For the Birthday girl's outfit I made Ladybug Wings, blinged out a shirt and adorned it with bows, made her antennas, Ladybug Bow, and painted her shoes and put it all with a red and black Petti skirt.
Instead of party hats I opted for Ladybug Balloon animal bracelets. The birthday girl had a special one just for her.
If you aren't a clown (by profession that is) balloon animal videos are all over the web to show you how to make them.
For the decorations we used red and black with touches of grass green and white. I handmade everything I could and bought on clearance what I couldn't make. I love throwing parties and usually plan for at least 6 months so that I'm not buying all at once and I can get good deals.
I designed and printed out signs to hang everywhere, I did 3 different sayings.
I just took little glass vases and filled with tissue paper and hot glued red carnations to the top for floral arrangement centerpieces on a few tables. I used marabou to add little pops of color and texture.
I made the tutu puff for my niece that my wonderful sister in law let us borrow so I didn't have to make another one and Monkey carried this around like her wand!
We used lots and lots of balloons, tissue paper pom poms, wooden ladybugs, and other random decorations to hang around the very large room.
I also made 3 banners to hang, and I ordered one from Vista Print.
I decorated the cups with black polka dots to carry through the theme. We added water bottle labels and served Bug Juice!
Here's a close up of the Ladybug Crackers. I think these just added the perfect touch!
I adore this picture of Monkey stealing olives off of the crackers.
I kept it simple for the games. We played pin the spot on the ladybug and Ladybug Spot Toss. I painted each ladybug and cut out circles to pin on for the Pin the Spot game. For the Ladybug Toss I cut out felt circles and glued on then added Velcro strips to make them even more sticky. I then wrapped ping pong balls with the opposite strips of Velcro and the kids tossed the balls and tried to get them to stick to the spots. For prizes I decorated a bucket and filled with loot for them to pick from.
For the cake I made cupcakes and a ladybug cake and presented it on a cupcake tower that Poppa and I made. This was the centerpiece for the Sweets Table.
For The Favor Bags the kids got sent home with a Ladybug Shaped sugar Cookie, a Ladybug shaped crayon that I made and put in decorated match boxes, Ladybug Bubbles, and a bouncy ball for boys, and lip gloss for girls. I filled bags with shredded paper for the grass look and added baggie tags made by Mel's Little Zoo one of my awesome Blogmania sponsors. She also made the cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, and Thank you tags.
And I saved the best for last, the Sweets & Treats Table. This was everyone's favorite and I was nearly cleared out! Which is probably a good thing but I sure would have loved to take some cake balls home with me. I made cake balls, rice krispy treats, pretzel rods, and marshmallow pops which were all dipped in red or chocolate candy melts and sprinkled with decorations. We had lots of red and black candy and cookies that were served in glass containers with cute little scoops. Paper fans were made and hung behind the table for some extra pops of color.
I had bags with thank you tags that they could fill up and take home and fill up they did!
I made these little garden fence props that were perfect for holding the cake pops and marshmallow pops.<
I've got a few parties in the work for this month so stay tuned for what I come up with!
Happy Friday Ya'll
Happy Friday Ya'll