Planning your baby’s first birthday party is lots of fun, but it can be stressful to come up with a unique theme! Here are more than 115 adorable first birthday party ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
One milestone I always look forward to is when my baby turns 1.
I love planning their first birthday party!
It’s so fun for me to pick a theme and then go all out.
Even if you don’t plan to spend a lot of money on baby’s first birthday party, you can still make it a memorable and special occasion with a creative theme.
Below are several cute parties from some of my mom friends. And not only for little girls but really cute and creative boy first birthday party ideas too.
I know you’ll love these ideas for a child’s first birthday celebration as much as I did!
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Themes With One and First in Them
Here are several cute first birthday themes that feature the number one. Each of these clever themes has a creative play on words to incorporate “first” or “one”, and many work great for a boy or girl. These are the perfect themes to really play up your little one’s first birthday!
Holy Cow I’m One
Here’s the perfect theme for farm animal lovers! You can take a more rustic approach, or use bright colors, and pastels, the sky is the limit. “Holy Cow I’m One” is a great first birthday party theme for your little cowgirl or cowboy!
My Deer One
I love this sweet first birthday theme that’s incredibly “in-deer-ing”. Use this theme for your dear little boy or girl.
One in a Million
Your bundle of joy is truly one in a million! Here’s the perfect birthday theme to celebrate your unique boy or girl. Make your child’s first birthday one of a kind with this creative party theme.
If you love rock and roll or the big stage, this is the perfect birthday theme for your child! Your guests will have so much fun getting a VIP pass to your baby’s first show.
Bear-y First Birthday/Bear Cub
Here’s an adorable theme for your little bear cub. Whether you like the cute and cuddly look or a more rustic woodsy vibe, you’ll find the perfect inspiration for your child’s bear-y first birthday below!
First Bee-Day Party/Fun to Bee One
Load up your dessert table with honey treats and create the perfect first bee-day party celebration! This is an adorable theme that’s bright and cheery and great for boys or girls.
One-ce Upon A Time/Story Book
The journey starts here! A one-ce upon a time or storybook theme is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your child’s life story. Get the perfect fairy tale inspiration from the adorable themes below!
One Sweet Peach/Peaches and Cream
Your baby girl is one sweet peach! If you hail from the state of Georgia or simply love this spring and summertime fruit, this is a great party theme to celebrate your baby girl’s first year.
It’s a One-derful World
Life is more wonderful with an adorable one-year-old to squeeze and snuggle! Use these inspiration photos to create your own one-derful world birthday party!
One in a Melon
Here’s one of the most popular themes on this list and perfect for summertime! Whether you plan to celebrate indoors or outdoors, everyone will love this precious one in a melon birthday theme!
Off to One-derland/Never Grow Up
Babies truly grow up too fast! Hold on to those precious memories with a fun Peter Pan Birthday theme. Send your party guests off to one-derland, “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!”
Fairest One of All
Is your baby the fairest one of all? Check out these adorable Snow White first birthday party ideas and get some inspiration for your baby girl’s fairytale big day!
She’s Magic That One
Bringing a baby into the world is truly magical. And there’s nothing more enchanting than staring into your little one’s eyes! Celebrate the magic of your baby’s first year with this fantastical theme!
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Some Bunny is One
Wish your little bunny boy or girl a “hippity hoppity” happy birthday with this cute, seasonal theme! It’s the perfect party theme for spring and Easter and great for the outdoors!
Reel in your little boy’s first year with an o-fish-ally one first birthday theme! Your party guests will catch of fun and memorable time as you celebrate your baby’s big day!
Here’s a fun and sophisticated party theme for your mini Mr. One-derful! If you like bowties and tuxedos, you’ll love these modern black and white party ideas!
Your baby officially has their first year down! Celebrate with a football-themed party complete with a concession stand and goal posts!
Sweet One/Sweetest One of All
Your sweet one deserves a deliciously festive first birthday. Here’s the perfect theme that’s full of sugar and spice and everything nice!
If you’re a fan of superheroes, give your baby girl a ONEder woman-themed birthday party! Let everyone know your little girl is one tough cookie!
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From hay bales to a chuck wagon, this first rodeo-themed party has everything you’d dream of and more. Lasso up some inspiration from the creative party ideas below!
