If your little bundle of joy was born during spring, there are a variety of options for a spring themed first birthday party. While some ideas could be flowers, rabbits or pastel colors, choosing a bird theme for your child’s party can be fun, classy, and easy to plan.
Choosing birds as your main visual will be a way to welcome all party guests, as it isn’t too ‘babyish’ or commercial, and doesn’t isolate any gender or age group. Here are plenty of planning ideas for a bird themed first birthday party, from invitations to food, games, decorations and more:
Bird imagery has been trendy in the last couple years. Simple silhouettes of birds on branches are seen everywhere, from pillows to purses, cards to decor, and more.
For your baby’s party, pick a simple bird on a branch silhouette, then choose one main color and one accent color. The image and the two colors will unify your birthday party invitations, decorations, even the cake.
For a unique, bird themed DIY party invitation, purchase cardstock in your chosen colors. Cut cardstock into long rectangles that, when folded, fits the size of your envelopes. Trace and cut bird silhouettes, branch silhouettes, and tree leaves (if desired). Use a glue stick to attach the bird and branch to the cover of the invitation.
For the inside of the invitation, attach a rectangle in an accent color, and use this to write on the birthday party information, and any other cute message you’d like to add. (“A little birdie told us that Jamie’s turning one!”)
The decorations for a baby’s first birthday party don’t need to be extravagant (after all, your baby won’t remember!). Use your two chosen colors as the colors for the tablecloth, utensils, napkins, cups and plateware. To add in the bird theme, consider setting faux nests and bird eggs (available at craft stores) around the party room, and collect some tree branches to place in vases for unique table decor.
For a baby’s first birthday party, especially in the spring, you don’t want anything too heavy for refreshments. Consider having a few light snacks, tea sandwiches, and trail mix (which you can name, appropriately, “Bird Seed”).
Make your baby’s first birthday cake special by creating an easy, but fancy, bird themed cake. Depending on the amount of party guests, bake a double rectangle or circle cake, and layer with frosting between. If you want to try, cover the cake with a layer of fondant in one of your chosen colors, then cut out a bird silhouette in an accent color to place on top.
If fondant isn’t your thing, cover the birthday cake in traditional buttercream icing, and pipe out the image of a bird silhouette and branch on top.
Games and Activities:
For a first birthday, there isn’t much a one-year old can do (game-wise), but there are a few simple bird themed activities you can plan. Purchase some plastic eggs, used during Easter, and have a scavenger hunt (just watch that they don’t place them in their mouths).
Plastic eggs (in your chosen colors) filled with candy can also be given out as favors to party guests.
If your one-year old is standing and walking, have guests gather around and do the “Chicken Dance” (renamed the “Birdie Dance” for the party).
Lastly, like at any first birthday party, guests will enjoy watching baby simply sitting in their high chair, eating their birthday cake, and getting incredibly messy. Don’t forget your camera!
Planning a bird-themed first birthday party will definitely be something different than the usual cartoon character parties that everyone else has. Have fun standing out from the crowd, and doing something unique that your guests (and birthday boy or girl) will definitely enjoy! Happy planning!
Interested in other birthday themes? Check out:
– How to Plan a Winter-Themed Child’s Birthday Party
– How to Plan a Child’s First Birthday with an Autumn or Harvest Theme
– Homemade Tigger Birthday Cake Ideas
– How to Make a Winnie the Pooh Cake (Slideshow)