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44 Bright and Bold Ways to Celebrate Spring Birthdays

Mar 3 2014 - 6:44am

If you have a little one with a Spring birthday, boy are you lucky! Your kiddo's birthday month falls right in between cold and blustery Winter and too-hot-to-handle Summer, making an outdoor soiree a likely option. We've plowed through our massive pool of kiddie birthday party themes and narrowed down our top 44 ideas for Spring babies. They cover boys, girls, and kids of all ages, with a focus on bright colors and plenty of fun. Scroll through, and get inspired by the party-planning geniuses who have been kind enough to share their skills on our site.

Source: Tikkido [1]

A Pink and Blue Sleeping Beauty Party

We've seen our fair share of princess parties inspired by Disney. But while Sleeping Beauty — aka Briar Rose, aka Princess Aurora — is one of our favorite classic Disney princesses, she hasn't popped up on the kid party circuit much . . . until now (though we're guessing she'll get more popular with next year's release of Maleficent [2])! Suzanne Olvey of Fanciful Events [3] used the cursed princess as an inspiration for her daughter's lovely birthday party, full of rose-topped sweets, a cake fit for royalty, and an awesome design-your-own-tutu station. "I wanted to incorporate the famous pink vs. blue fight between the fairies," Suzanne says. "The party turned out really special and so magical." Click here [4] for all the princess-perfect details!

Source: Fanciful Events [5]

A Bold, Candy-Colored First Birthday Party

A summertime bash calls for bright colors and outdoor games, and this first birthday party didn't disappoint on either front. Full of candy colors and treats, bold patterns, and plenty of backyard fun, this is one party that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. "I found my inspiration to the party when I spotted the invite on Etsy [6], and I instantly fell in love with the modern chevron pattern and color scheme," says the birthday girl's mom, Jill Hill. "This was my first time throwing a birthday party, so I just decided to have fun with it — make it bright with colors and fun with lots of kids' activities." Click here [7] for all the bright birthday details!

Source: Wendy Updegraff Photography [8]

A Sesame Street-Themed Party

For over four decades, Sesame Street has been providing children with education through entertainment and humor. So if your little one is part of a new generation of fans, a Sesame Street-themed party [9] is a great idea for your tot's next birthday.

An Old-Fashioned Birthday Bash

Vintage fabrics and illustrations were the inspiration for this simply charming party [10]. A licorice-allsorts-embellished cake, fabric pennants, and charming pom-pom details made this party one of a kind [11].

Source: Graeme Sharkey [12]

A Parisian, Red Balloon First Birthday Party

Becca, the design-minded creator of the cool blog Lavender's Blue [13], has an international family. So to help celebrate her nephew's first birthday, she left her island home of Grenada and traveled to Beijing to throw a party with a French theme (and one cool Chinese tradition thrown in for good measure). "My sister is a major Francophile. She lived there for a year, fell in love with her husband there, and just returned there for the first time this past Spring with Elijah! How appropriate it is that the inspiration for Elijah's first birthday party [14] came from the classic French film The Red Balloon?" Becca says. With an awesome invitation; simple, chic party details; and a heavy dose of whimsy, this party can be described in two words: c'est magnifique!

Source: Lavender's Blue [15]

A Modern Hello Kitty Birthday Party

Regardless of whether you're a Hello Kitty [16] fan or not, we're betting you're going to love this birthday party, thrown by wedding [17] and event planner Gloria Wong [18] for her daughter Taylor's second birthday.

Although the famed cat featured heavily in this party on top of the cake, on cookies, and through the use of her iconic bows (guests were each given one to wear as a headband or bow tie; can you say "adorable"?), Gloria's stylish take on the theme felt totally modern — think of it as kiddie minimalism. Click here [19] for more sweet details.

Source: Gloria Wong Design [20]

A Sweet Barnyard Birthday Party

Kate Brown and Yolanda Cerra, the creative minds behind Aussie event company Kiss Me Kate [21], never cease to amaze us with their gorgeous parties, and this barnyard-inspired birthday bash for 2-year-old Indiana was no exception.

