Your Guide to First Birthday Parties

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First Birthday Party Ideas & Games – The Only Resource You’ll Need

There are many birthdays that are celebrated as big life events. A Sweet 16 in American culture is similar to a Quinceañera (15th) in Latin culture. Likewise, birthdays falling on 19, 21, 40, 50 and more carry special meaning for different reasons and almost always constitute a celebration of some sort. But perhaps the biggest celebration and milestone birthday of them all is the first birthday of a child. While the child probably won’t remember much, if anything, from this special day this doesn’t prevent parents from throwing a BIG(!) celebration and 1st birthday party. Based off the pictures and resources below it might be more accurate to say “out of control” or “overboard” in many cases!

While we don’t imagine every first birthday to be as elaborate as some of those outlined below, to help plan out this special event we’ve put together a comprehensive resource for first birthdays, including: signs and banners, themed birthdays, invitations, cakes and desserts and even a few party games. We’ve also included some great resources full of 1st birthday party ideas from across the internet to help you plan your special day.  And while these are specific to first birthdays, no doubt most if not all of them are applicable to any toddler aged child celebrating a birthday. We hope this helps you throw a fantastic party and generates plenty of ideas no matter how extravagant or simple you want the birthday to be!

For birthday parties for older kids make sure to check out our summer games ideas post!

Also, almost all of these ideas, sign templates and more are available on our First Birthday Party Pinterest Board.

1st Birthday Signs & Banners

Since we do signage all day long we’ll start with the signage aspect. 🙂 Below are some of our customizable birthday templates. There are more sign ideas on the Pinterest board. For our templates we offer free design services if you are looking to get a sign (banner, magnets, posters, wall decals, yard signs and more) created for your son or daughter that you don’t see below. Here are some examples of birthday signs as magnets and more that we’ve previously produced. Just contact us and we’ll help you get what you want! You can get our signs in as little as two days so even if you’ve put this off until the last minute there’s still time! Click over here to see all of our first birthday party sign templates.

happy first birthday purple birthday cake

Happy First Birthday Sign With Banner

happy first birthday banner with cake

Happy First Birthday Sign With Animals

happy first birthday sign turquoise

First Birthday Chalkboard Welcome Sign

Happy First Birthday Chalkboard Sign

happy first birthday banner

Happy First Birthday Chalkboard Sign With Picture

happy first birthday owl banner

 

First Birthday Themes & Ideas

A themed birthday party can be a ton of fun for your little one. Truly only your imagination limits what type of themed party you can throw.  And contrary to popular belief a themed party can be accomplished with just a few props, decor, signage and the right colors. Nonetheless, check out all the amazing 1st Birthday themes below to get your imagination and ideas flowing!

In addition to the many ideas below check out these amazing Pinterest board and blog posts that have compilations of fun themes.

 

1st Birthday Themes

120 Kids Birthday Party Themes

24 Themes by Spaceships and Laser Beams

51 of the Best Birthday Party Ideas (Themes) For Girls

 

sunshine themed party

Source: Sunshine Theme Party from Kara’s Party Ideas

 

caterpillar pottery barn

Source: Pottery Barn Caterpillar Theme 

 

royal themed party

Source: Royal Themed Party – Hostess With the Mostess

 

places you'll go theme

Source: Places You’ll Go Theme – Baby Making Machine

 

busytown theme

Source: Busytown Theme – Tried and True Blog

 

carnival theme party

Source: Carnival Theme Party – Kara’s Party Ideas

 

nautical party

Source: Nautical Theme Party – Spaceships and Laser Beams

 

royal and princess theme

Source: Royal/Prince Theme – Kara’s Party Ideas

 

caterpillar theme

Source: Caterpillar Party – Lady’s Little Loves

 

circus theme

Source: Circus Theme – Hostess With the Mostess

 

under the sea theme

Source: Under The Sea – Moms and Munchkins

 

modern theme

Source: Modern Theme – 100 Layer Cake-let

 

airplane theme

Source: Airplane Theme – Hostess With the Mostess

 

baby elephant theme

 Source: Baby Elephant Theme – Spaceships and Laser Beams

 

places you'll go

Source: Places You’ll Go Theme – Hostess With the Mostess

 

minnie mouse theme

Source: Minnie Mouse Theme – Hostess With the Mostess

 

mickey mouse theme

Source: Mickey Mouse Theme – Sweeties Freebies

 

jungle safari theme

Source: Jungle Safari Theme – Hostess With the Mostess

 

monster theme party

Source: Monster Theme Party – Visual Vocabulary

 

winnie the pooh party theme

Source: Winnie The Pooh Theme – Hostess With the Mostess

 

dr seuss theme party

Source: Dr Seuss Theme Party – Hostess With the Mostess

 

dr seuss party ideas

Source: Dr Seuss Theme Ideas – Incredible Infant

 

