{Party Feature} Ladybug Themed Birthday Party

Birthday parties for little kids are so much fun on so many levels.  Not only do you get to see the birthday kiddo and a bunch of friends enjoy themselves, but you get the chance to be creative and do projects you maybe wouldn’t otherwise get to do.   When my little punkin turned one, I decided on a ladybug theme because it was just so darn cute and a little feminine but not too over the top girly.  I had so much fun planning it and putting it together!

First and foremost, there’s the cake.  My sister-in-law made this amazing ladybug cake with one layer that was red velvet and the second was white cake.  Sitting atop a simple white cake stand laced with red and white ribbon, it was gorgeous!

She also made a little smash cupcake with a gorgeous red cupcake liner and some custom toppers I had purchased from TomKat Studio.  All I had to do was print them out and punch them!  They really brought things together.

To add to the sweet treats, I made these simple but fun ladybug pretzels by dipping the pretzels in red candy melts and regular chocolate.  Then I went back and added polka dots and admittedly somewhat creepy eyes.

I also baked some basic sugar cookies and used this ladybug cookie cutter to make my first attempt at flooding cookies with royal icing.  I was happy with the way they turned out.  I just dropped them into cellophane treat bags and tied them with black and red polka dotted ribbon.

We kept the goody bags simple – basic black and red bags tied with the same custom tags as we made the cupcake toppers with.  Again I used red and black polka dotted ribbon to tie the tag and just wrote each kid’s name on the bag.  Luckily we had the same number of girls and boys so the girls had red bags and the boys had black bags.  They were filled with ladybug poppers, ladybug shaped bubble bottles, red and white polka dotted pencils, the cookies, red and black licorice vines, and ladybug stickers.  The girls got ladybug print bows for their hair (also from etsy) and little dolls.  The boys got plastic lizards and bugs along with a Hot Wheels car.

We bought 1st Birthday napkins; ladybug paper tablecloths, tiaras, and hats; black and red plates, cups, balloons, and cake plates.  I was thrilled with the way everything came together.

We had the shindig at a small amusement park that had plenty of personality otherwise I could see myself wanting to do other fun ladybug themed decorations like a banner or bunting.  Kids parties really are a blast.  Now if only I could have them more often while keeping my baby the same age forever…

~ Nilam