Real Party Inspiration: A Bear-Themed First Birthday

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

    Real Party Inspiration: A Bear-Themed First Birthday

    An adorable DIY birthday bash that’s both simple and sweet!

  • Handmade invites

    Handmade invites

    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!

  • The spread

    The spread

    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

    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.

  • Fun masks

    Fun masks

    Pulling in the bear theme with masks for little guests.

  • What 1st birthday dreams are made of

    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!

    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

    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!

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