25 Fun Baby’s 1st Birthday Party Ideas

by Sabrina James

25 Fun Baby’s 1st Birthday Party Ideas
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Steal our tips and tricks to make baby’s first birthday party stress free. A little extra planning before the party will make this a sweet occasion filled with cute birthday decorations and activities. We have everything you need to host a fun-filled first birthday bash, from invitations to banners to cupcake toppers and more.


What to Know Before Hosting Your Baby’s First Birthday Party

Your baby is 1, and it’s time to party! “Our darling Gracie’s first birthday was in January, and it felt like a celebration for us for making it through our first year,” says Tori Horne of Tallahassee, Florida. We asked Penny Warner, child development instructor and author of more than 12 party and activity books, including Baby Birthday Parties: 20 Fun Theme Parties for Babies 1 to 3, for ideas on hosting that first milestone party. “There’s a lot to juggle—the unpredictable mood and schedule of a toddler, appropriate themes and snacks, even the number of guests.” Her seven stress-free tips will have you and your kiddo tossing your party hats into the air.


1. Watch the clock. Plan the party to last an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Babies have short attention spans and run out of energy and interest quickly. Plan the party for late morning or late afternoon—pre- or post-nap—when baby isn’t tired.


2. VIPs only. Scale back the guest list to avoid overwhelming your babe and keep costs down.


3. Ask for help. Consider hiring a babysitter or asking a family member to help you balance your hosting duties with enjoying your baby’s big day.


4. Babies love balloons. Opt for foil, or Mylar, balloons instead of latex to avoid choking hazards for kids under 8. Try saving some money by buying Mylar balloons and a helium kit. ($50,


5. Create a play place. Many of the babies in this age range are still on all fours, so baby-proof a play zone filled with age-appropriate toys for your little guests. Set chairs around the zone for parents to relax and watch.


6. Check your treats. Ask your guests if there are food allergies to consider. Keep snacks simple, like chopped fruit and graham crackers for the kids, and more grown-up versions for the adults to munch.


7. Don’t stress. You’re still a few years shy of hiring a D.J. and hosting pony rides. It won’t matter to baby whether you throw the party of the season or just celebrate at home with your immediate family. As long as they’re with you and feel love all around, that’s all that matters.


If you’re still looking for great ideas, try these trendy party theme and party supply suggestions.



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First Fiesta

First Fiesta Invitation


These colorful invitations are a great way to introduce guests to the theme of your baby’s first birthday party—ahem, we mean fiesta. This cool party idea is the perfect excuse to nosh on chips and salsa or go all out with a build-your-own taco bar.

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Wooden Mini Maracas

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Little guests will love going home with one of these wooden maracas as a party favor. Pass these out during the festivities to keep tiny hands entertained or to add a little bit of background music when you sing “Happy Birthday”. These maracas come in a pack of 20.

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First Fiesta

Cactus ‘One’ Cake Topper

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Even the simplest birthday cake can look straight out off of a Pinterest board with this trendy topper. The 5- by 2-inch green “one” cactus cake topper comes in two options—with or without flower accents—and is made of shed-proof sparkly material to keep glitter out of your cake.

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First Fiesta

Taco Bout UNO Balloons


This balloon set comes with 16-inch letter balloons to spell out your one-year-old’s name and “first fiesta”, plus a cactus and hat balloon to match the theme. The balloons are sent to you flat and deflated, and you can blow them up to create your own festive balloon banner.

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Reusable Sign


Give guests your little one’s most important stats with this adorable “First Fiesta” chalkboard sign. The custom sign is a great way to spark conversation and makes an adorable keepsake for you to remember what your one-year-old was up to.

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Wild One

‘Wild One’ Birthday Bodysuit


Get the message across with this super cute birthday bodysuit for baby. This “Wild One” shirt comes in a wide variety of sizes and colors. This sweet little onesie makes an adorable birthday party outfit, especially when it matches the theme!

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Jungle Animals Cake Toppers


Transform store-bought cupcakes into a true work of art by decorating them with these stylish leaf-shaped “One” cupcake toppers. These cute jungle-theme toppers come in a pack of 12 and add tons of detail with minimal work.

