Top 15 simple and easy first birthday party ideas

Congratulations! If you’re reading this post most likely you and your baby have survived the first year and it’s time for a big party. As a first time mom I started looking for birthday party themes long before my son was born and with my baby getting older month by month I was more and more excited about it. I decided to collect 15 best party themes for the first birthday party celebration and share the inspiration with you in order to make the choice easier.

1. Unicorn party theme

I would say it’s perfect theme when you have a little girl. All you need is some pinkish/violet balloons, a cake and cute unicorn outfit for your little one. There are tons of diys how to decorate the cake, but I personally like Rosanna Pasino’s video or if you’re a busy mom you can just order cake topper from Etsy and just buy the vanilla cake at the store. There is nothing better than saving some cash and making your mom’s life easier, right? Lollipops or colored candy you find at any candy store can be a perfect party favor gifts. Quick and easy.

2. Mickey/Minnie Mouse theme

Good old-fashioned theme. Probably when you were a kid your mum has thrown one of those to you. All you need is a bunch of headbands, black/red dress code for quests, red tableware and utensils, Mickey/Minnie balloons and a cake. I personally think that every kid should have Mickey/Minnie Mouse birthday party and probably when they are older it might not be their first choice of the party theme, so why not do it when they’re little and we can still make decisions for them.

Minie Mouse cake

Minnie Mouse cake” by Linda Marklund is licenced by CC BY 2.0

3. Woodland

This theme is becoming more and more popular as are rustic furniture and décor. You will have lots of choices for colors and animals. Foxes, owls, deer, raccoons and hedgehogs can be perfect table decorations. It’s perfect both boys and girls and all kids like the animals. Stylish, chick and creative theme. How adorable are these animal cupcake toppers and woodland style wrappers?

4. Little Man Theme

Quick, easy and very cute birthday party theme for your little boy. There are lots of free invitation templates as well as photo props to choose from, so all you have to do is print them out. Your quests will love the bow tie dress code. All you have to do is find a perfect party decoration kit and enjoy the party.

Little Man cake

Mustache Cake” by Janet is licenced by CC BY 2.0

5. Very Hungry Caterpillar

I won’t be original here, but kids love Very Hungry Caterpillar. The World of Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake Decorating Set will make your cake pop. I like that you can serve lots of fruits at the dessert table as a healthier option.

6. Dr. Seuss

I absolutely love Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat cardboard stand in for this party theme decoration and photo prop.  With this theme you won’t have to be creative about party favors and just get Dr. Seuss books for every attendee. Frugal moms will love red decorations since so easy to find and you can always reuse them for next birthday parties.

7. Circus

Lions, monkeys, elephants and tigers will be perfect decorations for this party theme. There are lots of decoration kits, but I love the one from Fisher Price has everything you’ll need and is customized for first birthday.

8. Elmo

It’s the classic. Both parents and kids love Elmo. Suitable for little boys and as well as girls it’s great for celebrating first year of your baby’s life. Just add some pink to traditional Elmo color palette and your guests will be thrilled.

Elmo birthday cupcakes

Elmo’s World Cupcakes” by Janet is licenced by CC BY 2.0

9. Peppa Pig

If your little one can’t have enough of Peppa, this theme is for you. You can get as creative with all Peppa Pig-themed desserts as you can. Pink cake pops, Daddy Pig’s doughnuts and muddy puddles chocolate desserts will make the birthday sweet and memorable.

Peppa Pig birthday cake

Peppa Pig cake” by Eldriva is licenced by CC BY 2.0

10. Panda

A bit unique and unusual theme for creative moms who love black and white pattern. Panda balloons will be great decoration for this party theme and just adding a touch of pink you can transform it into girlish party theme.

11. Ahoy Matey Nautical

Another great summer birthday party theme for a boy. Dark blue chevron design with yellow polka dots, touch of red and fun nautical designs will make the party special and colorful. Your little sailor will enjoy all the attention at his party.

12. Pink Ladybug

Pink flowers, ladybugs and green grass will make the birthday pictures look adorable. Just look at this party balloon bouquet and candle set  for the first baby cake and it will take your heart away in a second.

13. All Aboard

Cute theme for celebrating birthday of a little boy. My one year old loves cars, trucks and trains, so I can only imagine how excited he’ll be to see all the means of transportation at his birthday party. It’s colorful and bright party theme that will stay in your memories forever.

All aboard birthday cake

14. Peter Rabbit

Garden setting is especially good for spring or summer Peter Rabbit birthday. You can stock up party supplies during the Easter time and just save them for the big day. Carrots and strawberries can be perfect healthy snacks at this fun birthday party. There are lots of cake or cupcake topper options available all over internet, so all you’ll have to do is find matching Peter Rabbit outfit for your baby.

15. Princess Birthday

I got inspired for this theme by the picture of the beautiful and cute pink room at the children’s center. Nothing looks sweeter than little girls in princess dresses. You little daughter will look perfect in a fluffy dress and a tiara crown.

Princess birthday party table decorations

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