When planning a birthday party the easiest way to go about it is to pick a theme and draw from it for ideas regarding decorations, food, games etc. However, it isn't necessary. And when planning for a first birthday party, your child's interests may not be very clear yet, so it can make party planning a little more tricky.
When I thought about planning my daughter's first birhday party, I thought about what it was going to be to me. Ultimately, it was a celebration for us having made it to ONE. She had gone through many trials in her short life and we were just ready to celebrate getting to one with a happy, healthy baby. There was a lot of reflection on the year past and so I knew, I just wanted to celebrate her and remember how far we'd gotten.
I picked out a few colors to stick to, decided I'd have lots of pictures hanging around, and a few other ideas stemmed from that.
I had hundreds of instagram pictures on my account, and I loved the look of the square photo printed, so I got about 150 of my favorites printed. Then I attached twine to some of my windows, fireplace, tables etc and used tiny little clothes pins to hang them. It was my favorite thing about the party--the guests spent a lot of time looking over each one of them and it started some great conversation.