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Creative Themes for First Birthday Parties

Unique Party Ideas for First Birthday Celebrations


Updated June 05, 2014

Baby’s first birthday is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s only natural that you want to come up with a special way to celebrate. Party supply stores are filled with theme ideas for children’s birthday celebrations, although most of these tend to focus on popular movie or television show characters. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, consider one of the following themes for first birthday parties. All of these great party ideas for first birthday celebrations are easy to put together and appropriate for both boys and girls.


1. Everyone Loves Cupcakes!

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In many families, birthdays are all about enjoying sweet treats you wouldn't normally consider part of your diet. If you love cupcakes, this makes for an adorable one-year-old birthday theme. Serve a tower of tiny cupcakes instead of one large birthday cake, then make floral cupcake centerpieces to use as clever party decorations.

2. Honor a Budding Artist With a Crayon Theme Birthday Party

A crayon theme makes for a colorful and enjoyable way to celebrate baby’s first birthday, especially if you take pride in being a crafty mama. Fill clear vases or bowls with crayons, then provide lots of coloring pages and blank paper so everyone can express their artistic side. Take a picture of each guest with his or her artwork, then make a special birthday scrapbook your child can enjoy for many years to come.

3. Get Creative With ABC Themes for First Birthday Parties

Your baby may not actually know his ABCs quite yet, but an alphabet birthday party theme gives you plenty of ways to plan a creative celebration. Decorate plain party supplies with an assortment of colorful letter stickers and spell out fun messages using your child’s alphabet blocks and ABC refrigerator magnets. Tie a balloon bouquet around a stack of ABC board books to make a simple table centerpiece.

4. Nurture a Budding Architect With a Lego Birthday Party

Colorful Lego bricks are popular as first birthday gifts, so the Lego theme is a great choice for your child's birthday party. Even your adult guests will have fun making Lego sculptures and sharing their creations.

5. Spend a Day at the Farm

Most children love animals, so consider a farm birthday theme even if you don't live in a rural area. Although a trip to a petting zoo with pigs, chickens, ducks, and cows would be the ideal activity for this type of birthday, games such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey would be appropriate as well.

6. No Monkeying Around

If your little one is always looking for trouble, a monkey themed first birthday party honors his love of mischief. Use stuffed monkeys and jungle vines to decorate for your party, then treat guests to a delicious banana cake.

7. Have a Teddy Bear Picnic

Cute and cuddly teddy bears can be the inspiration for an adorable one-year-old birthday party. Ask guests to bring their favorite teddy bears for a picnic or tea party. Kids will have a blast feeding their stuffed friends play sandwiches, chips, and fruit.

8. Add a Touch of Whimsy With a Rubber Ducky First Birthday Party

If bath time is your baby's favorite part of the day, a rubber ducky first birthday party is sure to earn rave reviews. Decorate with an assortment of colorful yellow ducks, a toy bathtub, and blue and white balloon bouquets.

9. Put on a Show With a Mother Goose Party

Do you love making your baby laugh with your knowledge of funny rhymes and silly cartoon voices? If so, consider throwing a Mother Goose themed first birthday party and entertaining guests with a special nursery rhyme puppet show. This is also a great theme to use if the birthday boy or birthday girl has older siblings who would be willing to help put on a puppet show for the guests.

10. Serve a Memorable Meal at a Hungry Little Caterpillar Party

Eric Carle’s gorgeous picture book illustrations for The Very Hungry Caterpillar set the stage for this party, but the real fun comes in creating a memorable menu based on the foods that the hungry little caterpillar eats on his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. First birthday party food ideas for this theme include a fruit tray featuring apples, pears, strawberries, plums, oranges, and watermelon surrounded by a bed of fresh green leaves, as well as sandwiches made with salami and Swiss cheese.

11. Celebrate in Style With Dr. Seuss

Purchasing supplies featuring the Cat in the Hat isn’t too difficult, since elementary schools have huge Dr. Seuss celebrations every year in March to honor Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday. Supplement your decorations with red, white, and blue balloons and a display of all your favorite Dr. Seuss story books. If you’re feeling adventurous in your search for one-year-old birthday ideas, turn the event into a costume party. You can find a number of different Dr. Seuss character costumes for Mom, Dad, and baby’s siblings to wear – including Thing 1, Thing 2, the Grinch, and Horton Hears a Who.

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