I’m a host and people gatherer by nature so when a close friend asked me to host and help plan her daughter, Gracie’s, 1st birthday party, I jumped at the chance! While I don’t have any kids (yet) I love all things whimsy and creative so it was a great opportunity to see what kinds of ideas we could come up with for her birthday party. One day when we were planning the idea for a ladybug themed party hit us, because the Mother of the little one loves the colors red, black, and white. We thought that an excellent idea because it not only fits the Mother’s favorite colors, but also matches the birthday girl’s sweet little personality. Today I’m going to share with you how I made these adorable little edible “ladybugs” in no time flat. I will also show you some easy decorating ideas if you want to throw a similar style party. All it takes is a LOT of love and attention to detail on things that make the party.
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate candy coating
To make the darling little “ladybugs”, you first have to rinse your strawberries and completely dry them. If you don’t the chocolate coating won’t stick.
I decided to make some “ladybugs” and some completely covered in chocolate. #becausechocolate! To start the “ladybugs”, only dip the bottoms of the strawberry in the chocolate and place them on a baking sheet. This makes the face of the ladybug. I originally want to use black frosting, but realized that would take way too long to coat and make the spots on the back of the ladybug. It would also be VERY messy to say the least. No thank you!
Candy coating won over in my book! The candy coating dries very quickly and is a lot less messy as you can/will see in the pictures. Once the babies are dry, carefully insert mini chocolate chips into the strawberry similar to get the ladybug look. Make sure to press the chips in firmly because the sneaky little things will try to come lose. Once all are complete, give them a quick pat dry with a dry paper towel to remove the strawberry juice.
It took maybe an hour to do these cute statement pieces. I’d say it was perfect for a kid’s party as well since there was fruit involved. YAY! Not bad for an edible conversation piece! To serve, I used some cake stands I made a few years ago out of treated wood from my Father-In-Law’s yard. The stands gave the “ladybugs” a more natural look.
For the other decorations, Gracie’s Mom made this chalkboard timeline documenting her 1st year. I thought this was such a cute and creative idea.
A few balloons were purchased and a close friend of the Mother’s made these adorable banners.
If I had thought about it, I would have posted pics of the other food present at the party. At that time though, I was only planning a post on the “ladybugs”. In addition to the “ladybugs”, we served snacks like chips, salsa, guacamole, hummus, pretzels, and cupcakes. For drinks we had water and an awesome ladybug juice made with Cranberry juice and Sprite mixed together in equal parts. Drop in a few blackberries to add the ladybug spots to the mix.
I’m so honored that I got to help plan this sweet one’s 1st birthday party. I can’t wait to plan more parties in the future. Do you like planning parties? What is the most stressful part and what is the most fun?