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My house was covered in bugs Saturday morning to celebrate my youngest turning 2! We had big bugs, little bugs, and edible bugs. From bug decor to bug food, we had it covered.
Bug Party Decorations:
My favorite decorations for this party, was oddly not bug-related. In the spirit of the paper lantern chandelier on the bug party inspiration board, I gathered all the paper lanterns I had along with some wicker balls to make my own paper lantern chandelier. I used jute twine to hang the lanterns from a curtain rod bracket (I have yet to uninstall since taking down the curtains in the family room months ago). I tried to vary the size and height of the lanterns. I ended up with this big, happy blob of colored globes in the corner of the living room.
Onto the bug-related decor, I made a simple centerpiece from a green trough-like container I found on clearance at HomeGoods. I added the remaining wicker balls, which were too small for the chandelier. I topped the wicker balls with some bugs, big and small, I found in the dollar bins at Target.
For extra bug credit, I switched up a few things on the spring mantel. I replaced the wooden eggs in the hurricane with a giant grasshopper, also from the Target dollar bins. In the empty corked jar on the other side, I put all the bugs that I thought were a bit too tiny for young party-goers.
Bug Party Food:
On the kitchen island, I set out two food stations on either side of the sink. One side boasted sweets, while the other was more practical brunch items. I used the green felt placemats I found at HomeGoods to set the stage on each side.
On the sweet side, I used the candlestick candy jars to hold sour worms, jelly beans, and trail mix. The sign in front said “bug bites”. The signs are framed moss with tiny paper bunting. I cut the bunting triangles from scrapbook paper. I used Martha Stewart double-stick letter stickers and glittered the letters. I stitched the tiny pennants together in a chain with my sewing machine.
In front of the bug bites was a platter of dirt pies. In clear cups I layered chocolate pudding, crushed oreos, chocolate chips, and gummy worms. I cut a piece of moss to line the galvanized steel tray (from Ikea). The mossy platter was the perfect backdrop for the muddy treats.
On the more practical brunch side, I served fresh fruit, blueberry muffins, orange juice, and ants on a log. Have you ever seen such beautifully displayed ants on a log? Every last one of them was eaten up. The muffins were made in paper liners that looked like blades of grass. I put the orange juice in a plastic carafe from Target. I made a special tag to wrap around the neck of the carafe to label it as “bug juice”.
The bug decor and treats were perfect for our casual, Saturday morning, family-only birthday celebration. The boys had a blast. Read part 2 with more party details, including a few fun bug activities, here.