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First Birthday Party Ideas

by Jemma (follow)
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1st birthday themes to celebrate the big 'one'!

Your child's first birthday is an exciting time to celebrate not only their milestone but also your own achievement on getting through this challenging year.

Choosing a theme is a fun way to add character to the party, and to commemorate your little one's favourite fixation of the year. It could be a book, TV show, animal, colour or season – anything that makes them smile!

We've asked members from our platform of mum groups, which theme they put together for their child's first birthday, and here are the most popular answers:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Peter Rabbit
Where The Wild Things Are: Tag line, "Wild ONE"

Nursery Rhymes / Songs:
Teddy Bears' Picnic: Lay out picnic rugs and invite guests to dress up as woodland animals
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

'Twinkle Twinkle' theme. Image Credit: Nishay Mir

You Are My Sunshine

'You Are My Sunshine' theme. Image Credit: Joy Naicker


TV Shows:
Sesame Street: Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird
Minnie / Mickey Mouse: Hand out cute ears for guests to wear
Winnie The Pooh
Looney Tunes
Shaun The Sheep
Thomas The Tank Engine
Giggle and Hoot
Care Bears
The Wiggles

Finding Nemo
Disney Princesses
The Lion King
Alice and Wonderland
Toy Story


Jungle: Monkeys, tigers and zebras
Woodland Creatures: Teddy Bears' Picnic theme
Bumble Bees
Cats / Dogs
(Sophie) Giraffe
Whales: Add some blue gingham
Farm: Inflatable animal balloons

Farm theme. Image Credit: Jamie Quek-Vassiltsova


Month / Season:
Valentine's Day: Red and hearts
Chinese New Year: Red and gold with lanterns
Winter ONEderland: Snowflakes, white and silver
Summer Garden: Pretty flowers

Profound Themes:
Rockets and Stars: First trip around the sun
Aeroplanes: Time flies

Up, Up and Away: Hot air balloons, clouds and aeroplanes
Pick a favourite colour
Woodland Fairy Garden Party
Prince / Princess
Rubber Ducky
Under The Sea / Mermaid
Hawaiian Luau
Racing Cars
Rainbows: Colourful, cheerful and fun!

Rainbow Theme


Finally, if it's more of an adults social gathering, you could always go for a "Yay, we survived!" theme with a few drinks.

Do you have any other first birthday party ideas or photo inspiration we can include? Let us know in the Mothered discussion group.

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