A First and Third Bug Themed Party....

on Thursday, 06 February 2014.

Something very special happened at the weekend- it was Mads and LL's joint third and first birthday party.  As I mentioned previously, because Mads birthday is on Christmas Eve, we haven't ever really managed to have a proper party for her, so we were all really excited to make this one happen.  

I decided on a 'bug' theme, mainly because throughout my pregnancy LL's nickname was Bug and still is now, so we thought it would suit them perfectly.  The colour scheme was green, red and yellow with lots of little subtle touches, and in the end I was so pleased with how it turned out.  It was fancy dress and there were spiders, flies, butterflies and caterpillars running around.  Mads was a ladybird and LL was a bumble bee.

We hired the local village hall and also an entertainer who was brilliant.  She came dressed as a ladybird and really went to town on games based around our theme, as well as giving Mads and LL a present based on bug's too.  It was very well thought out.


Here is their birthday party in photos...

A bug themed party 10

Two slightly irrate looking bugs- a ladybird and a bumblebee. I have had so many people ask me where the girl's dresses were from, they are from Wild Things Funky Dresses, you can get them from Etsy and Not on the High Street.  They are the most beautiful handmade dresses and I was so pleased with them.

A bug themed party 11

One birthday Bug.

A bug themed party 8

Party favours on display and ready.

A bug themed party 2

I made little 'bug' specimen jars and stuck a magnifying glass to the top as an alternative to party bags- in them were some stickers and a chocolate ladybird, spider and bumblebee.

A bug themed party 3

Every party bag needs a chocolate spider.

A bug themed party 5

We got all the older children a wooden ladybird castanet.

A bug themed party 4

And the babies each got a wooden worm.

A bug themed party 12

Bizarre Story time- a giant lady bird reading the Hungry Caterpillar.

A bug themed party 13

Listening intently to the story.

A bug themed party 16

My Mummy, sister and I. 

A bug themed party 22

This girl wasn't a hundred percent well, and slept half the party, but she still managed a few smiles.

A bug themed party 6


Cheesy ladybirds.

A bug themed party 9

Creepy Crawly sandwiches.

A bug themed party 7

Flower pot mud pies (chocolate angel delight with jelly worms)

A bug themed party 14


A bug themed party 15

Who doesn't love party food?

A bug themed party 1

Bug cupcakes.

A bug themed party 25

Grape Caterpillars.

A bug themed party 18

My three year old ladybird.

A bug themed party 19

Opening their pressies from the entertainer.

A bug themed party 17

Wrapping one of the Dad's in a 'cocoon'.

A bug themed party 23

Ballons = so much fun.

A bug themed party 20

Best birthday cakes ever ever ever made my one of my very talented friends.

A bug themed party 24

Even the grass was edible.  The ladybird was vanilla and the bumblebee was chocolate.

A bug themed party 21

Blowing out the candles.  (There were other children there other than Lucy's little man, honestly, but obviously other parents might not want their children on the internet!)


I was so busy running around and chatting to everyone that I didn't have time to be super emotional, but as we blew out the candles on their birthday cake I must admit to feeling a little bit sentimental and teary eyed.  I can't quite believe just how fast our two little ladies are growing.  I am so incredibly thankful to have them in our lives- as well as all our fantastic family and friends who love them almost as much as we do.  

We are very lucky indeed.



a little bug party from Lucy DearBeautiful on Vimeo.

Thanks to my wonderful friend Lucy for making us a little video of their party. We love it!

Comments (67)

  • Harriet


    06 February 2014 at 08:18 |
    What a lovely party! Love all the detail you went into with the party food. It looks amazing!x
  • Caroline (BecomingaSAHM)

    Caroline (BecomingaSAHM)

    06 February 2014 at 08:24 |
    What a wonderful little party - loving all the themed food, particularly the grape caterpillars - very clever. Looks like you all had a lovely day :) xx
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    06 February 2014 at 08:43 |
    Wow this party looks amazing Katie!! And the video brought tears to my eyes. Cherry wants to watch it again! xx
  • Stephanie


    06 February 2014 at 08:44 |
    What a fabulous party! I LOVE the bug theme! I've been debating about giving my kids a combined birthday party this year. Their birthdays are Dec. 23 & 27, so it seems like the best option. You did an amazing job on everything, and the video is great too! I've been trying to take more videos with my DSLR lately. The manual focusing is a pain, but I love the quality.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      09 February 2014 at 21:59 |
      Thanks so much Stephanie. I would totally go down the joint birthday route, it made it feel really special somehow. And your two are so close in age you would be mad not too! x
  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    06 February 2014 at 08:52 |
    Yay, happy birthday Mads and LL! I was hoping to see lots of photos of the bug-themed party after your post about the preparations. These really don't disappoint! It all looks wonderful.
    We didn't do much for M's first birthday but once he's old enough to appreciate it I'd loved to do a bug-themed party too. The girls look gorgeous and cakes are just so cute! Congrats to all of you.
  • Anna-Marie


    06 February 2014 at 09:28 |
    Ive been waiting for this post ever since you teased us with the bug cakes.. Looks like you all had an amazing time and what a great theme for a party! Love the video too x
  • Lisa


    06 February 2014 at 09:32 |
    Wow the party looks like it was great fun, and the food looks amazing! I especially like the cheeses ladybirds ! X
  • Katie


    06 February 2014 at 09:43 |
    Oh wow Katie you are a genius - the food looked amazing. babybel and ladybirds and grapes as caterpillars, so clever ;)
    Looks like you all has a super time xxx
  • mascara and mud

    mascara and mud

    06 February 2014 at 09:56 |
    the food is genius! those cheesy ladybirds have got to be my fave! high five on a great party, the girls look adorable!
  • PottyMouthedMummy


