Ladybug Birthday Party

Ladybug Birthday Party

Whew!! I’m still amazed that I have a one year old! We had such a great time at her party, and I will post some pictures later of her at the party, but I thought I would share some of the fun details and planning parts of the big Ladybug Bash. I got so many ideas from Pinterest and searching other blogs, so I thought I’d share the sources and websites in case someone stumbles upon this and would like some recommendations.
First, here is the invite. My favorite crafty bloggin’ mommy, Stef, was kind enough to make this for us. I love the way it turned out! {If you haven’t checked out Stef’s blog yet, definitely head over and introduce yourself, she’s incredible!} The invite says,
“Come for the cake
stay for the fun
our little lady is turning
1.”

Ladybug Birthday Party

Next, since Wren doesn’t have many “baby” friends, most of the kids coming to the party were between 3 and 7. Realizing that, I wanted to be sure to have some fun stuff for them. I thought it would be fun to have a candy bar, and they LOVED it! I went with a red/black/aqua color scheme and I think it turned out pretty cute.
Here’s the whole table:

Ladybug Birthday Party

I was inspired by THIS pin and just bought 2 yards of the fabric and I used it again for Wren’s final weekly picture. (::tear::) The ribbon was all purchased during a 1/2 off sale at Hobby Lobby.
I bought these little white picket fences from Michaels for $1-$1.50 each and just hot glued them together to make the holder. The wooden ladybug is also from Michaels.
The ladybug suckers are from The Ladybug Gift Store. There were tons of great things at this little store, and they shipped the SAME day! I was so impressed! The kids loved them

Ladybug Birthday PartyMost of the glass continers were purchased for super cheap at Goodwill. I just sterilized them and added different ribbons (also purchased 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby) to make them nice and festive. Ladybug Birthday PartyThese little pretzel ladybugs were fun to make. Check out my planning video if you’d like to see exactly how I made them and how I made the green grass that they are on. Ladybug Birthday Party My sister got Wren this adorable cake! I absolutely loved it!Ladybug Birthday PartyAlso in my planning video, I show you how I decorated these ladybug cupcakes. I added in a few regularly iced cupcakes and since there were more cupcake holders than cupcakes, I fill Ladybug Birthday PartyIn the other picket fence, I added some of these ladybug chocolates that I also purchased at the Ladybug Gift Store. You can see the chocolate covered Oreos (also shown in my planning video-click the link or see the video at the bottom of this post), and if you look closely, you can see the ladybug bubbles that I got from EZ Party Zone. (They have a great selection, I also got the plates, napkins, some balloons and little treat boxes from there.) They also shipped on the same day and I was really happy with the service. Ladybug Birthday Party Ladybug Birthday PartyWe displayed most of Wren’s weekly pictures (save for the few that cut off her head when they printed!). I used the Doodlecharms Cartridge from my Cricut to make a ladybug for each picture and I wrote the week on each one to show how old she was. It’s soooo sad to see how little she used to be! Everyone loved this little display Ladybug Birthday PartyLike I said before, knowing that there were older-ish kids, I decided to make one game for them. I made this big ladybug using felt and we played Pin the Spot on the Ladybug. The kids really got into it and I think she turned out so well. I don’t want to throw her away!! (So if you know someone having a ladybug party soon, let me know…I’d be happy to ship this little lady to another good home!) I cut out separate black spots and put each of the kids initials so they each had their own spot and we knew whose was where after they pinned them on. Ladybug Birthday PartyI had this banner hanging above our buffet station. There is a counter below, and we had all of the regular food here. Things got a smidge hectic right before the party and I didn’t get any pictures, but we just served a simple taco bar. People could make their own tacos, nachos or burritos. We had all the fixin’s along with rice and beans. It was a nice, easy way to have something available, but without {Josh} having to spend all day in the kitchen. I also didn’t get pictures of the cute decor over here, but we put the nacho chips in a bright red bucket that we had onhand, and I added black poms to it to make it look like a ladybug. I served water in a huge red metal bin (got it for 75% off at Target after the 4th of July) and we served sodas in a smaller white tin, also from that same sale. Ladybug Birthday Party

We also made the MOST delicious Ladybug punch. We used THIS recipe, and I am seriously craving the stuff already! It was so good!
The last little touch for the day was Wren’s adorable outfit! I picked up this sweet little ladybug skirt at a consignment event this fall. It was super cheap and went perfectly with our theme. You can see a glimpse of the sparkly red shoes we got her, too. And I ordered the cute ladybug hairbow from Bows So Sweet on Etsy.

Ladybug Birthday PartyFor more information and ideas, check out the Pinterest Board that I created for Wren’s First Birthday. I found a ton of great ideas.
I’m going to go ahead and insert my planning video here, just in case it’s easier to view: