Throw a First Birthday Cupcake Theme Party

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Baby girl eating cake on her first birthday.
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Throwing a first birthday cupcake theme party is a wonderful way to celebrate this special milestone in your child's life. Since cupcakes are appealing to people of all ages, you can be assured that adult guests will have just as much fun as your little partygoers.

Party Invitations for a Cupcake First Birthday

Cupcake themed birthday party invitations are available from larger party supply stores as well as online specialty shops like Etsy.

If you'd like to make your own party invitations, Scrapbooks Etc. has a free pattern for a cupcake paper piecing that would be adorable as a decoration for the front of your card. Add a cute saying such as "Lil' Cupcake" or "My Little Cupcake" if desired.

First Birthday Cupcake Ideas for Party Decorations

Decorate for your cupcake party with balloons and streamers that match your chosen color scheme and create a giant cupcake flower arrangement to use as your table centerpiece. If you're going to have the guests decorate cupcakes as a party activity, add a few aprons, chef's hats, and decorating tools to help set the mood.

First Birthday Party Activities

For a first birthday, it's best to keep the entertainment simple in order to avoid cranky and overstimulated guests. However, you will still want to have a few fun activities to make the occasion seem special.

If letting the children decorate real cupcakes sounds too messy, Melissa and Doug makes a wooden cupcake decorating toy that would be fun for little ones to play with.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff would be a good story to read to children at a first birthday cupcake theme party. Make the story more exciting for your young guests by rounding up a cat puppet and a cupcake toy so you can act out the plot.

A cupcake piñata would be a fun addition to a birthday party that includes children of all ages.

You can either make a piñata or purchase a cupcake piñata from a party supply store such as Party City.

First Birthday Cupcake Cake Ideas

Obviously, a tower of cupcakes is the natural choice for a first birthday cupcake theme party. However, if you'd prefer to have one large cake, Wilton makes a giant cupcake pan that you can use to keep to your first birthday theme. Another possible idea would be to have a giant cupcake surrounded by a circle of small cupcakes. This would also be a good compromise if some of your guests require accommodations such as gluten-free cupcakes.

Party Favors

Party favors aren't necessary for a first birthday, but it can be fun to send guests home with a small token of your appreciation. Handmade rainbow crayon cupcakes accompanied by a cupcake coloring sheet would be cute and in keeping with your first birthday party theme.

Other First Birthday Party Ideas

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