30 Most Popular Boy 1st Birthday Party Themes of 2024!

by Jillian Leslie on

Congrats, your baby boy is turning one. It’s definitely a time to celebrate. You’ve come to the right place for unique first birthday party ideas for boys!

We’ve rounded up the most popular boy 1st birthday party themes from our site to help you choose the perfect one for your birthday boy and have a celebration filled with “one-der”!

There are plenty of special boy first birthday themes to choose from such as a prince themed 1st birthday, a Mickey Mouse 1st birthday and so many more!

You’ll see beautiful dessert table inspirations, plus ideas for birthday cakes, candy, cupcakes, and other snacks and treats for a whole host of first birthday boy themes. Enjoy!

Also, if you have an older son, we also have a post with our most popular boy 2nd birthday themes and one with our birthday themes for boys of any age.

And if you have a daughter, check out our most popular first birthday themes for girls.

Reasons to Love These Unique Boy 1st Birthday Party Themes!

  • Party on Easy Mode: Forget the stress – these themes come with hassle-free, ready-to-go supplies, making party planning a breeze.
  • Epic Toddler Entertainment: Packed with age-appropriate activities, these themes promise a toddler-approved bash.
  • Insta-Worthy Vibes: Transform your space into a visually stunning wonderland, perfect for capturing moments and sharing with friend.
  • Celebration Without the Splurge: Cheers to budget-friendly festivities! We offer over 20 sets of free boy birthday party printables you can download for free!
  • Anywhere, Anytime Party Magic: Whether it’s a living room or a backyard, these themes adapt seamlessly to any venue.
  • Unforgettable Fun: From mouth-watering treats to interactive surprises, these boy first birthday themes are your ticket to a celebration tha’s downright unforgettable.

Most Popular Boy 1st Birthday Party Themes of 2024!

1. Wild One Safari/ Jungle Parties

For a truly memorable and unique first birthday party for your little boy, transform your backyard into a magical jungle with lush greenery, animal-themed decorations, and a safari-inspired cake that will make his special day an unforgettable adventure.

Kids love wild animals. Wild One Safari / Jungle 1st birthday parties are one of the most popular party themes at the moment.

Party Tip: They are a great excuse to decorate with as many jungle stuffed animals as possible.

Also, here’s a cute jungle garland DIY you can make to hang behind your dessert table.

Browse real jungle safari parties here.


Download either our FREE jungle safari party printables or our FREE “jungle fun” safari party printables decorate your party in wild style!

Wild One Safari/ Jungle 1st Birthday Parties

2. Baby Shark Parties

With the growing success of Baby Shark, we have seen a massive increase in Baby Shark-themed 1st birthday parties.

So treat your baby boy to an under the sea adventure and throw them a Baby Shark birthday party with these amazing Baby Shark party ideas we’ve put together for you!

Party Tip: For budget-conscious party decor add lots of balloons in bright colors like in the party below.

Browse real baby shark parties here.


And make sure you download our awesome FREE Baby Shark printables with party invitations, favor tags, cupcake toppers, blank food cards, welcome signs, water bottle labels, straw flags, and a “Happy Birthday” banner.

Baby Shark 1st Birthday Parties

3. Mickey Mouse Parties

Mickey Mouse has forever been a part of our lives and has a special place in everyone’s heart.

For a little boy’s first birthday, make it magical with a fun Mickey Mouse 1st birthday party, one of the ideal first birthday themes for boys!

Check out the best Mickey Mouse party ideas we’ve found to help you throw the party of the year.

Browse real Mickey Mouse parties here.


Download our free Mickey Mouse party printables to decorate your party in style with: invitations, party circles, welcome signs, a “Celebrate” banner (small and large), menu and thank you cards, water bottle labels, favor tags, favor bag toppers, and mini chocolate bar wrappers.

Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Parties

4. Circus Parties

There’s so much fun to be had at a circus, and a circus party is no different!

Awesome movies, such as Dumbo and The Greatest Showman, have made circus party themes increasingly popular.

For unique inspiration, check out all our excellent circus/carnival party ideas.

We also have great circus/carnival party game ideas that all your little guests will love.

Circus birthday parties are all about having a good time and you can be sure that your guests will have a blast at your little boy’s 1st birthday.

Party Tip: Decorate with lots of circus props, like circus animals, tents, and tickets.

