1st Birthday Party Ideas, Free Printable 1st Birthday Invitations and Cards

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Your kid is about to turn one and to others it may seem trivial, but it really isn’t!
It’s a wonderful occasion and well worth celebrating!

Okay, so your child probably won’t really remember it, but he or she will enjoy the attention. And you – and everyone you invite – will certainly remember this first birthday for many years to come. So, you’ll want to make your child’s first birthday as memorable as you can.

This website is created with the sole purpose of helping you do just that.

Look no further. You have found THE site for all kinds of first birthday ideas – and lots of other useful things.

Printable Birthday Invitations

With a cute picture and a little poem on the birthday invitation all you have to do is print the card and add the name of the birthday child, the place, when all the fun starts and a number where they can contact you.

If you print the card with 300 dpi the size of the card (that goes for all of them unless I mention another size) is 4 x 6 inches.

1st Birthday Invitations Girl:

1st birthday invitation

1st birthday invitation penguin

baby rabbit girl invitation

Girl 1st birthday invitation


You will find 1st birthday boy invitations below, as well as an invitation for twins, and some printable invitations for both boys and girls.

And – of course, you will find so many more invitations and cards on the other pages on this website, all free to use for your own private use.


Whether you’re looking for help with your birthday invitation wording; or you want to know how to create birthday invitations from scratch; or more personalized  invitations; or you want free birthday invitation templates; or you just want a birthday party checklist to make sure you have thought of everything … you can find it here.

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Some Parents Go Nuts – You Don’t Have to!

Some parents, particularly those who want the absolutely ‘picture perfect’ birthday party, tend to go kind of nuts when their child’s first birthday is coming up and it’s time to send out those invitations. You can do that too, if you like, but there’s really no reason why you should.

birthday tedd bear‘Perfect’ is just a word in the dictionary, not something that occurs much in real life, and you might want to consider if ‘really great’ or simply just ‘enjoyable’ might be better choices here.

The whole purpose of a birthday, after all, is for people to enjoy themselves. The birthday child, the guests and YOU should all be enjoying yourselves!

So the very first of our ideas and tips for your child’s 1st birthday would be to relax your expectations and the demands you make of yourselves as parents and hosts. If you’re all stressed out, nobody will be enjoying themselves as much as they might have.


1st Birthday Boy Invitations:


Birthday invitation boy



Pirate Birthday Invitation

Think of Your Kid’s Experience

burthday child with presentImagine being a one year old child. Everyone around is behaving frantically. Lots of people are coming in and looking at you, cooing over you and maybe tickling you. A giant fuss is being made, a bunch of square and colorful, perhaps glittery boxes are being placed in front of your face, so you poke at them and odds are you’ll only find them interesting if they rattle.

Then something different is being placed in front you. It has a candle in it, and when you poke it your hand disappears into it. It’s squishy, and now your hand is all dirty. Then, horror of horrors, someone shoves your face into the birthday cake and everybody around you is laughing their head off and taking pictures with flashlights that are blinding you every time you look at them.

Sure, all the attention is great, but the flashlights and the noise is tiresome and pretty soon all you want is to be left alone to play around with your blocks. Or, even better, take a nap.

So, to make your kid’s first birthday party a success for your kid, you’ll want to put yourself in his or her tiny little shoes. But hold on, that’s not all …


Think of Your Guests’ Experience

The next set of shoes you’ll want to imagine yourself in are those of your guests. So, think back to occasions where you were invited (using a birthday invitation) and you a guest at someone else’s birthday party, be it a 1st birthday party or any other age. As a guest, what kind of birthday invitation did you appreciate? What kind of birthday party?

Next, send a thought to the specific people you will be inviting. What kind of birthday invitations and birthday party would they appreciate? (Odds are, the word ‘perfect’ isn’t really relevant here, words like ‘pleasant’, ‘relaxed’ and ‘fun’ are much more likely to occur).

But again, hold on, this is not all, either …

But in the meantime here is a 1st birthday invitation for parents with twins:



Think of Your Own Experience

You may tend to think and feel that the birthday invitations you send out, and the 1st birthday party you give is all about your kid and your guests, but really, that’s not at all true.

It is just as much about yourself – the parents of the birthday child. You deserve to enjoy yourself as you design the 1st birthday invitation, plan the party, eat the cake and take part in the celebration on that special day.

So, please try to think of yourself as well. This is where letting go of the idea of ‘picture perfect’ is particularly important. Just relax and don’t overdo it all.



Party Ideas & Tips: Think of the Whole

So, the last of our somewhat unusual  birthday party ideas or birthday tips would be to think about your 1st birthday party in three distinctly different ways:

 – what would be great for the birthday child?

– what would be great for the guests?

– what would be great for you, yourself, the parents?

