Ribbons. Curls. A cute little girl — who gleefully smashes her face right into a chocolate cake. Sure, not every part of your little girl’s first birthday birthday party will be ladylike, but that doesn’t mean the first birthday party theme can’t be! We’ve got you covered for first birthday party ideas for girls that are as sweet as that first bite of cake. One look at this list and you’ll be inspired to send out those first birthday invitations lickety split!
Ladybug First Birthday Party
What better way to celebrate a little lady than with a ladybug themed birthday party? With this theme, you have a ready-made color palette of red and black to kickstart your party decorations. Think red and black balloons, red and black licorice or gummies in glass jars for treats, and dressing your little lady in a ladybug tutu outfit that will make for adorable photos. Finish the look by slipping the birthday girl into a pair of red baby Converse sneakers with some spots drawn on in black marker by mom or dad.
Ladybug Invitations & Food
Let your guests know about your little one’s first birthday with custom ladybug invitations. Invite Shop offers several cute ladybug themed invitations that will have your guests buzzing, including this gorgeous rustic themed option.
For food, you can try your hand at making some adorable ladybug appetizers or just keep it simple with skewers of cherry tomatoes and black olives, in keeping with the red and black ladybug theme. Red raspberries mixed with blackberries or slices of seeded watermelon are other excellent, kid-friendly options. For birthday cake, red velvet cake with chocolate frosting is darn near perfect for the occasion, especially when surrounded by chocolate covered strawberries.
First Birthday Tea Party
Another way to celebrate your soon-to-be one-year-old is with a first birthday tea party. It’s the perfect excuse to dress your little girl in a fancy frock, and you can even ask your guests to come dressed in their Sunday best for a high tea with pinkies in the air. Think white tablecloths, white vases of fresh flowers, multi-tiered displays of finger foods, and classical music along the lines of Mozart and Chopin playing in the background.
Tea Party Invitations, Food & Games
Announce the theme of your little girl’s first birthday with custom tea party invitations. Be sure to specify the type of attire you are requesting, especially if you’d like your guests to dress up.
For food, a classic tea party spread typically includes sweet and savory treats. Savory options often include an assortment of sandwiches, such as egg salad; cucumber and cream cheese; or smoked salmon and dill. Simply cut the crusts off and slice into squares or diagonally into triangles. Sweets might include miniature scones, macarons, chocolate dipped biscotti, or shortbread cookies.
Instead of a traditional birthday cake, consider petit fours in keeping with the theme — it will be the perfect size for your baby’s first cake. Martha Stewart offers a great recipe you can make at home. As for tea, you’ll need a few options to suit everyone’s tastes; favorites include Earl Grey, lapsang souchong, rooibos, lemon hibiscus, and jasmine. Fun games for a tea party might include painting plain white miniature tea sets for guests to take home with them or arranging blindfolded tea tastings where guests must guess which type of tea they are sampling.
Owl First Birthday Party
An owl first birthday is a good idea for parents looking for a slightly less girly option. It’s easy to avoid pink and go with a more gender-neutral, woodlands theme if you’d like, or play up the pink to your heart’s content. Brown and green tones go great with an owl theme, but with a little creativity, you can incorporate other colors like coral or teal. Go DIY by finding an owl pattern online and using pretty scrapbook paper or colorful felt to carve out homemade owl decorations.
Owl Party Invitations & Food
Get your guests excited about your baby girl’s owl first birthday party with fun owl invitations. You can customize your own owl invitations using an online invitation resource like Invite Shop. Booklet invitations like the one below let you show off multiple photos of your little girl and turn a simple invitation into a keepsake for family and friends.
For food, think along the lines of brown-toned “owl food” with trail mix, mixed nuts, plain and chocolate covered pretzels, and maybe even gummy worms or gummy bugs, which you can buy in bulk and arrange into little grab bags that guests can take home with them. If you’re feeling creative, you can even use sliced cheeses, meats, and veggies to make fun owl shaped foods.
For drinks, whip up a simple “treetop punch” with green sherbet, ginger ale, and a splash of pineapple juice. Last but not least, a German chocolate cake is a great crowd pleaser, while fitting in perfectly with your brown color tones. All the shredded coconut in the frosting will make the perfect nest for an owl cake topper you’ve picked out.
Princess First Birthday Party
Celebrate your little girl with a fancy princess first birthday party inspired by your favorite princesses in children’s movies and books. Think rhinestone crowns; candy necklaces and Ring Pops for guests; purple and white lace decorations; and movies playing in the background that both kids and grown ups can enjoy like Princess Bride, Princess Diaries, or Enchanted. Guests with older children can play dress-up during the party (and so can the grown ups, if they want).
Princess Party Invitations & Food
A royal celebration calls for a royal invitation. We recommend announcing a princess first birthday party with beautiful photo cards. Invite Shop lets you create your princess party invitations online, personalizing everything from the font to the background color.
A royal party doesn’t have to cost a fortune to look fancy. You can use cookie cutters to whip up easy princess themed sandwiches in girly shapes like hearts, stars, and crowns. Use those same cookie cutters to make Rice Krispies treats with colorful sprinkles mixed into the batter. Fruit kabob “wands” make for a healthy treat, or you can try your hand at these ballerina marshmallows by Dream a Little Dream that fit seamlessly into a princess theme. Finish off your party food with a triple layer strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream frosting that’s fit for a princess.
Now that we’ve inspired you with a few ideas, we hope you can begin pulling off the party of the century for your little girl. After all, she only turns one once!