Browse real circus parties here.


To take your party to a new level, be sure to download this set of free circus/carnival party printables or our new collection of free retro circus/carnival party printables.

Circus 1st Birthday Parties

5. Prince Parties

Your little boy deserves nothing less than a first birthday theme fit for a prince, so how about treating him to a regal party.

Prince parties are one of the most popular party themes on our site.

They are great for a wide variety of parties from 1st birthdays to baby showers!

Browse real prince parties here.


Decorate with the most elegant party decorations you can get your hands on, such as these charming FREE prince printables.

Prince 1st Birthday Parties

6. Dinosaur Parties

Searching for 1st birthday themes for baby boy or boy first birthday ideas? How about a playful dinosaur adventure that takes your little one and their guests back to the prehistoric era? With dinosaur-themed decorations, a fossil excavation activity, and a cake shaped like a T-Rex, it will be a roaring good time for everyone involved, making it a party to remember.

We’ve got so many cool dinosaur party ideas, don’t miss this.

And here’s a collection of incredible dinosaur cakes from real parties on our site.

Party Tip: Set up a dinosaur dig or scavenger hunt for dinosaur bones as a party activity.

Browse real dinosaur parties here.


If you need party decorations, look no further. We have the cutest FREE dinosaur party printables for you to quickly print out and assemble.

Dinosaur 1st Birthday Parties

7. Peter Rabbit Parties

Peter Rabbit is a much-loved character from the classic children’s books by Beatriz Potter.

He’s an adorable bunny that loves getting into lots of trouble in Mr. McGregor’s garden.

A Peter Rabbit theme is a wonderful choice for a first birthday celebration if your child is a fan of the books or even the movie.

Browse real Peter Rabbit parties here.

Peter Rabbit 1st Birthday Parties

8. Sesame Street Parties

Toddlers love watching Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and pals on Sesame Street.

They have been teaching us numbers, colors, the alphabet, and more for years now, and just like Mickey Mouse, have a special place in our hearts.

So treat your son and guests to a fun-packed, Sesame Street themed first birthday party with all their favorite friends.

Browse real Sesame Street parties here.

Sesame Street 1st Birthday Parties

9. Woodland Parties

Kids love adorable little woodland animals which is why we’ve rounded up these rustic woodland party ideas to help you throw a sweet party for your son.

Who’s heart doesn’t melt at the sight of a cute little fox or deer?

Browse real woodland themed parties here.

Woodland 1st Birthday Parties

10. Little Man Parties

Another cool 1st birthday party theme fit for your little boy would have to be a little man’s 1st birthday!

Browse real little man/mustache parties here.


Decorate with a bunch of bow ties and mustaches, or even these fun FREE little man party printables, and your party will be a success.

Little Man 1st Birthday Parties

11. Airplane Parties

If your son is a fan of airplanes then he’ll absolutely love an airplane-themed 1st birthday party.

It’s a great theme that you can turn into a classic with a more vintage look.

You can use clouds, maps, and a bunch of airplanes to have your party take off!

Browse real airplane parties here.

12. Hot Air Balloon Parties

Go back even further in time and treat your guests to a hot air balloon-themed 1st birthday.

There’s something wonderful about flying away in a hot air balloon which is why it’s a great party theme for a little boy.

As with airplane parties, you too can decorate this one with clouds and blue skies, and of course a bunch of hot air balloons.

Browse real hot air balloon parties here.

Hot AIr Balloon 1st Birthday Parties

13. Boss Baby Parties

The movie and TV show Boss Baby is so much fun, and the perfect choice if you have your own little boss around the house.

To get fun inspiration for your party, check out all the Boss Baby party ideas we’ve rounded up for you.

Browse real Boss Baby parties here.

Boss Baby 1st Birthday Parties

14. Lion King Parties

Kids love the Lion King movie. It’s such a classic, with great tunes, like ‘Hakuna Matata’, and my favorite, ‘Circle of Life’, not to mention the adorable Simba!

If your child loves watching the movie over and over again then you can bet a Lion King-themed 1st birthday is the perfect theme for his party!

Browse real Lion King Parties here.

Lion King 1st Birthday Parties

15. Farm Parties

There’s something so heartwarming about a trip to the farm to see all the animals.

Kids, young ones especially, love nothing more than to see the chickens, cows, and pigs!

