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Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

This “My Little Sunshine” first birthday party is just too sweet for words!

Lindi of lovetheday designs created this happy little celebration for her daughter Ellason‘s first birthday, and – from the whimsical touches of lace and creative desserts to the “sunshine playlist” and adorable vintage bunting – the end result is nothing short of absolutely LOVELY!

I can also see this theme translating well to a baby shower or “You Are My Sunshine” bridal shower/engagement party.

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more beautiful pics and party details/resources from Lindi… 

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Sunshine Theme Birthday Party Ideas



The party featured an array of yellows and creams and was held on my backyard patio. Guests were welcomed with a “come around back” sign and my rustic fence was surrounded with yellow bunting (made from vintage sheets).

Displayed around the yard were large dowels that had been painted yellow and decorated with fabric and “Ellason is 1” signs.

Glass jars filled with yellow daisies & lemon drops hung from the trees. Flowers were stapled to the fence to serve as table backdrop, and a paper sun garland hung from the fence as well!

Party Favors were ribbon-bedecked “sunshine wands” with a “thanks for shining with us” label.

I designed all the printable party materials (my Etsy shop: lovetheday designs)

• homemade lollipops: Amy Sweet Dream
• panna cotta, banana pudding, mini cheesecakes, and chocolate truffles: City Sweets
• sugar cookies/fondant toppers: Jane Miller
• cupcakes: Georgetown Cupcakes
• lemonade/cucumber water

Thanks again to Lindi for the lovely party inspiration! Seeing things like this makes me excited to start planning Macy’s first birthday party already… and she’s only 5 months! ;)

By |2017-05-02T13:10:18+00:00August 10th, 2010|First Birthday, Parties for Girls|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Lisa August 10, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I LOVE this sunshine party! The yellow wands and tags are adorable. The bright sunny yellow screams summer fun!

  2. Laura August 10, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Love these sweet little ideas. I really like the yard stakes with the streams of material. Very cute!!!

  3. [email protected] August 10, 2010 at 5:44 am

    The title says it all…It definitely is Sunshine! I love the yard stakes too!

  4. Jen @ Passion-for-Parties.com August 10, 2010 at 5:51 am

    This is such a cute idea! I agree the yard stakes are adorable. The desserts look delish!!!

  5. Desirable Weddings August 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Wow what an amazing mother. Now I wish I had done more for my daughter’s first birthday. Absolutely beautiful photo’s and I absolutely loved all of the ideas and the bright yellow colour scheme.

  6. staceys August 10, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Oh so Sweet!
    I have one more SUNshine song suggestion ;
    Sound of Sunshine, by Michael Franti- its so upbeat and has become my summer jam!

  7. Andrea Swenson August 10, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I love the yellow and the sunshine wands! I adore the tablecloth!

  8. Erin Volante August 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

    This is SO CUTE! What a darling party theme, totally filing this one for future reference! The dessert table is just gorgeous and the lace everywhere… perfection!

  9. rebecca August 10, 2010 at 7:19 am

    absolutely beautiful.

  10. Becky August 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

    VERY cute, and I love that it isn’t the typical pink girl’s birthday theme.

  11. Katrina Babic August 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

    SHUT UP!!! u r kidding me right?! This is what my daughter wanted for her birthday this year! She will be 4 around X-mas, and she wears her “shun-Shine” shirt everyday ;) Thanks for the ideas…

  12. Amy @ Blowout Party! August 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Love the theme! What a sweet idea! And that playlist is too cute :)

  13. Carli August 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

    This couldn’t be cuter. The yellow and cream are scrumptious. What little girl wouldn’t love a sunshine party!

  14. Tricia August 10, 2010 at 9:49 am

    This party looks amazing! The table, the wands, the food….Are you kidding me?!? The lace gives it such a feminine touch. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

  15. Nancy August 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Such cute details! Love the font choice of all the custom labels!

  16. vanessa August 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

    So pretty! What a sunny way to celebrate a birthday, and those desserts look absolutely fantastic! Those songs would make it even better too

  17. Bre August 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    This is such a ridiculously cute and cheery party! I love the playlist, it actually reminded me of some great music I’ve forgotten about. The yellow cake stands are beyond precious.

  18. Lindi August 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks Jennifer for the feature! You’ve made my day!!

  19. Amanda August 10, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Such an original party! I love every little detail!

  20. Young Sophisticates August 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Love the yellow color!!!! The cupcake stand is absolutely fantastic. Bravo!


  21. LYNSEY SMITH August 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Beautiful! I love this! My daughter Ellasyn just turned one too!! Might have to borrow this idea for her second birthday! =)

  22. Kori Clark August 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Beautiful, Bright, and sweet. I love the details and bright colors!

  23. Jackie August 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    This is just so gorgeous…. just perfect.

  24. lee marc August 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    My Little Sunshine Birthday Party is really great.All of the picture are so beautiful.

  25. Chic Gift by Cassie LLC August 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Aaaw! This is so sweet and adorable. Love the yellow and lace.

  26. Steph August 11, 2010 at 5:44 am

    This is sooo cute! What a great idea!

  27. adinoela August 11, 2010 at 6:40 am

    So special… simple and touch details…. I put it on my fecebook here in brazil to share that gorgerous scape…

  28. Patricia August 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

    This party is so beautiful! The details are delicately perfect!

  29. Custom Wedding Labels September 8, 2010 at 8:16 am

    wow super cute!I really love this. Really personal and a great color palette! check out: https://www.labelsonthefly.com/ for more great labels to add to your occasion!

  30. Rachel September 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

    What an amazing party! I love all the pretty details in the decorations.

  31. Tasha September 16, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Thank you for this awesome inspiration! I used the theme for a baby shower brunch and it was perfect! Brilliant! You can see mine here: https://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/my-little-sunshine/

  32. BeautyAndTheBeastFashion September 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Wow! So many cute little things that make this party so special. I think each guest would leave feeling very pampered and special. The yellow & orange together are wonderful! Great idea!

  33. Jodi December 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    what did you use for invitations? I love love love this idea! I sing this song to my daughter scarlett all the time. She will be 1 in FEB. Nothing like a little sunshine in the wintertime.

  34. Amy April 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I am doing this for my little one’s first birthday. She turns one in June and her favorite song is “You are my sunshine”. I noticed that only dessert was served. What time did you have the party? How was that worded on the invite? I love the idea!

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