Here’s another great party theme for summer! A lem-one-ade stand birthday party will have all your guests thirsty for more.
One Happy Camper
Your little one will certainly be a happy camper with this adorable and rustic birthday theme. It’s perfect for an outdoor party during warm weather months.
First Trip Around the Sun
The sky is truly the limit for a trip around the sun party. You can pull inspiration from the solar system and stars for this fun and unique party theme! You’ll send your guests into orbit with these awesome ideas!
Hole in One
This hole-in-one-themed party has the cutest party favors and smash cake. It’s the perfect party theme for your budding golf pro. He’ll have that green jacket in no time!
The Big One
Here’s a party theme inspired by catching that perfect big wave! It’s a great theme for those who live close to the beach (or just wish they did)!
Photo Credit: Cali Curated
One Fish, Two Fish/Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s books are synonymous with childhood. Use ideas from these One Fish, Two Fish parties to create your own Seussical first birthday!
Photo Credit: Nico and Lala
Here’s a great theme for the baseball fanatics out there. Give your baby their first home one with this sporty first birthday theme.
Berry First Birthday
Your baby’s berry first birthday is truly a special occasion. Give them the berry best birthday with these adorable berry-themed party ideas.
One Cool Dude
All you need are the perfect shades and a backward hat for this super cool party theme . . . and a cake and some decorations, too! If your baby is one cool dude, this is the perfect party theme for you!
Alice in Onederland
“Don’t be late” for this very important birthday date! If you’re a fan of Alice in Onederland, ring in your baby’s first year with this adorable and whimsical birthday theme!
Photo Credit: Mommy of a Princess
A lucky one first birthday is perfect for a baby born around St. Patrick’s day. Your lucky little charm will love this theme and so will you!
First in Flight
“Off we go into the wild, blue yonder!” This first flight birthday party is cute and unique, and perfect for your pilot in training!
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If your family likes to travel, you’ll love this party theme that will have you seeing sites from Paris to Mexico! Use these ideas to create your own one-der-lust birthday party for your avid little traveler!
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Send your baby to space with this celestial first launch birthday theme! Rockets and stars and asteroids, oh my! Everyone will love this out-of-this-world theme!
Who doesn’t love a good fiesta? Chow down on some tacos and enjoy all things Tex-Mex with these festive first birthday ideas!
One of a Kind
Make your party one of a kind with these adorable first birthday ideas and special theme! There’s only one baby like your baby and now’s the time to celebrate!
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Here’s the perfect way to celebrate your wild one’s first birthday! Use these cute, and fearsome ideas for your baby’s big day!
Here’s a great theme for winter birthdays! Use these Winter One-derland ideas to give your baby a cozy snowy birthday. Your little snowflake will have the best time!
Photo Credit: Caitlin Houston, Tutus and Heels
Gender Neutral Themes
You’ll love these adorable gender-neutral themes, featuring everything from music festivals to wheels on the bus and twinkle twinkle little star. Whether you have a boy or girl (or both), these themes are sure to impress everyone on your guest list, and give your kiddo the perfect one-year-old birthday!
How cute are these Babychella birthday parties!? Use dream catchers, feathers, and arrows for this hippy-boho theme idea!
Celebrate your little piggy with a cute pig-themed birthday! They’ll squeal with joy when they see these adorable party favors and treats!
You’ll love these sweet little lamb birthday themes with all things cute and fluffy! It’s a great party theme for boys or girls!
Under the Sea
Have your baby’s first birthday under the sea! These creative parties feature fun and cute see creatures and treasures. Steal these unique ideas for your own ocean-themed party!
Breakfast Birthday Party
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a great party theme for babies, too! Check out these creative party ideas complete with a pancake birthday cake and yummy treats for breakfast and brunch!
Give your baby the “best wishes” and “warmest regards” with a Schitt’s Creek birthday. Your guests will love this modern theme and iconic TV reference.
Life is a circus, especially with a baby! Here’s a cute theme to celebrate your tiny little ringmaster!
You’ll love this sporty Rookie of the year birthday theme complete with boiled peanuts and stadium foods. Use these ideas to celebrate your little one’s first year in the game!
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Here’s an adorable and modern birthday theme with the cutest panda party favors and treats. This is a great first birthday theme for little boys and girls!