So how about treating your little one to a delightful farm-themed 1st birthday packed with all his favorite farm animals?

I can’t think of anything better than some farm animal cookies and cake pops!

Party Tip: A great activity for a woodland party is a petting zoo filled with cute, furry animals.

Browse real farm birthday parties here.

Farm 1st Birthday Parties

16. Winnie the Pooh Parties

Winnie the Pooh has a very special place in so many of our hearts and is such a big part of our childhood.

Introduce your child to the magical world of Pooh Bear and all his friends and throw him a wonderful Winnie the Pooh-themed 1st birthday.

Recreate Hundred Acre Wood with some amazing woodland-inspired party decorations and don’t forget the bees!

Browse real Winnie the Pooh parties here.

 Winnie the Pooh 1st Birthday Parties

17. Toy Story Parties

I’m pretty sure your little boy would love nothing more than his toys coming to life like in the movie Toy Story.

So here are some fantastic Toy Story party ideas to help you plan your baby’s party with our cute cowboy, Woody, and our favorite astronaut, Buzz.

Browse real Toy Story parties here.

18. Teddy Bear Parties

No one can resist a friendly teddy!

Kids this age can find so much comfort in their own teddy, so seems fitting to make a teddy bear themed birthday party.

Get hold of as many teddies as you can to decorate your space and treat each one of your guests with their very own teddy bear party favor to take home with them!

Browse real teddy bear parties here.

Teddy Bear 1st Birthday Parties

19. Nautical Parties

When it comes to choosing 1st birthday themes for a baby boy, you can’t go wrong with a charming nautical adventure, complete with sailboat decorations, anchors, and a delicious ocean-inspired cake that will set sail to a joyous and memorable celebration.

So pack your suitcases and set sail!

Browse real nautical parties here.


Download our free “Set Sail” nautical party printables or our striped nautical party printables to add that special touch to your party.

Nautical 1st Birthday Parties

20. “Where the Wild Things Are Parties

Children this age love books and listening to stories and looking at all the pretty illustrations.

We’ve collected our favorite “Where the Wild Things Are” 1st birthday parties to inspire you! Take a look!

Maurice Sendak’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is a favorite in many households. If this is the case in yours then look no further. You’ve just found the perfect theme for your son’s 1st birthday party!

Browse real “Where the Wild Things Are” parties here.

Where the Wild Things Are 1st Birthday Parties

21. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Parties

Another literary classic is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ that kids also love having read to them (probably night after night).

Here are some of our favorite “Very Hungry Caterpillar” party ideas to inspire you.

Browse real “Very Hungry Caterpillar” parties here.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Parties

22. Baseball Parties

You can never really go wrong with a sports-themed party, especially a vintage baseball one.

It’s a really popular 1st birthday party theme for young boys and is a great pick if your child is already into the sport.

So grab some catcher’s mitts, bats, and balls and scatter them around as decoration!

Browse real baseball parties here.

Baseball 1st Birthday Parties

23. Train Parties

All aboard for a fantastic 1st birthday celebration! Transform your party venue into a whimsical train station with train-themed decorations and activities.

From colorful train banners to train-shaped cake pops, this party theme is perfect for any little conductor.

Create a train track throughout the venue and let the little ones enjoy a train ride adventure. All aboard the birthday express!

Don’t miss our real train parties.

Train 1st Birthday Parties

24. Construction Parties

Get ready to build lasting memories at your little one’s construction-themed 1st birthday bash!

From hard hats to tool belts, transform your party space into a construction zone filled with excitement. With construction-themed decorations and activities, your guests will surely have a ‘wheely’ good time.

Don’t forget to incorporate caution signs, toy bulldozers, and orange cones to enhance the construction vibe.

Check out our 7 must-haves for a construction birthday party.

Browse real construction parties here.

Construction 1st Birthday Parties

24. Sport Parties

Score a touchdown with a sports-themed 1st birthday celebration for your little MVP!

Whether it’s basketball, baseball, or soccer, choose your child’s favorite sport and deck out the party space with sports equipment, jerseys, and themed decorations.

Incorporate sports-related games and activities to keep the little athletes entertained. It’s a winning formula for a birthday full of active fun and sportsmanship.

Browse real sport parties here.

