Our daughters’ first birthdays have always been a big event in our home. After 12 months of checking to see if baby is breathing at night, worrying about developmental milestones, choking hazards, and other assorted irrational anxiety inducing phenomenon we reach a safe marker: 1 Year.
It’s a goofy thing, but each time our daughters crossed that magical 12- month mark I began breathing easier and sleeping sounder. To me, it seems like the right time to celebrate.
The third time around was no different. Our little Gracie was a busy little bee and just as sweet as honey. Ah yes, the moment of inspiration.
We thought a Bumble Bee Birthday Party would be a simple, fun theme to pull together. It turns out it was also an inexpensive theme. I’ve left the supply list and resources at the bottom of this post.
Instead of party hats I whipped up Bumble Bee head bands. Twist yellow and black pipe cleaners together. Cut in half. Hot-glue one end to a large black pom-pom and the other to a plastic head band. Cover band with gingham or polka-dot ribbon to cover the pipe cleaner ends.
I replaced the handle on tin pails with the ribbon left over from the headbands. I used coordinating card stock and cut the pages into a simple pennant for the cake table and labels for the party favors.
To capitalize on the theme, I looked for a local honey producer and filled my own containers. I added the honey to the tin buckets with pieces of Bit-o-Honey and home made flower shaped cookies.
What party would be complete without re-purposing something I have on hand? We have a pile of left over white paper lanterns from our wedding. They are a little worse for the wear. I strategically placed bee stickers over the small rips and attached curling ribbon for a splash of color.
The Dollar Tree carries 3-packs of plastic headbands.
Pipe Cleaners A.C. Moore
Ribbon A.C. Moore
Card Stock- Micheals
Bee Stickers Micheals
Tin Pails- Target
Honey Containers- JoAnn Fabric and Craft store