'One-derful' First Birthday Decorations for a Picture-Perfect Party

It's time to welcome baby to toddlerhood! One has never been more fun thanks to these adorable party décor picks.
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ByEmily Platt
Associate Editor
Aug 2020
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It’s baby’s first birthday, and it’s a big “one”—your child is officially a toddler! The best way to commemorate the milestone? A first birthday party, of course. Whatever your theme, your décor should definitely broadcast baby’s new status. Luckily, there are tons of Instagram-worthy items that do just that. Here, 12 first birthday decorations for girls and boys to celebrate 12 unforgettable months.

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Bememo Baby Photo Banner

We know your phone is filled with baby pics—now’s the perfect chance to show them off. Partygoers will delight in reflecting on each month of baby’s life, courtesy of this creative photo display.

Buy it: $9, Amazon.com

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Silvima Wild One First Birthday Balloon Decoration Kit

Ready to get wild and crazy? These jungle-themed first birthday decorations for boys and girls are ridiculously cute and oh-so-trendy (hello, tropical leaves!). We’re also obsessed with the “wild one” pun.

Buy it: $13, Amazon.com

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The Paper Dolls Shop One in a Melon Cake Topper

Throwing a summertime soirée? This glittery sign is literally “one in a melon.” Use it to top baby’s first birthday cake or buy a bunch to incorporate into table centerpieces.

Buy it: $9, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Bridewell Market

Bridewell Market Baby’s First Birthday Sign

The best first birthday decorations last beyond the big day, and trust us, you’ll never want to throw this custom sign away. The wooden slab serves as an infographic recapping baby’s year, from how they’ve grown to what fills them with _one_der. Impress partygoers with the artful, engraved design and create a keepsake all in one go.

Buy it: Starting from $35, Etsy.com

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Yaaaaasss! Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Banner

Don’t settle for any old banner when you can decorate with this one. A children’s rhyme, a one-year-old pun and lots of sparkles combine to leave onlookers totally starry-eyed. (Hint: First birthday decorations like these make excellent photo backdrops.)

Buy it: $11, Amazon.com

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Begonia Rose Co. First Birthday Floral Number

Baby’s blossoming into an amazing toddler, so tap into the beauty of blooms. Floral decorations are especially popular first birthday decorations for girls, but this number one sign can be personalized for any kid’s party. Choose a color scheme and the seller will bring your vision to life.

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Buy it: Starting from $60, Etsy.com

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Confetti Mama Glitter Gold One Confetti

If baby’s taught you anything, it’s that the little things matter most. Step up your décor with thematic accents. We love this simple but impactful “one” confetti for topping tables. (Note: Keep these small first birthday decorations away from baby’s curious hands and hungry mouth.)

Buy it: $13, Amazon.com

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Girly Gifts Donut First Birthday Party Balloons

Balloon décor this sweet was made to be admired. Spell out your tot’s age with the donut “O” plus an inflatable “N” and “E.” How scrumptious!

Buy it: $11, Etsy.com

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Obrecis Neon Number Sign

Prepare for guest’s faces to light up when they see a neon sign at your celebration. While decorating with the number one is a must, feel free to order some letters as well. Spell out baby’s name and you’ve got yourself the coolest party-turned-nursery décor ever.

Buy it: $15, Amazon.com

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Merri Making Misses Dinosaur Birthday High Chair Banner

We know your house is filled with baby products, so you might as well work with what you’ve got! First birthday high chair decorations are genius because they turn a basic item into a statement piece. This dinosaur banner set, which reads “rohr one,” will go down in (pre)history as an extra-unique idea.

Buy it: Starting from $14, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Big Dot of Happiness

Big Dot of Happiness First Birthday Party Centerpiece and Table Decoration Kit

Centerpieces always make an impact, but they don’t have to be extravagant. This first birthday party decorations kit (adorned with the cute phrase “fun to be one”) makes setting up as easy or as hands-on as you’d like. Use the supplies as shown or get innovative—turn the large confetti circles into hanging décor with the help of a hole punch and some string, for example.

Buy it: $14, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Sweet Escapes by Debbie

Sweet Escapes by Debbie First Birthday Rainbow Balloon Garland

Balloons are beloved first birthday decorations for boys and girls; balloon installments take things to a whole new level. Use this “one” pastel arrangement as an arch, a table-top garland or whatever else your heart desires. While the decoration requires some assembly, the gorgeous end result is worth it.

Buy it: Starting from $26, Etsy.com

Published January 2019

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