Will your little girl or boy be turning one this summer? Plan an outdoor first birthday party with these affordable and fun summer first birthday ideas! Ranging from Hawaiian luau to backyard bbq, picnic, beach, and pool party, these summer birthday themes will not only save you money and stress, but also add warmth and joy to your baby’s special day.
Summer First Birthday Ideas: Hawaiian Luau Theme
Whether you’re planning an authentic Hawaiian luau for your baby’s first birthday or have something more casual in mind, you can use these luau first birthday ideas for venue, decoration, and entertainment inspiration.
Summer First Birthday Ideas — First Birthday Luau Ideas
First Birthday Luau Ideas: Venue
If you’ll be holding your first birthday luau outdoors, find a location with ample space, good lighting, and plenty of natural beauty.
Parks, beaches, and gardens are all great options, but if you’d like to save money, you can always hold your first birthday luau in your own backyard.
Whichever outdoor location you choose, guests will likely feel at ease with plenty of fresh air, open space, and sunshine.
First Birthday Luau Ideas: Decorations
After finding a great spot for your first birthday luau, embellish your theme with colorful balloons, banners, and bunting. If your party will last until evening, light up your venue with strings of lights and tiki torches.
Have fun accentuating your theme with appropriate decorations, but there’s no need to go overboard. Most outdoor venues are gorgeous by themselves, so adding too much can take away from what’s already there.
First Birthday Luau Ideas: Entertainment, Games, Favors
Consider setting up a Jaws inspired photo booth, like this one. It will add to your theme and double as entertainment for guests.
Rent bounce houses for the kids at your first birthday luau. Give guests a party favor that they can use as entertainment at your first birthday luau, like beach balls, kites, sunglasses, or frisbees.
If you want to make your favor more personal, inscribe it with with a personalized message or your baby’s birthday.
Try making your own giant banana grams or scrabble pieces by following the link provided — it’s affordable to make, easy to play, and something young and old alike will enjoy.
First Birthday Luau Ideas: Food
Fresh fruit will help keep guests cool while adding color and tropical flavor to your luau first birthday party menu. Cups filled with sliced watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe are a simple, delicious option for guests. You can use fruit cutters or cookie cutters to cut slices of watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and muskmelon into fun shapes.
If you have more time and would like to make your spread even more interesting, fruit kebabs, watermelons on a stick, and hallowed out watermelons filled with sliced fruit are more fun, creative options for your first birthday luau feast. Follow the links provided for more details on each option.
Beyond fruit, authentic Hawaiian dishes like lau lau, haupia, and kailua pig can also be served to satisfy guests’ hunger and add to your Hawaiian luau first birthday theme.
Summer First Birthday Ideas — First Birthday Luau Invitations
Since your summer first birthday party will have a unique luau theme, the best way to find summer and luau first birthday invitations that match it is to personalize your own with a custom card and invitation company like PurpleTrail.com.
PurpleTrail offers a fine collection of fully-customizable first birthday invitation templates that you can personalize with your choice of photos, colors, fonts, and more, so check out their website, find a design you love, and personalize it to match your luau first birthday party perfectly.
Use the wording ideas below for your first birthday invitations:
First Birthday Luau Invitation Wording
Hula on over to baby Sarah's first birthday luau! 06.07.2015 12:00 pm our home 343 Ocean View, Honolulu, HI The celebration will be outdoors, so please dress for the weather. No gifts necessary.
The Pineapple of our eye is turning one! Join us for baby Robert's Luau First Birthday Party July 20th, 2015 at noon At Sandy's Beach 343 Water St., Seattle, WA Food, drinks, entertainment provided.
Summer First Birthday Ideas: Picnic Theme
Holding a picnic themed first birthday party is not only a great way to celebrate while enjoy nice weather and classic summer dishes, but also will help you save money you’d otherwise spend on a venue and catered food.
Picnic First Birthday Ideas: Venue
Again, parks, beaches, gardens, or your own backyard are great places to hold a picnic first birthday party. Find somewhere with a well-kept lawn, bathrooms, and a good balance of sun and shade.
Picnic First Birthday Ideas: Decorations, Favors
If you’re willing to splurge a bit on your child’s picnic first birthday, as guests enter, pass out picnic baskets filled with blankets, frisbees, and small snacks. Guests can pick their own spot to set up and use their other favors, the frisbee and snacks, to entertain themselves throughout the celebration. The blankets will accentuate your theme and add a lot of color and charm to your celebration.
