Joy’s Ladybug Birthday

Last weekend we celebrated my “baby” Joy’s 4th birthday.  Luckily, my girls are still young enough for me to steer them to the party theme I want to do… as in (insert excited voice) “Joy, wouldn’t it be fun to have a ladybug party?”  We’ll see how much longer I’ll be able to get away with that!  =)

I spent several months before the party gathering lots of red, white and black goodies.  I decided not to try to do everything myself and ordered many of the special party touches from a variety of wonderful sources (all listed at the end of the post).

January birthday’s pretty much have to be planned as an indoor affair, but we were blessed on the party day with a sunny 65 degree day that allowed the kids to play outside as much as in (yay for California!).

The afternoon of the party was spent enjoying a light lunch, chatting (adults), playing outside (kids), doing a craft (kids), and enjoying birthday sweets while presents were opened.

I prepared a dessert table full of cute red, black and white treats (with a few pink and green touches).

The cake and cupcakes were made by me (Glorious Treats).  The cake was dressed with a personalized cookie topper and little cookie ladybugs made as a gift by my friend Callye of Sweet Sugar Belle.

I completed the sweets table with simple arrangements of red tulips.

I made chocolate cupcakes (recipe here) with vanilla cream cheese frosting (recipe here).  The ladybug toppers were also made by me (using my Cricut machine).  I accented the cupcake stand with adorable tiny ladybug cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle.

I made a personalized banner to hang above the dessert table.  The banner was made to co-ordinate with the cookies (by Sweet Sugar Belle), which were made using inspiration from the adorable personalized shirt (from Modern Frills).  Joy’s cute hair bow from My lucky hair bow.

Delicious and adorable oreo pops from Sweeties by Kim.

Cupcakes were made by me (Glorious Treats) dressed with little ribbon flags and fondant flowers and ladybugs.

Amazingly perfect cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle.

Beautiful Oreo pops from Sweeties by Kim.

French Marcarons from The Macaronner.

The party invites were from Littlebeane Boutique.  I fell in love with them many months ago, and really patterned the whole party off of them.

Party favors were clear boxes (from filled with a little notebook (Target), a ladybug shaped magnifying glass (Target), little colored pencils and a ladybug chocolate (World Market).  The boxes were finished off with matching ribbon and a personalized thank you label (from Littlebeane Boutique)

One of the party activities was a simple craft I prepared for the kids.  I found some red lunch bags (at Target), and then cut out circles of black paper for ladybug spots, and large circles cut in half for the head.  Glue on some eyes, draw antennas and a line down the center and voila… ladybug puppets!

I prepared a light lunch (with the help of a friend- thanks Tara!) consisting of Turkey croissant sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, salami pinwheel wraps, fresh vegetables with dip, fresh fruit and chips.  I dressed up the sandwiches with picks decorated with ribbon.  Above the food table I hung some adorable ladybug garlands a friend (in New Zealand) sent me several months ago.

Here’s my little cutie enjoying one of her birthday cookies.

We all had a great day celebrating the “joy” that this sweet girl brings into our lives.

~ All the details ~

Party planning, set-up and styling- Glory Albin (Glorious Treats)

Photography- Gene Chutka and Glory Albin

Cake and cupcakes- Glory Albin (Glorious Treats)

Invitations, favor labels and food labels- Littlebeane Boutique

Custom Sugar Cookies- Sweet Sugar Belle

Custom Chocolate dipped Oreo pops- Sweeties by Kim

Personalized shirt (on birthday girl)- Modern Frills

French Macarons- The Macaronner

Hair bow- My lucky hair bow


  1. This party is absolutely ADORABLE! I love all your little touches, and such great inspiration! Nice work!

  2. Did you use fabric for the polka dot table cloths???

  3. This is so cute! I'm planning a pink and green ladybug birthday party for my little one on St. Patrick's day and that garland would be perfect! Do you know where your friend found it?

  4. What a beautiful presentation! I just love it. Great job and those bags are just adorable!

  5. Gorgeous party, and the presentation is amazing! Red roses, red and white candies, polka dot table cover and the cake the cupcakes. I featured it on my party site as an awesome example of a ladybug party –


  6. That is the most beautiful party i have ever seen! Everything is so gorgeous!

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  10. I LOVE your ideas. Beautiful! I am going to use this as my inspiration for my daughter’s first birthday party. Which Cricut cartridge did you use for the ladybugs? I just bought one this weekend.

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