Fun and Creative First Birthday Party Ideas

Kate’s 1st birthday party is coming up in a few weeks and I’ve been making a list of awesome first birthday party ideas to get me in the party mood. There are seriously hundreds of 1st birthday party ideas, but I’ve narrowed it down to eight fun and creative favourite party themes.

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1. Rainbow first birthday party ideas

If you can’t tell from the rest of my blog, I LOVE rainbow colours.  Rainbow cake, rainbow balloons, rainbow plastic cutlery, rainbow cupcakes, rainbow fruit cups or veggie tray, rainbow plates, rainbow jello, the list is endless!

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2. Lady bug first birthday party ideas

Ladybug invitations, ladybug cupcakes, red and black liquorice, red and black decorations, polka dot balloons, etc.

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3. Magic 1st birthday party

Think bunny in a hat ideas, fake moustaches, tootsie pops, stars, magic wands, top hats, capes, popcorn and of course a few magic tricks!

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4.  Barn yard first birthday party ideas

Red and white plaid, country market food table, daisies, overalls, cookies decorated as barn yard animals, barn treat bags, etc.

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5. Tea party first birthday ideas

A girly picnic, tutus, finger foods, mini sandwiches, cups and saucers, fancy cupcakes, flowers, lemonade, and of course lots of tea!

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6. Sesame Street 1st birthday party ideas

Elmo, big bird, cookie monster, and oscar the grouch party hats, red, yellow, green and blue decorations, Muppet grab bags, veggie trays in the shape of Muppets, a Sesame Street sign with your child’s name on it, and look at the adorable Muppet cupcakes with marshmallow eyes and 1/2 Oreo cookie mouths!  Check out the party hat thumbnail link below for an AWESOME looking Sesame Street party!

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7. Hawaiian luau 1st birthday party ideas

Hawaiian leis, grass skirts, pineapples and other tropical fruit, hula hooping, juice with cocktail umbrellas, hibiscus, tropical flowers in their hair, palm trees, etc.

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8. Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st birthday party ideas

This is only going to make sense if you are as huge a fan of the book as we are:  apples, pears, plums, strawberries, oranges, chocolate cake, ice cream cones, pickles, swiss cheese, salami, lolly pops, cherry pie, sausages, and watermelon, and that’s all I can remember off the top of my head, but check the book for more!  See the middle link below for another AWESOME looking party!

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So, I’m not sure which direction I’m going to go, but at least I know that there are lots of easy (and not so easy!) options to choose from!  All the themes are so cute I just might have to do a little mixing and matching!

[Edit: You can check out our rainbow first birthday party photos here and the rest of our first birthday party ideas and tutorials here.]

PS - Here's a list of my favourite link parties.

  • Jill

    So what are you leaning towards?!

    • Debbie @ One Little Project

      Right now I’m leaning towards the rainbow theme, but I might have to throw in some Sesame Street and Very Hungry Caterpillar just because they are so cute! :)

  • Debbie @ One Little Project

    I know, it’s almost impossible to pick just one!

    And thanks, I will check out your party! :)

  • M.J. Powell

    Wow! You are very full of GREAT ideas! Thanks so much for sharing at our party. You really added lots of great, colorful, fun ideas! Thanks again for joining us!
    Have a great day!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee’s

  • JustaGirlAbby

    What sweet ideas! Whichever one you pick, I’m sure your daughter’s party will be darling! I popped over from A Bowl Full of Lemons–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  • M.J. Powell

    Hi again,

    Just wanted to BUZZ by and let you know that this is one of the features at our party this week. It goes live tomorrow night. We hope you will join us again.

    Thanks for linking up and sharing.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

    • Debbie @ One Little Project

      Thanks! I will check it out for sure! :)

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  • Mackenzie {C&L}

    Great ideas; I love party themes and dreaming up our ‘next bday idea’! Thank you so much for sharing this with us last weekend! You are a Featured Favorite on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this weekend! We love having you join us and can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week! Have a great weekend!

    Mackenzie :)

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  • Nancy Pfeifer

    Super cute ideas!!! Thank you for commenting so I could come check them out :)

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