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3 Easy 1st Birthday Party Themes

The past year of your baby’s life has been an exciting time, and with their 1st birthday approaching, we’re sure you’re going to pull out all the stops and make it a first birthday party to remember.

So, maybe the birthday baby won’t remember a thing about the day, but they'll enjoy the festivities and so will you and all the other friends and family who have helped make the year a successful one.

With all the hooplah that surrounds planning a birthday party, we picked out 3 super easy 1st birthday party themes that you can organize your baby’s party around. With our theme ideas, you’ll find inspiration for what kind of décor to put in your party space, what baby and adult friendly foods to serve and other special details to incorporate in your 1st birthday party.

Try one of these 3 first birthday party themes for a cute and sweet way to celebrate the 1st year of your baby’s life!

Balloon Birthday Party

No birthday celebration is complete without fun balloons. This birthday party theme uses balloon inspired decorations that can give a 1st birthday party a colorful and playful look for the event.


Try making this amazing wreath (it's simpler than it looks!) as well as our DIY tablescape with paper flower lollies for pops of color baby and guests of all ages will appreciate. 

Rainbow 1st Birthday Party

Babies tend to be a little colorful themselves with their sweet and evolving personalities. Plan a rainbow theme party that the little ones will love ooh-ing and aah-ing over thanks to the bright, fun colors and matching foods. 


Rainbow birthday party themes are simple to orchestrate simply because your decor and menu must meet only one requirement - all elements must be a shade of the rainbow! Check out our party for tips to organize and display the colors creatively.

You Are My Sunshine Party

Nothing is sweeter than a You Are My Sunshine party for a little girl or boy. Inspired by the sweet lullaby, this theme party idea uses nice hues of yellow gray for a whimsical party that's perfect for the little one in your life.


This first birthday party theme has a vintage look and feel. Using that tone to inspire, we used a lot of DIY paper decor to dress our casual party space at home. Complete with birthday banner for baby's high chair and a coordinating hat for baby to wear, the ideas in this 1st birthday are simple, inexpensive and dainty enough for any baby's birthday.

Remember to keep the 1st birthday party theme light, airy and full of colors as this is something baby can appreciate and all your other guests will enjoy, too. Also, don't forget to take a ton of photos for you and the birthday baby to look back at later on as baby grows!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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