Invitation Ideas For First Birthday Parties

Like themed parties, invitations are only limited by your imagination. You can create DIY invitations or buy them from a wide variety of places. We’ve found the best places to look are Pinterest and Etsy with the latter often being promtoed on the former. We’ve included just a few of the more common themes used for birthday party invite designs. There are lot more on our Pinterest board. So whether you want to create your own or buy them hopefully these offer a great starting point. We have no relationship or vested interest in promoting any of the Etsy items or shops below.

birthday theme and picture invitation

Source: Twisted Sister Shop – Jungle Themed Birthday Invite

 

chalkboard plus picture birthday invitation

Source: Unknown

 turtle birthday invitation

Source: Amy’s Card Creations – First Birthday Turtle Invitation

 

cowboy birthday invitation

Source: Joy Invitations – Cowboy First Birthday

 

timeline birthday invitation

Source: Hello Baby Invitations – UNO Timeline Birthday Invitation

 

one shaped birthday invitation

Source: CLacey Design – Baby Boy First Birthday Invitation

 

milestone birthday invitationSource: Particular Paper – Custom Birthday Invitation

 

Cakes, Treats, Snacks, Desserts & More!

It wouldn’t be a party without lots of sugar and delicious desserts. And it wouldn’t be a first birthday party without a smash cake! Check out these amazing desserts and start planning out what you want to do for your little one’s birthday. Note that some of these treats are also actually part of a bigger theme if you’re still looking for theme ideas.

cookie monster cookies and theme

Source: Catch My Party

 

dr seuss birthday cookies

Source: Tiny Oranges

 

golf birthday party cookies

Source: Hostess With the Mostess

 

penguin birthday cookies

Source: Party Frosting

 

dragon birthday cupcakes

Source: That’s Nerdalicious

 

sophia's dress from cupcakes

Source: Catch My Party

 

camo birthday cake

Source: My Kitchen Escapades

 


how to make smash cake

Source: One Little Project

 

snowman birthday cake

 Source: Flickr

 

smash cake tutorial

Source: Director Jewels

 

green egg cookies

 Source: Kindergarten Super Kids

 

birthday cake popcorn

Source: A Sweet Spot: Home

 

monkey birthday cake

Source: Parenting.com 

 

spiderman cupcake cake

Source: Sweet E Cakes

 

elephant birthday cake

Source: Cake Central (link has lots of other fun cakes)

 

mickey mouse birthday cookiesSource: Party Frosting

 

 baseball cookies for birthday

Source: The Recipe Girl

 

ice cream cone cupcakes

Source: Cone Cupcakes

 

ladybug cookies

Source: Babycenter

 

first birthday cakeSource: Cakes Decor

 

first birthday smash cakeSource: Simply Mars

 

First Birthday Party Games & Activities

The child of the hour is only turning one but that doesn’t mean there aren’t games to be played! Here are just a few creative and easy ideas for games for one year olds and even a few for their guests.

In addition to the images below here are a few sites with suggestions for games:

 

1st Birthday Party Games

First Birthday Party Games and Activities

 

baby crawl game

Source: Hostess With the Mostess

 

baby relay for adults

Source: Let’s Get Together

 

first birthday party games

Source: Moms and Munchkins

 

first birthday game

Source: Crystal and Co.

 

Even More First Birthday Party Resources & Ideas

 

BabyCenter – First Birthday Guide

The Bump – How to Plan Baby’s First Birthday Party

Style Me Pretty – Collection of First Birthday Parties By Readers

She Knows – 10 Tips For Planning Baby’s First Birthday

Fisher Price – Quick Guide For First Birthdays

Parenting.com – First Birthday Party Ideas

Birthday In A Box – First Birthday Party Ideas

Punchbowl – First Birthday Party Ideas

Celebrations – 1st Birthday Party Ideas, Themes, Inspiration and More

Hostess With the Mostess – Collection of Readers’ First Birthdays

Dustin Heap

Before Signs.com, Dustin had several jobs after graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. These included positions in two different SEO agencies and Everyday Health, a leading online health brand. He’s worked with both big and small businesses and lived in New York City, Toronto, and Salt Lake City. He currently does the marketing for Signs.com and has experience in a variety of areas under the digital marketing umbrella. Outside of work he loves spending time with his family, sports, books, wood fired-pizza, grilling and smoking meat, and the geopolitics of the Middle East.