Yesterday, we threw a ladybug themed birthday/baptism party for our girl. I did it on a budget, and I hate buying useless overpriced decorations and paper goods, so I made what I did buy disposable count. I thought I'd share some of what I did with you!
Ladybug cups: Red paper cups from the dollar store.
Round white labels leftover from another project run
through the copier at work with the lid open=black spots.
If you have a girl, jumpers are super easy to make.
I just traced one onto doubled fabric, sewed up the sides and the shoulders.
This perfect fabric was from JoAnn's. I used less than a yard.
I whipped up this bib last thing, 2 pieces of white flannel stitched together.
A number 1 cut out of jumper scraps, sewn on.
Ribbons attached at the top to tie on.
Red tablecloth + back plates and bowls = ladybug tables.
Those are plain white napkins in the center.
I think the colored ones don't work well, and white
fit in with my color scheme.
Guestbook: Red stamp pad, sharpies and a blank page from her scrapbook.
(Plus baby wipes for cleaning off thumbs!)
We did a similar guestbook for our wedding, but the thumbprints were leaves on a tree.
Ladybug cupcakes: Red frosting (for some reason it looks orange here)
Spots = upside down chocolate chips pushed into the frosting.
Another idea I had, which I will certainly do again, was to put a bunch of prints of photos out on a table for everyone to sift through and help themselves in lieu of favors. This was especially nice for grandparents who don't quite get the concept of a photo sharing website. We always order multiple prints to share, but don't have a great way to share them efficiently with family. This worked out great!
I didn't go overboard with decorations, as you can see, but the theme was evident, and nobody really notices decorations anyway, in my opinion. If you're wondering about a menu, I served:
- Chili (which, unintentionally, fit the theme, as I use black beans in a red sauce!)
- Butternut squash and black bean soup
- Apple Waldorf Salad
- Corn muffins
- Appetizers: Taco dip, buffalo chicken dip, artichoke dip, and a veggie tray.
- Dessert: Cupcakes (chocolate and vanilla), apple pie, cheesecake.
- Drinks: Boxes of iced green tea with honey and lemonade (from the grocery store) and a jug with a spigot of water from the grocery store.