Category: 1st Birthday Party Ideas

These 1st birthday party ideas will inspire you with invitation ideas, decoration ideas and food ideas!

Hey, sport fans! If you have a little one that loves all things football, this birthday party theme is going to score a touchdown. It’s easier than you think to pull off a picture-perfect party full of fun details. Are you ready to start planning? Hut, hut, hike! Let’s go!

Kick Off!
Start the celebration in style that leaves no doubt – this party is all about football! This Football Draft Birthday Party Invitation lets guests know they’ve been drafted and better be ready to party and play. A photo of your footballer makes this invite extra cute and all the text can be updated. Get creative with clever wording and update the colors to coordinate with their favorite team.

Add Football Flair
Football birthday party decorations can be as elaborate or simple as you decide to make them. A few simple signs and DIY touches can come together to create an atmosphere that feels custom, but comes together with ease. This personalized tailgate menu is absolutely adorable and affordable! It’s cute enough to be used as room décor after the party too. Create a football-themed buffet table with a few easy finds: cheap artificial grass can be purchased at any home improvement store and makes the cutest tablecloth or runner. Next, hop over to the thrift store and grab a couple football helmets. Spray paint them in your party colors for instant custom décor on the cheap.

Tackle the Cake
Yup, this party calls for a football cake! If you think you need to hire a professional baker to create the cake featured in our inspiration board, think again. Check out this super simple recipe with directions on how to create a football-shaped cake using round cake pans.

Photo Credits:
Food Table: Etsy, Football Shirt: Purple Elephant, Cake: Delish, Waterbreak: evite, Favor Bags: Candi O Designs, Game Face: The Sway

Can you think of a better way to celebrate Baby’s first year? We can’t! Check out these ideas for throwing a “Wild One” first birthday party in style.

Up First: Invite

When we decided to add first year birthday party invitations awhile back, we could not have guessed how CUTE they were going to be. The Wild One Invitations are right at the top of our all-time favorites list for two reasons: 1. they’re modern and chic while still being darned cute! 2. the “Wild One” theme is just adorable and can really inspire a great party. We also love how this invitation takes the theme in a more natural direction, which is how we styled the birthday party as a whole.

Next: Decorations

Inspired by the black and white invitation (you can change the colors) as well as the arrow design, we went with a black and white color scheme and natural wood accents. The arrow garland is a crafty touch that adds contemporary style. You can find accent banners on Pear Tree that work great for calling attention to specific areas like the dessert table or a guest book table. And because that first year is a wild ride, we love the idea of creating a display of photos that captures the first year.

And Of Course: Dessert

Simple but cute is the name of the game for the dessert we chose to highlight in this birthday party style story. These classic sugar cookies stick with the black and white color scheme and they incorporate the “Wild One” party theme beautifully complete with arrow accents. Imagine these cookies on a perfectly decorated dessert table like the one shown above and you’re well on your way to creating a birthday party [almost] as memorable as the little one you’re celebrating.


Photo Credits: Cookies: JJ’s Sweet Treats, Photo Display: The Chirping Moms via Jordan & Co Blog, Onesie: Sugar Babies, Backdrop: A Cotton Kandi Life

Little tykes that love puppies REALLY love puppies! It’s easy to understand why. I mean we all get a little soft and mushy when a puppy wobbles into the room. If your little boy or girl is obsessed with furry friends, we’ve got a few ideas to show you how to throw a puppy birthday party paw-fect for the kiddos.

Up First: Invite
Every party starts with an invitation, whether it’s by word of mouth, Facebook or in the mail. Of course, we prefer the real deal! You’ll find lots of party themes in our collection of Kids Birthday Party Invitations but we have our eyes on one very special design we think is perfect. The Let’s Pawty! Birthday Party Invitation has a brightly colored banner design and lots of cute little puppies running around. You get to personalize it with your child’s name and party details. Plus, this invite is great for boys and girls

Next: Activities
Encourage a little kindness with a Puppy Adoption pen. The one shown has a white picket fence made out of paper and cute little puppy toys inside. The sign tells kids (parents) that each child can pick a puppy, name the puppy AND take the puppy home. What cute party favors! Another fun activity would be to pre-decorate cupcakes with different colors of frosting and little pink tongues, then ask kids to add the eyes, nose and maybe a few other cute little details like a bow or tag to their favorite cupcake.

And Finally: Food!
A puppy birthday party is not complete with out some chow. We love the spread shown here with adorable “doggie containers” and dog bowls. Fill the table with all kinds of treats kiddos can feast on and make sure to throw in some puppy-themed items like bone-shaped biscuits and cookies.Of course, the cupcakes shown are adorable and showing several different kinds of dogs will really get kids excited.

