Party Time! 45 Creative Ideas For First Birthdays
Whether you can believe it or not, your baby's first birthday is actually here! And while figuring out how to celebrate this big milestone can make parents scratch their heads — it's not like your little one will remember it, after all! — throwing a shindig for your friends and family will ensure memories for years to come.
Stuck in an inspiration rut when it comes to settling on a theme for your soirée? No worries! We did the hard work for you by rounding up some of our favorite first birthday party themes we've seen cropping up. So even if you plan to throw a full-blown Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or want to go a little out-of-the-box with a country-fair-inspired fête, we've got you covered. Scroll through to get a look at some of the most creative themes out there.
From mushrooms, to trolls, to furry animals lurking around the corner, there are so many ways to incorporate this darling theme into your child's first bash.
Yes, girls can play football, too! We love this host's sweet spin on a rough-and-tumble game. Talk about a touchdown!
Get ready to race! This adorable Cars-inspired party will have your guests off to the races in no time.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
What little kid doesn't love Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood?! Get your baby started on the obsession early with a colorful theme featuring their favorite four-legged friend.
Even if your kiddo only has one or two teeth, they'll surely appreciate a sweet candy-themed shindig. How adorable are these table settings?!
There's just something mystical about these delicate creatures, which make for a pretty first birthday theme.
Yes, Troll dolls were around when we were kids, but thanks the recent Trolls movie, this theme has made a big comeback. Don't forget some funky wigs!
There's nothing better than a classic Disney princess party, and Snow White is one of our favorites! Just make sure you keep an eye on those poison apples.
Aye, aye, baby! Grab your boat and hit the high seas with this Summer party theme.
Puss in Boots
Does you baby already love your pet cat? Then run with the idea and throw him or her a sweet Puss in Boots theme party, complete with a floppy hat centerpiece!
A rustic horse theme adds an elegant touch to the run-of-the-mill first birthday party. Add some plants to elevate your tablescape.
There's just something cozy about that red-and-black checked print, isn't there? Just keep the axes out of reach!
While adding some live greenery isn't necessarily a hard-and-fast theme per se, it makes for gorgeous, understated accent pieces that can pull the whole room together.
Yes, these parents threw their child a Fall-themed pumpkin picking party, complete with a donut wall, and we're insanely jealous.
Keep your soirée mainstream with a princess party complete with a frilly cake and gorgeous balloon stream.
Gold and white accents really complement the snowflake details in this Winter Wonderland tablescape.
There's nothing wrong with focusing on a color, right? Try going bold with a deep shade of your little one's favorite hue.
If Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has been on a loop for the last few months, then this trend is a no-brainer.
Thomas the Tank Engine
All aboard! This Thomas the Tank Engine party is leaving the station. We love the red and white lanterns, such a thoughtful touch!
Grab your thickest flannel! This woodsy theme is both cute and cozy, just add your own stuffed bear.
We love the bunny-inspired backdrop and donut wall in this stunning setup.
Up, up, and away! Your baby can save the day thanks to this superhero trend.
Talk about light and fluffy! This sweet theme is great for little ones who would rather be napping than at their own party.
Alice in Wonderland
This sweet Alice in Wonderland party is pretty with a touch of crazy thanks to the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
The latest Dumbo remake is sure to draw tons of people to the theater. Why not capitalize on the moment by doing your child's first birthday in the same theme?
Go back in time to a period where knights, kings, and queens reigned with a royal-themed party that's sure to wow. All you need is a suit of armor.
Take a walk on the wild side with a theme that's sure to earn a roar or two. We're loving how lifelike the dino head is, and the ferns are arguably the perfect touch.
Lions and monkeys, oh my! This sweet first birthday theme is full of wild animals and hopefully delicious desserts.
Can't get enough for this sea-dwelling creature? Throw your little princess a mermaid party before she can actually swim.
A playful circus theme chock-full of sweet animals and bright colors will certainly make your photos pop.
Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star
Yes, lullabies can be transformed into party themes! This gorgeous "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" lets you take the color scheme in any direction, and we can't knock on that type of flexibility.
Winnie the Pooh
Which way to the 100-acre wood? Celebrate your child's special day with his best friends by his side. Don't forget the honey!
Surprise, surprise, this mystical trend isn't going anywhere! Add pastel balloons and a horn to the cake to really drive the theme home.
If your baby can't get enough of Elmo, Cookie Monster, or Oscar the Grouch, throw them a colorful Sesame Street party that honors their favorite show.
Hot Air Balloons
Up, up, and away is the name of the game with this whimsical theme. Use white and blue balloons to make the "sky" that the balloons float through.
Moon and Stars
A clean take on this celestial theme is calm enough to put your little one to sleep. We're loving the gold accents that add a pop of color.
Sunshine and Rainbows
Celebrate your ball of sunshine with this splash of bright yellow. This theme is perfect for summer babies.
This bunny theme is not only adorable but also easy to execute. Make sure every little guest has their own bunny ears. The pictures will be unbearably cute.
If you're having trouble finding a theme, try something simple that can work for any venue. Color coordination is what it comes down to.
Ready For Takeoff
Your party guests will love playing with their paper airplanes and flying around the room. The floating airplane balloons will be even more exciting.
The only thing missing is a little sailor's costume. Consider this theme if you're looking for something that will never go out of style.
Aside from baby elephants being outstandingly charming, these pale blues and purples make an amazing color scheme.
This ultimate favorite in child entertainment is always a safe bet when deciding on a party theme. Imagine the smiles and laughs once the theme song begins.
These colorful characters easily turn this color scheme into a rainbow. Word Party fans are certainly in for a treat with this theme.
This is the perfect theme to remind everyone who's boss.