How to Throw an Alphabet Birthday Party

Throw an ABC Party for Baby's First Birthday

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An alphabet birthday party is such an adorable and age-appropriate theme that makes for a memorable first birthday celebration. The ABC theme is fun, educational and can easily be adapted to suit any parent's party planning budget. It's also a rather general theme, so there's room to be as creative as you wish.

ABC Birthday Party Invitations

Embrace your crafty side by making invitations yourself. Spell out text with alphabet block clip art or rubber stamps, and use bright, primary colors to echo the party's whimsical theme.

If you want to get a little more creative, make A Subtle Revelry's invitation goodie bag filled with alphabet magnets that spell out the word "party." You could also create postcard invites that feature a cute picture of your baby playing with alphabet blocks or big ABC letters.

ABC Birthday Party Decorations

The alphabet is the perfect theme if you don't mind a little DIY and like to save money. Decorations are made easy by using things you probably already have on hand. Decorate balloons with alphabet stickers. Use stencils to make letter cutouts of all sizes. Hang them on the walls, use them in centerpieces, etc. Put out alphabet books for younger guests to flip through. Use wooden alphabet blocks to spell out a fun message on cake or photos tables.

If you'd rather buy a one-stop-shop ABC party supply kit, you're better off trying to find items at a teacher supply store like Lakeshore Learning instead of Party City.

Stores that cater to elementary school teachers are guaranteed to have ABC posters, banners, charts and puzzles, as well as small items like crayons and erasers you can hand out as party favors.

ABC Birthday Cake & Food

Another great thing about the ABC birthday party theme is that you don't have to be a master pastry chef to make a great cake for your little one.

These DIY cake ideas are easy enough for amateurs:

  • Use an alphabet cake pan to make a cake shaped like your child's initial. You can use the pan in the future to make an word or number combination imaginable, creating custom birthday cakes for years to come.
  • Use small alphabet blocks to spell out your child's name on top of a plain sheet cake.
  • Decorate a tower of cupcakes with ABC cupcake picks.

If you're planning on serving more than cake and ice cream at your party, try to incorporate an ABC-themed snack or two into the meal. For example, homemade macaroni and cheese made with alphabet pasta is sure to be a hit with younger guests. You might even be able to be alphabet fruit snacks, pretzels or crackers at the grocery store.

ABC Birthday Party Activities

Any alphabet-themed book or DVD would be appropriate entertainment for this type of first birthday celebration. If you want to organize a craft project, let guests use cookie cutters to make ABC shapes out of Play-Doh. Take pictures of the creations when you are finished.

ABC Birthday Party Favors

Goodie bags provide young party guests with a small souvenir to thank them for helping to celebrate your baby's first birthday, but don't feel obligated to hand them out. If you want to make goodie bags, you could include ABC board books, alphabet stickers or alphabet refrigerator magnets.

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