Those three tings are not the same, and you should keep them somewhat compartmentalized in your mind. First, think about each one of them and make sure you get each one right, and THEN you put them together in a whole, where you may need to make a few compromises along the way.


That said, when you want to create a nice 1st birthday party in practice, where do you start? You start with the …


1st birthday card with elephant and trees and apples1st Birthday Invitations

Making the invitations can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the entire birthday party, because you get to be creative and send the result out to all your friends and family.

Consequently, some parents spend many hours laboring over a computer to come up with the best birthday invitation wording, select the best fonts, the best pictures, the best colors, and the best theme for their child’s birthday party.

Indeed, if you are a parent looking for a way to add some sparkle to your child’s party, you may want to invest some time in making the invitations look as elegant, simple, fancy, decorate, colorful, or fun as you want.

This is wonderful fun, and a great way to do it, and we’ll give you lots of tips and ideas on how to make your own birthday invitations from scratch.

You can of course also use some of the free birthday invitation templates here on this page, and here is a cards in three different versions.
You can use them all three or chose one that is best for your child’s birthday:

1st birthday greeting card



Actually there are a couple of more versions of this card below.

Personalized Birthday Invitations

But then you might be the type who doesn’t want to spend many hours to create birthday invitations, but just a few – we have some free birthday invitation templates you can use as is or modify to make more personalized birthday invitations.

Photo Birthday Invitations

If your preference in personalized birthday invitations is photo birthday invitations, with a photo of your child on them, we can also help you do that.

And here is a birthday invitation where you can add a photo of the birthday child, either on the PC or glue it onto the card.


Birthday Cards and Free Printable Birthday Cards

Or, perhaps you want your invitations to simply be cards? Or, maybe you are the one invited to a 1st birthday party so you’ll want to send the parents a card?

We’ll provide you with some free 1st birthday cards and free printable birthday cards.

Birthday card with orange kitten

Size 3,8 x 5,5 inches printed with 300 dpi


The Best First Birthday Invitations Website

Yep, when it comes to 1st birthday invitations nothing beats this website. It comes packed with great ideas for your  invitations, and our pages contain everything you need to make your child’s 1st birthday party something that you will never forget.

The material included in this site should be more than enough to help you put on a first birthday party that both your child, your guests and you are sure to enjoy. It is going to be a lot of fun for you to throw this party!

Yes, this is a big project, and it’s probably the first time for you, so please allow this website to help you out. We want to help you avoid the mistakes and pitfalls that parents run into when planning a first birthday – all of them.


After You Send Out the Invitations

The birthday invitations are sent out, the guests RSVP and then the day and the guests arrive.

The best thing about planning birthday parties for the little one is that he gets to enjoy the many games, surprises, presents, and food until nap time rolls around. Perhaps the  child has so much fun he or he even falls asleep in the cake from being so tired. Wouldn’t that make for some great birthday photos?

Parents who are trying hard to throw a beautiful 1st birthday party, we salute you! You are doing what you can to make this moment special for your child, your guests and yourselves, and in time you are all sure to look back at the photo album and hear your now grown child say, “Huh, I don’t remember this.” :-)

However, you will always have the memory of that special moment when he or she stuck their face directly into the cake as they were falling asleep during the party, and you will always be able to embarrass them by telling that story to their friends.

Everything you could possibly want for birthday invitations and 1st birthday party ideas can all be found on this website, so take some time to check out the pages below to find whatever you might need.



What You Will Find On This Site:


1st Birthday Party Ideas

Getting the birthday party invitations is only the first step, and you may find that you have absolutely no idea what to do for the party itself. On this page, you will find everything you need in order to throw the best birthday party, particularly some great ideas for the 1st birthday party of your child that will make it fun and exciting. If you don’t know how to get started planning your party, visit this page to find out as much as you need to know about coming up with great ideas for your child’s first birthday.


1st birthday celebration dino theme1st Birthday Party Themes

Not all parents are great at coming up with crazy or fun themes for their child’s first birthday party, and this is why the birthday party themes page is included on our site.

On this page, you will find dozens of different theme ideas to make your child’s party fun, and you can adapt the theme ideas or use them as is. Your party is to be exactly how you want it, but the party themes provided here will ensure that you can plan as fun and unique a 1st birthday party for your child as possible.


Birthday Party Checklist

Worried that you might forget something for your child’s birthday? Never fear, the birthday party checklist is here.

On this checklist will be a list of all the things you need to prepare for your birthday party, reminders that will help you to get everything done, and some tips to streamline the preparation process. Print the checklist out and fill it in, or simply read through it to be sure that you have prepared everything for the party. Thanks to the birthday party checklist, you never need to worry about forgetting anything for your child’s party. This checklist will come in handy for every birthday party you arrange, and it can work no matter how old your child is.


