Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Ladybug Invasion!

According to our local newspaper, October is the season for ladybug invasions. The article explains that ladybugs try to come into our homes in the fall to stay warm for the winter.


We were happily invaded by ladybugs of all shapes and sizes yesterday afternoon when we hosted a birthday party for my daughter and her friends.
 

I decided on the party theme when I saw this ladybug partyware at, of all places, Walmart. I love how colorful and graphic it is.




DH made the cupcakes from a Wilton Ladybug  Cupcake Decorating Kit I ordered from Amazon.com.

 
Here are Wilton's cupcakes . . .
 
 
And here are ours!
DH ended up with extra eyes so a few of the cupcakes ended up one eye right in the middle. . . pretty scary! I think DH decided to be creative and see if I'd notice.


It was a perfect fall day so for a little exercise between lunch and dessert, all the "ladybugs" went for a walk to the Applegate community garden for a scavenger hunt. Although we had to settle for a cardboard deer and plastic spiders, we did find everything on our lists!

Template from brisbanekids.com
 
Can you guess how many pieces of candy corn are in the jar? I'll put the answer at the end of this post so you can see how close you came!
 

I found the Hallmark ladybug gift card pouch on Clearance at Kohl's. It served as a centerpiece and gift card holder. Later my daughter can cuddle with it! Although these seem to be discontinued in the store, there are still a few available on ebay.


She was so surprised when she opened the zipper and looked inside the ladybug . . . gift cards to her three favorite restaurants!


And what birthday would be complete without a Muenster cheese "cake" (long story but my daughter's favorite) and ice cream?


Needless to say, a good time was had by all.


And there was plenty of ladybug love to go around!

 

p.s. The candy corn count was 646.
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