Photo Credit: Navigating Parenthood
You’ll love this cute and trendy cactus birthday theme with adorable pastel colors and yummy treats. It’s an adorable theme for your perfect little prickly pear!
Give your little pup a fun and creative first birthday paw-ty with these precious puppy party favors and treats! They’ll have a barking good time and so will you!
Photo Credit: Sugar Maple Notes
Go Wild! (Jungle/Safari)
Go wild with a jungle or safari first birthday theme! Fill your party tables with lions, and tigers, and bears, and have fun with wild party games and treats!
Time certainly flies, especially when it comes to babies! Here’s a cute airplane birthday theme that will have your little one soaring with excitement!
Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess
Are you a party animal? Check out these fun, animal-themed parties to ring in a baby’s first year. You’ll find all the best party animal birthday ideas in the creative images below!
How precious are these Noah’s Ark birthday parties? Gather everyone in for a special birthday celebration with animals of every kind and adorable party favors!
Popsicles and Pizza
What’s better than popsicles and pizza? This is a great, gender-neutral birthday theme for warm-weather months. It’s colorful, bright, and fun for everyone!
Photo Credit: North Carolina Charm
Down on The Farm
Here’s a rustic and fun birthday theme for your little farmhand. It’s a great outdoor party theme for spring and summer and perfect for country boys and girls!
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Fill your guests with wonder and awe with a twinkle, twinkle little star birthday party. This cute theme is perfect for a little boy or girl.
Whole Llama Fun
This first birthday theme is a whole llama fun! Get the perfect inspiration for a llama-themed birthday with the ideas below!
Wheels on the Bus
It’ll be a few years before your little one heads to school. But, this adorable wheels on the bus party will have them ready to go!
Photo Credit: Simply Made with Sam
Fly Away with Me/ Time Flies
Fly Away with these adorable and whimsical party ideas. This gender-neutral theme is the stuff dreams are made of!
If you’re going bananas over your baby turning one, this is the perfect theme to mark this important moment in time! Monkey around with these fun party ideas and favors!
Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess
Here’s a cute theme for your sweet little duckling! Have a quacking good time with your 1-year-old and party guests!
These art party ideas are truly creative! Get some ideas for your own colorful artist’s first birthday with the favors and treats below.
Cookies and Milk
Everyone will love this simple and sweet cookie and milk birthday theme. It’s a fun and festive gender-neutral theme that will leave you wanting more!
Photo Credit: Haus of McNeil
Let’s Have A Ball
What kid doesn’t love a ball pit?! Here’s a great theme for your active little baby! Use these fun and colorful ideas to have a ball on your baby’s big day!
Photo Credit: Dani Marie
Steal these simple and adorable bubble first birthday ideas! This theme is perfect for a little girl or boy and has the best party treats ever!
Sprinkled with Love
Sprinkle your baby with love with this colorful and sweet birthday theme. You’ll love these adorable party favors and treats!
Donut Grow Up
If you’re feeling bummed about your baby getting older, cheer yourself up with some donuts on their birthday! This “Donut Grow Up” birthday theme is perfect for your growing baby girl or boy!
Below, you’ll find the most adorable party themes for 1-year-old girls. Your sweet little miss will love her party filled with flowers, swans, butterflies, and girl power! These are the most precious themes to celebrate a baby girl’s first year!
Here’s a cute floral theme to celebrate your beautiful little flower. Everyone will love this perfectly feminine theme for your baby girl’s big day!
Museum of Ice Cream
Here’s one of the more unique theme ideas on this list. A museum of ice cream party is sure to impress your guests, and it will be a delight for your little one, too!
Photo Credit: Minted and Vintage
Steal this adorable daisy first birthday theme! A daisy party is all things flower petals and pastels. It’s the perfect theme for your precious little blossom!
Here’s another great party theme for the winter months! A wintry swan first birthday is elegant, chic, and incredibly special.
Throw your little miss an adorable, outdoor garden party! This is a great theme for the spring and summer months and is perfectly girly!
Unbirthday Tea Party
This “unbirthday” tea party is the perfect inspiration for a little girl’s first birthday. It’s an adorably whimsical party theme to celebrate one year of life.
