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« on: August 26, 2013 07:21:08 AM »

Hello Crafty Ladies,
Another birthday has gone by for my twin granddaughters. This year’s party theme was Ladybugs.

I can’t believe they are 3 years old already!

You can say I went a little overboard with the theme Smiley even the cupcake liners were ladybug themed, but it was so much fun to plan and create all the ladybug birthday crafts.

The Crafts:
The party was at the party area of a children park and zoo. I planned for all the crafts to be disposable. I didn’t want to worry about taking care of centerpieces, ornaments and picking them after the party to take them back home (the plan was a failure, no one wanted to throw away the crafts, and people ended taking them home). I make everything out of cardstock, foam sheets, paper doilies, foam board, felt sheets and gift wrapping paper from The Dollar Tree store and ribbons from Wal-Mart.
I took ladybug graphics from the web and created the birthday party tags, Photo Prop Sign and cupcake toppers in my Photoshop program.
Centerpieces – Made out of carbox, wrapped in ladybug gift wrap paper. “Green grass” made out of a green hula skirt from the Dollar Tree store (cut in 6 pieces for 6 centerpieces).                           

Flowers made out of foam sheets (I use a metal cookie cutter). The stems were bamboo skewers dyed green with food coloring (I try to do crafts using what I have at home as much as I can).
Red cardstock rosettes with big paper doilies and bow ribbon, small paper dollies with a number 3 graphic on white painted bamboo skewers.

Photo Props – Red felt masks with black felt dots and black pipe cleaners antennae, lips, mustaches, signs, hats and a bug net. Great fun! People got really funny pictures with mustaches, masks and hats props.

Ladybug Picture Frame Prop – A big hit! Everyone got a really cute picture with the Ladybug picture frame.

Crafty CubanMother here  Cheesy

Instead of Party Hats, I made Ladybugs antennae headbands (plastic black headbands from eBay), black pipe cleaners and red craft pom poms) with a cute Get your Bug On tag in a Ladybug Plush Basket.

Favors – Inflatable ladybug balls (from Oriental Trading Co.) and Bug Kits from the Dollar Tree.

Candy dishes (Red hot candy and black and red licorice) – Red plastic candy dishes with 3D ladybug stickers.

Little Ladybug Spin Wheels – From Hubs Five & Ten (dollar plus store) on a black wood oval base.

Mini Ladybug Doll (6 inches tall) with a Happy 3rd Birthday Sign. I couldn’t let it pass when I saw her at the Thrift Store for .25 ȼ

Cake Table - The girls’ party hats are from Oriental Trading Co. (I got them on sale; it was worth buying them than making it myself).

Ladybug Fans – Black and Red Cardstock and googly eyes wit Stay Cool tags.

Party Sign – Black foam board, red cardstock, googly eyes and a piece of white baseboard for the stake.

Bug Net Photo Prop from the Dollar Tree decorated with butterflies and a red bow. The kids really liked the bug net and pretending play catching butterflies.

The Ladybug string piñata was from Party City. The string piñata is a Cuban tradition; there is no blindfold or hitting stick ever.  All the kids pull the stings at the same time, after the count of 1, 2, 3, causing the trapdoor to open and all of the candy to fall on the floor.

Planning for next year birthday party already stared  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2013 09:49:16 AM »

Wow, good use of thrift/dollar/and inexpensive items to make an extravaganza of a party! Can you decorate for my next birthday?  Huh

Very cute, one-of-a-kind theme. So much better than the "canned" character themes. Go Grandma!

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2013 11:18:25 AM »

With such great decorations and games, you're going to organize your granddaughters birthdays till they are twenty one at least!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2013 12:51:30 PM »

 OMGosh CubanMother! I remember you crafting for the "babies". Wow!!! You did a great job on their birthday party. They are so lucky to have you as a Grandma!!! (Great pic of you BTW). Great crafting!!!
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2013 02:08:10 PM »

Thanks Ladies. I love the creative process of planning theme parties.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2013 06:30:48 PM »

Ummm....I LOVE ladybugs-hence, my screen name and the ladybug tattoo I have on my ankle-anyhoo...

CAN YOU DO MY PARTY NEXT YEAR?Huh!!!!  PLEASE?Huh  (P.S.  I'll be 41.  Roll Eyes)


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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2015 06:47:01 PM »

Lady bus are my favorite! So cute!
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