Cassie shared decoration details: “It’s important as a SAHM mom that I really watch my budget, so I did a lot of discount shopping for this party! I found the bright plaid wrapping paper (used as table backdrop) in our exact party colors for a steal at our local TJMaxx. I was even more excited to find the bright green netting, seen in the backdrop & over the tablecloth, on sale as a (very) early Christmas item at Hobby Lobby. The netting also worked perfectly as covers on the children’s tables! Instead of buying expensive flowers or centerpieces, I decorated the main table with two DIY ribbon topiaries that turned out even more lovely than I imagined!! I created a tutorial for those here.”
FOOD & DRINK DETAILS: “We had “Baby Bug Bites” (strawberry puffs) for the little ones, “Pbee&J” sandwiches cut out like butterflies and “Caterpillar Kebobs” (fruit skewers) for the older kids. Specially made caterpillar & butterfly sippy cups were also on hand for the kids to drink their “Bug Juice”, & take home as part of their party favor. The cupcakes were the biggest hit though! They stood on a fun cake stand with a flower vase that was very quick & easy to create (also on my blog). I found the complimenting Wilton flower petal cupcake liners at Michael’s. The cupcakes were topped with adorable fondant bugs, also made to look like the caterpillar and ladybug on Madeline’s invitation. They were perfect! The kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on those sweet bugs.
PARTY ACTIVITIES: “My daughter & her friends had a blast in the bouncy house outside, crawled through our “caterpillar” tunnel , & played with creepy crawly bugs & nets that I found together for a very reasonable price on Amazon. I think the adults enjoyed watching Madeline plunge into her special bug smash cake the most– she could have sat & enjoyed that cake for hours! Before they left, guests were asked to write a little note or wish for Madeline’s sparkly green time capsule box, to be opened on her 18th birthday! I found adorable little pink & green favor boxes on Etsy & added a gooey, light-up caterpillar that had “bitten” his way out (courtesy of my round, scalloped puncher). Little girls also took home pretty bug hair clips, while the boys’ got their own bug & net sets.”
How cute are these bloomers?!
Madeline had a fabulous time at her party, as did her guests! Every detail & DIY project was totally worth seeing that constant smile on the birthday girl’s face :)
Party Styling, Invitations and Paper Details: Sugar Bee Designs