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24 First Birthday Party Ideas & Themes for Boys

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Looking for first birthday ideas for your little boy? There’s something about a first birthday that is so special. I will never forget my own son’s first birthday party. It was as exciting for my husband and me as it was for our guests. I also won’t forget how hard it was to narrow down ideas for a theme. I looked at monkeys and aliens and construction trucks and jungle animals and on and on until we finally decided on robots.

Boys First Birthday Ideas:

I wanted to do a roundup post highlighting some of the best first birthday themes posted on our blog, some of the most popular collections in our Etsy shop for first birthdays, as well as some of the cool examples that were submitted via our Facebook page.

What I’ve come up with is a list of our 24 most popular boy birthday party themes!

1. Vintage Plane First Birthday

Vintage aeroplane-themed first birthday party.

Hands down our vintage plane party collection is the most popular first birthday theme we have in our Etsy shop for boys. As one mom put it, the planes represent the little guy’s potential to soar to great heights. Check out the plane themed cake table pictured.

2. “Time Flies” Party Theme

Another great plane party for inspiration is this one (below) from Amanda of Red Wagon Events. I love how she DIY’ed the backdrop. It looks amazing!

Cake runway! Adorable idea for a plane-themed birthday.

3. Woodland-Themed First Birthday

Since the day it was published, this woodland first birthday party has been a favorite post of mine. Megan of Tea Party for Alice threw this party in honor of her son’s first birthday and made almost everything herself.

Blue and green owls make for a fresh woodlands theme.

4. Owl Themed First Birthday Party

From Hazel Loves Design via Spaceships and Laser Beams

I love the owl-themed first birthday party that Hazel of the blog Hazel Loves Design threw for her son. The blue and aqua color scheme brings a nice spring feel to the woodland theme.

Vintage woodsy themed first birthday party for a boy

5. Eclectic Woodland Party

From Meredith via Spaceships and Laser Beams

This eclectic woodland-themed first birthday that has a sweet vintage feel.

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6. Baby Elephant-Themed First Birthday

From Oh So Chic Celebrations via Spaceships and Laser Beams

The baby elephant theme for first birthday parties has been around for a while and it is safe to say that it’s not going anywhere! I would say it is now a classic. Check out this version from Magdalena of Oh So Chic Celebrations. She planned the party for the one-year-old son of a client.

The adorable baby elephant cake sets this dessert table apart.

7. Baby Elephant Themed Birthday

From Style Me Gorgeous

If you’re looking for baby elephant-themed inspiration, you don’t want to miss this one. It’s perhaps the gold standard for baby elephant themed parties and was planned by a customer of Australian-based Style Me Gorgeous.

Exquisite first birthday party decor.

8. Baby Elephant Themed First Birthday Party

From Dulce Sobremesa via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Although, one of my favorite versions of this theme has to be the baby elephant-themed first birthday party (below) planned by Dulce Sobremesa for a client’s son. That room is such a stunner. I will never forget it.

Teddy bears celebrate a birthday party!

9. Teddy Bear First Birthday

From Festa Cum Gusto via Spaceships and Laser Beams

The teddy bear theme was used perfectly by Festa Cum Gusto to honor a special little boy. We just recently featured it on the blog and I love the red, white and blue color palette, as usually you see this theme in pastels.

Sail away with these delicious nautical birthday treats.

10. Nautical Themed First Birthday Party

From Sugarbird via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Another great blog post for inspiration is this wonderful nautical themed first birthday party (below) that was planned by Sugarbird for the son of a client.


Step right up to these amazing vintage circus party ideas.

11. Vintage Circus First Birthday

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

I love every single detail of this circus themed party. It was part of a first birthday party planned by us for my good friend’s son.

Baby bookworm! Book-themed first birthday parties.

12. Guess How Much I Love You – Storybook Theme

From Sweet Table by Chelle via Spaceships and Laser Beams

This Guess How Much I Love You Party was thrown by Rochelle from Sweet Table by Chelle for her own son’s first birthday. It’s such a special book for many moms — including me!

A Busytown-themed birthday will definitely be a crowd-pleaser.

13. Busytown Birthday Party

From Tried and True

Vanessa threw this adorable Busytown party for her son’s first birthday based on The Busy World of Richard Scarry. I love all the personal details.

Dr Seuss birthday party to please everyone

14. Cat in the Hat First Birthday Party

From Cutie Pie Sweets via Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas 

And just how cute is this Cat in the Hat first birthday party? Planned by Cutie Pie Sweets, it was found via Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas.

Little Blue Truck birthday party

15. Little Blue Truck Book Party

From Festa cum Gusto via Hostess with the Mostess

This gorgeous first birthday from Festa cum Gusto based on the Little Blue Truck book, found via Hostess with the Mostess.

Milk and cookies is a great theme for a first birthday party.

16. Milk and Cookies First Birthday Theme

From Capes and Crowns via Spaceships and Laser Beams

This milk and cookies first birthday party was thrown by Lauren of Capes and Crowns for her own son’s birthday. Of her choice of a milk and cookies theme for a first birthday, she says “When I started planning my youngest son’s first birthday party the first two things that came to my mind is his love for milk and his unique, sweet personality.”

Hot air balloon birthdays are festive and cute.

17. Hot Air Balloon First Birthday

From Taffie Wishes via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Hot air balloon themed parties for boys have become…well, hot. I’ve been seeing more and more traffic to these posts. And I absolutely love the hot air balloon themed first birthday party that Angela of Taffie Wishes threw for her youngest son. Playing on the theme “growing/going up,” the inclusion of the massive hot air balloon in the decor is nothing short of inspired.

Little man themed cookies in the shape of ties.

18. Little Man First Birthday

From Top It Off Designs

This Little Gentleman first birthday party from Top it Off Designs (above) is also an adorable take on the theme. I am loving the tie cookies and the cupcake toppers (and the adorable cake they had too!).

Lemonade-themed first birthday party

19. Lemonade Stand First Birthday

From Alyssa Pix Photography via Spaceships and Laser Beams

I’ll admit, I don’t come across a lot lemonade stand first birthday parties for boys but this one from AlyssaPix Photography is just too cute not to include as inspiration. The theme was “You are My Sunshine” because the birthday boy makes everyone smile. Awe, so sweet.

Quaint, vintage dessert table

20. Vintage Farm First Birthday

From The Caketress via Spaceships and Laser Beams

This gorgeous vintage farm themed dessert table was created by The Caketress for the first birthday. I am completely in love with it. Created in 2011, I’ve seen so many versions of this table since!

Vintage car themed dessert table

21. Vintage Car First Birthday Party

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

My very first dessert table ever – this vintage car dessert table – was set up for a first birthday party and you can learn more about it here. You can also check it out in use at one of our customer’s first birthday parties.

Adorable cowboys and cookies keeps everyone happy.

22. Cowboys and Cookies First Birthday

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

We also recently styled a cowboy first birthday dessert table here at Spaceships and Laser Beams. This Cowboys and Cookies party actually incorporates two popular first birthday themes!

Monsters are a great first birthday theme

23. Monster-themed first birthday party

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

This monster birthday party dessert table I styled is our most popular post ever. (Although there are a few now that are starting to gain on it.) It’s one of our most popular themes in the Etsy shop for first birthdays for boys (and girls too!!!).

Magic Themed Birthday Party

24. Magic Themed First Birthday Party

From The Party Wagon via Spaceships and Laser Beams

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25. Alligator Themed Boy’s First Birthday Party

From Magnolia Creative Co. via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Check out more great first birthday party themes you will love.

Don’t miss out on this London themed first birthday party

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.