Tara devised creative decor and activities around one of her son's interests. Lots of inspiration here! Tara shares: The neglect of the poor second-born! I was totally out of time and busy at work. Our little JudeBug loves bugs, but most everything I could find was for a girly, ladybug party. I couldn't find what I wanted online or in stores so I knew I was going to have to make it. Tick tock...
Luckily after I designed the invitations, a palette of wood grain, bright yellow, green and black emerged.
I made garland, table signs, and nametags then commissioned my husband to finish the party hats. Adhesive glue dots were a lifesaver in attaching the garland images to the raffia twine. I also used the glue dots to stick the hats together and bought elastic string at Michael's for the straps.
The kids played Caterpillar Cocoon - a race to wrap each other in toilet paper cocoons, Bug Hunt - searching for 100 plastic bugs outside with nets, and Bee Pong - a kid-friendly version of my college favorite. For the favor bags, I kept it simple with yellow and natural bags filled with gummy bugs, bug stencils, foam bug stamps, and insect nets. Prizes for games were wrist bug viewers and creature peepers from Insect Lore.
For the cake, the birthday boy requested vanilla with vanilla which foiled my plans to make a chocolate dirt or spider cake. I made a white cake and used one of the bug stencils to create a sugar beetle on top. I also found spider leg cupcake holders to display some of the cupcakes.
It was a rushed, DIY kind of party but with the balloons and the decorations, it all came together. Jude had a great time and since the party was at our house, everyone could relax.
(Images: Tara A.)