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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
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!
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.
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.
5. Eclectic Woodland Party
From Meredith via Spaceships and Laser Beams
This eclectic woodland-themed first birthday that has a sweet vintage feel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11. Vintage Circus First Birthday
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!).
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.
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!
21. Vintage Car First Birthday Party
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.
22. Cowboys and Cookies First Birthday
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!
23. Monster-themed first birthday party
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!!!).
24. Magic Themed First Birthday Party
From The Party Wagon via Spaceships and Laser Beams
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.
- Modern Americana first birthday party
- Whale-themed first birthday party
- Construction truck first birthday party
- 50’s Diner Inspired Boy’s First Birthday
- Sports Themed Boy’s First Birthday