Photo Credit: Navigating Parenthood
Little girls love unicorns and these party ideas couldn’t be any cuter! Steal these adorable decorations and treats for your own unicorn first birthday!
Spring Flower Balloon Party
Here’s a party theme that’s perfect for spring! Spring is all about new beginnings so it’s a beautiful way to celebrate the first year of your little one’s life.
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You’ll love all the beautiful and delicate party decorations and treats in this butterfly first birthday. It’s a perfectly precious party theme for your perfectly precious little girl!
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If you’re looking for a unique and colorful party theme, check out these Peacock party ideas that are gloriously bold and beautiful!
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This girl power theme features some seriously cool party supplies. It’s the perfect theme to celebrate your fearsome baby girl who’s ready to take on the world!
Throw your little girl her first tea party! Use the adorable ideas below to create an impressive, vintage par-tea for your baby and guests!
Your little pumpkin will love this unique party theme that’s perfect for the fall! All these ideas are from yours truly, and I had so much fun putting them together!
Photo Credit: Love, Love, Love
Steal these boho rainbow first birthday party ideas! It’s a trendy and adorable birthday theme that everyone will love. And the rainbow cupcake toppers are to die for!
Here’s a beautiful vintage birthday party idea with precious pastels and girly details. This carousel birthday will be memorable and sweet!
Photo Credit: Pizzazzerie
Fancy a trip to Paris? Invite your guests to a Paris Patisserie for your baby girl’s first birthday! It’s a perfectly feminine theme a great for any time of year!
Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess
Boho Teepee Bash
This boho teepee bash is a great spring or summer first birthday idea for a baby girl. It’s hippie-chic and super unique!
Photo Credit: Sandy A La Mode
Feeling tropical? Check out this fun and summery Copacabana first birthday theme! Use these ideas for a breezy, beachy birthday party that everyone will love!
Photo Credit: Oh Happy Play
You are My Sunshine
A new baby is the sunshine of your life! Throw your baby girl a “You are My sunshine” first birthday to show just how special she is to you!
Steal this girly pink sailboat first birthday theme! This party idea features classic details with a modern twist. It’s a unique party theme for your unique little miss!
Photo Credit: Pizzazzerie
Below you’ll find several themes that are all things boy! From summer camp, to sports, to racing cars, your mini mister will have a whale of time at his first birthday party. You can’t go wrong with any of these fun and creative themes for a little boy!
Summer Camp theme
This summer camp theme is perfect for little boys and great for warm weather months. Everyone will love these cute decoration ideas and you’ll leave your guests wanting s’more!
Here’s a cute and preppy boy’s first birthday party theme! It’s all things whales and it’s another great party idea for the summer months!
Baby for President
I love this unique theme for a baby boy. Whether they lean left or right, all your guests will get behind celebrating your little commander in chief.
Photo Credit: Brittany Elise Photography
Sports are the quintessential party theme for little boys. And if it’s not broken, why fix it? You’ll love these adorable sports-themed party ideas complete with concessions and field goals!
Ahoy there! Here are some cute and boyish nautical first birthday ideas to celebrate your shipmate’s big day. This party theme has so many fun and creative details that are memorable and unique!
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Your little monster will have a screaming good time with this first birthday party theme! These party decorations and treats are scarily good! Use these ideas to create the perfect big day for your baby boy!
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What little boy doesn’t love trains? Here are some fun first birthday ideas featuring all things railroad!
Big trucks, tractors, and caution tape make for the perfect under construction birthday party! You’ll love all the creative ideas in the parties below. Steal these decorations and treats for your own construction first birthday!
Here’s a cute party idea for your little chief! Use teepees and feathers to decorate for this creative and unique birthday theme!
Photo Credit: Dani Marie
Sound the Alarm
Sound the alarm! Your baby is one! Here are some cute firefighter party ideas to use for a little boy’s first birthday! And how cute are these Dalmatian party favors?!
Celebrate your baby’s first lap around the track! Here are some fun race car birthday ideas that are perfect for a little boy. You can go vintage or modern with this cute, boyish theme!
Happy birthday little man! Use this simple, and adorably masculine birthday theme to celebrate your baby boy’s big day!
Here’s another super unique theme based on songs from the 90’s rapper Biggie Smalls. Use these ideas to throw a notoriously awesome birthday party that everyone will remember!