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First Birthday Party Decorations

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Knock out all your “Wild One” decorations with this one Amazon purchase! This party supply kit comes with balloons, a glittery birthday crown, 24 assorted artificial palm leaves and a cake topper. There are 39 pieces total in the decorating set.

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Party Plates


Serve up party food in style with these leaf-print “Wild One” plates from Zazzle. These cute, colorful 7-inch plates comes in sets of 8 and are perfect for holding finger foods, desserts and more.

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Jungle Animal Felt Masks

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Pass out these party masks as super fun favors. Kids (and kids at heart) will love putting on these wild felt masks, and the birthday boy or girl is sure to get a kick out of the silly-looking guests.

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First Birthday Knit Crown


The birthday boy or girl can look like the star of their own fairytale story in one of these adorable knit crowns. Choose from four trendy fabric colors!

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Gold ‘Once Upon a Time’ Banner

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Set the mood for your sweet storybook birthday party with this charming “Once Upon a Time” banner. The gold letters are 5.5-inches tall and the banner length can be adjusted, depending on how far apart you space the letters.

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Gold Paper Crowns

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Let guests feel like royalty with these fun paper party hats shaped like crowns. The durable cardstock crowns come in a pack of 30, so there will be plenty to pass around.

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Glitter Castle Favor Boxes


Send home small treats or snacks in these glittery castle-shaped favor boxes. The silver boxes are easy to assemble, made with non-flake glitter and come in sets of six.

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First Birthday Monthly Photo Banner

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Share special moments from your own fairytale story with this sweet photo banner. The banner is designed to hold a photo from each month of your little one’s life, up to their 12th month. Guests will love looking back on your baby’s first year with you.

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First Bee-Day

First Birthday Backdrop


Guests will be buzzing about this adorable birthday backdrop for years to come! Decorate a fun bee-themed birthday party with this vinyl backdrop that measures 7ft x 5ft.

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Bee High Chair Banner


The best first-birthday photos are always the messy, cake-covered high chair shots. Add pretty party flair to your little one’s seat with this sweet ‘one’ banner with yellow and black bee-themed tassels!

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Buzzing Beehive Birthday Invitation


Before the big day, send out these sweet bee birthday invitations. These pretty party invites can be customized before ordering to include all of the details, and can be ordered in sets of 10 or more.

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‘Happy Bee-Day’ Balloons

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Build your own “Happy Bee Day” banner or backdrop with this set of balloons from Amazon. The party supply kit comes with 11 letter balloons, two bee balloons and two flower balloons.

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Wilton Bumble-Bee Icing Decorations

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Top off cupcakes or a birthday cake with these adorable, edible bumble-bee shaped icing decorations from Wilton. Adding this sweet touch will make instantly make your birthday treats look like they took hours of preparation, but you can get it done in just a few minutes. Each package comes with 18 half-inch bee decorations.

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Donut Grow Up

Donut First Birthday Party Supplies

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Order this sweet birthday supply set-up and a few dozen donuts and you’ll be ready to host your baby’s first birthday! The “Donut Grow Up” birthday party theme is fun, easy and oh-so cute. This party supply set comes with 37 pieces including balloons, banners, toppers and more.

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Everyone Loves Donuts Invitation


This pretty party invite is a great way to kick off the festivities. Customize these invitations with your child’s name and the party details and wait for those RSVPs to roll in.

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Donut Party Plates

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Serve up donuts, birthday cake and other party treats on these sweet donut-designed disposable plates. The 9-inch plates are perfect for holding an assortment of finger foods and desserts, and will add festive flair to your donut-themed party. The plates come in a pack of 48.

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Favor Boxes


Send home party favors—donut holes, anyone?—in these colorful cardboard favor boxes. The donut-print boxes come in a package of 8 and are great for holding sweets, snacks, small toys and more.

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Donut Cupcake Toppers

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Put these toppers on cupcakes, cake, donuts or any other dessert you serve for a super-cute finishing touch—you can also use them to make adorable fruit kebabs. The toppers come in a set of 24 assorted donut designs.