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ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

I stumbled across these adorable nylon ladybugs recently and thought they’d be the perfect starting point for a Modern Ladybug party theme!

Ladybugs are always cute for kids birthday parties and “LovebugValentine’s Day parties, but this theme can even translate beautifully for a girlie baby shower or bridal shower.

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

For adult-friendly parties, just make sure to focus on decorative elements that are chic & stylish, as opposed to overly “cutesie”; for example – the grass & gerbera flower arrangements pictured below, contemporary polka dot partyware, and a cool red signature drink like a Raspberry Collins or Watermelon Mojito.

Whatever your particular occasion may be – from a 1st birthday to a bridal shower – here’s some inspiration to get you started…

Pictured above:

  • Embellish rolled black napkins with “napkin ring” made from a strip of cardstock and a foam ladybug topper.
  • Decorate solid red paper cups with round black stickers. Use these as drink cups for kids, or as cute containers for serving up mini-sized desserts or salads/pastas.
  • More tableware & decor finds: Modern Ladybug Dinner Plates; Just Dots Black & White Beverage Napkins and 7″ Dessert Plates; Red Utensils; 27″ Foil Balloon, Ladybug Cookies (for party favors); Ladybug Frame (super cute for displaying pics of the guest of honor), and Ladybug Cupcake Toppers.

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

For floral-based centerpieces that match this theme, try a combo of gerbera daisies, wheat grass or artificial grass mats, and ladybug accents, such as the foam ladybugs mentioned above, which you could attach to floral wire to create “picks” for the arrangements. {see image resources below}

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

Modern Ladybug Soaps, another style of Ladybug Cookies, or red & black candies packaged in Mini Acrylic Favor Boxes and tied up with a polka dot ribbon. These adorable Ladybug Gift Tags from Etsy would be a cute addition to any of them!

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

In lieu of ladybug cupcake toppers, you could also whip up some cupcakes that look like ladybugs… like this version brightideas.com.

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

Last but not least, this Mini Ladybug Birthday Banner would be an adorable accent for birthday parties! ($10.50 each from The Birthday Shop on Etsy).

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

Have some more ideas for this theme? Please feel free to post a comment here and share them with other readers!

Floral image credits for above images: Image #1 –  LeeLee Flowers and Jewelry & Floral Verde (note: images digitally modified to match ladybug theme); Image #2 – Event Accomplished & Heavenly Blooms Florist and Sippy Cups are for Chardonnay.

By |2018-02-13T06:15:35+00:00January 25th, 2010|Kids Birthday, Valentine's Day|

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. Tiffany January 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    My daughter’s 1st Birthday Ladybug Soiree

  2. Julie January 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Yeah! I am doing a ladybug theme for my daughter’s first birthday in March. Some great ideas!! Thanks!

  3. Kim - The TomKat Studio January 25, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Adorable ideas!! Here’s a link to a super cute Little Ladybug party that I created the paper goods for!


  4. Kendra January 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I did a lovebug party for Valentine’s for the kids a few years back. I turned most of the black dots into hearts. I blogged about it here:

  5. Tania January 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I couldn’t believe it when I saw this. I have searched for this theme here in the last 3 months to find nothing! I am doing a modern ladybug theme for my daughter’s 2nd bday in April and I have come up with some great ideas too. Great job! I will take pics and post my party as well!

  6. Jeanne Benedict January 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    So cute! My 6-year-old daughter would love this. The cupcake lady bugs are really great.

  7. Wendy January 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Precious! I love ladybugs – would make a cute baby shower theme too!

  8. Kristine January 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    my wedding center pieces were pretty much the photos with the grass!

  9. Kristine January 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    hahaha well believe it or not there were lady bugs EVERY WHERE…but you cant really see any in those pics!

  10. Rowaida Flayhan January 25, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Jenn,
    So cute and adorable idea! Love your blog you are such an inspiration and so wonderful. I am following you on twitter I wish you can follow me.
    Wish you great success.
    Rowaida Flayhan

  11. Kim January 26, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Love it! Thanks for the site where the nylon ladybugs were – it’s really full of great stuff! Thanks!


