25 Jan

Modern Ladybug (or Lovebug) Party Theme

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

I stumbled across these adorable nylon ladybugs recently and thought they’d be the perfect starting point for a Modern Ladybug party theme!

Ladybugs are always cute for kids birthday parties and “LovebugValentine’s Day parties, but this theme can even translate beautifully for a girlie baby shower or bridal shower.

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

For adult-friendly parties, just make sure to focus on decorative elements that are chic & stylish, as opposed to overly “cutesie”; for example – the grass & gerbera flower arrangements pictured below, contemporary polka dot partyware, and a cool red signature drink like a Raspberry Collins or Watermelon Mojito.

Whatever your particular occasion may be – from a 1st birthday to a bridal shower – here’s some inspiration to get you started…


Pictured above:
Embellish rolled black napkins with “napkin ring” made from a strip of cardstock and a foam ladybug topper.
Decorate solid red paper cups with round black stickers. Use these as drink cups for kids, or as cute containers for serving up mini-sized desserts or salads/pastas.
More tableware & decor finds: Modern Ladybug Dinner Plates; Just Dots Black & White Beverage Napkins and 7″ Dessert Plates; Red Utensils; 27″ Foil Balloon, Ladybug Cookies (for party favors); Ladybug Frame (super cute for displaying pics of the guest of honor), and Ladybug Cupcake Toppers.


ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

For floral-based centerpieces that match this theme, try a combo of gerbera daisies, wheat grass or artificial grass mats, and ladybug accents, such as the foam ladybugs mentioned above, which you could attach to floral wire to create “picks” for the arrangements. {see image resources below}

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas


Party Favor Ideas:
Modern Ladybug Soaps, another style of Ladybug Cookies, or red & black candies packaged in Mini Acrylic Favor Boxes and tied up with a polka dot ribbon. These adorable Ladybug Gift Tags from Etsy would be a cute addition to any of them!

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas


In lieu of ladybug cupcake toppers, you could also whip up some cupcakes that look like ladybugs… like this version brightideas.com.

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas


Last but not least, this Mini Ladybug Birthday Banner would be an adorable accent for birthday parties! ($10.50 each from The Birthday Shop on Etsy).

ladybug birthday valentines party ideas


Have some more ideas for this theme? Please feel free to post a comment here and share them with other readers!

Floral image credits for above images: Image #1 –  LeeLee Flowers and Jewelry & Floral Verde (note: images digitally modified to match ladybug theme); Image #2 – Event Accomplished & Heavenly Blooms Florist and Sippy Cups are for Chardonnay.

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Carrie @ Half Baked - The Cake Blog SAYS:

LOVE this layout – the ladybugs are adorable! We did a ladybug board awhile back with some super cute cake and cupcake ideas.


Reply January 26, 2010 at 9:03 am

Diapers and Divas SAYS:

I love the idea of a ladybug theme for a little girl’s bday party! It’s so cute and you can keep it fresh and modern too!

Reply January 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

Sara SAYS:

I love this theme! There are some really cute ladybug outfits at Baby Gap right now that would fit right in http://www.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=53461

Reply January 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Jennifer SAYS:

I LOVE those cupcakes! So cute. They would look perfect on our Cupcake Tower with red ribbon and black dots:


Reply January 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Heidi SAYS:

Martha Stewart has some adorable cupcakes that would be perfect for this party theme…




Reply January 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Lovely Scribbles SAYS:

What an adorable party idea! I just love lady bugs – so, so cute!

Reply January 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

Jennifer E SAYS:

I love the picture of the nylon lady bugs and candles aligning the path. What an adorable idea!

Reply January 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Marian (Sweetopia) SAYS:

Oh how sweet! Such wonderful ideas – thanks!

Your post stirred up a memory of a wedding I went to in grade 3 where each name place ‘card’ was a smooth, grey, rock with two tiny rocks painted to look ladybugs on it. Each large rock also had the name printed in white on it.
I still have mine somewhere!

Reply January 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Linnette SAYS:

These are ADORABLE finds! I created a printable ladybug party kit that has been a big hit with moms. You can vie it here:


Reply January 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

Tammy - My Party File SAYS:

These ideas are stunning! My sister and I held a ladybug party for her 4 year old daughter, and our ladybug themed food and red helium balloons with black spots were a huge hit. You can view these ideas at:

Reply January 31, 2010 at 4:39 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Super cute ideas, everyone!

Tammy – I’m dying over the ladybug fruit sticks and plates. Adorable!!

Reply February 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

Angel SAYS:

I asked Kim to make me a board because I was having a similar problem – all cute and no elegance. You can see how it turned out here:



Reply February 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

serena SAYS:

Love all these great ideas having my daughter first birthday in march with the ladybug theme.

Reply February 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Mimi SAYS:

Wonderful pictures, i am sure it was an awesome party. I am planning my daughters 1st Birthday party and it is so much fun.Where would I find the grass beds/wheat grass?

Reply March 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

Angel SAYS:

I was able to get wheat grass at my local grocery store in the vegetables section. Often a store like Whole Foods or a Co-op where they have organic produce too.

Reply March 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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