Since I was doing all the research, I thought I’d share the wealth. Here are a dozen cute (but not cutesy), relatively simple, and classy first birthday party themes:
My friend did this for a baby shower, and I think it would be great for a 1st birthday with all of baby’s favorite books. I especially love The Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit plate – so adorable.
especially loves all the old airplanes at the Air & Space
Museum here, and I think this would be such a cute theme for a 1-year
old or older child. I love that it’s not just, “I have a boy! Must do
some sort of vehicle party!” It’s sweet and cute without being
too…obvious? I think it would be super cute to (cheaply) print some
pictures of old airplanes to hang around, or design some easy printables
on your own. You could also thrift an old atlas to use a bunch of fun
maps. Here is another cute one.
I love the old fashioned feel of this party, with the old cameras and suitcases. Lower the expense by asking friends/family for old props, and using cheap streamers to tie in different colors.
This one kills me. The craft paper signs, the fruit/veggies in the produce baskets, the cupcakes in egg cartons, the craft paper popcorn holders, the flowers in old cans…kills me dead.
With a baby that is suuuper into frozen treats, this is right up her alley. And, ahem, mine.
How cute is the cutout fish plate? I especially love that it’s not too masculine; this theme would be equally adorable for either gender.
My friend did this for her little boy and it was just darling. I mean, egg cartons for Cheerios? And check out that cardboard box airplane!
Who doesn’t love the circus? So colorful and fun.
Owls are the one exception to my “no animal themes” rule. There are a million iterations of the “Look Whoo’s One” theme out there, but that doesn’t make it any less sweet, especially for a fall birthday. We did one for Nat’s first birthday specifically revolving around the book In My Tree, which was his favorite. Maybe I’ll get it together enough to post about his party, which I LOVED. Maybe. Two years later.
I love that this just uses some simple colors to pull everything together. Adorable and cute for a boy or a girl.
I love that this is girly and sweet without being too frilly. And lemons make such pretty decorations!
The Francophile in me just adores this sweet little party. I mean, the black tape Paris skyline? The best.
Any amazing themes you’ve done?