  12. {Ms. P} January 26, 2010 at 6:48 am

    My mom calls me “Ladybug”.

    I used a few ladybug cups for my company’s Garden Party one summer…This is cute & I wanna have another party!

  13. [email protected] January 26, 2010 at 7:58 am

    so super cute!

  14. Shannon Jones January 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

    This is really cute! I love your blog and follow it daily!
    Do you have any ideas for a purse/shoe party for my DD 2nd birthday? She is obsessed with purses and shoes.

  15. Kimmay January 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

    So beautiful! I love all the red and black.

  16. Carrie @ Half Baked - The Cake Blog January 26, 2010 at 9:03 am

    LOVE this layout – the ladybugs are adorable! We did a ladybug board awhile back with some super cute cake and cupcake ideas.


  17. Diapers and Divas January 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I love the idea of a ladybug theme for a little girl’s bday party! It’s so cute and you can keep it fresh and modern too!

  18. Jennifer January 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I LOVE those cupcakes! So cute. They would look perfect on our Cupcake Tower with red ribbon and black dots:


  19. Sara January 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I love this theme! There are some really cute ladybug outfits at Baby Gap right now that would fit right in http://www.gap.com/cookieFailure.do

  20. Heidi January 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Martha Stewart has some adorable cupcakes that would be perfect for this party theme…




  21. Lovely Scribbles January 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    What an adorable party idea! I just love lady bugs – so, so cute!

  22. Jennifer E January 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I love the picture of the nylon lady bugs and candles aligning the path. What an adorable idea!

  23. Marian (Sweetopia) January 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Oh how sweet! Such wonderful ideas – thanks!

    Your post stirred up a memory of a wedding I went to in grade 3 where each name place ‘card’ was a smooth, grey, rock with two tiny rocks painted to look ladybugs on it. Each large rock also had the name printed in white on it.
    I still have mine somewhere!

  24. Linnette January 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

    These are ADORABLE finds! I created a printable ladybug party kit that has been a big hit with moms. You can vie it here:


  25. Tammy - My Party File January 31, 2010 at 4:39 am

    These ideas are stunning! My sister and I held a ladybug party for her 4 year old daughter, and our ladybug themed food and red helium balloons with black spots were a huge hit. You can view these ideas at:

  26. jenn s. February 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Super cute ideas, everyone!

    Tammy – I’m dying over the ladybug fruit sticks and plates. Adorable!!

  27. Angel February 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I asked Kim to make me a board because I was having a similar problem – all cute and no elegance. You can see how it turned out here:



  28. serena February 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Love all these great ideas having my daughter first birthday in march with the ladybug theme.

  29. Mimi March 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Wonderful pictures, i am sure it was an awesome party. I am planning my daughters 1st Birthday party and it is so much fun.Where would I find the grass beds/wheat grass?

  30. Angel March 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I was able to get wheat grass at my local grocery store in the vegetables section. Often a store like Whole Foods or a Co-op where they have organic produce too.

  31. Christy March 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I love this idea! I’ll be using this theme for my daughter’s first birthday in April. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  32. Jamie Lehr March 10, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Adorable! Ladybug themed bubbles are also super cute for favors!

  33. Vicky Choy March 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for including the wheatgrass and gerbera daisy centerpiece! It all came from the creative minds of Petals Edge Floral Design in Alexandria, VA

  34. Sandra July 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    This ladybug theme is absolutely beautiful!

  35. Henna October 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I absolutely love this theme and fully intend to use it for my daughter’s first birthday party in March.. THANK YOU! :)

  36. Bec @ Love That Party December 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I totally LOVE a ladybug party theme! So much so I created not one but two printable Ladybug Party Invitations and some co-ordinating printable Ladybug Party Decorations . You could say I’ve gone a little DOTTY for ladybugs! (Sorry, I couldn’y help it) hehe!

  37. Love That Party May 11, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Ladybug are just so cute and sweet. This would make a lovely baby shower theme.

  38. Bec @ Love That Party May 11, 2016 at 3:58 am

    still loving the ladybug birthday party theme. I designed party printables and invitations in a ladybug theme a few years back and have recently revisited the theme and added some new printalbe products to the range. It really is a classic party theme.

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