A ladybug birthday party is a great way to celebrate your special day. Lucky little ladybugs will help make your party fun and unique. Gather your friends and these cute little critters for some birthday fun! Here are some of our favorite ideas to help get you started.
Ladybug Birthday Invitations
Sending great invitations is a good way to get everyone in the party mood. Here is an idea for making your own special ladybug shaped party invites:
To make these invitations, trace a small yogurt lid onto white cardstock for the ladybug’s belly. Add a half circle cut from black construction paper for her head. Then color the ladybug’s face with markers and write the ladybug birthday party details on her belly. A fine point Sharpie pen works well for this. To make the ladybug’s wings trace the yogurt lid again onto red construction paper and cut out the circles. Decorate the circles with black spots. Trim the top of the circles, cut them in half to create wings, and attach them on top of her white underbelly with a brass brad so that they part to reveal your party information.
Here are some more cute invitations we found that would be perfect for your ladybug theme birthday party:
Ladybug Birthday Decorations
Black and red (with touches of white, pink, or green) can make a great ladybug birthday party color scheme. You can incorporate these colors into your décor by mixing them up in your tableware, and also by using them in things such as balloons and streamers. Here are some additional ideas:
- Line Your Walkway with Polka Dots — Cut large black ladybug dots from poster board and tape them to your walk to welcome your guests.
- Set a Grassy Table — Use a green tablecloth to look like grass, or line the center of your party table with pots of wheat grass and red flowers. Stick a few little ladybug accents into the pots to create a miniature garden centerpiece.
- Make Some Spotted Balloon Bouquets — Cluster bunches of polka dotted ladybug balloons into bouquets throughout your party area.
- Float Some Tissue Flowers — Use clear fishing line to hang red and black tissue paper flowers at different heights.
- Hang a Ladybug Piñata — Let a cheery piñata be a decorative focal point to greet your guests. Later on this can do double duty as a fun party activity.
Here are some party supplies that would make great additions to your decorations:
Ladybugs oh so Sweet Party Supplies
Ladybug Fancy Party Supplies
**NOTE — Ladybugs make a great 1st birthday party theme. The above ladybug party supplies are also available for a 1st birthday party.
Activities for Your Ladybug Theme Birthday Party
Make Ladybug Antennae. — You will need plastic headbands, black pipe cleaners, and red styrofoam balls. Poke the styrofoam balls with a pipe cleaner and then twist the pipe cleaner around the headband, or use hot glue.
Release Some Live Ladybugs — Ladybugs can be great garden helpers. Purchase some live ladybugs and let your party guests release them into your yard or garden. Then give each child a toy magnifying glass and encourage them to watch what their ladybugs get up to!
Share a Ladybug Book or Movie — Need an activity to quiet your little bugs down? Try a book or movie.
Ladybug Party Games
Here are our favorite ladybug birthday party ideas for games to keep your little critters busy:
Miss Ladybug has lost her spots…Bean Bag Toss –Before the party, make a large cut out of a ladybug body using red and black poster board (red body and black head & legs) and several black bean bags. Do not make black spots on the ladybug body. Place the poster on the floor. Players help the ladybug “get her spots back”, by taking turns tossing black bean bags onto Miss Ladybug’s body.
Pin the Ladybug on the Leaf — Play like Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Draw a green leaf on a sheet of poster board. Cut red paper ladybugs for each child. Use double sided tape at game time. Young children may not want to wear a blindfold, but they can close their eyes. Then gently spin each player 3 times before they try to get the ladybug onto the leaf …don’t forget…eyes closed!
How Many Bugs in the Jar? — Decorate and paint a ladybug on the lid of a large glass jar and fill with black and red jelly beans. Take turns guessing how many beans are in the jar. The winner gets the jar filled with jelly beans! All other players receive a smaller baby food jar with a red bow on top and filled with jelly beans.
Musical Spots — Use black construction paper circles. Tape them on the floor forming a circle. Invite the kids to stand on the circles. As you start playing music, ask the kids to walk from one spot to another. While the music is still playing, remove one spot. When it stops, every child must try to occupy a spot. The player without one is out of the game. Continue playing until there is only one player left.
Spotted Relay — For this ladybug theme birthday party activity, you’ll need four ladybug spots from the previous game. Divide the kids into two teams and have them form two lines. Give first players in each line two spots. When the game begins, the players can only step on the spots (without touching the floor) as they travel from one side of the room to another side, around the chair, and back to the starting line. (The kids must place a spot in front of them, step on it with one leg, then put another spot in front and place their other leg on that spot.) When the players finish their leg, they must pass the spots to the next players in line. The game continues in this manner, and the team to finish first – wins the game! “
Grasshopper,Grasshopper, Ladybug” — Played just like “Duck, Duck, Goose!”
Send your guests home with a special memento of the day. If you made ladybug antennae as a craft, these can go home as sweet ladybug party favors. Here are some more ideas that we love:
Ladybug Lip Gloss Key chains
Ladybug Bean Bags
Wondering what to serve at a ladybug birthday party? Here are a few ideas…
- Serve red punch, otherwise known as “bug juice” from a new, clean watering can.
- Use a flower shaped cookie cutter to trim your party sandwiches.
- Make a Fruity Ladybug Snack — Cut an apple in half and set each piece face down on a piece of lettuce. Poke chocolate chips into the apple’s skin to make ladybug dots. Poke in some shoestring licorice to look like antennae. (You might want to use the tip of a sharp knife to start the poke holes.)
- Cut up cubes of cheese or melon and use cute ladybug food picks to serve them.
- Make ladybug cupcakes with red frosting, adding chocolate chips or black M&M’s for the spots.
If you enjoyed these ladybug birthday party ideas, you might also enjoy these parties:
Bumble Bee Party
Rubber Ducky Party