Hosting a first birthday party for your little one is a special occasion that you’ll cherish forever. Whether you’re planning a large celebration or an intimate gathering with close family and friends, choosing a theme can make the planning process easier and more fun.
If you’re looking for a sweet and playful theme, consider a berry first birthday party, which typically is a strawberry theme but I’ve also seen adorable blueberry themed berry first parties as well!
This is one of my favorite first birthday party ideas, so let’s dive into how we can plan this party to celebrate your little girl.
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A berry-themed first birthday party is a perfect choice for a summer or spring celebration. The bright colors and fresh flavors of berries make for a fun and festive atmosphere that both kids and adults will enjoy. From strawberry shortcake to raspberry lemonade, there are so many delicious ways to incorporate berries into your party menu. Plus, berry decorations can be easily found at party supply stores or made at home with a little DIY creativity.
Planning your Berry First Birthday Party
Planning a berry-themed party for your little one’s first birthday can be a fun and exciting experience. To make the planning process easier, here are some tips to help you get started.
Selecting the Date and Venue
The first step in planning a berry-themed party is to select the date and venue. Consider the time of year and weather conditions when selecting a date. If you’re planning an outdoor party, make sure to choose a venue with ample space for your guests and activities. A local park or backyard can be a great option for a berry-themed party.
Berry First Birthday Invitations
The first step in planning a berry-themed first birthday party is to design the invitations. When designing the invitations, make sure to include the party date, time, location, and any other important details.
You can also personalize these berry first birthday invitations online and have them printed.
Berry First Birthday Party Decorations
When it comes to strawberry party decorations, there are plenty of options for a berry-themed party. Start by choosing a color scheme of red, pink, and purple to represent different types of berries. You can use balloons, streamers, and tablecloths in these colors to create a cohesive look.
Use balloon garland to create an instant focal point in your space. You can use balloon garland as a backdrop for a photo booth, behind baby’s high chair, or behind the dessert table.
You can find the above berry first balloon garland here, which will go perfectly with any berry first birthday party theme.
Berry First Birthday Table + Centerpiece Ideas
For centerpieces, consider using berry baskets filled with fresh berries or fake berries to go with your strawberry decor. You can also go with simple vases of flowers with a framed picture of baby’s first photoshoot (like pictured below).
Consider using shades of reds and pinks throughout your tablescape. You can add these punches of color in your plates, napkins, favor boxes, garland and more.
Consider adding strawberry paper plates to your table to really drive the theme home.
Milestone banners are a must-have at a first birthday party! You can customize the one above and have them printed. It adds a personal touch to the event celebrating your little one’s first year, while acting as part of the decor.
A berry high chair banner is another must have, because it makes for the perfect photo opp, especially during the cake smash pictures!
Capturing memories of your little one’s first birthday party is important. You’ll want to look back on these photos and remember this special day. Here are a few ideas to help you document the event while adding to the decor of the party.
Setting Up a Berry Photo Booth
To add a fun touch, set up a berry-themed photo booth with a backdrop of berry bushes or vines. Provide berry-themed props such as hats, sunglasses, and signs for guests to use in their photos.
A photo booth is a fun and interactive way to capture memories at your baby’s first birthday party. You can create a DIY photo booth with a backdrop and props that match the berry theme. Hang a colorful fabric or paper streamer backdrop and set up a table with berry-themed props such as hats, glasses, and signs. Encourage guests to take photos and share them on social media with a custom hashtag.
Berry Inspired Food and Drinks
Planning a berry-themed first birthday party? You’ll want to have a menu that’s just as sweet and fruity as your little one! Here are some ideas for berry-inspired snacks, dishes, and beverages that are sure to delight both kids and adults.
You can also set up a DIY berry bar where guests can create their own berry-inspired drinks using fresh berries and juices.
Don’t forget about the drinks! Offer a refreshing and fruity option like berry-infused lemonade. Simply mix fresh-squeezed lemonade with a berry puree (such as blueberry or raspberry) and serve over ice. You can also make berry-infused water by adding sliced berries and fresh mint to a pitcher of water and letting it infuse in the fridge for a few hours.
With these berry-inspired menu ideas, your little one’s first birthday party is sure to be a berry sweet success!
Berry First Dessert Table
Your first birthday party isn’t complete without a birthday cake! Whether you’re having a smash cake for your little one, a strawberry cake or cupcakes, adding a berry first themed cake topper will draw the whole event together.
This personalized berry first birthday cake topper is my favorite and would make for a perfect keepsake.
And we can’t forget about the extra delicious treats on the dessert table! Consider adding these customized berry first cookies to the table to bring the theme together. This baker ships them right to your for your party!
In addition to all the sweet treats, a berry first birthday party wouldn’t be complete without fresh strawberries available for your guests to snack on. This is a great way to add in the strawberry theme to your dessert or food table.
Activities and Games
If you are looking for fun activities and games to keep your guests entertained at your berry-themed first birthday party, here are a few ideas that are sure to be a hit.
Pin the Stem on the Berry
Pin the Stem on the Strawberry is an adorable twist on the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and the perfect way to keep your little guests entertained!
Berry Treasure Hunt
Create a treasure hunt for the kids to search for hidden berries around the party area. You can hide plastic berries or berry-themed toys, and provide clues for the kids to follow. Make sure to have a prize for the winner at the end of the hunt.
Berry Activity Sheets
Set up craft stations where kids can make their own berry-themed crafts. Provide materials such as paper, glue, scissors, and stickers to create berry crowns, berry necklaces, and berry-themed coloring pages.
These Berry First Birthday activity sheets are fun for kids to color as they’re waiting for food or birthday cake!
What’s Your Berry Name?
These activities and games are sure to add some berry fun to your little one’s first birthday party. You can find a What’s Your Berry Name? Printable here.
Party Favors and Gifts
No birthday party is complete without party favors. For a berry-themed first birthday party, there are many fun and creative ideas for favors that your party guests will love.
You can create customized berry-themed favor bags or little baskets filled with goodies such as berry-flavored candies, stickers, and small toys. You can also give out berry-themed accessories such as headbands, bracelets, or necklaces that match the party theme.
Another sweet idea is to provide berry-scented candles or soaps as party favors. These unique and thoughtful favors will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Overall, planning a berry-themed party for your little one’s first birthday is a cute way to celebrate and allows for a memorable experience. With these tips, you can create a party that is both enjoyable for your guests and celebrates your little one’s milestone. Happy Birthday to your baby girl or boy!