10 Adorable “Baby’s First Birthday” Themes

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Post originally ran November 30th, 2014.

I can't believe I am going to say this, but in a short few weeks, my youngest baby will not be a baby anymore. We are about to celebrate his first birthday, and I can say honestly that this year flew by faster than I realized was even possible.

We've begun the planning stages to celebrate his first big birthday with our close friends and family, and the first thing we need to decide on is the theme. Sure, he's not going to remember this birthday other than looking at the pictures when he's older, but this party is really for all of us — his friends and family. He is my last baby — the youngest little one — and I haven't thrown a first-birthday party for any of my other kids before, so I want to go big.

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We've been stuck on the theme for a while, which is important so we know what invitations to order, what decorations we need to pick up, and, of course, what food we're going to serve. There are so many great ideas for baby's first birthday party, and here are 10 of my favorite themes I've come across.

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Office Inspired

I don't know if there is anything cuter than seeing a young baby boy all dressed up like an adult. I have this thing about dressing my littlest as if he was an old man, and this office theme just seems to fit my love for all boy things. You can ask all the guests to wear their office finest and have a great time decorating with ties and high heels.

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Very Hoppy Birthday

Get it? Hoppy instead of happy means this birthday theme is celebrated with the help of adorable bunnies! There are so many ways you can incorporate this theme into the decorations and food, and it's great for either gender.

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Twinkle Star

It's a loved song and can make for a gorgeous theme for a first birthday. Think: decorations of stars and other celestial loveliness, paired with great friends, food, and a memorable time for your 1-year old.

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Monster Madness

Monsters don't always have to be scary, and if your little 1-year-old is fearless, this can be a really great theme idea for their first birthday. I see bright greens, blues, and oranges and the friendliest monsters you'd ever seen. You can serve some pretty creative cake pops, and I bet there are some adorable invitations you can send out, too.

See how googly eyes and polka dots work to make an adorable monster-themed party here.

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Vintage Circus

What's not to love about the circus theme? And you can take it up a notch by adding in vintage, because it's kind of funny when you're celebrating a 1-year-old's birthday. You can pair black and white with bright red and orange colors and decorate with balloons, elephants, and have a great time doing so.

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Trucks and Planes

If your little boy or girl loves all things automobile and airplane, this is the perfect theme! You can switch it up depending on your child's personal favorite, whether that is the fast-looking sports cars, the vintage airplanes, or even tractors. This theme can lead to some creative desserts and photo ops, too.


Check out some cute ideas for a transportation party here.

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Winter Wonderland

My little babe will be turning 1 in the winter season, so why not incorporate that season into the birthday party theme? You can have all things snowflakes, peppermint, and hot chocolate, too, making the most comfortable first-birthday party ever.

Image via Flickr/ Lisa Rosario Photography

8. Modern Cowboy

Babies and cowboys totally mix, and whether you're celebrate for a boy or a girl (or both? twinsies!), cowboys and cowgirls are always the way to go. You can choose any color theme you want and, well, who can resist little baby cowboy boots? Not me, friends. Not me!

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Ice Cream Social

Maybe your baby is turning 1 when the weather is at its hottest or you're throwing caution to the wind and you want ice cream in the winter. Either way, the ice cream social is a great way to celebrate baby and have a wonderful party with your closest friends and family. You can decorate with white and red swirls and, well, you can't forget the ice cream bar!

Check out some amazing ideas on throwing your own ice cream social!

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Animal Party

I call my baby my little animal because he's always acting crazy, climbing on things, and there is something extra cute about baby animals — like my son — that just makes me happy. The animal party is a perfect theme idea for your little 1-year-old because there are endless opportunities to take the theme and make it unique while providing a great time for everyone!


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What theme do you have in mind for your child's first birthday? Share in the comments!

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Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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