So, your little one is turning—O N E. Congratulations to you for surviving an entire year of sleepless nights, endless giggles and 365 days of looking at them like they’re the most wonderful beings on the planet. Because well, they are.
A milestone like this deserves a celebration of epic proportions. Or at least one filled with some cute details and delicious snacks! Summer birthdays are the best kind because there is so much to do and (weather permitting) you can do it all outside! To help you figure out what kind of shindig you should throw for your almost one-year-old, we’ve rounded up a list of ideas of themes and have fleshed out some ways to make this party ONE (pun intended) to remember.
If you’re familiar with the children’s book by Maurice Sendak, then you know just how adorable this party theme could be. A Where the Wild One Is party may just be the perfect way to celebrate your little one’s first go around the sun. Where the Wild Things Are is packed full of sweet quotes to add to your decor for the day. Invite guests to join you in your little one’s “Wild Rumpus” by sending out custom made invites like these. Share a collage of photos from the past 12 months on a corkboard or as a garland to share your little one’s “Wild First Year.” Don’t forget to grab a copy of the storybook and leave it for guests to sign and share a sweet memory or wish for your little wild one.
One in a Melon
For your sweet little who is truly One in a Melon. It’s truly not summer without a little sunshine and some refreshing sliced watermelon. Why not celebrate your sweetie’s big day with a watermelon themed birthday party? Make your own party hats and mason jars like these DIY creations from Kara’s Party Ideas. Amp up the fun with an inflatable kiddie pool for the little ones and try making your own Watermelon Piñata for the bigger kids to play. You can even get creative with your food options by creating your very own festive watermelon sorbet or cake bites that are sure to please everyone’s sweet tooth.
1st Bee Day
For your little honey, what better way to celebrate a first “bee” day with a party full of sweet treats and adorable decor? Try serving your hive some delicious peanut butter and honey sandwiches cut in the shape of beehives for a cute touch. Or make a doughnut hole bee hive like this one for a creative touch. Make sure your baby bee is also dressed for the day’s event—try one of these adorable outfits from Lily Grace Designs on Etsy. Leave your guests buzzing with sweet parting gifts like these mini honey pot jars filled with jellybeans and our cute bee hair ties.
Some Bunny is One
If your little bunny is turning one, what better way to bring in the herd or “fluffle” than by sending out some cute invites like the ones from Sea Paper Designs or these from Cloud Nine Factory on Etsy. Add some fun to your shindig with party games like Bunny Hop Race or Pin the Tail on the Bunny. After they’ve tuckered themselves out with party games, give your guests their fill by providing some delicious treats like these Crescent Rolls filled with Egg or Ham Salad or these adorable on-theme cookies from Dolce Custom Cookies. Send your guests hopping home with some sweet goodies like carrots made of jellybeans or these cute hair scrunchies from our shop.
1st Trip Around the Sun
Want to throw an out of this world party? Invite guests with stellar invitations like this one or these from Prettiest Print Shop. Try your hand at these Galaxy Macarons or Parmesan Puff Stars. Or better yet, get some more solar system snack ideas from Good Life Eats. For the older kids at the party, try setting up a crafts table for them to make some galaxy slime or let them get messy with some shaving cream while they create moon craters.
We hope these ideas are helpful for you as you plan to throw your little one the best 1st birthday party! Summertime is the perfect time to create a fun-in-the-sun birthday party for all invitees and especially for the guest of honor.