Ladybug-Themed First Birthday Party

For her first birthday, my daughter had a ladybug-themed birthday party. On Saturday, my aunt and my newest uncle, my cousin and her husband and daughter, and a family friend joined my family including my mom and dad at my parents’ house to celebrate with my daughter. The party was a success, and my daughter had so much fun!

To make her first birthday extra special, I decided to decorate the cupcakes for the party myself. I had originally planned to have a friend decorate the cake, but, when she was unavailable, I baked and iced the multitude of cupcakes myself. I made butter recipe chocolate and vanilla funfetti cupcakes that I frosted with cream cheese and white icing that I had tinted pink. I then used chocolate icing to decorate the cupcakes as ladybugs. The result was both adorable and delicious!

Ladybug Cupcakes 1 Ladybug Cupcakes 2

However, because my daughter prefers vegetables over sweets, I also made her some adorable ladybug vegetable crackers. Using roasted vegetable Ritz, garden vegetable cream cheese mixed with plain Greek yogurt, grape tomatoes cut in half, and whole black olives, I created an adorable veggie ladybug snack for her.

Ladybug Vegetable Crackers

Finally, to make the ladybug-themed birthday even more festive, I bought my daughter some ladybug plates and cups as well as some red plastic forks and spoons and black napkins. Simple but adorable! And most important, my daughter had a great first birthday party that I hope she will always keep in her baby memories.

Ladybug Plates, Black Napkins, and Red Silverware Ladybug Cups

Image Credits

Ladybug Cupcakes 1 © 2012 Heather Johnson
Ladybug Cupcakes 2 © 2012 Heather Johnson
Ladybug Vegetable Crackers © 2012 Heather Johnson
Ladybug Plates, Black Napkins, and Red Silverware © 2012 Heather Johnson
Ladybug Cups © 2012 Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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