Baby’s first birthday is a celebration of the start of a new life’s voyage. As parents we wonder many times about the things our children will do and the places they’ll go. A world traveler theme is perfect for a first birthday: maps, vintage luggage and a beautiful, ruffly birthday cake topped with a miniature globe.

World Traveler Theme First Birthday Party #maps #firstbirthday

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Ruffly Globe Birthday Cake #globe #birthdaycake

Freebie Printables for Map Themed First Birthday Party #map #firstbirthday #printables

This celebration has first birthday ideas for girls, but this party theme is one that can easily be adapted for a boy too. In fact, we’ve included both boy and girl versions of our freebie high-chair banner for you!

To make the “She’s One” (or “He’s One”) sign download and print our template, cut out the circle and glue onto a larger circle cut from decorative scrapbook paper. Hang with fishing line so it’s floating, just out of reach, above the birthday boy or girl’s head. Both of these party printables are setup for 11×17 paper. Get a personalized cake topper and cupcake flags.

Photography, design and styling by Bettijo B. Hirschi and Aimée Lowry.


  1. I LOVE this party – so gorgeous! The high-chair banner is just fabulous – thank you so much for this! I’m sharing with my Pinterest followers
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    Alison    Monday, August 13, 2012
  2. Beautiful! I love it! This is exactly what I was planning on doing for my daughter’s first birthday. Where did you get the hanging map and the cake topper? Do you have the printable for the cake topper? Also, do you have any suggestions on where to get vintage suitcases? Thank you for sharing!

    Heather    Sunday, August 26, 2012
  3. We found the hanging school map on ebay. Try thrift stores, flea markets or garage sales for the vintage luggage. The globe topper was a squishy ball we found at World Market.

    bettijo    Monday, August 27, 2012
  4. Love the theme – pretty unique! The ruffle cake looks gorgeous!

    funtasia party    Sunday, September 9, 2012
  5. Love this party theme. What did you use for the banner around the globe cakes topper?

    Maya    Thursday, February 7, 2013
  6. This has definitely been my main sorce of inspiration for my son’s first birthday.
    I would also love to know about the cake topper banner – is it possible to purchase a custom digital file?

    Catherine    Sunday, May 5, 2013
  7. Due to the multiple requests we are now offering a personalized file for the cake topper banner here:

    Aimée & Bettijo    Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  8. Hi Maya, I got the globe topper at a local store which no longer carries it, but I just found what appears to be the same one on Amazon (link below). Turns out it’s really a Globe Stress Ball. Hope this helps!

    Aimée & Bettijo    Monday, June 10, 2013
  9. hi!
    i love this idea. i am doing something similar for my son’s first birthday next month! i am using the high chair banner and the “he’s one” sign. i just had a question about getting those printed! i saved both files as a PDF on my desktop. do i just take them in to any printing store and have them printed on an 11×17 sheet? thanks again!!

    alex    Sunday, September 1, 2013

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