1st-birthday-cake-and-child1st Birthday Cake Designs

The cake is by far one of the most important parts of the 1st birthday party, and there is nothing like a tasty cake to help you impress your friends and family on your child’s birthday.’

On this page, you will find a number of different birthday cake recipes that you can use to make a delicious cake for your child’s birthday. Not only are the traditional cakes included, but you will find some unique recipes that you can follow to make some delicious cakes that will astound your guests’ tastebuds.

Here are ideas of what you can do to decorate your cake to be elaborate and fancy, and you will find that these cake designs laid out in the page will help you to be creative when decorating your cake.
You don’t need to be an artist or a baker to make the designs, but you will find that you can have fun with decorating your cake in such a way that it will make a great impression on your child.


Birthday Party Supplies

Preparing for the big party is important, and there are a host of supplies that you are going to need to make the party a day to remember (for your guests and family, even if your 1-year old won’t remember it).

The list of party supplies on this page will help you to know what things you need to purchase in order to be ready for the party, and you will find that everything you will need for the party will be included in the list. There are even some tips to help you make your own decorations and party supplies, thus saving you money and helping you cut down on the birthday party expenses.


Printable 1st Birthday Invitations

Making the birthday invitations is an important part of being ready for the party, but you will find that there are many ready-made invitations that you can use to save time when the day of the party is approaching.

If you (like so many parents) are a hardworking professional, you may find that sitting down and creating your own invitations in Photoshop may require more time than you might have.

In order to save you a good deal of time, we have included a number of beautiful printable invitations, as well as tips on how to use these printable birthday invitations as effectively and easily as possible. The page also features advice on how to get them printed out without costing you a fortune.


Make Your Own Birthday Invitations

If you aren’t content with standard invitations but you want to make your own invitations for the special day of your child, you will find that the Make Your Own Birthday Invitations page comes with all the materials you need to mass produce your own birthday invitations as easily as possible.

The page also comes with some tips on how to distribute the birthday invitations effectively. These personalized invitations are perfect to help you invite others to your birthday party in your own unique style, and you can make birthday party invitations that will be perfect for your family.


Kids Birthday Party Invitations

Rather than trying to go with the elegant design for the birthday party invitations for your child, this page will teach you how to make simple and fun invitations that will be appealing to small children.

With simple tips on how to use color, large fonts, and interesting backgrounds, this page will help you to prepare kid-friendly birthday invitations that are sure to attract the interest of the kids who are invited to your party.


Free Printable Birthday Cards

Rather than having to pay for stuff, why not get it free? These great free printable birthday cards come at absolutely no cost to you. After all, it’s not like the little guy is going to remember his first birthday card, so you can just basically get anything you want without having to worry about complaining because the card is the wrong color or uses a photo of him or her that is not “just right” (little one can’t talk anyways).

These cute printable birthday cards will be just what you need to add a touch of color to your child’s birthday party, and will provide you with a little space to write something special.


Free Online Birthday Cards

If you are considering looking online for birthday cards, you will need to find the ones that you don’t have to pay for. On the Free Online Birthday Cards page, you will get some tips on how to find free birthday cards on the internet, as well as how to avoid paying for birthday cards for your child. This includes tips on how to get ideas for cute birthday cards online, how to download the image to print out for your child’s birthday card, and what the watermark is that prevents you from using certain images for the card.


Birthday Cards

This page comes with great tips that can give you ideas of how to make cute birthday cards for your child, or for a child whose birthday party you are attending.

This page will teach you about how to make cards that the child will actually be interested in, such as ones that make noise, that pop up, or that can be moved around. After all, the little guy can barely focus on sticking his hand in his mouth, so imagine how much harder you are going to have to work to have his birthday card compete with such a tasty treat.


Free Birthday Invitation Templates

You may have no idea how to make great birthday invitations, and this page comes with templates that will help you to whip up some great cards easily.

The templates may be hard to edit without the right program, so there will be tips on how to use Microsoft Publisher and Photoshop to make your own birthday cards using these templates. There will also be tips on how to choose the right template, and you can find everything you need to help you make beautiful cards using these free birthday invitation templates.


Photo Birthday Invitations

Rather than using clip art for the 1st birthday invitation of your child, you will find that the Photo Birthday invitations page comes with instructions on how to make your own invitations with a photo invitation.

You will find that this page will help simplify the process of making your own invitations in MS Publisher or Photoshop, and it will make it easy for you to whip up your own invitations in a matter of minutes. With tips on how to shoot the picture for the invitation, how to use fonts, and everything else you need to know about making photo invitations, this page is great for DIYers.


Personalized Birthday Invitations

Tailoring your child’s birthday invitations to their own personal preferences (balls, sports, ponies, butterflies, etc.) will help to set the theme for the party, and included will be many little tips that can help you choose the right personalization and theme for your child’s birthday party invitations.