Everyone won’t want to sit on the ground, and you’ll also need a place to set up food, drinks, cake, and presents, so finding a location with picnic tables on premise is a good idea. Cover your picnic tables in plaid table clothes to further embellish your theme. Balloons, banners, strings of lights, and bunting can also be used for decoration.
Think about setting up these cute DIY, no-sew tepees from Fawnoverbaby.com for the kids at your party. They are easy to make, inexpensive, and can be set up anywhere. Plus, kids will love relaxing and playing in them at your picnic first birthday party.
Picnic First Birthday Ideas: Food
Keep your picnic first birthday food simple with summer classics like sandwiches, lemonade, strawberry shortcake, and anything else that comes to mind when thinking of summer picnics. To save time and money, and add a personal touch to your spread, you can also ask guests to bring a picnic themed beverage, dessert, or entree.
Summer First Birthday Ideas — Picnic First Birthday Invitations
Finding picnic themed first birthday invitations that match your taste, palette, and style perfectly will be challenging, so, again, we encourage you to create your own on PurpleTrail.com.
They have a ton of cute first birthday templates, including the lady bug first birthday invitation below, that you can make your own with their amazing design tools. You can add picnic flavor to your first birthday invitations with wood-grain details, a red, white, and brown palette, and embellishments that relate to summer or picnics, like watermelons, strawberries, and plaid.
Use the first birthday picnic invitation wording ideas below for tips on what wording to include in your own picnic first birthday invitations.
Picnic First Birthday Invitation Wording
Join us for fun in the sun as baby Ira turns one at
Ira’s Picnic First Birthday Party
Friday, April 26th, 2015
343 Pine Street, Seattle, WA
Join us for a picnic in the woods
to celebrate baby William’s first birthday
Sunday, August 4th, 2015 12:00 pm
Shoreline Park, 333 Pine St., Seattle, WA
Blankets, food, entertainment provided.
Summer First Birthday Ideas: Pool Party Theme, Beach
A first birthday pool party theme and first birthday beach party theme are both great motifs for your baby’s summer soiree. Whether you hold your first birthday pool party poolside, at the beach, or simply set up kiddie pools, sprinklers, and slip and slides in your own backyard, the birthday honoree is bound to have a blast on his or her special day. Use the first birthday pool party ideas and first birthday beach party ideas below for tips on what to include in your own celebration.
First Birthday Pool Party Ideas, Beach Ideas: Venue
You can of course hold your first birthday pool party or first birthday beach party at a pool, water park, or beach. This will be a fun spot for kids and adults alike. If you don’t have a pool or don’t have a lot of cash to spend on reserving space where there is one, you can always set up in your own backyard and add to your theme with kiddie pools and sprinklers or go all out and rent an inflatable water slide.
First Birthday Pool Party Ideas, Beach Ideas: Decorations, Favors
Inflate beach balls and toss them in your pool, if you have one. Pass out inflatable water floats to guests as party favors. Create cheap, colorful bunting out of plastic pool noodles by following this tutorial on MakeZine.com.
You can also use pool noodles to make your own Popsicle bunting, like in the photo above, by following this tutorial on OhHappyDay.com. Brighten up your venue with colorful paper lanterns, bunting, and strings of lights.
First Birthday Pool Party Ideas, Beach Ideas: Food
Fresh fruit, tropical beverages, and grilled favorites, like hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, and potatoes can all be served.
First Birthday Pool Party Invitations, Beach Invitations:
Beyond noting your first birthday party’s time, place, and happenings, your first birthday invitations should also convey your beach or pool party theme to guests. Relay your summery theme with a vibrant palette, summery embellishments, and a unique trim. Design round, beach ball themed invitations on PurpleTrail.com or personalize the splish and splash invitations above.
Use the first birthday pool party invitation wording ideas below for ideas on what to include in your own first birthday pool party invitations.
First Birthday Pool Party Invitation Wording, Beach Wording
Let’s make a splash for baby
Baby Ada’s turning one!
Join us for a first birthday pool party
July 15th, 2016
Our Home: 343 Oak St., Billings, Montana
Bring a towel and clothes. Fun and food provided.
An invitation to chill with us at
Baby Brian’s First Birthday Pool Party
July 15th, 2015 at noon
Wild Water Park
4534 Stone St., Miami, Fl
Summer First Birthday Ideas: Backyard BBQ Theme
A backyard BBQ first birthday party can be fun, affordable, and easy to plan for. Set up in your own backyard or hold your first birthday BBQ at a park or friend’s house.
