Bug Themed Birthday Party

Create the great world of bugs for a fun and exciting birthday party.

Boys love the dirt and bugs. This is a fun and easy birthday theme that any group of boys will enjoy.

Invitations

Create replicas of your child's favorite bug for invitations. "Join our buggy adventure to celebrate "¦"¦ birthday." "Come fly with us for "¦.. birthday."

Decorating

Find a bag of plastic bugs at your local dollar store or one stop shopping center. These can be placed anywhere; on the cake table just to look at, on the tables where the boys will be sitting to play with or hung from the ceiling with string or fishing wire.

Check out your local craft store for wooden bugs or design and cut out your on a cardboard bugs. These can be painted and then hung on the wall. If your kids are a little older you could also turn this into a game, "Name the Bugs." The kid that gets the most correct can win a buggy prize.

Refreshments

Worms in the dirt - You need instant chocolate pudding, Oreo cookies, and gummy worms. The amount you need of each depends on the number of children you are serving. Follow the serving amount on the pudding container and make accordingly. Mix pudding, crushed Oreos and gummy worms. Scoop into cup. Provide spoon for digging.

Caterpillar Cupcakes - Make enough cupcakes to feed the children. Decorate them with green icing. On one cupcake add a face and antennas. Arrange them in an S shape like a wiggly caterpillar.

A very Buggy Punch - 32oz fruit punch, 12 oz orange juice, ¼ c lemon juice, 24 oz 7 Up, 1 pint sherbet, 1 ice ring. When making ice ring freeze plastic bugs inside. In a large punch bowl mix ingredients. Add ice ring.

Entertainment

Create a CD with your favorite buggy music for example, Shoo Fly, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee. Play during the party.

Pin the spots on the ladybug - Out of cardboard or unused newsprint draw a giant ladybug. Use felt or craft foam to make spots. Blindfold one child at a time and let them try to stick the spots to the ladybugs wings.

Bug Catchers - Using empty juice or small coffee containers, old stockings, and rubber bands make homemade bug catchers. Provide the children with pictures of bugs to cut out and glue or paint on the empty container. After they are dry add a piece of an old stocking to cover the top and secure with a rubber band. The children can go out in the yard and collect bugs. Make sure they release the bugs before coming back inside or leaving.

Face Painting - Turn children into a life size version of their favorite bug. Provide a mirror so the children can see what their faces have turned into.

Bugs in a jar - Fill a large canning jar with plastic bugs. Have the children guess how many bugs are in the jar. The winner gets to keep the jar of bugs.

Bug Stomp - Stick pictures of different types of bugs to bubble wrap. Play some music to get the children in a stomping mood. Have the children stomp out the bugs. They will love making the bubble wrap pop. Be prepared for a few minutes of load noise.

Goody Bags

Fill bug catchers with plastic bugs, a small bug net, and a magnifying glass. Of course, don't forget a sweet buggy treat.

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