Sweet First Birthday Ideas with a Sunshine Theme
If you are celebrating your little one’s first birthday in the spring or summer, a You are my Sunshine First Birthday party would be sublime. With fun and bright colors, it’s a great theme for making memories and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine.
I am super excited to share this pretty party with you all today! Firstly, this is one of my FAVORITE themes for a first birthday.
Seriously…love it. Secondly, this party was styled with lots of love by my fabulous assistant/customer service extraordinaire Krystal for her adorable daughter, Emily.
This party was particularly fun for me because I was able to sit back and watch her getting her creativity on and fall in love with these gorgeous photos without having to do any of the heavy lifting!!
Check out the details…I know you will love it:)
How to make a Sunshine Backdrop
The sun on this back drop was hand made by Krystal using felt and yellow streamers. Isn’t it awesome? I love how she matched the sunshine printables so well.
Making this backdrop is super simple. First, you cut out the design you want with felt. You can adhere the felt directly to a backdrop or piece of fabric, or you can hang it on the day of the party.
Using the yellow streamers, cover the felt entirely by bunching the streamers up and stapling at you go. Once you have covered the entire felt, you have an amazing textured yellow sun for your backdrop.
Simple and cute!
Sunshine First Birthday Food Ideas
So the best part of any birthday is definitely the food, right? This fun first birthday party has super simple, budget friendly treats that are great for a toddler’s party.
Sunshine Cake Pops
These cake pops were my favorite detail of the party…so sweet and happy. They were also just as yummy as they were cute!!! These fantastic cake pops were made by Nikki at Nikki’s Cake Pops!
Not only were they yummy but they looked pretty stinking cute!! Here is my pretty princess with one of the cutie cute sunshine cake pops!!
With fun smiling faces, who wouldn’t want to eat these adorable little treats?
I love the chocolate ones! So did the kiddos. Yummy, yummy! Dressing up a simple cupcake with a fun cupcake topper is such an easy way to have a fun themed treat. These toppers are available for purchase at the bottom of the post.
The cupcakes were simple grocery store cupcakes dusted with yellow sanding sugar. The pretzel sticks were dipped in white chocolate and dipped into pink and teal sanding sugar. Simple, inexpensive and adorable!!!
Displaying cupcakes is simple with fun colored cupcake liners. It’s a great way to give your food a little pop of color.
Sunshine Smash Cake
Having a smash cake is a great way to celebrate a first birthday. This simple cake was a grocery store bakery special order…which is a great way to stay on budget and still have a delicious and matching cake.
S’mores on a stick anyone? Here is a clever little treat that kids will love.
These large marshmallows were put on lollipop sticks and then were dipped in chocolate and then peanut pieces…delish!!!
The ones were made by melting yellow and pink candy melts and placing in a “one” shaped candy mold. Easy peasy and adorable!! Krystal had so many great ideas for this party and made pretty much all the yummy goodies on her own!
Did you know frosting Rice Krispies treats is an easy way to make a simple kid friendly treat match your party? Not to mention that Rice Krispies with frosting is super yummy.
Dipping pretzel sticks into frosting and then sanding sugar is a a fun way to have a colorful treat that little kids will love.
Here are some helpful links for throwing a sunshine party:
SUNSHINE PARTY SUPPLIES
Looking for some coordinating tableware to help bring your party all together?
Sunshine Baby Shower Tableware from Oriental Trading
Sunshine Tableware from Oriental Trading
Pastel Sunshine Tableware from Oriental Trading
Inspired by the song, I created two printable Sunshine designs. These packages are available in several color schemes. This design has soft colors and stitching embellishments to give it that handmade sweet cuddly feel. It would be perfect for a first birthday party.
If you love these first birthday ideas, please pin this image to your birthday Pinterest board:
Conclusion for a You are my sunshine First Birthday party:
Planning a sweet first birthday party is simple with a fun theme like You are my Sunshine. With bright and colorful budget-friendly food options and simple decorations, you can have a fantastic party!
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I love the colors!! I want to try to make the smores on a stick this summer with my bunch.
Awesome! They were super yummy:)
That’s sun is amazing! Having a party with this theme and want to know how to make it.
What a special party. I particularly love the smash cake bit, followed by the meltdown picture. Now THAT is some realistic mothering, right there. Well done!
Everything is so pretty as usual. Emily picture by the cake could not be cuter.
What a cute idea! I could do something like this for my boys using “sonshine” (hence my blog name). I love the big sun on the backdrop for all the food.
The sunshine cake pops are so awesome!! I love your backdrop, so much creative on a board!
Ok….. I will not start looking for my invites in the mail to all of your amazing parties!! This makes me want to have a little girl birthday party for myself! ha
Beautiful party! I love the fun summer theme.. that backdrop is amazing!
Awww what a fun little ray of sunshine! Perfect for a spring birthday.
everything here is literally so freaking cute I can’t even decide which items are my favorite. maybe the cake pops or the smores on a stick! sweet tooth
This is just so adorable!! Makes me wish I had a little girl to throw one for!!
So cute!! I love the colors and sunshine is such a cute theme.
This sunshine party is such a great idea! I never would have thought to make something so simple as this the theme.
These are such cute DIY printables, I specially love those cake pops and rice krispy treats. You are really talented, I always love your work!
Oh wow, this came out so beautiful! I love the soft, feminine colors!
No one could resist the cuteness and colorfulness of these decorations. Awww.. your article just brightens my day a little. btw happy birthday to your little Emily.
This post takes me back to when my daughter turned one. You put on such a cute party and it looks like Emily had a blast. But her face reminds me of my daughter face planting in her birthday cake three times. She was so exhausted from all the excitement she literally passed out into her birthday cake. It was hilarious.
This whole theme looks so fun and interesting and I am sure Emily enjoyed it so much. I am in love with the sunshine cake poppers.