We all remember how much fun those crayons were growing up.  Fat enough to clasp between our stubbly little fingers, they allowed us to color our world in our own special way.  Fueled by our imagination, we could create purple skies and blue grass.  Yellow pigs and green ducks weren’t out of the question either.  Nothing was off limits—except for drawing on the walls, of course!  Just think.  Now that your baby is turning one, that same fun awaits your little one.  So, why not pay homage to the colorful inspiration of crayons with a “Color My World” first birthday party theme?  Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing!


Planning a birthday party with a crayon theme will be a treat for both the children and their parents. Remembering the days when all they wanted was to pick out their favorite color from the big box of Crayola crayons, sending an invitation with a crayon theme will take the parents on a trip down memory lane and give the kids an awesome party to look forward to.  Because crayon designs are plentiful, it will be easy to incorporate crayons in the invitation.  From borders to interesting backgrounds, you can even include one mini crayon in each invite.   These two examples of crayon invitations display two different--yet both very cute--styles.

Crayon Invitation Ideas
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For a crayon theme, there absolutely must be coloring involved.  Transform each table into a canvas by covering the tables with craft paper instead of table cloths, and let the kids (and parents) have at it.  They can create a “mural” for the birthday boy or girl that can be hung in the child’s room after the party.  Another fun idea is to have kids make Martha Stewart’s crayon cupcakes.  No, they’re not edible, but they sure are a lot of fun to make and draw with.  All you need is a cupcake baking pan, chopped pieces of crayons and a few excited kids.  Keep colors separate so the children can mix them as they like into some wonderful color combinations.  Preheat the oven to 150 degrees and bake just until the waxes have melted, 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove the shapes after they have cooled (If they stick, place tray in the freezer for an hour, and the crayons will pop out.)  Depending on how the colors melt together, the result will be amazing—and the block of color will be much easier for toddlers to hold.

Melted Crayon "Cupcakes"
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Get creative with this theme and decorate a crayon cake (this one’s actually edible.)  From adding basic plastic shapes to a full fondant cake shaped like a box of crayons, there are so many options when it comes to making this tasty treat. 

If you don’t want cake, you can always create a candy buffet using all the primary colors of the crayons.  Simply use clear cylindrical vases in a variety of heights to make your own "candy crayons" and fill them with candy (all the same color in the vase.)  Wrap a classic “crayon” paper band around the vase and line them up in a row as if they are in a box to create the effect.  This colorful display will certainly wow your guests!

Crayon Birthday Cake
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Gift Ideas

Planning a crayon coloring party is not only fun for the day, it’s also a great way to make sure that your child has plenty of fun, brightly hued days ahead.  Cater to your kid’s creative side, and encourage guests to bring birthday gifts that help build your “crayon stash” or help create an arts and crafts station for your child’s room.  Guests can bring coloring books, drawing paper, washable markers, dry erase boards (you don’t have to color on just paper anymore!) and other items.  A coloring apron will really make your child feel like an artist!  Whether you give it as a gift or let him or her wear the apron for the day as their special birthday attire, coloring aprons are just one of the many baby girl gifts and boy baby gifts with a Crayon theme. 

Watch Me Color ApronsCredit: CornerStorkBabyGifts.com


Send kids home with goodie bags filled with items to keep the creative mood going, such as mini coloring books, a four-pack of the cool glitter crayons or the crayon cupcake they made, candies, crayon sippy cups and treats. 

Crayon Thank You Favors

No matter which elements you include in your child’s special day, planning a “Color My World” crayon birthday party really lets their creativity shine!  You never know.  Today a coloring party—tomorrow an artist!  Like Herb Williams, whose creative medium is crayons, you’ll be amazed at what can be done with this childhood coloring tool.