"Our client Megan approached us to design a dessert table," Yolanda says. "The brief was simple: a farmyard theme with a girlie bent. We achieved this look by incorporating sweet cottage flower prints and a pastel color palette throughout. The party was scheduled in the first week of Spring, so we drew inspiration from flowers, fabrics, and, of course, assorted farm animals." Click here [22] to head down to the farm!

Source: Kiss Me Kate [23]

A Sweet Girlie Birthday Bash

Birthdays seem magical when you're little, and for the lucky little lady who celebrated her fifth birthday with this whimsical, sweets-filled bash [24], they probably always will.

Source: John McLaughlin for Frog Prince Paperie [25]

A Ladybug Party

Bug out on baby's birthday! There are lots of black and red bug birthday decorations to choose from, so why not make your ladybug the center of attention and throw a garden-themed fete [26] with flowers, green grass, and legged confetti crawling throughout?

An Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

Fall down the rabbit hole and into this
Alice in Wonderland birthday party [27]! With Lewis Carroll's classic tale as your guide, a magical afternoon tea party in Wonderland will delight for your girl's next birthday celebration.

Source: Sweets Indeed [28]

A Puppy-Themed Party

Bow wow indeed! You don't have to have a pet dog at home to love them — but it certainly helps for the pictures! This puppy-themed birthday party [29] proved that puppy power is here to stay!

Source: Allyson Wiley for A Little Savvy Event [30]

A Colorful Up-Inspired Party With DIY Details

This isn't the first time we've fallen for an Up-inspired birthday party [31], but we're completely smitten with the first birthday party created by Siuleth Rivera of stationery and event styling company Eleven Note [32] for her son, Eli.

Colorful DIY [33] details — including a rainbow-frosted layered cake, bright animal magnet favors, and a fingerprints-as-balloons guest "book" — abounded at this creative bash. "Up is about adventure and love," Siuleth says, "and little Eli is both our greatest adventure and our greatest love!" Click here [34] for all the details.

Source: LH Photography [35]

A Sweet, Sprinkles-Inspired Party

Two-year-old Piper Jane has a notorious love of sweets, so her mom — Kirstin Gentry of Kojo Designs [36] — wasn't surprised when she requested "sprinkles" as the theme of her birthday party. "Her sweet tooth is renowned in these parts (second only to her mama's), so a sprinkle party is perfectly suited for her second birthday celebration," Kirstin says. What could have turned into a pretty straightforward party became supercreative in Kirstin's hands. "Sprinkled" accessories, sweet signage (now available through Kojo Designs' Etsy shop [37]), fun and easy activities, and some awesome decor (confetti-filled balloons and yarn pom-pom garlands) were among all the gorgeous details. Click here [38] to see them all.

Source: Kojo Designs [39]

A Muppet Party

A new generation of little Muppets fans has arrived, and Mama knows it's only a matter of time before tots start asking for a Muppets-themed party [40] for their next birthday.

Source: Cupcake Occasions [41]

A Create and Celebrate Birthday Party

Krista Salmon of Kiki's List [42] took her soiree skills on the road for her oldest daughter Elizabeth's create-and-celebrate birthday party. "We loaded up a van full of seven girls and headed to Confetti Studio in Warrenton, VA," Krista says. Not only do we love the cool crafts (painted bead necklaces! paper garlands!) and happy faces that filled this party, but we also love how a simple — i.e. fairly easy for Mama — party can look just as special as one filled with the most over-the-top dessert table or decor. Click here [43] to check out all the creative details!

Source: Kiki's List [44]

A Blabla-Inspired Party

Blabla [45]'s adorable stuffed animals and dolls are among our favorite-ever kid finds [46], so we were instantly enamored when we discovered the Blabla-themed birthday bash thrown for 1-year-old Margot. Margot's mom, Lauren Overton, enlisted the help of her good friend, photographer Lucinda Newby [47], to plan the pastel-popping party, dotted with Blabla dolls wearing birthday hats! We love the idea of taking a simple, already-on-hand inspiration point and running with it, and we bet you'll agree after you check out this party's cute details [48].

Source: Portraits by Lucinda [49]

Butterfly Garden Birthday Party

A little girl is never too young to host a garden party! This butterfly garden birthday party [50] featured a whimsical dessert table tent and lots of special handmade details for a second birthday celebration.