Photo Credits: Puppy Adoption: via Catch My Party, Cupcakes: The Food Network, Toilet Water: via Catch My Party, Food Table/Backdrop:Etsy

Your child’s birthday is that one time a year you get to go all out and make them feel extra-extra-extra-special. Whether they’re turning the big one or you have a new teenager on your hands, throwing them a party to remember should be fun for all. Kick off the planning by choosing a birthday party theme. We’re here to inspire you with six of our very favorite party themes! Read on, there’s something for every little!

  1. Pancakes and Pajamas Theme

This kid’s party theme came on the scene recently and we are huge fans! It’s adaptable for almost any age (um, we even know a few moms that would like to use it for themselves) and can be simple or extravagant. First, kick off the birthday fun with our new Pancakes and Pajamas birthday party invitation. For a toddler, throw this party first thing in the morning. Yes, we’re talking at like 9:00am. What? You know you’re up anyway! The kids will still be in their happy morning mood and the moms can have mimosas. Win-win! For older kids, turn it into a slumber party. Create a fun pancake bar with toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles and fruit.

  1. Puppy Theme

Has your kid gone through the phase where they’re obsessed with puppies yet? No? Just wait, it’ll come. If your little one is loving all things furry and friendly, consider a puppy or dog themed birthday party. Our Let’s PAW-TY birthday party invitation gives you a great starting point. Now, let’s talk activities. Choose a few simple dog themed party games to keep them busy and be sure to have plenty of doggie themed treats ready! Puppy chow – the human version, not puppy version – will be a hit with kids of all ages. This dog-themed birthday cake looks like it could actually be do-able too.

  1. Camping Theme

Does your son or daughter love the great outdoors? Our team lives in Minnesota and our kid’s literally live outside in the summer months. We all agree this camping theme birthday party invitation would be a total hit with kids of all ages. Make it a real campout (backyard style) for older kids. They can even roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire while your kitchen remains mess-free! For little ones, avoid a real fire and instead create camp-themed snacks and activities that will keep them busy for hours!

  1. Art Theme

Calling all miniature Picassos! An art birthday party theme is SO fun. It’s also SO messy, but that’s all part of the charm. First things first, this art party themed invitation can be customized in any color, is super modern and just plain cool. Our best advice for an art party theme is to host it somewhere other than your home. Call around to your local studios that market wine and canvas painting for adults. Most will host parties for kids too, sans wine. Another great option is hosting your art party at a paint-your-own-pottery studio. This activity is always a hit with kids and the activity becomes their favor too!

  1. Dinosaur Theme

This one’s a classic: Dinosaurs. Young boys and girls alike simply have a thing for dinos! We love this dinosaur party invitation with its classic design and slightly vintage, or perhaps prehistoric, vibe. Use it as your starting point to plan your roar-riffic party. Now, let’s keep these little cave-people busy. These dinosaur crafts are easy, fun and, cheap and will keep your little party-goers happy and occupied. Our hands-down favorite dinosaur party idea is to create your own dig. Gather up a few plastic kiddie pools and fill them with sand. Then, hide dollar-store plastic dinosaurs and let the kids hunt for them. This activity and party favor in one is sure to be a total hit.

  1. Slumber Party

Ahhh, the slumber party. It’s our favorite kind of birthday party and our slumber party birthday invitation will give you all the inspiration you need to build a theme around the entire day…and night…and morning. Kids that are of slumber party age often find their own fun, but unless you want to take the “more party, less slumber” theme literally, we advise you make a plan. We like this formula: dinner, presents, free-time, craft, movie, SLEEP. Maybe you tween doesn’t need fussy decorations or themed party food, but surprise your birthday girl or boy with a star light projector and set it up before the movie. Trust us, they’ll love it!

Girls birthday party ideas: Unicorn themed
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Girls birthday party ideas
We couldn’t believe it when we saw our Magic Unicorn Mask Birthday Invitations tagged on Instagram as part of this amazing unicorn party. We contacted the creative mom, Adrea, to see more of her fabulous girls’ birthday party ideas and ask how the party turned out. She told us all about it.

