Wild One First Birthday Theme

Wild One First Birthday Party Theme Photo Backdrop

They say that kids grow up too fast… and that couldn’t be further from the truth! When my son turned one, I felt like I hadn’t even fully recovered from the newborn stage, yet here we were–already a year in! To celebrate my son’s first birthday, we threw a small party in the backyard of my parents’ house. I wanted to create a beautiful outdoor backdrop for his first cake smash photos (which he actually didn’t even participate in.. go figure). I searched for days for unique birthday themes, but I opted to go with the typical “Wild One” first birthday theme because my son loved animals, and he was a pretty wild kid, tbh.

I created the photo backdrop by using a pipe and base kit. (This might not be the best investment for everyone, but I knew that I would probably use it every year.) I set up a fake hedge wall, using zip ties to attach the hedge panels together and to the pipe. The day before the party, my best friend and I blew up all the balloons and create the arch. (The kit also came with some tropical leaves, but I honestly just ran out of time to attach those before the party started.) Most of the balloons lasted until morning, with the exception of a few. We made sure to keep some extra balloons available for replacements. 

The “Wild One” sign was created on my laser cutter and painted gold. For decorations, I created a wooden “Dylan’s Safari” directional sign, I set up inflatable jungle animals (these were way cheaper than giant stuffed animals and worked just as well), and I ordered a Jeep prop for photos. For my son, I set up a table and high chair with a cute wood cake stand, a safari-themed smash cake, and a DIY cake topper (which I made by gluing paper flags to a string and tying it to two paper straws).


Pipe & Base Set:  Backdrop Support Kit
Faux Hedge Wall:  Faux Hedge Panels
Balloon Arch:  Jungle Balloon Arch
Balloon Pump: Electric Balloon Pump
Wild One Sign: DIY (laser-cut wood with gold spray paint)
Safari Sign: DIY (stained wood with white vinyl letters)
Jeep Photo Prop: Etsy
Inflatable Animals: Set of (3) Inflatable Animals
White Table:  IKEA MELLTORP Table
Ribbon Banner: Wild One Banner
Wood Cake Stand: Wood Plank Stand
Cake: Incredible Cake Art
Clear Cupcake Stand: Acrylic Cupcake Stand
Animal Cupcake Wrappers: Safari Cupcake Wrappers
Marquee Number 1: White Marquee Number
Light Box: Light Box
High Chair: High Chair
Cake Stand: Acrylic Cake Pop Stand
Cake Topper: DIY (striped paper straws with paper flags on string)

Wild One First Birthday Party Theme Photo Backdrop
Wild One First Birthday Party Theme Photo Backdrop
Wild One First Birthday Party Theme Photo Backdrop
Wild One First Birthday Party Theme Photo Backdrop
Wild One Birthday Party Safari Cake with Striped Straw Banner Cake Topper

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