Source: Tikkido [51]

A Candyland Party

The classic board game Candyland has been a kid favorite since its debut in the 1940s. If your little one can't get enough of Candy Cane Forest or Gum Drop Mountain, a Candyland-inspired birthday party [52] is easy to put together and fun to attend!

Source: Etsy user sweetmetelmoments [53]

A Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

For her daughter Lou's fourth birthday party, Krista Salmon of popular design blog Kiki's List [54] was faced with a challenge: how to make Lou's requested theme — Strawberry Shortcake — appeal to both the birthday girl and her own superchic design sense. "I tried to incorporate as many tasteful strawberries as possible, but the overall theme tying everything together was pink. Perfect for a party full of 4-year-old girls," Krista says. Click here [55] for the adorable details!

Source: Kiki's List [56]

A Carousel and Chalkboard Tribute Party

Suzanne Olvey of Fanciful Events sent us this jaw-dropper: a pastel carousel-inspired party [57] she dreamed up for her youngest daughter, Adriana. The amount of detail in this event was almost overwhelming, with gorgeous backdrops and table coverings, the sweetest desserts, and tons of thoughtful carousel-themed extras, but it's the custom-created birthday girl chalkboard [58] from Etsy's Moulage Collection that really put us over the edge.

Source: Fanciful Events [59]

A Chevron, Elephant, and Balloon Birthday Party

Magdalena Czerny of Oh So Chic Celebrations [60] gladly rose to the challenge when tasked with creating a modern red, gray, and blue party for 1-year-old Julian. "His mommy is a wonderful lady with a great sense of style," Magdalena says. "She had a vision of what she wanted to do, and when I showed her the chevron fabric I had just purchased, she loved it. We found an invitation with an elephant, a red balloon, and a chevron pattern, and the rest of it just flowed from that." We're loving the modern color combination, along with the adorable cake, macaron towers, and awesome balloon cookies and cake pops. Click here [61] to check out all of this party's awesome details!

Source: Oh So Chic Celebrations [62]

A Lovely, Whimsical Pink Circus Birthday Party

"The pink circus came to town for my daughter Marguerite's second birthday!" says Anne Ligeard Murat of New York-based children's party, paper, and gift site Clafoutis [63]. "My daughter is very mischievous. She is full of energy and always trying bold acrobatics at the playground. In French we use the expression 'Marguerite fait le cirque,' meaning she is creating her own circus. She also loves pink, so voilà — we had our theme!"

While it was undoubtedly a kiddie affair, Anne put her stylish, sophisticated spin on the party, incorporating designer fabrics, a custom artwork, a beautiful cake topper, and vintage-y tutus. Click here [64] to see all the chic circus details.

Source: Clafoutis [65]

A Lorax-Inspired Birthday Party

Mom blogger Smita of The Party Wall [66] dreamed up an imaginative, intricate, and fanciful The Lorax party [67], inspired by the book and film, for her son's fifth birthday party. Full of characters and imagery from the book, upcycled decor, and eco-friendly activities, this party had an almost overwhelming amount of detail. Some of our favorite parts: the 12-page personalized invitation book written by Smita in Seuss-speak, the insanely amazing cake, and some awesomely creative, thoughtful extras (kids were given five cents, a nail, and the shell of a great-grandfather to gain entry to the bash).

Source: The Party Wall [68]

A Scavenger Hunt Party

Put little sleuths to work with a detective party [69] that plays on their natural curiosities.

A Rainbow Birthday Party

Perfect for a girl or a boy, a rainbow birthday party [70] is easy to plan and execute! Colorful decorative items — like paper lanterns and polka-dot pinwheels — and one-of-a-kind party hats make this party extracheerful.

Source: Belva June [71]

A Retro Manhattan Birthday Party

Caroline Tran [72], a Los Angeles-based photographer, has traveled the country with her tot in tow and paid tribute to their favorite destination for her little one's soiree. With '60s-era Manhattan all the rage — thanks to the likes of Mad Men — she set out to create a mini version of the Big Apple. Using her father's carpentry talents and the expertise of Grand Soirées [73] and Skybox Event Productions [74], Caroline crafted her own little piece of NYC in the heart of LA. Click here [75] to see all of the precious details!

