Joelle chose a ladybug theme, so I started off by making these invitations a couple of weeks ago to hand out to the 6 friends she chose to invite.
Next comes the cake. I spent 3 hours making the Mama Ladybug, and her 10 little babies (each girl got to take one home with her after the party). I used mini-Oreos for the spots (and the eyes), and the green icing on the side of the Mama is supposed to represent grass, just in case you were wondering. I'm not the most expert of cake makers -- or decorators -- but I have made all of my girls' birthday cakes, of which I am quite proud...I even make the cake from scratch -- none of this 'from the box' stuff. (This was Joelle's butterfly cake and Malia's bumblebee cake from last year's birthdays)Isn't this cake just too cute for words?
Sticking with the ladybug theme, for our craft we made ladybug hats. I cut out the strips of red paper ahead of time, and had each girl trace, cut and paste the black spots. Then we twirled red and black pipe-cleaners for the antennae. The girls all did a great job.
To complete the look, each girl got a set of ladybug wings and a wand (thanks to the dollar store and the Halloween aisle!), and of course this was part of their party favours that they got to take home with them. (This picture was actually taken just tonight when Joelle was already in her PJ's, but the only other pictures I have of the complete ensemble is with all of the party guests, and since I didn't ask parents for permission to post pictures of their kids, this is all you're gonna get!)
For the games -- we played a rousing game of "Musical Ladybugs" (a version of "musical chairs", but instead of having to find a chair to sit in, they had to find a leaf to fly to), and following that was the all-familiar "Pin the
Tail Spot on the D onkey Ladybug".
We also had a "Find the Ladybug" game -- where Les and I had hidden a bunch of hand-made ladybugs around the house, and each party girl had to find two. They were all numbered on the back, and afterwards the Birthday Girl picked 2 winning numbers out of a hat, and those two girls won a prize.
Next, of course, came presents...and then cake!!
I had no idea that planning & throwing this sort of theme party would take quite so much time and effort (I was up till midnight the night before getting all of the last-minute stuff prepared) -- or that it would make such a mess to clean up afterwards. But it was all worth it! It was a lot of fun, and I think all of the girls thought so too.