I am looking for ideas for my daughter's first birthday party. I am using a lady bug, but she is pink and the theme also has lime green. I want ideas on centerpieces and cake or cupcakes?
By Bocachica1982 from Hartford, CT
I made a ladybug cake that was baked it in an oven-proof round mixing bowl. I decorated it with red frosting that was sprinkled with red-colored sugar. I made the spots with sliced black gumdrops, black string licorice and other candies. It has been quite a long time since I made it but I'm sure if you use a ladybug photo as a guide, you will come up with some ideas. You can make your own red-colored sugar by adding food dye to white sugar and then spreading it out on paper towels to dry. If you use the black string licorice, warm it a bit in the microwave so it is easier to shape. I really like the cupcake idea, too. Just remember to have fun with it.
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If you sew and like making her things, you could buy cotton fabric with lady bug print and use it as your table cloth for the party, then afterward use the fabric to make her cute sundresses, short sets, twirl skirts, etc. With the colorful fabric as your table cloth you could let it be your main focal point, and then save money buy buying solid red color paper plates etc.
Dollar Tree has the cutest big lady bug toys, you could get say 3-4 and make red jello in a round deep clear glass bowl and before it sets let the toys be down inside the bottom of the jello for added theme decorations. When you are done just wash them.
Kids love face painting. You could do ladybugs on there cheeks by using the non toxic safe acyclic paints sold in Walmart craft dept for 44 cents. You would only need red and black colors. How about making grab bags out of lunch brown paper bags and draw ladybugs on them too with the paints. Red balloons with a black color sharpie used for the dots to look like ladybugs. Make a big brown paper bag lady bug and use black circle dots to do the pin the dots on a ladybug, have her name up the ladybugs center back and whoever gets closet wins a prize. (07/14/2008)
I just wanted to mention that the Germans consider ladybugs to be good luck. If you just Google ladybugs, you will come up with all kinds of neat stuff. This website (ThrifyFun) has some pretty ladybug painted rocks. They are very easy to make. (07/14/2008)
My friend recently had a ladybug theme for her daughter's 1 year birthday. She is not very creative, but made the most beautiful cupcakes using red and black icing, choc chips for spots, and white icing for eyes (07/14/2008)
A cute tradition you could start would be for you to take a picture of your daughter's little hand in yours and your husband's hand, and each birthday and as they grow you see them catch up to you. This is really nice if you are a scrap booker. (07/14/2008)