Planning a super special first birthday party for your little one?   Well then you need a fantastic first birthday theme!

We know it can all be a bit overwhelming, but contrary to popular belief a good strong theme can actually make planning the party easier.

We’ve scoured the party planning scene to seek out the very best themes for a really memorable first birthday party.  And the winners are:


  1. Secret Garden Party

The perfect first birthday theme for an outdoor summer time party.  Everyone is familiar with this famous tale and you can be creative with the sweetest party details.

Fresh flowers, key shaped biscuits and vintage details make for a dreamy day.


secret garden party first birthday ideas
Photo credits: Pizzazerie, Hostess with the Mostess, Pretty My Party and this gorgeous floral ‘1’ available on from Begonia Rose Co,


2. Storybook first birthday theme

Whether your family’s favourite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tales of Peter Rabbit or The Cat in the Hat, choosing a theme on a classic children’s story will give you plenty of ideas.

There is also a whole range of themed party accessories around which really don’t have to break the bank.

There are some lovely storybook themes to follow. Photocredits: Joyfully Thriving, Kara’s Party Ideas and xxx


3.  Planes, trains and automobiles

From a young age my son Lolo was obsessed with anything that had an engine and moved, in fact “plane” was pretty much his first word!  As a result we have hosted more than a  couple of  transport themed birthday parties over the years.

Transportation makes a fun theme for a first birthday party. Photo credit: Kara’s Party Ideas





4. Winter Onederland

If Secret Garden party is our top summer birthday first party theme, Winter Onederland has got to be our favourite for a party on a winter’s day.

Cosy up with hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and an  icicle encrusted birthday cake.

Ideas for a WinterOnederlad themed birthday. Photo credits: sixpastmidnight and Kara’s Party Ideas




5. Wild One

What child does not have an obsession with animals and, let’s fact it the animals of Africa are by far the coolest.

Think animal prints,

This one from catchmyparty is super inspiring – we can’t help going wild for it!

Ideas for a wild one birthday party
Photo credits: Kara’s Party Ideas,, Catch My Party and Inspired by Alma on Etsy.