First Birthday Signs


First Birthday Signs are signs that celebrate the first birthday of your baby boy or girl by highlighting all their adorable traits and unique characteristics.

You’ll find them prominently displayed — either hung or on an easel — at birthday parties, photo shoots, and cake smashes.

Chalkboard is the most popular material because of its nostalgic and playful appeal.

These signs are colorful, easy to reuse, and can be saved for years as a memory keepsake.

Avg. Price Range: $150 ~ $300

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Sign MaterialChalkboard, Paper +
Price (avg)~ $150 - $300
Dimensions (avg)~ 24" x 48"
Weight (avg)~ 5 - 20 pounds
Popular ColorsBlack, White +
Outdoor UseYes
Best FeatureCelebration, Love


Market UsesBirthdays, Events
PlacementsEntrance, Stage, Lobby +
Where to BuyCustom, Etsy +
When to Buy~ 4 weeks before the special day
InventorThe Egyptians

First Birthday Signs FAQ

What should I put on First Birthday Sign?

Here are 26 items to put on your first birthday signs:

  1. My name
  2. My nicknames
  3. My age
  4. My weight
  5. My height
  6. Date I was born
  7. Number of teeth
  8. First words
  9. First things people notice about me
  10. Favorite foods
  11. Favorite snacks
  12. Favorite books
  13. Favorite songs
  14. Favorite parent
  15. Favorite sibling
  16. Favorite aunt/uncle
  17. Favorite pet
  18. Favorite toy
  19. Favorite color
  20. Favorite tv show
  21. Favorite colors
  22. Words I can say
  23. Things I love
  24. Things I can do
  25. Holidays celebrated
  26. Cute fun fact


What are popular themes for First Birthday Signs? 🔥

Here are the 30 most popular first birthday sign themes (that are currently trending with our little ones):

  1. Mickey Mouse
  2. Minnie Mouse
  3. Mermaid
  4. Rainbow
  5. Barnyard
  6. Monster
  7. Unicorn
  8. Princess
  9. Sesame Street
  10. PAW Patrol
  11. Twinkle twinkle
  12. Moana
  13. Jungle
  14. Nautical
  15. Brown Bear
  16. Winnie the Pooh
  17. Spongebob Squarepants
  18. Star Wars
  19. Frozen (the movie)
  20. Steven Universe
  21. Tumble Leaf
  22. Peppa Pig
  23. Pete the Cat
  24. Daniel Tiger
  25. Circus
  26. Banners
  27. Snowflakes
  28. Baseball
  29. Mustache
  30. Lumberjack

How big should my First Birthday Sign be?

Your birthday sign should be at least 12 inches and up to a max of 48 inches (4′ feet) in diagonal width.

Don’t forget:

A first birthday sign usually includes a ton of fun facts and cute details, so you want to make sure you have enough room to fit everything.

What is a Half Birthday Chalkboard?

A Half Birthday Sign is a chalkboard that celebrates your baby’s first six months!

But here’s what matters:

You can incorporate a lot more granular details into your half birthday design than you normally do with first birthday signs (at the first-year mark).

For example, you can add:

  • Holidays recently celebrated (in the last 6 months).
  • Milk consumption (9 kg, etc.).
  • Recent vaccinations.
  • “First thing people notice” section.
  • “My favorites so far” section (food, toys, parent).


Where should I put my First Birthday Sign?

You want to put your first birthday sign front and center, right when guests arrive, so they see it straight away.

That way, your guests will compliment it, read it, and use it as an ice-breaker when they run into strangers. 😉

Here are some in-room placement options:

  • Easel.
  • Lean it against the wall.
  • Stand it on a table.
  • Place it in an A-Frame.
  • Hang it in the doorway entrance.

What do I do with my sign after the birthday celebration?

Hang your sign in your child’s room after their party.

And once they grow a little old for it, you can save it in their “memory” or keepsake box.

TIP: Use a non-porous material, like a quality chalkboard, so you can easily erase any text and reuse it again for your next kiddo. 

Should my birthday sign be framed?

Short answer:


Most people don’t spend the money and effort on a frame for this type of finite occasion (birthday).

But of course, it’s completely up to you if you want to add a little extra frame flare.

TIP: If you plan on using your sign at a photo shoot, check with your photographer first to get their opinion on a frame.

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