Creepy crawling bugs, flying bugs, inching bugs; kids love them all! I love children’s birthday parties. They are opportunities to be creative and just have fun. A bug themed birthday party will appeal to the curious nature of kids and kids at heart. Embrace these tiny creatures for a fun filled birthday party.
Be creative with the invitations. Glue dollar store plastic bugs to the front of a custom invitation to create a memorable 3D effect. Embrace bug puns for the wording! Tell guests to “Bee There” or “Fly on Over to” or to RSVP by “Give me a Buzz At..” The kids, and parents, will appreciate the fun approach.
The rule for decoration is bugs, bugs, everywhere bugs! Use over sized bug toys and cutouts to decorate around the party space. Colors should be in earth tones, especially green and brown. A red and white check tablecloth can be used for a picnic feel, especially with giant ant cut outs decorating the table. Spider webs with plastic spiders can give an interest to corners.
Snacks and Food
Dirt cups are a must for any bug themed party! Find the how-to guide here. To make them extra creepy, get bug-shaped gummy candies to decorate the pudding cups with. Serve in little flower pots and let the guests eat with mini garden trowels!
Create a decorative label for the punch declaring it bug juice. Use a bug shaped cookie cutter to make interesting little finger sandwiches. Create caterpillars with skewers of grapes with dotted chocolate eyes. If your party guests are the adventurous type, get real edible bugs for them to try!
Play the Musical Leaves Party Game
Cut out 8-12 large green leaves. Number them and place the leaves in a circle. Get the classical music piece, Flight of The Bumblebee. In a small bowl, have slips of paper with corresponding numbers to the leaves folded. Play the musical piece, Flight of the Bumblebee while party guests buzz around from leaf to leaf. When the music stops, everyone flies onto a number. Pull a number and that special bee gets a prize!
Have Bug Themed Story Time
Kids love being read to. Have several stories to read between activities. The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni and Little Miss Spider by David Kirk are three of my favorites. This will give the kids a moment of calm to rest and make the afternoon last!