A first boy birthday using the color blue as the focus is a classic approach. Blue doesn't have to be boring, updating with stripes or dots heightens the fun. Layering details that look good together will keep things interesting and true to the theme. There will be plenty of time to celebrate with cartoon characters, but only once can you keep the party this sweet. The possibilities are endless and delightful.
A first birthday certainly deserves a good party. As much for the kid as the parents, you can throw a birthday party that honors with simplicity and ease. At this age, less is more and practicality plays an important role. Focus on what the little ones and the parents may find fun and relaxing. Here are some compelling ideas to host the premier of a lifetime of birthdays.
Striking vintage look.
This impressive balloon display only adds to the softness of this vintage display. Each element of the design contributes in a sweet way.
Deck each balloon out to heighten the theme. Bursts of unexpected color and texture will dress the room up right. For extra pop, add one to the highchair.
Decorate the party area with birthday balloons to continue the blue theme. Used alone or as part of a bouquet, balloons bring color and festivity to the party atmosphere.
Nothing but blue skies.
Floating balloons on the ceiling will add excitement to the decorations. Suffice it to say, the more the merrier.
Photo courtesy of Chic Parisian
Out of the blue.
There is no question, this little guy is flying high. We think using this as a first boy birthday photo opt would be a runaway success.
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Use balloons to make the Guest of Honor's highchair the best seat in the house.
Place a few balloons on your mailbox to identify the party site.
Use balloon weights for easy balloon table decorations.
As your little guests are leaving, snip a balloon from each bouquet as a take home gift.
Remember balloons are a choking hazard. Keep out of reach of small children.
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One proud moment.
Using burlap is a smart idea for a stylish party. This banner sends the message, "I'm one."
Future party animals.
Say happy birthday with the cutest little baby face. With this in mind, show off your baby's progress in pictures. Take it to the limit with colorful party hats.
Year of firsts.
We love this clever addition to the first boy birthday party. Everyone will enjoy reflecting on just how much your little one has grown.
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Express your love, dreams, hopes, and wishes to the little celebrant. Wouldn't it be great if you were the one who predicted the career path at such a young age?
The big one in pictures.
With a little ingenuity, this first boy birthday photo display could easily become a topic of conversation. What a great way to share all the firsts.
My how you have grown.
First of all, the celebrating should start at the front door. Round up your little one into a crafty photo wreath that captures the highlights of the birthday boy's first year.
Do something different to record memories of your little one's big day. Guest books come in all shapes and sizes, so consider using the child's initial or a big number one.
Memory like an elephant.
This presentation of animal crackers will not be soon forgotten. It is true to the first boy birthday theme and the perfect treat for a one year old.
Sweet on you.
Choosing a treat for a one year old can be a challenge, but this idea fits the 1st boy birthday theme perfectly. With a little help from Mom and Dad, the little party guests were suckers for this sweet treat. This is the party favor display that we made for our little Eason's 1st birthday party. We chose green pails and then lined the inside with a dotted tablecloth. Next, we placed a Styrofoam ball inside the pail and secured with tape. Shredded paper was glued to the Styrofoam ball. Then, we stuck the lollipops into the Styrofoam ball. These pails were placed on all the tables to serve as centerpieces.
This a closeup of the lollipops we ordered from Birthday in a Box. They were spot on and exactly what we had in mind, one of the highlights of the party. Whether using as party favors or in a centerpiece, you will not be disappointed. These three inch lollipops are individually wrapped and ready to personalize with a name or message. When your receive your lollipops, just peel the stickers from the sheet and apply to the lollipops. We added some curly ribbon for extra pizazz. Any treat can be made sweeter with the presentation.
One for the road.
These take home treats will make the trip home a little more enjoyable. The brown bag works beautifully with the blue color scheme.
Powered by oats.
Buzz the Bee believes that every day should be as sweet as can be. We believe that Cheerios makes a great first birthday favor.
Cupfuls of favors.
If you truly want to impress a little boy, give him what he really wants. A sippy cup filled with treats fit for a toddler.
Throw in a surprise.
Sippy cups make a perfect age appropriate party favor. These sippy cups are filled with cotton candy but could be filled with any snack. The details make the presentation extra sweet.
Design your own.
Sippy cups are great for little ones at party time and everyday use after the party. Choose the style and color that best fits the theme. Personalize with each child's name or label to your liking. Keep an extra on hand for someone you may have overlooked.
Fun by the bucket.
Having a good time is really what it is all about. These buckets contain everything needed to get your party on.
The feature of this table is the first birthday cake and the smash cake. Our cake was ordered customized to fit the dot theme and then presented in a unique way. Dropping off a birthday plate to the cake decorator proved to be a good idea. All the colors were spot on. Attention to small details makes a big difference in the presentation of first birthday cakes.
A smash cake is a four to six inch cake typically decorated to coordinate with the larger birthday cake. The child is allowed to play, eat, and destroy the cake while Mommy and Daddy take pictures. It's fun and messy, but most importantly a memory you will never forget.