    06 February 2014 at 10:36 |
    So wonderful. I love the little details and all the different ways you did "bug" food. Looked like a lovely day xxx
  • LauraCYMFT


    06 February 2014 at 10:39 |
    Love the party food!! Always my favourite thing about a kids birthday party. Looks like everyone had a brilliant time. x
  • Seychellesmama


    06 February 2014 at 10:39 |
    Oh my gosh this party looks amazing!! All the little details you have done are incredible!! The food especially looks beautiful!!
    Glad it all went so well!! (How great is the entertainer getting involved with the theame too!) x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      09 February 2014 at 22:26 |
      Thanks very much, it went really well, and yes the entertainer was amazing! She even handed out little ladybird stickers! x
  • Kim Carberry

    Kim Carberry

    06 February 2014 at 10:44 |
    What a wonderful party!! Those cheesy ladybirds are genius! All the food looks amazing! Well done x
  • Coombemill - Fiona

    Coombemill - Fiona

    06 February 2014 at 10:50 |
    A triumph of birthday creepy crawlies! Love all your photos too


    06 February 2014 at 11:06 |
    what a great party! I love all the food ideas & the cakes look great - I especially like the Babybels! genius...
  • Lauren


    06 February 2014 at 11:22 |
    Oh my goodness the attention to detail is amazing. I love the specimen jars and the Ladybird Babybels still amaze me. well done you.
    The entertainer sounds amazing and I love the girls costumes.
    Looks like you all had a fantastic day. xx
  • YouBabyMeMummy


    06 February 2014 at 11:33 |
    So beautiful! The photos and video are amazing. You made it so memorable for them x
  • Polly Williams

    Polly Williams

    06 February 2014 at 15:41 |
    Wow!! You are full of amazing ideas, hope they both had a lovely day and your smallest ladybug is feeling better. xxx
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    06 February 2014 at 16:19 |
    Hooray for bugs and bees! Lovely party - love love love all the details and the apple crate! Parties are my favourite times of the year :) xxxxx
  • rebecca@hopesheritage


    06 February 2014 at 16:41 |
    i cant believe how fast time has flown but what a lovely party! some fab ideas with the food and i loved the idea of the jars instead of bags. We are just trying to sort hopes third in two weeks and she keeps changing her mind!! happy birthdays to your sweet girls from me and mine
  • Dawn


    06 February 2014 at 19:26 |
    What a great party theme. Love all the details. Looks like everyone had a great time. Those cakes are fab too! X
  • Karen


    06 February 2014 at 19:52 |
    Aaahhh how cute. Looks like the birthday girls enjoyed themselves & loving all the little details xx
  • Charlotte


    06 February 2014 at 20:45 |
    Looks amazing! I love the grape caterpillars and the bug jars and the ladybird babybels and everything! Glad it went well! x x
  • jenny paulin

    jenny paulin

    06 February 2014 at 21:41 |
    awwww such pretty birthdsay girls and i still cannot believe that LL and Aria (Susan's daughter) are now a year old - already!!!
    the party theme is just adorable and what fantastic party food and those cakes - just wow!!! x x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      09 February 2014 at 22:54 |
      Thanks Jenny, really pleased we did that theme in the end. I can't believe that she is one as well, time has just flown by so so quickly. x
  • Donna


    06 February 2014 at 21:53 |
    So lovely! Loved the video and the effort you went to with the party food - It all matched! Love it. The babybel ladybirds are amazing! x
  • Carie


    07 February 2014 at 08:52 |
    Aww that's so sweet - it looks like a brilliant first joint birthday, and Lucy's video is just gorgeous!
  • Jen aka The Mad House

    Jen aka The Mad House

    07 February 2014 at 09:49 |
    It looks amazing, what fantastic memories
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      09 February 2014 at 22:58 |
      Thanks Jen, yes we will definitely have lovely memories of their first proper birthday party- all the more special that it was a joint one. x
  • Shona


    07 February 2014 at 09:50 |
    Oh my, the detail is incredible. What a fun looking party. x
  • Emma


    07 February 2014 at 14:21 |
    Awww Katie, it looks AMAZING!! I love the babybels and your party favours are so cute!
  • Michelle


    08 February 2014 at 14:45 |
    This party looks amazing! I bet all the children had so much fun! Although, I bet the adults did too! x
  • Jenny


    08 February 2014 at 15:58 |
    Wow what an amazing time you all had. The party looks fantastic. The video brought tears to my eyes and made me realize I really need to make more videos of my children while they are young, because it goes so fast. Love the theme, and all the fabulous decorations. YOu are so talented and creative. it all looks so magical. Glad you had a good day and hope your littlest is better.
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      09 February 2014 at 23:03 |
      Thank you Jenny, it really was a lovely day and I am so pleased with the way it turned out. After all you don't turn one and three every day! ;) x
  • Little Miss Alba

    Little Miss Alba

    09 February 2014 at 11:09 |
    An absolutely perfect party - I would be thrilled to have a party like that! The attention to detail on everything. LL and Mads are very lucky girls xxx Love Ax
  • Lucy


    09 February 2014 at 15:39 |
    We had such a lovely time at the girls party and I think your photos really capture all the fun of it. It is a great theme and all the little details you did we're fab. So thankful we got to be a part of it. x
  • Alice


    09 February 2014 at 22:49 |
    The party looks fantastic! Happy birthday to your two little lovelies xx

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.

Wikio - Top Blogs - Parenting Wikio - Top Blogs
TOTS100 - UK Parent Blogs
Tots100 UK parent blogs