. Rainbow Fish
There are certain childhood books that absolutely ooze nostalgia and will melt the hearts of even the most macho adults. One of which is the visually stunning book The Rainbow Fish. Under-the-sea themes are always fun to decorate for, but with the iridescent shine of the popular Rainbow Fish, this party will leave your guests feeling mesmerized.
Food Idea: Rainbow rice crispy treats
Photo Credit: karaspartyideas.com
6. Roar, Roar, Dinosaur
Travel to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth and have a Mesozoic era roar, roar, dinosaur party! Make it more family-facing and theme the party around The Flintstones, and have your guests come in costume! Create a scavenger hunt game for adults and kids alike, hiding small plastic dinosaurs around the party space.
Create price packages ranging from toys for the kids to giftcards for the parents who win! Set up a prehistoric photo op with cheesy dino-cardboard cutouts, that are sure to get a few laughs from your guests!
Food Idea: Dino fruit skewers
Drink Idea: Fruity Pebbles Flinstones Margarita
Decor: Balloon arch with various shades of green and neutral colors
Photo Credit: Amazon
7. First Trip Around the Sun
Who doesn’t love a space-themed party? You can take a more scientific approach and focus on elements of the solar system and astronaut exploration. Another option is to lean into the weird and quirky with alien-themed decor!
No matter which direction you choose to take your interplanetary travels, make sure everyone is considered when deciding on snacks! Moon juice for kids and planetary punch for grown ups are simple but fun ways to bring this theme to life.
Food Idea: Extra Terrestrial jello cups & rocket inspired fruit skewers
Drink Idea: Planetary Punch
Decor: Planet & star garland
Photo Credit: Amazon
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Another nostalgic childhood story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Following a snack-loving caterpillar making his way through the early stages of life, his time in a cocoon, and eventually emerging as a beautiful butterfly, this story references growth.
This symbolic theme, paired with the endless easy-to-make party snacks that tie into the story, will make for an easily accomplished theme that will bring a smile to each and every guest’s face.
Food Idea: A fruit and charcuterie board made to look like the caterpillar
Drink Idea: Watermelon punch
Photo Credit: Pottery Barn Kids
9. 1-00 Acre Woods
You can’t go wrong with a Winnie the Pooh themed party, as it’s a classic story that has warmed the hearts of millions. As with the bee-themed party mentioned earlier, this theme also lends itself to honey accents and cozy comfort food. Host a backyard party and mirror the classic Winnie the Pooh birthday party shown in the movie with hats, balloons, and tasty treats!
Food Idea: Winnie the Pooh-themed donuts
Photo Credit: www.thegreenspringhome.com
10. Baby’s 1st Rodeo
Yee-haw! It’s the baby’s 1st rodeo! Western-themed parties are easy to accomplish, due to a wide variety of affordable decor pieces. Step things up a notch, and hire a local petting zoo to bring a few small animals, such as goats or a baby pony, to your backyard.
Food Idea: Classic BBQ
Drink Idea: Rodeo Jalapeno Lemonade cocktail
Decor: Cow Print garland and banners
Photo Credit: blog.cool-party-favors.com
A Baby Party, but Mostly for You
Let’s face it – while this party is all about celebrating the first year of your baby’s life, it’s also about celebrating you and all of the challenges and sleepless nights you’ve overcome while adjusting to your new normal.
We hope these party ideas encourage you to make more special memories with your baby, while toasting all of the amazing highs and tearful moments that got you to this happy day. Invite your friends, family, and loved ones to share fruity drinks and good laughs, and know that you’ve done a great job. Cheers to many more happy celebrations ahead!
Consider setting up an online registry for yourself (or setting one up for the parents) and contribute to a relaxing overnight spa getaway for them. The parents have had a rewarding but exhausting year and they deserve to get pampered!