Sport 1st Birthday Parties

25. Paw Patrol Parties

A Paw Patrol theme is a fantastic choice for a boy’s 1st birthday, combining entertainment with positive values. The beloved characters and vibrant setting of the animated series provide an engaging and visually appealing atmosphere for the little ones.

With its emphasis on teamwork and problem-solving, Paw Patrol introduces valuable lessons in an age-appropriate manner. The readily available themed decorations simplify party planning, while the playful nature of Paw Patrol ensures a dynamic and memorable celebration.

It’s a paw-some way to celebrate the first year, offering both entertainment and valuable life lessons for the birthday child and their little guests.

Take a look at these real Paw Patrol parties here.

Paw Patrol 1st Birthday Parties

26. Superhero Parties

Calling all little superheroes! Your child’s 1st birthday is set to be a super-powered celebration with a superhero-themed party.

Deck out the venue with capes, masks, and cityscape backdrops to create the ultimate superhero atmosphere.

Whether your little one is a fan of Batman, Superman, or their own superhero creation, this party is sure to be an action-packed adventure for all the little heroes in attendance.

Don’t miss all our fantastic superhero party ideas for inspiration!

Browse real superhero parties here.


Download our FREE superhero party printables and use them to decorate your party!

Superhero 1st Birthday Parties

27. Monster Parties

Get ready for a monstrously fun 1st birthday celebration! Turn your venue into a playful monster haven with vibrant colors, googly eyes, and silly monster faces.

From monster cupcakes to ‘monster mash’ dance-offs, this theme is all about embracing the whimsical and silly side of birthdays.

Let the little monsters roam free and enjoy a day filled with laughter, smiles, and monstrously good treats.

Check out all our real monster parties here.

Monster 1st Birthday Parties

28. Cowboy Parties

Saddle up for a rootin’ tootin’ good time at your little cowboy’s 1st birthday party! With cowboy hats, bandanas, and a touch of Western charm, your party space will be transformed into a frontier adventure.

Decorate with hay bales, sheriff badges, and horseshoes for an authentic cowboy feel.

Get ready for a hoedown filled with cowboy-themed treats and games that’ll have the little cowpokes yee-hawing with joy.

Browse real cowboy parties here.

Cowboy 1st Birthday Parties

29. Under The Sea Parties

Dive into a world of underwater enchantment as you celebrate your little one’s 1st birthday under the sea!

Transform your venue into an ocean wonderland with blue and teal decorations, sea creature cutouts, and shimmering underwater vibes to create a magical underwater experience for your guests.

Don’t forget to include fish-shaped snacks and sea-themed activities for a birthday celebration that’s truly ‘fin’-tastic!

Take a look at all our real under the sea parties here.

Under The Sea 1st Birthday Parties

30. Winter Wonderland Parties

To finish off, we have the perfect party theme for a baby’s first birthday party during the winter!

What could be better than a winter one-derland 1st birthday full of snow, hot chocolate, and cute winter animals, such as penguins and polar bears?

Browse real Winter Wonderland parties here.


We’ve even got free Winter Wonderland party printables to download and use to decorate your beautiful party! Check them out!

Winter Wonderland 1st Birthday Parties

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Most Popular Boy 1st Birthday Party Themes FAQS

What makes boy 1st birthday party themes so popular?

Their universal appeal caters to a wide range of interests, ensuring widespread popularity.

Are these themes adaptable to different party settings?

Absolutely, they work well in various venues, from cozy homes to spacious outdoor areas.

What party food should I serve at a 1st birthday party?

Consider serving toddler-friendly finger foods like mini sandwiches, fruit slices, cheese cubes, and small, soft snacks to accommodate the little guests’ developing tastes and motor skills.

What are fun party activities for a boy’s 1st birthday?

Engage the little ones with activities like a soft play area, a mini ball pit, or a sensory station filled with textures and colors, ensuring age-appropriate fun and stimulation.

How to throw a little boys 1st birthday on a budget?

Throw a budget-friendly 1st birthday by opting for DIY decorations, planning a simple menu with homemade treats, and utilizing free or low-cost venues, ensuring a memorable celebration without breaking the bank.

Are these themes easy to plan for busy parents?

Absolutely, many come with readily available supplies, simplifying the planning process.

How long should a 1st birthday last?

A 1st birthday celebration typically lasts around 2 to 3 hours, considering the attention span and energy levels of the little guests.

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