Source: Caroline Tran [76]

A Vintage Race Car Birthday Party

"Once in a while there is a party, with a capital 'P,' where every little piece just falls into place," New York event planner Keren Precel [77] says. "This 3-year-old's race car birthday party was one of those." The totally eco-friendly party was divided into four sections: the "pit stop," where the kids got to decorate their own Melissa & Doug [78] race cars; the "race track," where little guests could attach birthday wishes to tiny toy cars; the "gas station" food table; and the "trophy section" favor table. You have to check out every detail [79] of this party to truly appreciate how special it is.

Source: Keren Precel Events [80]

A Vintage Superhero Party

When Chelsea Wood's son turned 6, she knew she'd have to combine his love of superheroes with some vintage comic books she'd found at a flea market. The result was a comic superhero party [81] that brought all of the kids together! Guests arrived dressed as their favorite hero, posed in front of a homemade backdrop, played games, and walked away with their photo in a comic-book frame!

Source: Life Frosting [82]

A Safari Birthday Party For an Animal-Lovin' Little Lady

We see a lot of adventurous birthday party themes for little boys, but who says girls can't also get in on the action? For little Reese's first birthday bash, her parents decided a safari theme was the only way to go.

"Reese loves animals," says Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Little Savvy Event [83], the party planners hired to execute the kiddie event. "The greatest activity of the day had to be the live safari animals. Reese loved seeing the snakes and baby alligators, and it added an unexpected and lively aspect to the day." Click here [84] to see all the sweet safari details!

Source: A Little Savvy Event [85]

A Peter Pan Party

When Rachel Shingleton's son turned 3, she transformed her home into Neverland [86] complete with eye patches, tattoos, pixie dust, and tepee photo stations for the lost boys attending in their best Peter Pan costumes.

Source: Pencil Shavings [87]

A Vintage Airplane Party

A vintage-airplane-inspired soiree [88] is just too cute for tots of any age. Featuring supercute plane-inspired snacks, some awesome parting gifts for party "passengers," and, of course, some incredible paper details, this birthday was totally inspirational.

Source: Posh Paperie [89]

A Shabby-Chic Party Fit For a Princess

"Every little girl wants a princess party at some stage of their childhood, so we decided to put a twist to the traditional castle and crowns," says Louise Sanders of Sunshine Parties [90]. "We added a fresh take on a princess party by combining it with a vintage look." With florals, polka dots, stripes, frills, and lots of sweets, this shabby-chic birthday party [91] is fit for even the pickiest princess, and, best of all, it's supereasy to re-create. "It was important to us that anyone could replicate this party," Louise says of the printable party collection [92]. "You just need to give yourself a little time to cut out labels and other elements as well as to make the pom-poms and paper fans. Otherwise, it’s a piece of cake!"

Source: Sunshine Parties [93]

Vintage Tricycle Birthday Party

Retro themes have also been very popular this year in terms of kiddie parties. This vintage tricycle birthday party [94] was pure bliss with a muted color palette and vintage details.

Source: Style Me Gorgeous [95]

A Neon Birthday Party

Using on-trend neon as a theme [96], this bash was as beautiful as it was a blast.

Source: Modern Kids [97]

A Little Gentleman's Bow-Tie Birthday Party

Sometimes a party just captures us at the first glance, and in this case, we were sold the second we spotted this bow-tie-inspired first birthday's amazing invitations. "I knew I wanted them to be tactile, not just a piece of paper. I wanted them to be Southern and sweet and with the personality of a playful little boy," says mom and designer Emily Ley [98].

The awesome invite introduced Brady's first birthday party in grand fashion, and the party itself was full of cute bow-tie details. "We decided we wanted it to be sweet and young and classic . . . so we chose a Southern Picnic theme and used bow ties to tie the entire affair together," Emily says. Click here [99] to check out all the details of the spectacular invites and the sweet party!

Source: Emily Ley [100]

A Floral Party

This flower-filled birthday party [101] was full of beautiful details like fabric rosettes, hints of burlap, and two beautiful food stations — one for brunch, one for desserts!