“We first found your gorgeous invitations at Pear Tree Greetings and became very excited about our theme!  My mother ordered Hadley, the adorable unicorn set from The Land of Nod, that quickly became our color inspiration for her birthday party. We made unicorn-shaped sugar cookies and I hand-cut tissue paper tassels to create a tassel balloon and tassel honeycomb tissue balls (honeycomb balls from Shop Sweet Lulu).
Girls birthday party ideas
Girls birthday party ideasGirls birthday party ideas

“I gathered so many fabulous ideas from The Alison Show. Alison threw a unicorn fourth birthday party for her daughter, and every detail was perfect. I shamelessly incorporated so many of her ideas for Hadley’s party. 🙂

“Tables that were originally planned for outside dining were moved inside our garage due to a downpour. My sister purchased craft paper to use as tablecloths and wrote each child’s name in gold paint. We then set the table with Shop Sweet Lulu silver star plates and unicorn napkins. Each child received a special glass of Magical Unicorn Dust (glitter), which was a big hit! Unicorn horns were made with cotton candy holders and dipped in glitter.
Girls birthday party ideas
Girls birthday party ideas

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Birthday party ideas for girls seem to get more difficult to come up with each year. My daughter and I talked through a few different ideas and finally landed on a unicorn themed party. She loves anything pink and glittery, so we thought this would be the perfect theme to incorporate many shades of pink and several different accent colors.

Magic Unicorn Kids Birthday Invitations
For the invitations, I decided to use Pear Tree Greetings’ Magic Unicorn Mask Kids Birthday Invitations because they were super unique and fun for the kids to open.  I decided to keep the colors of pink and purple to go with the color theme of the party.

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
The centerpiece for the party was a unique turquoise unicorn that I had found a while ago and always knew that I would eventually be able to use for a party.

Kids Birthday Party Ideas
When I was looking for kids birthday party ideas for my 5 year old daughter, Kamryn, I knew I needed to have an art-themed birthday party! Kamryn will spend hours drawing and coloring, so it was easy to convince her of the party theme. I started by choosing the Colorful Paint Tray Kids Birthday Party Invitations from Pear Tree Greetings. The invitation fits perfectly with the theme. You can choose a different color for the front and back of the invitation, but I really liked the colors and chose to leave them as shown on the website.Use these kids birthday party ideas to inspire your next party! #kidsbirthday #peartreegreetings #party #art

I wanted a backdrop for the tablescape and decided that a chalkboard would work perfectly. I then used stencils to create words on the board and colored in with chalk.
Use these kids birthday party ideas to inspire your next party! #kidsbirthday #peartreegreetings #party #art

Real cards (and parties!) created by real people like you!

This month’s Featured Favorite is sharing fun first birthday ideas with you! Mom, Ashley, wanted to throw her one-year-old, Kalla, a unicorn-themed birthday party. Ashley personalized our Magic Unicorn Mask Kids Birthday Invitation and told us, “When I saw the magical unicorn birthday invites on Pear Tree’s website, I knew I had found the theme for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. I absolutely loved the whimsical idea of unicorns and bright colors.”
Use these first birthday ideas to inspire your party! #unicorn #peartreegreetings #birthdayparty

This little birthday girl, Whitley, is such a sweetie and can make your heart melt with just one look into those big blue eyes. Her parents joke that she can also be a little stinker, getting into mischief and keeping them constantly on their toes. So, for Whitley’s 1st birthday party, her mom, Andrea, knew just which theme to go with – little monsters!
Monster-themed kids birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #monster #birthday

Andrea picked out the My Little Monsters in Purple Kids Birthday Invitations and used pink and purple as the theme for her little girl’s birthday party ideas.
Monster-themed kids birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #monster #birthday

To celebrate springtime in Minnesota, this first birthday party was held outdoors. The front door was decorated as a one-eyed monster and there were various tables set up for gifts, food, and areas for guests to sit. Andrea had ordered Monster Bash Kids Party Decorations and personalized them with pink to match the invitation. Big sister, Mylah (4), was in charge of sticking the party decor to the garage doors while Andrea stuck them to the tables.
Monster-themed kids birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #monster #birthday
Monster-themed kids birthday party ideas #peartreegreetings #monster #birthday

I’m so glad I took photos of our son Alex every month of his first year! It was fun to see him grow. It’s amazing how much they change in a year. When I was on maternity leave I cut out all of the numbers making it a little easier to sew the onsies each month. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these photos but knew I wanted them to stay consistent. Sophie, the giraffe always took a part in the photo, which was given to me at my baby shower!
month photos
When it came time to order 1st birthday invitations I thought it would be fun to use the photos in some way. I love the layout of our booklets and thought it would be a great keepsake for his first birthday party! Since I am one of the designers at Pear Tree Greetings, I had the opportunity to design the perfect invitation for my little man, as well as something I know our customers would love.
photo of card