Lady Bug 1st

Birthday Party

Yay!  We made it – The very challenging first year of raising a child!


Let’s celebrate with a cute birthday theme!  Although our little girl is only one (and she won’t even remember it ) this party was themed with red and black polkadots, lady bug and bee costumes and a delicious Lady bug cake.  As we all know, 1st birthday parties is more about the adults and yes they were well catered for as well. 


Lady Bug Birthday Party Food

Cookies and cake pops

Themed in the ladybug colours, these cake pops and cookies worked a treat.  These along with the lady bug cake were the only themed sweets but it was enough.  

It’s always about the Cookies

The cookies were made using a recipe I found when creating Animal Biscuits.  It is my go-to for a super delicious, moorish, crumbly biscuits.   

For the next 7 years I continued to use this recipe and adapt to the theme by adjusting the cookie cutter design.  These biscuits are super buttery and always a favourite amongst the guests.

You can find the full details of the recipe on Taste but here is a short and sweet version.

    Animal Biscuit Recipe


    ¾ cup (165 grams) of Caster Sugar
    1 egg yolk
    1/3 cub (50 grams) cornflour
    250 grams softened butter
    2 teaspoons Vanilla Essence
    2 cups (260 grams) of sifted plain flour


    1. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla.
    2. Beat in the egg yolk
    3. Slowly combine the flour and cornflour
    4. Bake in a 180-degree oven for around 12 minutes or until lightly golden

    little extras

    Lady Bug birthday Cake

    Lady Bug Birthday Cake

    Certainly not the most refined cake but nevertheless if it looked like a ladybug – It’s a PASS!  Super simple for the non-experienced baker. Did I mention I’m not a cake decorator? (Who am I kidding? The photos speak volumes – You know I’m not!)    Like I said, it did the trick and the effort was worth it.

    little extras

    Lady Bug Games

    Grab your wings and party!

    It’s dress up time!  When the children arrived, they could choose to dress up as a bee or a ladybug.  I purchased these wings 7 years ago now but you can still find them on eBay and other online stores. 

    The set came with wings, headband and a wand.  Super cute little dress up for boys and girls. 


    One Year Old Birthday Games!

    Rule number one – You don’t need to over complicate the birthday games.  One year old’s haven’t quite got their heads around sharing so a game like Pass The Parcel they might find absolutely distressing.  I mean, why pass it on when you can rip everything apart yourself?  Bring on the tears!

    Playing games that allow all of the children to participate together is the best solution.  We had fun with parachute and throwing balls in the air.

    Another great idea is instead of playing party games, have activity zones.  Some ideas may be: Ball pits, Colouring in stations, Mega Lego Building area, Play Kitchen and Car Tracks. 

    By now your house is kid proof so anything you bring out will be child friendly but do keep an eye on them. 

    I remember at our Mothers group combined birthday party, the cheeky one year old’s were having the best time playing with ice cubes from an esky.  

    Rule of thumb – You don’t have to overcomplicate kids’ birthday parties.  Usually children are happy to roam around exploring and enjoying free play with their mates.

    A Birthday for the Parents!

    1st birthday parties are totally more for the parents than the child.  We definitely used it as an excuse to get together with the ones that meant the world to us.  An Aussie BBQ with delicious salads, hot dishes, sweets and of course the guest’s beverage favourites.  Long lunches catching up with friends is the best way to enjoy the first crazy year of parenting.  How did you enjoy yours?

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