You know what they say… you only turn 1 once, so make sure you celebrate your child’s 1st birthday in style with these great ideas! We put together a list of our Top Ten 1st Birthday Themes to help you out with your party planning. Have more good ideas? Just leave them in a comment below the post for our other readers to see!
What baby doesn’t love Elmo and all his friends from Sesame Street? This is a super fun theme with characters that everybody will surely recognize and enjoy. We threw Elmo themed 1st birthday parties for both Kenzie and Kyle. They were a total hit. And if you can get your hands on an adult Elmo costume so he can make a cameo visit to your 1st birthday party, the kids will be amazed. We were able to have Elmo visit Kenzie’s party and it was incredible for her and all our guests. (Note: if you think your child is afraid of characters you might want to skip the Elmo visit. We knew Kyle was terrified of characters and strangers so we didn’t borrow the costume as it would have terrified him!)
2. Winnie the Pooh
Celebrate your baby’s 1st with Pooh and all his friends from the 100 Acre Wood! This is truly a timeless classic that your guests will definitely love.
3. Dora or Diego
For a trendy TV theme, pick Dora or Diego. Dora and Diego are popular with older kids as well as babies making it a great party theme. Create a game to get the kids involved like “Rescue an Animal” or go on a treasure hunt where all the kids get a simple map just like Dora and they can go on a mission to find their party favors or the birthday cake.
4. Baby Einstein
Celebrate with characters your baby and guests will surely recognize from their favorite Baby Einstein learning videos!
5. Farm Animals
You can’t go wrong with friendly farm animals. The theme for my goddaughter’s 1st birthday was farm animals and her Mom made an incredible Barn style cake with all kinds of animals peeping out. These cute, cartoon animals are sure to stimulate interest in all ages and make for fun party favors. Favors were awesome skinny plastic farm animals that were a hit with the kids. Thank you Oriental Trading Company! There are several different “farm animal” patterns to choose from if this one doesn’t strike your fancy. They are often in stock at Target as well as all the online venues.
6. Mickey Mouse
Celebrate your little “mouseketeer’s” first birthday with a fun Mickey Mouse theme that will definitely bring smiles to your guests.
7. Teddy Bears
Celebrate with your baby’s best friend – their teddy bear! A simple, happy theme for you and your guests to enjoy.
8. Rubber Ducks
Toddlers love rubber ducks. They just can’t get enough of those squeezable and lovable bright critters. Plus, they are super cheap to order in bulk from Oriental Trading Company and everyone will be able to go home with a few ducks of their own. Bright yellow duck decorations are cheery and bright – perfect for a 1st birthday party atmosphere!
Thomas the Tank Engine is a great theme that you could really elaborate on with all the fun, train accessories to include. Your 1 year old’s guests will surely appreciate the “choo choo” decor.
10. Jungle Animals
Babies and kids magically connect with animals. Here’s another assortment of fun animals that one year olds will definitely enjoy partying with! You can take the theme as far as you’d like with music, decorations, or even a visit from the local Zookeeper!