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LadyBug Fancy
Birthday Party Planning Guide

Exclusively at BirthdayExpress.com

1-800-247-8432

BirthdayExpress.com is every host's secret for making birthday wishes come true! Our LadyBug Fancy party planning guide offers step-by-step instruction to help you plan, prepare and execute a memorable day for the birthday guest of honor. The helpful checklist ensures that no detail is forgotten, while the themed games and recipes take the guesswork out of finding treats and activities that complement your décor. And we know you're busy, so the entire guide is printable – keeping you organized on the fly, from balloon blow-up to confetti clean-up!

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 LadyBug Fancy Party Supplies, 
LadyBug Fancy Favors

    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 LadyBug Fancy 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

Musical LadyBug Circle

Estimated time: 25 minutes

Supplies:
Directions:

Fill a bag with prizes, and select a ladybug bean bag. Seat everyone in a circle, and put on some lively music. Players pass around the toy while music plays. When you stop the music, the player holding the toy wins a party favor and steps out of the game. Continue until everyone has won a prize.

Hidden LadyBugs

Estimated time: 25 minutes

Supplies:
Directions:

Every girl knows that ladybugs aren’t always easy to find. In this game, she gets a chance to find and keep one for herself! Before the party, hide the ladybug bean bags around the yard or designated party space. During the party, give your guests a chance to look for a ladybug until all of them have been found. Each guest keeps one ladybug bean bag toy as a take-home favor.

Birthday Bug Guess

Estimated time: 25 minutes

Supplies:
  • red jelly beans and black jelly beans
  • 2 clear jars
  • slips of paper and pens/pencils
Directions:

Before the party, fill one jar with jelly beans. Pour them out; count them; then pour back into the jar again. Save the number, and at the party, invite everyone to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. Set out slips of paper and pens for your guests to write their names and guesses on. Ask everyone to fold the slips and put them into the second jar. The winner who guesses the closest number wins the jelly beans!

LadyBug Time Capsule

Estimated time: 30 minutes

Supplies:
  • shoebox or popcorn tin
  • envelopes
  • ladybug stickers
  • birthday newspapers
  • colorful paper
  • colorful pens/glitter pens
Directions:

Select a future age for your little one, and ask everyone to write a letter to her at that age. Provide colorful paper, stickers, envelopes and glitter pens. Use a shoebox or popcorn tin as a time capsule. Collect all letters, as well as the day’s newspaper clippings and photos from the party. Put everything in the time capsule, and seal it up. Then store it somewhere in the house, to be opened at a birthday party years in the future.

Recipes

Pretty Punch

Estimated Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
  • ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
  • raspberry sherbet
Supplies:
Directions:

This pink punch is sure to fizz its way into the hearts of all your guests. At serving time, place raspberry sherbet in punch bowl (to cut down on splashes). Then add ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, and let everyone watch the punch fizz.

LadyBug Cake

Estimated Total Time: 30 minutes

Making an adorable cake is easy with a ladybug cake pan.

Olive Ladybugs

Estimated Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives (whole)
  • black cake icing
Directions:

Quick, easy and so cute! Begin by slicing your grape tomatoes (lengthwise) ¾ of the way up (these become the ladybug wings). Scoop out some of the inside and add a black olive to the middle (which represents the ladybug body). Finish your little ladybug appetizers by piping icing “spots” on top of the tomato “wings”. Serve them up on a pretty platter.

Chocolate LadyBug Berries

Estimated Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
  • container of strawberries
  • package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Supplies:
  • waxed paper
  • double boiler
Directions:

Strawberries already look a lot like ladybugs, and they’re delicious dipped in chocolate. Wash strawberries, and dry well so chocolate will stick. Melt chocolate in a double boiler (with water only in bottom pan); monitor closely and stir regularly until all lumps have melted. Dip strawberries into chocolate, and let cool on waxed paper. Yum!

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