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ladybug birthday bash dessert table with a 3 tier cake

This bright and colorful Ladybug Birthday Party by Shannon is full of adorable ladybug treats and so many crafty DIY details… just check out those fabulous hanging paper plate “lanterns” for starters! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cute picnic-inspired treats and drinks including “Ladybug Bites” and “Bug Juice”
  • Black ladybug spotted WALLS – so clever!
  • “Baby Bug Grub” favors packaged up in baby food jars
  • personalized garland with pictures of the birthday girl at each of her first 12 months
  • ladybug spotted shoes, sunflower cupcakes, & more…

ladybug birthday juice labels and mason jars with red stripe straws

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Shannon

THEME
Since we often refer to our daughter as Gwynnie Bug, we felt it naturally appropriate to throw our daughter a Ladybug Bash first birthday party!

DECORATIONS
All of the decoration were homemade by me- I made the welcome sign, Happy Birthday banner, month-by-month picture timeline, highchair banner, planter centerpieces, and black ladybug “spots” for the wall using my Cricut. I also made the fabric flower balls seen in the white vases, and the paper plate balls seen hanging above the food and beverage tables. The water bottle labels, bug juice labels, and drink flags were made on my computer using Word. For the cake plates I bought white plates, vases, and teacups at a thrift store, spray painted them to coordinate with the party, and then glued them together.

FOOD & DRINKS
I made all of the homemade treats! This was very time-consuming, but incredibly rewarding! Plus, it saved me a ton of money! For lunch, we ate “picnic” themed foods.

FAVORS
For favors, guests were asked to fill a goody bag with their favorite treats and candy. The “Baby Buggies” took home “Baby Bug Grub,” which was baby snacks and cereal put into baby food jars.

ACTIVITIES
We purchased hundreds of ladybugs and scattered them throughout the backyard, as well as housed some in a homemade ladybug house, (constructed by The Hubby). The older children were given bug catcher kits (from The Dollar Store!) and searched for ladybugs around the yard to take home and release in their own gardens! I also made a brochure which explained how to properly care for and release the ladybugs. Our Baby Buggies played in a ladybug tent, and all children could also color on ladybug coloring sheets as well.

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