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13 Creative 1st Birthday Balloon Ideas to Celebrate Your Little One

There’s something special about a 1st birthday party. It marks a child’s first year — and the first opportunity many parents have to celebrate their newest family member. Including balloons at a 1st birthday party for a festive feel seems like an obvious choice, but these 13 unique 1st birthday balloon ideas are anything but obvious.

Some 1st birthday balloon ideas are simple but elevated centerpieces or table runners, while others are giant balloon arches or full-blown installations that serve as the focal point of the entire birthday party. No matter what type of 1st birthday party balloons you want at your celebration, you can find the inspiration you need from these 13 creative and inspiring real events.

1. Sunny & Vibrant 1st Birthday Balloon Arch

A white room with a balcony covered in sunshine yellow balloons and Ivy on the walls
photographer: Maria Harte Photography

Chicago, IL

photographer: Maria Harte Photography | planner, floral & balloons: gromeza floral design studio | venue: Room 1520 | balloon twister: Chicago Balloon Twister

2. Unexpected 1st Birthday Balloon Installation

an agua fresca station with white balloons clustered underneath
photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography

Washington, D.C.

photographer: Audra Wrisley Photography | planner: CG & Co Events | florals: The Little Garden Spot | balloons: All About Balloons | rentals: Party Rental Ltd. & Event Revolution | graphics & signage: Saima Says Design

3. Unicorn-Inspired 1st Birthday Balloon Installation

A large sign in front of bushes that reads
photographer: Laura Volpacchio Photography

Southampton, New York

photographer: Laura Volpacchio Photography | planner, design & production: B Floral Event Design and Production | rentals: Taylor Creative Inc.

4. Wild 1st Birthday Balloon Photo Backdrop

A woman holding a baby in front of a green and brown balloon backdrop outside
photographer: Isabel Lawrence Photographers

5. Metallic 1st Birthday Balloon Centerpieces

a table with colorful balloons with tassels
photographer: Kenny Kim Photography

6. Themed 1st Birthday Balloon Installation

A dessert table with red balloons, a red bar and checkered table linen
photo courtesy of Events By Tess

Chicago, IL

photos, planner, styling & floral: Events By Tess | sweet table: Toni Patisserie & Cafe, The Baking Institute & Jassy Sweets

7. Candyland-Inspired 1st Birthday Balloon Installation

Colorful balloons intertwined with large candy elements
photographer: Christina Pawlak Photography

Inverness, IL

photographer: Christina Pawlak Photography | planner: Christina Currie Events, Inc. | décor & floral: Joseph’s Events | décor & balloons: Anthony’s Balloons | venue: private club | linens: BBJ Linen

8. 1st Birthday Balloon Welcome Arch

A black front foor with a purple, white and red balloon arch
photographer: Urban Shutterbug

San Jose, CA

photographer: Urban Shutterbug | planner: Amazae Events | florals: Nicole Ha | balloons: Party Fiesta

9. Pastel 1st Birthday Balloon Backdrop

A dusty pink backdrop surrounded by different color pastel balloons.
photographer: Sandra Morlet Photography

10. Stunning Colorful 1st Birthday Balloons

A stage covered in yellow balloons and yellow tinsel with blue and pink balloons covering the ceiling
photographer: Andrena Photography

11. Sweet 1st Birthday Balloons

A dessert table covered sweets and cookies spelling out
photographer: Onysko Photography

New York, NY

photographer: Onysko Photography | planner: Events By Khadejah | backdrop & centerpieces: Stylish Events | balloons: Willy B Balloons

12. Backyard 1st Birthday Balloon Installation

A balloon installation that goes from the ground up a tree and over a toy giraffe
photo courtesy of SIMPLY PERFECT EVENTS 

13. Stunning Staircase 1st Birthday Balloon Installation

A grand staircase with a black piano underneath. A purple runner goes over the piano while pink and white balloons follow the rail up the stairs
photographer: Infinite Creations

Coral Gables, FL

photographer: Infinite Creations | planner & design: Design Plan Play | floral: Prestige Petals by Nick | rentals: Bambini Soiree & Fiesta Depot