Monday, November 5, 2012

First Birthday Party Ideas {Themes and Color Schemes}

First Birthday Party Themes and Color Schemes are plentiful! {see over 50 first birthday party themes at the end of the post}

Since one year olds typically don't request themes or color-schemes for their birthday celebrations quite yet, it is an opportunity for you to do the planning for them! I personally wanted to include Noah in the selection of his party theme and colors, and here is how I did it!

It felt a bit overwhelming deciding on a theme and color-scheme for Noah's party. I had so many ideas one some days, and no ideas on others.

I went from wanting a theme incorporating fall colors (since he is a fall baby!) to wanting to avoid them.

Part of me wanted to do a storybook theme based on books he most enjoys me reading to him.

Part of me wanted to do a color-scheme based on his very first toy, that he loved since he could see it.

Each idea was bounced around with my husband Ryan, and he always listened and gave his helpful input.

Eventually, I recognized that I wanted to incorporate and celebrate his age, his "babyhood". I also wanted to incorporate his FAVORITE toy, which for months he has loved and adored...and was just playing with moments ago.

Then, I set eyes on a darling, playful graphic. And it just clicked. There it was! There was the jumping off point for a completely custom design that would end up being the theme for Noah's first birthday party.

In terms of a color-scheme, the colors were tied in to those things mentioned above that I knew I wanted to incorporate into his celebration. Oh, it was so utterly perfect for Noah's birthday!

If you are stuck on a choosing a theme and color scheme for your little one's first birthday party, I wanted to share with you that I was stuck too--and tell you how I got out of it. I was stuck for months. And I changed my mind, OFTEN. But it all came almost seemed that it wasn't meant for me to decide on too early. If I had chosen too early, it probably would have been my favorite thing in his waiting, it was chosen based on his most beloved toy.

 I needed a bit more time watching Noah develop that strong bond with this favorite toy, and witness and absorb all the precious things he would do during the first months of his life--and recognize how much it meant to me.

Maybe you need time, too. And if you are looking for some ideas to get you started, here are some to get the juices flowing!

50 First Birthday Themes:

10 Toy-Inspired First Birthday Party Themes

Vintage Toys

Baby Dolls

Teddy Bears

Sock Monkeys

Baby Blocks

Rubber Ducky

Bouncing Balls

Pull Toys

Toy Boats

Rocking Horse

10 Storybook, Storybook Character or Nursery Rhyme-Inspired First Birthday Party Themes

Humpty Dumpy

Mother Goose

Beatrix Potter's Tale of Peter Rabbit

Goodnight Moon

Pat The Bunny

Curious George

Winnie The Pooh

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Dr. Seuss' Cat In The Hat

10 Animal First Birthday Themes


Monkey (or all jungle animals)


Cow (or all farm animals)




Zebra (or all safari animals)



10 Food-Inspired First Birthday Party Themes

Pumpkins (our little pumpkin)

Cherries (the cherry on top)

Peaches (just peachy)

Cookies & Milk

Cupcakes (our little cupcake)

Bananas  (we're bananas over you)

Apples  (the apple of our eye)

Dumpling (our little apple dumpling)

Pie (our sweetie pie)

Sweets (our little sweetheart, the sugar on top, the sweetest thing)

10 Nursery Pattern or Fabric-Inspired First Birthday Party Themes



Polka Dots

Seersucker Stripes




Dainty Florals

Swiss Dots


Please, enjoy the process!

Do you have any favorite first birthday party themes? I would love to hear them in your comments on this post!


dg said...

Really great theme ideas for a first birthday!

Bellenza Bistro said...

Wonderful roundup of themes! One other I've seen around is a sun ("You Are My Sunshine") theme with a cheery yellow color scheme!

Serge said...

In addition to these great ideas, I think that kids will also enjoy themes from popular kiddie characters such as the Disney Princesses for little girls or perhaps other Disney characters such as Peter Pan and Cars for your little boy.

Rosy Fernandez said...

Recently I took my son to a 1st birthday where they had a tv playing a musical show made from pictures of the child's 1st year. It had a storyline showing the baby grow up from a newborn to the first tooth, first smile, first crawl and it had music with special effects and a personalized Happy Birthday song. It was done professionally from Smiling Snaps and was so touching! I am doing the same for my kid's upcoming birthday and keep the DVD as a keepsake for my son to see when he grows up!