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When your child says he wants an insect party for his small birthday celebration at the local birding center, you can either accept the challenge with excitement and say, ” YES! Let’s throw a bug-themed birthday party!” or fret about what bug party ideas you can find.
I chose to go with “Challenge Accepted!” as I don’t see eye to eye with anxiety!
If you know me, you will know I am pretty frugal with birthday planning, so yes, expect just that with easy bug-themed games, bug-themed food, etc.
Ready to throw your child a bug party?
Simple but FUN Insect Party aka Bug Party Ideas!
1. Pick or create bug inspired invitations for your guests
It would have been fun to create our own, but with the end of the school year, I was more than a little swamped with many kid-related commitments at both schools.
So yes, I took the easy route out and ordered our bug birthday invitations.
2. Plan the menu with bug-themed food
You don’t have to go over the top with bug-themed food.
You can do something simple like ordering pizza and placing a few plastic bugs on the same.
If you want to be a little creative, check out our bug-themed party food!
Our menu had some fun stuff like silverfish croissants and caterpillars!!
There are some EPIC bug-themed snacks on this menu.
3. Don’t forget the Dirt and Worms cake!
I wish I knew how to get fancy with fondant on cake, but sadly I’m still a kit-kat cake person.
(The kids don’t complain, though!)
To run with the theme, I made my traditional kit-kat cake and generously covered the top of the cake with dirt, aka crushed chocolate Oreos (I removed the cream filling before doing this).
(The crushed Oreos were held on with the Nutella frosting.)
I poked in a few gummy worms to bring character to the cake. (Eeyeeew!)
And there you have it-
A Dirt and Worms Cake!!
4. Get insect-themed decor and partyware
Or if you’re crafty, make your own decor.
Since the kids were only going to be in the Birding Center hall to eat, we didn’t go all out to decorate.
We hung up a bug silhouette birthday banner and had a cute tablecloth and apt bug partyware.
5. Plan fun bug-themed party games and/or activities.
If you want the easy way out, host your child’s insect party / bug-themed birthday party at your local Nature Center/Birding Center.
The kids had fun going on a scavenger hunt through the Park, looking for creepy crawlies.
They ended the day by dip-netting for inhabitants from the dragonfly pond.
If you plan to have your party at home, you can play these bug party games:
a. Pin the bug on the flower
Similar to pin the tail on the donkey.
b. Dig for worms
The first person to dig out gummy worms from a plate laden with whipped cream with their nose wins!
c. Bug-gy round-up!
Hide plastic bugs around and see which kid gets the most bugs in a given amount of time.
Divide the kids into two teams or teams of three or four and see which team can wrap one member of their group with toilet paper from the shoulder below.
e. We’re going on a bug hunt
Hunt out bugs in your backyard.
Before the activity, give each guest a pencil and a notepad and have them draw/sketch the bugs they find. If the kids are older, ask them to bring cameras/phones to snap up pictures of what they see.
6. Thank your guests with the perfect party favors in bug bags!
I’m not a fan of candy, so our party favor bags had none.
And yes, we placed them all in our bug bags. (The first photograph featured above)
Another great party favor would be to give each child their very own Backyard Creature Journal.
And there you have it, an easy-to-throw insect party/bug-themed birthday party!
Unique, fun, and memorable not just for your birthday baby but also for your guests.