Backyard BBQ First Birthday Ideas: Decorations
Mason jars can be used to serve food and drinks, but you can also use them as decor by adding fresh cut flowers or candles. If your backyard BBQ first birthday will last until evening, brighten up your venue with strings of lights, tiki torches, and candles.
Inscribe chalkboard signs with a special birthday message or use them to note what’s on the menu. You can purchase customized chalkboard signs on Etsy.com or you can always make your own with chalkboard paint and large frames.
Try making your own watermelon garland, like in the photo above, for your backyard BBQ first birthday party by following the tutorial on TheThriftyGinger.com.
Backyard BBQ First Birthday Ideas: Food
Any of the suggestions mentioned in the picnic and pool party sections will work for this theme, including watermelon, lemonade, and grilled food, like hamburgers and hot dogs. You can also diversify your menu while cutting down costs by asking guests to bring a dish to pass.
Backyard BBQ First Birthday Ideas: Entertainment
Prepare entertainment for all age-levels. Keep your little guests entertained with bubbles, balls, and toys. Have frisbee and over-sized banana grams for kids and adults. Build a campfire when it gets closer to dusk, so guests can wind down, relax, and enjoy marshmallows and smores around the fire.
Summer First Birthday Ideas — Backyard BBQ First Birthday Invitations
Choose backyard BBQ first birthday invitations that reflect your theme and style. Note how formal your backyard BBQ first birthday party will be and what guests should bring. Make it clear that your celebration will be held outdoors so guests dress accordingly. Use the backyard BBQ first birthday invitation wording below for more tips on what to include in your own invitations.
Backyard BBQ First Birthday Invitation Wording
Baby Robin is turning 1!
Join us for a backyard first birthday BBQ to celebrate.
July 5th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
343 Green Street, Seattle, WA
Summer First Birthday Ideas: Nautical Theme
If you’re in search of a summery theme that’s a bit more formal, a nautical first birthday party theme’s for you. You can incorporate sophisticated navy blue, sea-themed decor alongside adorable sailor puns, ocean-scape backdrops, and formal table settings. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg; read on for more creative, fun nautical first birthday party ideas.
Nautical First Birthday Party Ideas: Venue
If you’re planning a nautical first birthday party on a budget, prepare a seafood feast at home. Include dishes your younger guests will also enjoy, like seafood mac and cheese, fresh fruits, and nautical themed desserts.
If you have a bigger budget, hold your celebration at a restaurant and work with staff to customize a menu and prep a space with nautical decorations for your child’s nautical first birthday party. Beaches, parks, and backyards will also work nicely for your nautical fist birthday party.
Nautical First Birthday Party Ideas: Decorations
Try making your own our life saver wreath, like this one on ChristmasBaby10.Blogspot.com. Attach a welcome note and use it to decorate the entrance of your nautical first birthday party.
Chalkboard signs can also be used to welcome guests to the party. Add extra nautical flavor to your signs with funny puns, like “Whale-come! Thanks for sail-a-brating with us!”
Stretch this anchors and hearts garland from Etsy.com across tables, hallways, and walls. Attach netting to your ceiling and fill it with blue balloons.
Nautical First Birthday Party Ideas: Watermelon Ship
Summer First Birthday Ideas — Nautical First Birthday Party Invitations
PurpleTrail has adorable nautical first birthday party invitations that are worth checking out. They even have booklet and tri-fold designs which allow you to share multiple photos, more text, and plenty of party details with guests. We featured a few of their nautical first birthday invitations here, but you can find more on their website. Use the nautical first birthday party invitation wording ideas below to fill your invites with colorful language.
Nautical First Birthday Party Invitation Wording
Anchors aweigh, It's baby Joseph's 1st birthday! Join us for his nautical themed first birthday April 18th, 2016 12:00 pm Our Home -- 343 Oak St., Seattle, WA The celebration will be outdoors so please dress accordingly.
All hands on deck for baby Mary's Nautical First Birthday Party Sea Breeze Restaurant 977 Water Street, Seattle, WA Semi-Formal Attire Requested.
Baby Natasha is sailing into her second year!
Join us to celebrate at her
Nautical First Birthday Party
April 3rd, 2016 at noon
343 Water Street, Seattle, WA
Hopefully you found these summer first birthday ideas and outdoor themes inspiring! To make your celebration even more interesting, consider mixing a few of these themes together. Good luck planning your party. Find more great first birthday ideas on our homepage IdeasForFirstBirthdayParty.net.