When it comes to birthdays, I am of the strong opinion that the best celebrations are those that have personal details and a little extra love thrown into them. Such was the case for this adorable bear-themed party that Sarah Larsen hosted for her little boy Ivan’s first birthday. “As my 3rd baby’s first birthday approached, I wanted to ensure I kept my enthusiasm to celebrate such a milestone just as I did with my first two.” Sarah did a great job of achieving this and Ivan’s birthday was an adorable success – so many great DIY details and the love put into the process is clear. Check out Ivan’s birthday and be inspired!
Real Party Inspiration: A Bear-Themed First Birthday
An adorable DIY birthday bash that’s both simple and sweet!
When I asked Sarah where she got the idea for Ivan’s first birthday bash she said, “When planning, I try to pick a theme or style based upon something special to that child…My older kids and I have always called our little man ‘bear’, which brought perfect inspiration for this party.” These sweet handmade invites were a great place to start!
Sarah says, “My method is that simple celebrations can be special. Sheets, fabric remnants, prints + items of decor from the home or nursery are great for special touches! I am inspired by vintage decor with modern elements. I like to use things I know we already have when possible”
Bears in all shapes and sizes
I love how Sarah brought in the bear theme in all aspects of the party – no bear was too small – including these little gummi bears in a line. The way they are arranged makes them feel a little more special than a basic bowl of gummies.
Pulling in the bear theme with masks for little guests.
What 1st birthday dreams are made of
Such a sweet cake for Ivan Bear! I love the little black bear figurines and chocolate “forest trees” – a great addition!
Let them eat cake!
Little Ivan enjoying his birthday cake with cutest, little birthday bear backdrop. I’m such a fan of all the fantastic DIY details Sarah pulled together to make Ivan’s day special.
Mama + Son
A sweet shot of mama and Ivan. Thank you for letting me share your little man’s adorable bash Sarah! You did a fantastic job!
See more from Sarah and follow her adventures on Instagram @sarahjlarsen!