Whale Themed First Birthday Party

My little guy is officially one! We had a fun whale themed first birthday party to celebrate his amazing first year. I still can’t believe he is already an entire year old. That is pure craziness. It goes so much faster the second time around. The little missy will be 5 this year, 5!!! Anyway, I wanted to share a few pieces of his whale themed party with you. I tried to keep it simple and easy. Check out all the details below.


I ordered a few cute items from Oriental Trading, designed a few whale printables and picked up a few items from Target to through this party together. I have never used Oriental Trading (and this was not sponsored) but I found some pretty great items. We had an early party and enjoyed brunch. My mom and grams brought a couple breakfast casseroles and we served up fruit, yogurt, donuts and cupcakes for dessert.

cupcakes fruitcake

I contemplated buying cupcakes and a smash cake or making these myself for probably 2 months. I just love the taste of homemade cupcakes over store bought. I thought I would save a few bucks and do it myself. The taste turned out perfect but my cake decorating skills could use some work! I do love the little whale I cut out and put on top of the cake. It is a really simple way to bring the decor into the cake. Here is a printable of a few whales if you want some for your next whale themed party.


This little guy ate so much cake! It was craziness. I even had to take it away.


Pin the tale on the whale was a fun game for the older kids. (Ages 3-7) And all the kids enjoyed a little bowling in the backyard.


I made a few signs with the little whale icon I designed and placed them around the house. If you are hosting a whale themed party, I included a free printable of the sign above with ‘James is One’ removed for you to download below. If you want a custom sign, shoot me an email and I can help you out!

Download the “It’s the Big One!” Sign Here >


These cute anchor boxes are mini popcorn boxes from Oriental Trading. The little customized bubbles were only about $12 for 24 and you can write whatever you want on the label. The quality is slightly pixelated but I thought it was a great deal for what you get.



The last 12 months have flown by. Seriously. I don’t know where the time goes. I know people say that all the time but it is so true.

What theme will your next party be? Keep us in the loop! We love a good party!


I love sharing about family, food and fun in and around San Diego! Enjoy, Bri

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  1. I adore cute whales and you did such a great job with this theme. Happy first birthday, James!

  2. Happy Birthday again, baby boy! Yes, time flies way too fast. Thanks for sharing your very cute theme and memories with us. Xo.

  3. This is too adorable, Brie! I use to get a lot stuff from Oriental Trading when I was Room and Team Mom. It was never this cute or perfectly coordinated.
    Happy Birthday to little James!

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