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Since her brother was having a bug party, Riley insisted she wanted a bug party too. I finally talked her into a LADYBUG party, knowing that I could do a lot with the red and black polka dots, throwing a couple of ladybugs in for good measure. This is probably my favorite party I’ve done to date.
Adorable birthday party for your little ladybug!

I started with the invitation (created in Photoshop):

Ladybug invitation

Probably my favorite invitation design to date. Or is it just that I finally got to do something girly? I don’t know, but I love it!!

I decided I didn’t really want to play up the “ladybug” thing, but more the color scheme. Here’s how I did it:

Clear vases of red flowers on a table

Lots of red flowers, mason jars and burlap for that rustic look, polka dot ribbon and a few ladybugs set the mood on the tables outside.

Vases of flowers and balloons on a table

Of course no party is complete without a few balloons.

A kitchen with food, punch, and a Happy Birthday sign

I made the banner in photoshop, using digital paper I purchased on Etsy. The red theme was a great excuse to break out the Christmas plates I bought last year! the red oval bucket was a lucky find in the Target dollar section.

I decided this party was going to just be cake and ice cream, but couldn’t helping have a few other selections as well.

A table topped with plates of food and flowers
Flowers on a table

For the food table centerpiece, I used a galvanized tub, filled it with old ball jars burlap and flowers. Then wrapped some burlap casually around the base and of course added a few ladybugs.

The black, white and red theme was carried on with even the food:

A fruit plate with apples, strawberries and blackberries, with vanilla yogurt for dipping, and white chocolate popcorn (recipe to come later this week).

Ladybug party treats on a table

Sweet treats included chocolate covered marshmallows (on the left: red candy melts with black gel icing dots; on the right: dark chocolate with red sprinkles); and regular and dark chocolate covered licorice.

Chips and cupcakes on a table

I was inspired by the Halloween chips I found at the grocery store, so I separated the black and orange and had black tortilla chips and salsa!

See those little crackers? Cutest. Snack. Ever. And delicious too. Even the kids gobbled them up and were looking for more!

Ladybug party treats on a red plate

For the recipe, click here.

I made devil’s food cupcakes and decorated them with white icing, red sugar sprinkles and black gel dots.
Cupcakes and flowers on a table

They were so yummy!

For party favors, I put some little bug nets, magnifying glasses, and ladybug chocolates (paying homage to my German Grandma!). Here’s the bags, but I guess I didn’t get a photo of the favors!

Red and Black party bags

So that was our party! This being the third party in just 10 weeks (see here for another), I wanted something super casual and fun, so we just had a bounce house and let the kids play while the adults chatted. Everyone had a great time!

And Miss Riley loved being the star of the show!!!

A young girl and a birthday cupcake with candles
A young girl posing for a picture

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Kare hughes says:

    What size mason jars did you use?

  2. Kristian says:

    How did you do the black dots on the ladybugs?

    1. Kristin says:

      With a black frosting gel.

  3. Meghan says:

    Where do you buy the red daisies?

    1. Kristin says:

      I got them from a local florist.

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