Hitting the 1st birthday is not only a big milestone for a child but for a parent as well so it’s no surprise that a lot of parents want to celebrate in style.
I’ve partnered with Minted on this post because not only do I love the gorgeous cards Minted makes but they have over 400 unique 1st birthday invitations in all sorts of designs and popular themes. You can even request free samples to see which design you like the best!
So whether it’s a close family gathering or a full on bash, here are some of the best invitations I’ve found to mark 365 days of an amazing little soul being on the planet.
Here are some of my favorites from Minted’s first birthday invitations.
Best Mickey Mouse First Birthday Invitations
How nice are these Mickey Mouse invites from Minted’s Disney collection? I love how the variety of colors and shapes gives you some flexibility with the decor.
Best Frozen First Birthday Invitations
How gorgeous are these Elsa’s Snowflake invitations? These would be fantastic for any Disney Frozen fan. They also have an Elsa’s Ice Castle, It’s a Magical Time and Big Birthday Blowout that all tie into the Frozen theme.
Best Princess Invitations
If you love a good princess theme but aren’t keen on the Frozen or Sofia the First invitations out there, check out these Calling All Princesses cards where your princess is the main character. Minted invitations include free personalization and envelope addressing and I love the tiara that’s included in these. Check out all the princess invitations here.
Best Fall First Birthday Invitations
Being a fall baby myself, I was happy to find some great autumnal themed birthday invites. This Pumpkin Patch invite includes foil printing so many of the design elements have that beautiful golden glow. You can also get party stickers, favor tags and thank you cards all in the same theme! Here are all the fall invites.
Best Winter First Birthday Invitations
Nothing says winter like a baby penguin. I mean, c’mon, it’s adorable. This ONEderland invite also has matching thank you cards, sticker and favor tags and comes in a postcard, petite card or regular size. Check out some of the other gorgeous invitations for the winter months.
Best Spring First Birthday Invitations
What’s not to love about this little spring bunny in a fresh woodland setting? You can customize the balloon number on this Little Bunny invite so it doesn’t have to be for a first birthday. It comes in three formats; regular, petite and postcard. Check out all the other spring options – it was hard to pick just one.
Best Summer First Birthday Invitations
Let the sun shine in with this Little Sunshine invite. There’s even a polka dot option for the envelope liner. It comes in three formats; regular, petite and postcard. There are also thank you card, sticker and favor tag versions. There were quite a few nice summer options here.
Best Twins’ First Birthday Invitations
Raising twins is no joke and their first birthday is definitely worth celebrating. I love this Petite Children’s Birthday Party Invitation because each twin gets their own showcase image. You can find other twin invitation options here.
Best ‘Ofishally’ One Invitations
There is nothing I love more than a good pun. If you’re having an ocean, fishing or swimming theme, I love this Snorkle N’ See invite but you can personalize any of their fish or ocean themed invitations.
Best Mr. Onederful Invitations
Whether it’s Mr., Ms., or just plain Onderful, you can pair your overall theme with the ‘one’ factor. I love this Party Parade invitation if you’re into a farm theme, but many of the first birthday invitations can tie in.
Best Pizza Party Invitations
This Pizza Pie Party invitation stopped me in my tracks (to be fair, most pizza stops me in my tracks). There’s something so low-key fun and old school about a birthday pizza party – just pizza, cake and the ones you love.
Best Pool Party First Birthday Invitations
Minted offers a postcard format for many of their designs. I love this Under the Sea invitation that can be customized with a photo (it comes in a regular card and petite card format as well). They have plenty of more pool party invites but there was something whimsical about this one that I just adored.
Best Boys 1st Birthday Invites
Let me start by saying there is no ‘boy’ invite, but if you want to narrow down your choices with traditional themes it can be a place to start. I love the perfection of the This Guy card and the way the photo is the star. If you want to peruse the invitations that have a more masculine feel, check them out here.
Best Girls 1st Birthday Invites
There is a This Gal card that is the counterpart to the This Guy card above, but I love this Modern Girl invitation. It’s so light and sweet and showcases the birthday girl perfectly. You can check out the invites that have a more traditionally feminine feel here.
First Birthday and Christening Invitation
One of the things I love most about Minted is you can customize many of their existing designs to fit very specific events. I created this baptism birthday combo with their Shades of Blue card myself but you can use their amazing design services to create your own custom card if you don’t feel like you’re up to it.
Wording for First Birthday Invitations
Any invitation you send out needs the ‘what, when, and where’ (I once sent out an invitation with the time but no date ????) so you’ll need the date, location, time and how to RSVP.
Add something like “Let’s have some fun when Arlo turns one!” or tap into some verbiage around the theme like “Celebrate Oliva’s First Birthday with a Splash!”
Most of all keep it short and sweet.
Which of these was your favorite?
Is there a theme I missed or a party idea that really knocked your socks off? Let me know in the comments below!
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