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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.

  4. Stacy says:

    Very cute and creative! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. nancy says:

    I love the ladybug crackers what did you use for the black does on the cherry tomatoes.

    1. Kristin says:

      I believe it was black icing, just a tiny amount so it didn’t affect the taste.

  6. Lisa Kolak says:

    <3 these Ideas. Used the mason jar/gerber daisy idea for my daughter's 1st. So beautiful!

  7. Meghan says:

    Adorable! Where did you find those Ladybugs?

  8. Mandy says:

    Oh so cute! Everything is so beautiful, wish I had a little girl too 🙂 Congrats!

  9. charity says:

    Love it….will try it for my lil’ lady

  10. karol witherow says:

    Your are so talented, the party was adorable… I enjoyed all the pictures, I must follow your blog…

  11. Anonymous says:

    so adorable

  12. Vicki says:

    Everything is absolutely adorable! Where oh where did you find the ladybugs that you have on the tables? They’re simply darling 😉

    1. Marsha says:

      I would love to also know where you found the adorable ladybugs that were used as the décor. I LOVE LOVE the party ideas for the ladybug party !!!!

      1. Kristin says:

        I think I found them at a party store, like Party City. It’s been a few years so I don’t remember. Sorry!

  13. Kimberly says:

    Where did you find the black tortilla chips?

    1. Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road says:

      They are available around Halloween, and my daughter’s party was in October.

  14. Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE says:

    Super cute! I am pinning 🙂

  15. Sarah Westover McKenna says:

    Holy Moly! This party BLEW ME AWAY!

  16. Katie says:

    THis is so adorable!!!

  17. The Mandatory Mooch says:

    Kristin, this is an adorable party. I will be featuring the ladybug crackers and favor bags on my Celebration Sundays – Ladybug Party Theme post later today. Come check it out at The Mandatory Mooch. Thanks, Nichi

  18. P-and-P says:

    Nice idea! 🙂
    xoxo – Check this DIY-Fashion blog out!

  19. Sarah Se says:

    Wow, what a cute idea!

  20. Stacy of KSW says:

    Eek!! Stop the cuteness! Stop it right now … this is adorable, great job!

  21. Janel from NellieBellie says:

    Hello cuteness. And fabulous pictures. And wonderful ideas. And gee whiz….I could go on! PInning!

  22. Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

    Oh my gosh. Browsing through these pics and reading about how you created each aspect of this party was such a treat! I love the mason jars with polkadot ribbon and red flowers and the food is so cute it doubles as eats and decor! LOVE IT ALL!!!

  23. Stepanie Dimarco says:

    I love all your pictures looks like a wonderful party 🙂 Im doing a lady bug party for my daughter next month. Where did you find the cute lady bug decorations on the table? I dont want to do to much over the top lady bugs and that is perfect with the flowers and lady bugs

  24. Nina says:

    I love everything, it’s classic and cute. SO well executed!

  25. Nina says:

    I love everything, it’s classic and cute. SO well executed!

  26. skrizzy says:

    Great job!! Where did you get the little ladybugs that were on the tables?

  27. Lisa says:

    Love, love, love this party! Even though my girls are now teens, I’m going to have to figure out a way to do this darling theme! I recently found you through a cute printable on Tip Junkie and love all that you do. I have had so much fun exploring your blog these past days. You have a darling family! Sounds like you’ve had a rough year-just wanted you to know that i’m praying for you. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us! I am loving all three of your Fall printables that I have around my house, and am about to print the Christmas tree verse-love it! Thanks again! ~Lisa

  28. Ashley says:

    What an adorable party! I love all the decorations. I had a ladybug party for my daughter several years ago, but it wasn’t near as cute as this! Stopping in from Inspiration Friday. 🙂

  29. Jody says:

    What an amazing job! I love everything! I would love to see a tutorial on how you did the banner. So cute, all of it!

  30. Joani says:

    She is such a cutie. The goodies looked yummy. The decorations were over the top. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  31. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR says:

    Kristin, what a cute party for a cute girl!! This is just adorable!! I saw your post on Inspiration Friday. I am now your newest follower. I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!

  32. Coley says:

    seriously, this is amazing. I’m in awe at what an awesome party this must have been. The colors, theme, details!! WOW. Wonderful job 😉

    Newest follower!

    Coley @

  33. Mindy says:

    Ahhh – I’m so glad I saw this! I’m doing a ladybug party for my daughter on the 23rd and I’ve been working on getting stuff ready.
    I’ve posted two things that are done so far. I have those Ritz snacks pinned on Pinterest – I’m so glad to hear you made them and liked them, ’cause they’re on my list of things to do.
    Everything looks so cute. I LOVE the bouquets. I’m gonna be pinnin’ away here. :o)

  34. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage says:

    This is one of the cutest parties I have ever seen!! But it is all doable, which I love! I have to share your post with my friend that has four girls. Riley is so beautiful!! I hope she remembers her gorgeous party when she’s older. 🙂

  35. Catie @ Catie's Corner says:

    OMG!! That is too cute! I love it all. Great job. I’ll bet her and her friends just loved it. =)

    Happy Birthday Riley!!

    ~ Catie

  36. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} says:

    What a fun little party! I love every detail 🙂 What a cute little birthday girl you have!

  37. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny says:

    So cute, Kristin! The mason jars are awesome, and those cracker snacks are just about the cutest thing ever! Fabulous party.

  38. Sue says:

    Little Riley is just too cute! And her party and all you did is so cute. Your kids are lucky to have such a great Mom as you!

    Take care, Sue

  39. Korrie@RedHenHome says:

    Wow! What a terrific party.

  40. newfitme says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Wish i had a girl to do this for!