Elevate your first birthday cake for maximum impact. We covered a sturdy box with a polka dot tablecloth and placed the cake on top. Be sure to order an extra tablecloth for this purpose.
The smash cake also received special attention. A styrofoam plate was turned upside down and shredded paper glued around the edges. The smash cake was then placed on the plate making sure no glue or paper came in contact with cake.
One to remember.
Make this birthday cake one to remember. Serve a cake like never before with four tiers of dots and stripes. Carry the dot theme element of your party décor into the cupcake.
It's your little red wagon.
If you decide to fix your little one's red wagon, here is a great cake idea. This cake stays true to the blue theme, with a striking contrast of red for the best possible result. The individually wrapped cookies take it to the next level.
Photo courtesy of Heather's Cakes and Confections
Teddy bears make all things better. The soft, whimsical look of this cake fits perfectly with the first boy birthday theme.
Photo courtesy of Events by Elisa
Little boy blue.
Once in a blue moon, everything works together perfectly. This cake commemorates baby's first birthday so sweetly.
Fun to be one.
A cake shaped like a number one is a great idea. Decorating like a favorite character is a touch of brilliance.
Photo courtesy of Cake Central
Sweet baby blue.
This cupcake inspires the color scheme as well. It strikes the perfect balance between keeping it small and celebrating big.
The guest of honor always gets a special place to sit at their birthday party, and a one year old is no exception. Little ones are happier and safer in their own highchair. Moms and Dads are happy with the special effects.
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Slide into fun.
What could be more fun for toddlers than sliding into a pool of balls? The older children will enjoy the slide, while the younger ones will be content just to sit outside and play.
Blowing bubbles is a favorite activity for kids of all ages. For those that are too young to blow the bubbles themselves, consider a bubble blowing machine or help from an adult.
1 cup water
Make ahead of time, some bubbles get better with age. Store in an airtight container that is clearly labeled.
The duck pond game is a simple game to play and organize. There really is no skill involved, simply pick up a duck and win a prize. The prize corresponds with the number on the bottom of the ducky. However with a group this young and provided you have enough ducks, skip the numbers and make the duck itself be the prize.
Fruit of your labors.
Plan a menu with foods suitable for a one year old while remembering that many adult friends and family will also be attending. This beautiful fruity snack should make everybody happy.
The party snacks at a first boy birthday can be quite simple. You will feel good about serving these familiar pint-sized treats that toddlers can feed themselves.
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One smart cookie.
Choose cookies that circle the theme with polka dots and the number 1 shape. Order from the bakery or try it on your own. These cookies are sure to be a big hit in curbing the appetites of little ones. So, let cookies be your number 1 treat. Consider using this same idea in other party foods such as sandwiches.
Blueberries are an easy, healthy addition to your party menu. Just rinse and they are ready to go into cups designed for little hands.
Mix up some birthday fun.
What kid doesn't love Rice Krispy treats? We served our first boy birthday these treats atop white cupcake stands to make the presentation noticeably sweet. Each cupcake stand is made of thick paper cardstock and was sturdy enough to support the weight of the treats. With that thought in mind, we prepared this marshmallow mixture in the usual way, and cut into round cakes with a biscuit cutter. Before you cut, make sure the size of your cutter is the appropriate size to fit the top of the stand. Decorate with icing and sprinkles. Top with a birthday candle. A different way to serve a kid favorite.
Scream for ice cream.
A party is not all about the cake. Every party needs a little ice cream. Several hours before the party, scoop the ice cream into cups and place into muffin pans. Pop into the freezer until time for serving.
Something for the adults.
Have fun with your menu choices. Don't limit yourself to just a cheese ball. Instead take a simple recipe and think outside the box.
Even though your baby's first birthday party supplies are an essential part of your celebration, they do not have to be plain and boring. Polka dot 1st boy birthday plates, cups, napkins, and tablecloths will bring color and excitement to your party table.
One hit wonder.
Bake your own first birthday cake with a cake pan shaped like the number one or use this Betty Crocker template as a guide.
Blue ribbon punch display.
Beverages may be served from a beverage dispenser or beverage stand. Keeping with the first boy birthday theme, serve blue punch or decorate an ordinary dispenser or stand for easy spotting.
When it came time to celebrate our little Eason's first birthday, we knew the party had to be as special as the occasion. The polka dot themed party goods at Birthday In A Box were the perfect fit. Sweet and colorful with the emphasis on the first boy birthday theme. Everything arrived on time and was packaged with care. We loved the quality of the items and will definitely be a repeat customer.
Give your little one a toy box for his birthday. It makes an impressive place to put the gifts at the party and you will be thankful when you have a place to put all the gifts later. The large wooden toy box shown here was purchased unfinished. It was then painted black and personalized with a large letter E. This is a first boy birthday gift that will become a treasured keepsake.
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