Your little man is turning one, and that means it’s time to party in style! The guest of honor may not remember his first fete, but you’ll love having the photos to show him when he’s all grown up. Here are 11 easy, fun party ideas inspired by books and his favorite toys and activities.

Time Flies

Sometimes it’s the simplest party decorations that turn out to be the most fun. Take this idea from Vintage Pretty Pearl: pretty paper airplanes. They’re easy to create and can be hung, strung and used in all aspects of your high-flying party. Plus, as any parent of a little pilot knows, time flies between birthdays.

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Party Like a Rock Star

This rocking bash, hosted by Kimberly Conners Events, hits all the right notes. Get music-themed decorations and lots of instruments for kids to shake and bang. And get ready for your future rock star to party all day long…or at least until naptime.

You'll Dig Being 1

Caution! Cuteness ahead. Your budding builder will dig this construction-themed first birthday by JL Designs, featuring mini hard hats and themed desserts in white, yellow and black. Take a detour to Inspired by This to see how it all came together.

Oh the Places He'll Go

There’s no telling where your little adventurer will go, especially once they start walking! Steer yourself over to Little Confetti Events to see more of the whimsical touches on this brightly colored, Seuss-inspired event.

All Aboard the Alphabet Train!

A is for adorable at this alphabet train first birthday. The party, styled by Tabletop Treats, pulled out all the stops for one aspiring conductor, including a dessert-carrying train and letter-themed treats. Check out the details from A to Z at HWTM.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A storytime classic by Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar makes a great theme for your little bookworm. This party from the Pettingill Family brings the pages to life with colorful décor and a menu that follows the hungry caterpillar through each day of the week. We have a feeling guests will love Saturday! 

An Italian Feast

Mamma mia! The supermom at 100 Layer Cakelet whipped up something extra-special for her little meatball’s first birthday. A local pizzeria set the tone for a true family affair, and squiggly noodle-esque lettering, oversized bowtie pasta centerpieces, and a cake in the shape of a giant bowl of meatballs made it an Italian feast to remember.

Fishing Fiesta

Catch the big ONE! This fishing fiesta was a “reel” hit with one lucky little fisherman. From a tackle box filled with delicious bait to awesome fish-themed games, swim over to Kara’s Party Ideas to check out all the aquatic details.

Little Gentleman

They grow up so fast! Celebrate your little man with a soiree fit for a gentleman. Find all the dapper details, including mustachioed balloons and bow-tie garlands, at Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.

Where the Wild Things Are

“Let the wild rumpus start!” The classic children’s tale Where the Wild Things Are sets the stage for an adventurous afternoon with your little wild one and his friends. Check out the rest of the party over at Project Nursery.

Go Camping

A camp theme is perfect for outdoorsy boys. Mom Vanessa of the blog Sunflower State of Mind gathered younger guests around petite picnic tables to enjoy traditional camping fare like s’mores, trail mix, hot dogs and more. Tents to play in and outdoor games round out this party.

Have a daughter? Check out our 12 favorite girly first birthday party themes

How are you planning to celebrate this milestone birthday? Share in the comments below. 

— Lauren Hill

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