Source: Courtney Vickers for Party & Pigtails [102]

A DIY Numbers-and-Letters-Themed Birthday Party

Stationery designer and mom Lisa Wong Jackson of Good on Paper Design [103] didn't have to look far for a party theme for her son's third birthday bash [104]. "Lucas has really been into reading letters and numbers on everything from books to license plates, so I thought the perfect theme for his party would be letters and numbers," Lisa says.

Lisa took what could have been a simple idea and ran with it, creating an imaginative, kid-focused event that was full of fun activities, including parachute play, a DIY [105] piñata, and a live band led by Lucas's preschool teacher. Click here [106] to see all of the party fun, including Lisa's incredible invitations and homemade crayon favors!

Source: Good on Paper Design [107]

A Girlie Elmo Birthday Party

Finding a tot who doesn't love Elmo is like finding a needle in a haystack, and this girlie Elmo soiree [108] took the Sesame Street party to a whole other level!

Source: Hostess with the Mostess [109]

An Awesome Angry Birds Party

What to do when not one but two of your kids have birthdays during the most wonderful, chaotic time of year? Find a theme that they both love (in this case, Angry Birds [110]), and run with it!

"December is a busy enough month as is, but add birthdays for two children to the mix, and you've got downright chaos," says Jennifer Carver of Banner Events [111]. "To simplify things this year, we decided to host a combined birthday party for my son Jacob (turning 11) and my son Landon (turning 5). Since they are both huge gamers, we knew this theme would be perfect!" And Jennifer thought of every single detail — from an amazing Angry Birds cake, cupcakes, cake pops, and more sweet bird-themed treats to some supercreative themed games like Capture the Egg, Bird-O Bingo, and Slingshot Lane. Click here [112] to check out all the party details.

Source: Banner Events [113]

An Angry Birds Birthday Party

We just can't get enough of Angry Birds, so it's safe to say that an Angry Birds-themed birthday party [114] is a guaranteed hit! This themed party for a 7-year-old even featured a life-size Angry Birds game in the backyard!

Source: Simply Styled Home [115]

A Supersweet Up-Inspired Party

Majell del Castillo [116] designs absolutely beautiful events, but we were blown away (up, up, and away, that is) when we spotted the Up-inspired birthday bash [117] she recently created. "We were mostly inspired by vintage details from the first 15 minutes of the movie," Majell says. "The props were mostly DIY [118] projects that were on the vintage side, from globes to grape soda and 'Ellie badges.'" But our favorite details have to be the balloon-inspired sweets, including an awesome house with macaron balloons and the cutest cupcakes around.

Source: Majell del Castillo Events [119]

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

He ate through five oranges — but he was still hungry! Eric Carle [120]'s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a true children's classic, so it's no surprise that mamas and tots alike love the idea of a Very Hungry Caterpillar-themed birthday [121]. Fruit snacks and a themed cake are just the tip of the iceberg for a themed caterpillar bash!

Source: The Mom Tog Diaries [122]

A Cool Airplane Birthday Party

Suzie Boluarte of Project: Party Perfect [123] knew just what the theme for her son Caiden's second birthday should be. "We live near a small airport, and he loves going to the observation deck," Suzie says. "It's on the tarmac, and he gets an up-close experience seeing small planes and private jets take off and land." Suzie took that love of planes and created an inventive party full of high-flying clouds, DIY [124] crafts, and cute treats. Click here [125] for all the details.

Source: Project: Party Perfect [126]

A Brave Birthday Party

Inspired by her daughter Ella's love of Disney film Brave, Hana Lynch, a mom, blogger [127], and photographer [128], created a whimsical fifth birthday party that appeals to the inner rebel-princess in all of us. "I wanted the party table to evoke a sense of being within the enchanting forest that Merida encounters during her adventure," Hana says. "I created this feeling using natural elements like moss and tree stumps to display the food. The light-up 'wisps' gave it a magical touch." Add in an incredible cake; gender-neutral activities including a "haggis" toss, archery, and design-your-own coats of arms; and an adorable birthday girl, and you have one adventurous birthday bash! Click here [129] for all the incredible details.

Source: The MomTog Diaries [130]


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