If your little one likes to roar and stomp, throw them a dinosaur first birthday! They’ll love these “Jurassic-ly” awesome ideas and so will you!
Photo Credit: The Forever Teacher
If your child has a particular attachment to a book, movie, or tv character, there’s no better way to celebrate their first birthday! Here are several themes, featuring popular children’s characters from Winnie the Pooh to Lightning McQueen. You’ll find the cutest vintage and contemporary themes for boys and girls!
Winnie the Pooh
Invite your guests to the 100-acre woods for your baby’s first birthday! This whimsical Winnie the Pooh birthday theme is so cute and perfect for boys and girls!
Photo Credit: Hanan Tehaili
Steal these fun and creative Bluey first birthday party ideas! This gender-neutral theme is perfect for Bluey lovers and super cute!
Check out these cute Minnie Mouse birthday party ideas! Minnie Mouse is one of the most classic Disney characters and is loved by little girls! Use these precious ideas to celebrate your baby girl’s first birthday!
Mickey Mouse is another iconic Disney character that little kids love! Throw your baby a Mickey Mouse or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party to commemorate their first year!
Photo Credit: Rachel J Special Events
If you like vintage vibes, a Peter Rabbit birthday might be perfect for your little one! Here are some rustically chic Peter Rabbit birthday ideas that are perfect for spring and Easter!
If your little one loves Peppa Pig, this is the perfect theme idea for their first birthday. These cute decorations and treats are incredibly cute!
Everyone loves this Disney classic! Steal these Lion King first birthday ideas, perfect for boys or girls!
Ready to ruffle some feathers? Here are some fun Angry Birds birthday ideas that are creative and unique and a little boy’s dream!
Send your party guests to infinity and beyond with this adorable Toy Story first birthday! Your little one will have so much fun with this party theme and so will you!
Photo Credit: Mommy of a Princess
Here’s another classic Disney favorite! You’ll love these cute, Dumbo/Circus birthday ideas that are great for boys and girls!
If you’re okay with having that song stuck in your head, throw your little one a baby shark first birthday! It’s a great gender-neutral birthday theme that’s cute and unique!
Photo Credit: Creative Touch by Johanny
Balloon wall by : MP Balloons Decor and More, Amazing cake artist : Joycie Cakes, Mini cakes: Little Treats by Janna, Deserts: Yari’s Cakes, Name Sign/Foam board Coral/ #1 : HC by Alexandra, Milestone board: Sparkle and Glisson, Cookies: Brenda’s Sweet Treats, Florals : The Florist, Photographer: Miguel Pichardo Photography
Sophie la Girafe
Photo credit: Ashley Brooke Nicholas
Check out these precious Sophie la Girafe birthday party ideas! It’s a precious and girly birthday theme and an adorable way to celebrate a baby girl.
Transport your guests to Sesame Street for your baby girl or boy’s first birthday. Everyone will love this bright and cheerful birthday theme!
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With a new baby, life is truly in the fast lane! So why not send your guests down Route 66 to Radiator Springs! These cute and creative Cars first birthday ideas are sure to be a hit with your little one and guests alike!
Additional Theme Ideas
Here are a few other themed first birthday parties we’ve seen, but didn’t get photos for:
- Small Fry Diner
- Oh the Places You’ll Go
- Hawaiian Luau
- Very Hungry Catepillar
- Polka Dots
- Cherry Blossom
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Hello Kitty
- Farmer’s Market
Birthday Party Essentials
I love to plan and host parties, and with four kiddos, I’m doing it all of the time! So I’ve invested in some party supplies that make it easy to save money with every party I throw and they make things look a little more elegant.
Here are a few of my favorite party essentials:
- White oval platter (I’ve had these platters since my first baby turned one and I use them all of the time! The price is so good too!)
- Rectangle platters
- Cutting board
- PVC backdrop stand
- Table cloth (I’ve had this for years and it’s such good quality. It never stains and it’s a great price!)
- Folding table
- Cupcake stand
- Cake stand
If you’re planning a themed party for your one-year-old, I hope you’ll use one of the ideas on this list. if you do, send me a pic! I’d love to see it! And let me know which of these unique first birthday party ideas is your favorite in the comments!