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LadyBugs: Oh So Sweet 2nd
Birthday Party Planning Guide

Exclusively at BirthdayExpress.com

1-800-247-8432

Give your little love bug a birthday party she'll never forget! With these exciting LadyBug party ideas and recipes, they'll be in a swarm of fun!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:

    Time:

    Place:

    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order LadyBugs: Oh So Sweet 2nd Party Supplies, 
LadyBugs Favors & Party Activities

    BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You'll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail LadyBugs: Oh So Sweet 2nd Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party

Activities

Pin The Spots on The Ladybug

Supplies:

  • Red and black construction paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Black marker

Draw and cut out a ladybug using the red construction paper. Draw a face on the ladybug cutout using the black marker. Draw large circles in black on the lady bug, but do not color them in; these are the targets. Draw and cut out several circles using a fresh sheet of black construction paper.

Tape ladybug cutout to a wall (keeping in mind the height of the players). Place a piece of tape on each circle. Blindfold each player when it is their turn and spin them around 3 times. The player or players that get a spot on a target wins a small prize.

Pet Ladybug

Supplies:

  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Red paint
  • Black paint OR black permanent marker

Before the party, cut apart the individual compartments of the egg carton. Each compartment will act as the base for one ladybug. When time comes for the activity, protect the work surface and give one of the cut out compartments to each party goer. Instruct the party goers to turn the compartments upside down. Once upside down, have each person paint their piece red. Once the red paint is dry, have the party guests use the black paint or permanent marker to add eyes, spots, and other details.

Ladybug Party Bags

Supplies:

  • White party bags
  • Red finger paint 
Black permanent marker
  • Red finger paint
  • Black permanent marker

Protect the work surface and give each guest a white party bag. Instruct the party goes to dip a finger in the paint and then to press the finger against the bag. Each finger print they make will serve as the base for a lady bug.

They should cover as much of the bag as they want in finger prints. Once the paint is dry, the party goers can add eyes, spots, and other details to each of the red spots to finish the look. These bags are perfect for holding treats and other favors from the party.

Ladybug Bean Bag Toss

Supplies:

Cut three different-sized leaf shapes out of the fun foam. Write the number "1" on the largest leaves, "2" on the middle-sized leaves, and "3" on the smallest leaves; these are the point values. Lay the leaves out on the floor and give each player a chance to toss the bean bags onto the leaves. The player with the highest score wins.

Recipes

Ladybug Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 - Box of your choice cake mix
  • 1 - Container of vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini chocolate sandwich cookies

Bake cupcakes as directed on the back of the box and cool completely before decorating. Empty entire container of vanilla frosting into a bowl and add red food coloring until frosting is bright red. Frost the cupcakes with red frosting. Place one mini sandwich cookie on one end of the cupcake for the ladybug face. Randomly place chocolate chips throughout the remaining space of each cupcake.

Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 5 - Large sweet potatoes
  • 2 - Tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ - Teaspoon of salt or your favorite seasoning

Supplies:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Nonstick baking sheet

Preheat oven to 450˚ F. Wash and cut each sweet potato into ½ inch wedges. Place into a large bowl and hand mix in olive oil and seasoning. Place a single layer of wedges onto a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping pieces half-way through. Let cool for about 3 minutes and serve.

Ladybug Open-Face Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Bread (enough for each guest)
  • Peanut butter
  • Strawberry, cherry, or other red jelly
  • Raisins

Cut each slice into a circle. Spread on peanut butter. Spread the red jelly on top of the peanut butter. Randomly place raisins on top to look like cute and yummy ladybug dots.

Ladybugs On A Log

Ingredients:

  • Celery Stick
  • Peanut Butter
  • Red candy-coated chocolates

Wash and cut celery into 3 inch sticks. Fill the center of the celery stick with a thin layer of your favorite peanut butter. Place candies in a row across the peanut butter.

Glance through the list below to see if you're missing any important items. Many can be found on the party theme page.

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