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A Bug Birthday Party

Updated on September 24, 2014

Kids Love Bugs! Why not have a bug themed birthday party?

Kids are fascinated with bugs. It's so easy to make a bug themed birthday party for your kids. We had a bug birthday party when my son turned four, and it was a hit. I think we started a trend, since he attended several other bug parties that next year. Read on to find easy games and activities, fun party favors, and a great "bug mountain" cake. (Other cake ideas included too!)

Make a bug mountain birthday cake

The bug mountain birthday cake pictured above is so simple to make. Simply bake a cake in a 9x13 pan and bake another cake in a 2 quart oven proof batter bowl. Once the cakes are baked and cooled, place the round cake on the end of the rectangular cake. Then ice the entire cake in chocolate icing. Crush some graham crackers to make extra "dirt" and sprinkle it over the cake. Then place plastic bugs climbing up and down the "mountain." Easy peasy!

Bugs for your cake or party favors

Here's my happy birthday boy and his bug mountain cake!

Game idea: Bug Bowling

In the photo above, you can see the bug bowling pins that I made. To make these, I used water bottles and fun foam. I cut simple shapes from the foam to create bugs. Then I hot glued the foam shapes to the water bottles make a great bug bowling set. I used black pipe cleaners for the bug legs and antennaes.

Games to play at your bug party

  • Bug Toss: Draw a big flower on a piece of posterboard and cut the middle out of it. Mount it on cardboard. The kids throw bean bags or beanie baby bugs and try to get them into the flower.
  • Pin the spider on the web: Draw a large web on posterboard. Cut spiders from construction paper (or use large spider stickers). Kids wear a blindfold and try to pin the spiders on the web.
  • Bug Bowling: Use empty water bottles and lids. Cut simple large bugs from craft foam. Hot glue them onto the front of the water bottles. You can make them all the same (like all ants) or all different. Fill the water bottles 1/2 full so that they will stand. Line them up like bowling pins. The kids roll a ball to knock over the bug pins!
  • Bug hunt: You can give each kid a small container and a butterfly or bug net and set them loose to find bugs in the yard!
  • Bug Hunt 2: Indoor party? Get plastic bugs and hide them around the party room. The kids go on an indoor bug hunt.
  • Caterpillar crawl: Using 2 sleeping bags and 2 teams. Each kid gets in the sleeping bag and wiggles from the start line to the end line, then the next kid gets in and wiggles. Run this one like a relay race. Great fun!
  • Keep the Ladybug in the air: blow up one red balloon for each party guest. Draw black dots on the balloon w/ a marker. Give each child a balloon and have a contest to see who can keep their balloon in the air the longest.
  • A pinata! (There's a great one available below!)

Another game idea using insect gliders

Foam Insect Gliders - Party Favor Pack of 12 pcs
Foam Insect Gliders - Party Favor Pack of 12 pcs

These gliders are great to use during your party and then send home as a party favor. You could have a glider contest to see whose bug can fly the furtherest.


Turn those party guests into little grasshoppers! - This makes a great photo to include with your thank-you cards

I used 2 pieces of posterboard taped together. I drew a simple grasshopper picture across the posterboard and cut out the face. As each child arrived at the party, I took his or her picture as a grasshopper. The kids loved this!

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Happy Giddy Bug House
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Happy Giddy Bug House

Here's a great party favor. Use the bug house to go on a bug hunt during the party and then use it as a favor container for the kids to take home all their goodies.


How to make an inchworm bug cake and bug cupcakes

Here is another fun cake to make instead of the bug mountain cake. Follow this video to make an adorable centerpiece cake for your bug party!

Easy cupcake decorating kit

Wilton 415-0685 Ladybug Cupcake Decorating Kit
Wilton 415-0685 Ladybug Cupcake Decorating Kit

If you are not sure what kind of bug cake to make or if you prefer cupcakes, here is a great set to make simple ladybug cupcakes for your party!

Wilton Lady Bug Pan
Wilton Lady Bug Pan

You can decorate a cake in any color you want when you use this simple lady bug cake pan. Don't want a ladybug? Just bake the cake and make your bug cake green. This pan will give you and easy bug that you can adapt to your own color preference.


Are you ready to have a bug party yet?

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    • DIY Mary profile image

      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      What a unique and creative idea for a birthday party theme!

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      louiseanne lm 5 years ago

      I don't think so! But I'm sure if my son had a look at this lens he would love the idea of a bug party!!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Back to bless this lens and pin it to my board "Fun for Kids and Adults who think Like Kids."

