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Ladybug Birthday Party

With Lily’s second birthday in just a couple of days, I can’t help but think back to one year ago when we were celebrating her very first birthday. We were set to move from Pennsylvania to Texas on May 2nd so we decided to have Lily’s birthday party a month before her birthday (which is at the end of May) so that our family and friends could participate. Our house was packed up, our belongings were shipped off to Texas, and so we drove up to my mom’s to spend time with family for a few days before the party. On that Saturday, April 30th, we celebrated Lily’s first year (my mom let me throw the party at her house- thanks, mom!)  and then moved to Texas just two days later. It was certainly a whirlwind and I remember being stressed about how I would put together a party for her despite all of the moving pieces and not even being able to host it at my own house, but you only get one first birthday so I am SO glad we put in the effort to make it special! We decided on a lady bug picnic theme because we always called Lily “lily bug” or “lady bug” and her favorite toy at the time was a plush ladybug- it was just too perfect. 🙂 Here are the details:

I made these ladybug chocolate covered pretzels and Oreos using chocolate wafers and added the details using a toothpick and eyeball sprinkles. I created the food tags in Word and printed them out on regular paper- easy, cute detail!

I went with red gingham tablecloths and sunflowers in Mason jars to really play up the picnic feel. The hanging paper decorations are from Party City!

We had old fashioned glass bottles of Coke, red spiraled paper straws, and spiked root beer floats to add to our picnic theme!

I used black head bands from the dollar store, black pipe cleaners, and red pompoms to make lady bug headbands for guests. I didn’t think many people would get into them but they were a huge hit!

I used a carved watermelon to hold some fruit and we made these adorable lady bug Caprese bites using a small toasted crackers, topped with sliced, fresh mozzarella, a piece of fresh basil, and an olive and halved cherry tomato speared together with a toothpick as the lady bug. We also had additional picnic foods including pasta salads, potato salad, corn on the cob, and fried chicken.

I had taken pictures of Lily on each of her monthly milestones so we printed these pictures out and hung them as a garland on the fireplace.

Pin the tail on the lady bug was a hit with the few other children we had at the party (it was mostly adults at this one though).

I received this poster as a gift for Lily so I had it laminated so we could use it for subsequent birthdays as well. Guests loved reading it!


Lily’s mini birthday party hat was from Etsy as was her lady bug dress. (The shop where I got her dress is no longer available)

Lily was taking a few steps at a time at her party. By her actual birthday she was walking like a pro!

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