26 Apr

“Down in the Garden” Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

This garden themed birthday party from Jordan at Polkadot Prints is just WAY too cute… not to mention filled with tons of creative & budget-friendly details! I love the way she dressed up the milk bottles by adding her own “lids” made from patterned paper and jute string, and how the table is covered with fake grass for an decidedly outdoorsy vibe…. so clever!

The theme is carried out so well in the food here… from “worms in dirt” {gummy worms buried in cookie crumbs} to cake served in flower pots to adorable toadstool cookies & more. And see those adorable ladybugs climbing the wall? There’s a DIY on those coming soon!

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Read on for lots more adorable images + all the party details…

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jordan,

“I wanted to steer away from the formal dessert table trend and give scope for a complete food table – let the savories in on the fun!

Starting with the guest of honor’s name and some cute DIY ladybird decorations, the background was a rough white wall. With the fake turf tabletop, it gave an “outdoors on the grass” kind of vibe. I used some props that were already weathered from being outdoors throughout the party, which helped play up the rustic-but-clean feel.

Food was simple and appealing to little girls (and boys!) at the party. Not too much sugar and nothing too over the top or fancy. One of my favorite details on the food table were the drink bottles. I used miniature milk bottles I found at Bed Bath n Table and covered them with squares of paper wrap, secured with jute string. I cut a cross in the top and popped in a straw just before the food was served. A fresh take on the mini glass bottles and paper straws!

The Dragonfly and Toadstool cookies were designed by Bubble and Sweet to match the invitation perfectly. the mini burgers were also another highlight. Miniature anything is always cuter, I say!

We had ‘mud pie’ ginger kisses, chocolate crackles in pine food cones, cherry ripe cake pots, and ‘worms in dirt’ in a pile that the little guests could dig and serve into their food boats.

The take home treat was a personalized favor box with toadstool cookies inside. Cute!”


– Invitations,  Paper Goods, Personalized Treat Boxes, Pine Food Cones & Boats: Polkadot Prints
– Cookies: Bubble and Sweet
– Kraft Letters: Lincraft
– Grass Table Cover: Bunnings


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Marisol SAYS:

This is sooo cute!! Love the cookies!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Bottle Your Brand SAYS:

Wow, this is a fantastic party idea! Love the bugs and the idea of dirt used in decorations…fabulous!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Gloria @ I Do Venues SAYS:

OK- I have to get a few of my brides to do the mud pies- it’s brilliant- love it !!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Fiona @Oh Gorgeous Baby SAYS:

Such a gorgeous party. My fave picture is the last one with the ‘worms’ haha very cute! Well Done!!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Tanya SAYS:

just gorgeous!! I love every detail, but especially the worms in dirt, and I know my boys would too!!

Reply April 27, 2011 at 2:23 am

hadia SAYS:

i love ur all things

Reply April 27, 2011 at 5:02 am

jazz SAYS:

wow, really good party place.

Reply April 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

Fifthroom Living SAYS:

Ahhhh! A garden party! My heart jumped when I saw this posted on Facebook! The toadstool cookies and milk jugs are absolutely priceless!

Fifthroom Living

Reply April 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

Lisa Lyons SAYS:

LOVE IT! I am throwing a ‘BUG’ party for my soon to be 2 year old son! Thanks for the inspiration:)!


Reply April 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Jordan - Polkadot Prints SAYS:

Thanks so much for featuring this party Jen! And for the lovely words ladies! x

Reply April 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Jess SAYS:

I am completely in love with everything about this. The mushrooms and dragonflies are so charming!http://notebookchallenge.blogspot.com/

Reply April 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Sandra SAYS:

You did a great job! Love it.

Reply April 30, 2011 at 5:24 am

Lisa SAYS:

This is GREAT! The worms in dirt are such a cute idea! I’m doing a garden party for my 1 year old’s birthday and we’re also going to let the older kids plant their own flower in a pot. Love the getting earthy take on the garden theme. Thanks!

Reply August 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

amanda SAYS:

everything here is super adorable. What a great idea. These parties seem like such hard work. I hope the one I am throwing looks this great!

Reply March 3, 2012 at 5:10 am

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