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      InnovativeToys 5 years ago

      Love the bug theme...especially the inch work cake. **Smile sunshine today**!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I bet kids just love these bug parties,

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      This is such a great idea... I've never heard of bug party theme, excellent!!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I was by this bug birthday party a while ago but it needed a few extra sprinkles on the top of the cake so I came to sprinkle a few sparkles down onto this lovely little party article. My grandson may need to enjoy a bug birthday in the future ;)

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      My boys would love that "muddy" cake at the top.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      That inchworm bug cake is pretty cute!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      What a good idea! Angel blessed.

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      babygiftideas321 6 years ago

      cool :)

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      babygiftideas321 6 years ago

      cool :)

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      Kellenmadagan7 6 years ago

      i love the grasshopper.

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      Good one. I have to show this to my neighbor, he's a science teacher; he comes over my house to watch "Monster Bug Wars". Lol

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very cute idea for a birthday party theme! Love the grasshopper photo op!

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      laureenr 6 years ago

      A lovely fun idea for a party.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Cool cake!

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      Davidfstillwagon 6 years ago

      what a clever idea for a party!

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      A RovingReporter 6 years ago

      Great lens. Great ideas.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      Great job!

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      love4rocks 6 years ago

      Awesome and cute ideas. Never would have thought of. Great lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Such cute ideas! I've never thought of having a bug-themed party, but why not! An Angel blessing and thumbs up for you.

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      Rusty Quill 6 years ago

      Great idea for a party theme - I wouldn't have thought to have a bug party. :) Our 5 year old daughter loves bugs tho - she's always collecting them in bug jars - she even caught a caterpillar in the garage early this spring, brought it inside in a little cage and it cocooned itself and turned into a moth - she was pretty excited. :)

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      marckq 6 years ago

      A bug birthday party is a unique way of celebrating, it would be unforgettable. You are a creative, loving Mom. Your kids are very lucky!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      That is absolutely cute!!! What a great party!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the idea of a bug birthday party, it will be talked about for years to come!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the idea of a bug birthday party, it will be talked about for years to come!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      These are great! Blessing this lens! Your daughter is a joy!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I'm sure kids would love this. You are very creative.

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      Rose Jones 7 years ago

      Such a fun lens idea! Makes me wish my boys were little again, especially make your kid a bug. Creative, doesn't look too expensive.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      What fun! Love the 'turn your guests into bugs' idea- great pictures too -:)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      How fun! Kids do get fascinated with bugs and it's a great way to introduce them to nature.

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      Vikki 7 years ago from US

      "Lucky Leprechaun Blessings" from a SquidAngel. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      I can see why kids would love a bug cake. How about a frog cake? I liked collecting frogs too when I was a kid. Nice lens.

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      encouragingwords 7 years ago

      Such creative ideas -- lensrolled to Bee Sayings for Really Sweet Cards

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      I love the inchworm cake...and who knew it could be this easy. So I am sending this lens to my daughter :)

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Fun ideas ... I love the grasshopper! What a special memento for each guest.

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      kellenmadagan 7 years ago

      I'd like this party!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Wow! What a great party and these are wonderful suggestions!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Wow! What a great party and these are wonderful suggestions!

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      brmadagan 7 years ago

      This was my party too. Great party!

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      homeschoolmomof4 7 years ago

      Let's have a party and make some mud pies and look for, fun, fun

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      LilliputStation 7 years ago

      We did a bug party for one of my sons' birthday. I made ladybug and bumblebee cupcakes and wrapped pipecleaners around suckers to make them into spiders. We put quilt batting up in the corners of the room to look like spider webs, and scattered fake flies everywhere. I got a yard of fun bug fabric to use for the tablecloth. It was a fun party.

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      SnoopyGirl1 7 years ago

      I lensrolled to my Bugtastic Party Foods and Diary of a Worm lenses! Great lens my dear! Love the cake you made for your son!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      bugs are a fabulous party theme, I agree! you can go pretty/cute w/ladybugs & butterflies (each a viable theme in itself) or get all creepy crawly. nicely done!

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      I would have ladybugs for my granddaughters and go with the ickier bugs for my grandson. Fun lens and great bug birthday party ideas! Thanks for lensrolling to Bugs & Insects Coloring.

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      No ~ but if I was, I would follow your ideas. I love the picture of your little cricket ~ it's the first time I thought a bug was cute! Great job, dear friend!