Adaline’s 2nd Birthday Party: Ladybug Picnic

Ladybug Picnic Party

Saturday we had Adaline’s 2nd Birthday Party. The theme was Ladybug Picnic and the colors were red, black, green, and white.

I reused Adaline’s birthday sign from last year out front again. Even though it didn’t go with this year’s theme it’s just too cute to sit in a box and not get used!

I made a balloon wreath for the front door. I decided to use multi-colors so that it can be used each year. I’m so glad that I made it…Adaline loves it!

*Coming Soon: Balloon Wreath Tutorial and Links Post

This way to the Ladybug Picnic…

Tent and Tablescape
We rented a tent for the backyard so that everyone would have a place to sit and eat. Unfortunately it was so hot that once we finished eating we all crammed inside the house for the remainder of the party. Since Adaline and her 1 year old cousin were the only kids I didn’t bother to plan any games or activities.

I thought these pinwheels and mesh butterflies really added a lot in the tent, but it’s hard to tell in the picture. It was a really windy day so Adaline had fun standing in front of the pinwheels yelling, “They’re spinning!” :)





I couldn’t get great pictures of the tables because it was so windy and everything kept blowing away!


Centerpieces
I put together these centerpieces of a Ladybug having a picnic :)
*Coming Soon: Lady Bug Picnic Centerpiece Tutorial


Place Settings

The tissue paper flowers are actually noisemakers. Adaline loved carrying them around but every time someone would blow one (which wasn’t often) she would say, “I scared of those!”.
I added adhesive wooden ladybugs to these bamboo forks that I got at a party store.

Bug Juice
The Ladybug Lemonade is raspberry lemonade with frozen blackberries in it and the Bug Juice is iced tea. I made the little signs myself. They don’t fit quite right because I was going to set them on the table rather than attach them to the dispensers but it was so windy they kept blowing away.
*FREE Ladybug Fonts Other free fonts include butterflies, bees, and other bugs/insects.

Yay, for number 2 ice cubes!
They’re actually frozen cranberry juice, but you could use food coloring, or Kool-Aid or any red beverage :)
(I tried adding blueberries so that the ice cubes would have ladybug spots. Unfortunately the silicone molds were too small and the cubes would break everywhere there was a blueberry :()

Food Table


I made this Happy Birthday sign last minute (literally half and hour before the party) by using a ladybug font and printing it out onto red cardstock.
*FREE Ladybug Fonts Other free fonts include butterflies, bees, and other bugs/insects.


We kept the food really simple. Sandwiches, veggies and dip, and fruit salad. The end.
To keep the picnic theme going we put all of the food inside of baskets from The Dollar Tree and lined them with a cut up plastic gingham tablecloth from a different dollar store.



I got these cute mini bug nets with lollipops in the clearance section of Wal-Mart after Easter.

Ladybug Cake
I decorated this ladybug cake, which is why it looks like such a mess. This is only the 3rd cake that I’ve ever decorated
*Related Posts: Adaline’s Giant Cupcake Smash Cake
Cool Daddy’s Ham and Man Pig cake


Singing Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl! :)


Oh no, black teeth! Too bad this is the best pic I got of her all day!

*Related Posts: Birthday Girl…2 years old: Additional photos of Adaline from her birthday and party

Nice ;)

Party Hat and Dress
This is a closer look at the hat that I made for Adaline.

Sorry, she’s stuffing her face in the first picture and the antennae are crooked in the other. Oh well.

DIY No Sew Party Hat Tutorial: Step by step instructions :)

This is the only picture I have where you can see Adaline’s entire dress. I loved that the dress was gingham so it tied in the picnic theme with the ladybugs…which are pockets by the way ;)! The dress is by Jenny and Me and I got it at Burlington Coat Factory for $9.99!

Photo Display
I set Adaline’s photos up the same way as last year but replaced them with pics of the last 12 months. This year I added sticky felt ladybugs above each photo :)

Photo “Booth”
I found a polka dot shower curtain and Wal-Mart and thought it would be perfect for a photo backdrop. We just hung it on the side of the house and put covered chairs in front :)

By the end of the day Adaline was not interested in getting a picture with her parents :(

To see more pictures of Adaline at her birthday party click here.

**Disclosure: Links to amazon.com contained in this post may be affiliate links in which case I might receive a very small amount of money if you make a purchase using my links**

Related Posts

*FREE Ladybug Fonts

BIRTHDAY TUTORIALS
*DIY No Sew Party Hat Tutorial

*Ribbon Topiary Video Tutorial (Centerpiece)

*Tissue Number Birthday Sign (Mini-Tutorial)

BIRTHDAY PARTIES
*Birthday Girl…2 years old: Photos of Adaline at her birthday party
*Ladybug Picnic: 2nd Birthday

*Pink and Green Polka Dots and Cupcakes Party: 1st Birthday

*Ham and Man Party: 30th Birthday

*Celebrating 30 years in 30 days! All of my birthdays from 1980-2009

BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS
Birthday Traditions: Personalized Birthday CD / Birthday Traditions: Knife and Cake Server / Birthday Traditions: Professional Photos / Birthday Traditions: Photo Puzzle / Happy 2nd Birthday, Adaline!


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Jenn is a bored and sarcastic stay-at-home-mom of two who blogs and vlogs because the voices in her head tell her to. She blogs about as often as she showers, which isn't very often. (Author of "humor" blog www.imakemyselfthequeen.com and family blog www.coolestfamilyontheblock.com)

Posted on August 12, 2011, in Adaline, Birthdays, Ladybug Party, Parties and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Yay! I’m so glad the adorable cupcakes were able to make another appearance! :) Everything looks lovely. It looks like she had a wonderful second birthday!

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  2. I love that balloon wreath! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the tutorial. Now I have the song “Ladybug Picnic” from Sesame Street in my head! (That might predate you!)

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  3. Oh my gosh, Jenn!! sooo cute!

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  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! My daughter just turned a year in May, I might have to use some of your ideas for her next birthday! Soooo cute, thanks for sharing!

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  5. The balloon wreath is a MUST have for every birthday party!!!

    I want to be your kid for the day—my SweetSixteen many moons ago wasn nothing compared to this!!!!! =^D

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  6. Hi! I love your ideas! How did you make the grass placemats from tissue? I am having a ladybug 1st birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks and I’ve been looking for a economical way of making fake grass.

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    • Hi Liz, glad you liked the party :)

      I did not make the placemats, that’s just a little too crafty for me! I bought them here: http://www.partycheap.com/Green_Tissue_Grass_Mats_p/57161.htm
      They come in a package of 2 and I had to cut them in half because they were too big, so you really get 4 to a package if you’re using them as placemats. I’ll email this to you as well to make sure you receive it!

      I’d love to see pics of your daughter’s party when it’s all over, I can even feature them on the blog if you’re interested :)

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  7. What an awesome theme! Love all of your ideas.

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  8. Jennifer Derenzis

    Where did you get the placemats? Party is adorable the ladybug theme, love it, I’m going to do my daughters too!

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