Birthday Invitation Wording

What to write in the birthday party invitation for your guests?

That is one of the main things that stump parents who are spending time trying to write up invitations. After all, the birthday boy or girl is only so communicative (Goo-goo Ga-ga being the extent of their vocabulary at this point), and they can’t give you an idea of what to say. In this page, you can get some ideas of what to include in the birthday party invitation, what words to use, and how to make funny invitations for your child’s first birthday party. Some of the ideas will be sheer foolishness, but you can have fun reading over the thoughts and ideas on this page in order to get some good ideas for preparing your child’s birthday invitation message.


Happy Birthday Song

Everyone around the world should know the Happy Birthday song that they sing at birthday parties, but you might be surprised to realize that some people don’t know the song.

This page comes with the lyrics to the Happy Birthday song, as well as a few modifications to the lyrics that you can use. There are also versions of the Happy Birthday songs from around the world, and you can learn a bit about how birthdays are celebrated in other countries. This page is a veritable gold mine of information on birthday celebrations and the birthday song in other countries, and you should definitely take the time to visit it and find out more.


Funny Birthday Poems

Many people like to include little birthday poems in the cards of their kids, but who says that poetry has to be somber like the works of Shelley and Lord Byron. Your kid isn’t going to understand that complex stuff anyways, so having some funny birthday poems in the birthday card will be the way to go.

On this page, you will find an assortment of funny birthday poems, as well as some funny birthday quotes that you can add to your child’s birthday card. While he or she may not get the message, all of the other adults that read these funny poems are sure to laugh at your wit.


1st Birthday Poems

Poetry may be wasted on your 1 year old, but the other parents at the party will be sure to be impressed if you can come up with some fancy poems to add in your child’s birthday card.

You will find that the 1st birthday poems page contains a number of different pieces of poetry that will make the perfect additions to your child’s birthday card, and you can impress your guests with how cultured and literary you are. The poems range from simple to funny, and you can rest assured that your child would love them if he or she could understand them.


Dinosaur Birthday Invitations

Dinosaur-themed birthday parties aren’t only for the ones who are retiring (let’s see who can catch that pun!), but you will find that your child will love his dinosaur themed party.

In the Dinosaur Birthday Invitations page you will learn how to make cute dinosaur invitations, as well as the dinosaur decorations and activities that you will use for your dinosaur themed party. Everything related to dinosaurs comes on this page, and you will get great tips about how to throw a fun dinosaur-themed party for your 1 year old who is undoubtedly fascinated by the funny looking animals with long tails and giant teeth.


First Birthday Gifts

What to get the kid for his or her first birthday; that is the question that has plagued philosophers and parents of young kids throughout the ages. While the present options were much more limited in days gone by (rock rattle or wooden pacifier), you may find that you have too many options to choose from today.

This First Birthday Gifts page will help you to find a few gifts that you can be sure your child will like, are likely to use, and may not break as fast as you might expect. The great first birthday gifts ideas will help you to narrow down your choices until you find that perfect gift that you can be sure your 1 year old will love.


Birthday Gifts for Kids

Bringing the right birthday gift for any kid’s party is important, and this page will help you to choose the right gifts according to the age of the child.

This page features gift ideas for kids ranging from 0 to 10 years old, and the gift ideas for birthday kids will make it easier for you to know what to get someone for their special day. If you don’t know what to get a kid, make sure to check out this page and get some great ideas for the present that you will give the kid.


Cool Birthday Gifts

Not only kids need gifts, but you will find that getting babies gifts can also be a lot of fun.

These cool birthday gifts are oriented more towards babies, but they are great practical gifts that the parents will also be able to use. These gifts are perfect for babies, such as pacifiers, strollers, walkers, etc. However, they are also great for the parents, as it provides them with baby gear that they have desperately needed. All in all, these cool birthday gifts are the perfect thing to get parents with young babies for a newborn baby present or baby shower.


In Other Words

This website is basically your ultimate resource for all things 1st birthday party related, though its main theme is dealing with making cool invitations.

Anything that you need to know about throwing the best 1st birthday party can be found within these many pages, and the content on this site should be your first destination when you don’t know what to do for your child’s birthday party.

You can share this site with someone who is racking their brain for first birthday party ideas, themes, first birthday invitations, and anything else for their 1 year old.
The content of this site will help make planning your child’s first birthday just that much easier.



Where Would You Like to Go from Here?

All of our custom birthday invitations are made exclusively for this site, and you won’t find any other online birthday invitations like ours.

If you are looking for the best templates to make your child’s 1st birthday party invites special, you should be able to have no problem finding them among the excellent material on this site. (This is a work in progress, so more invitations will be uploaded on a semi-regular basis).

Happy birthday invitations ideas hunting!



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