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How to Throw a Frugal Bug-Themed Birthday Party (plus 17 extra ideas!)

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Is your child a lover of insects and all things bug-related?  If so, then they’ll love having a bug-themed birthday party this year with their friends!  These insect-related party ideas are perfect for boys and girls that love nature.

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Our daughter turned six in July, and she asked for her birthday party for have features: playtime with her friends, and bugs.

We immediately turned to Pinterest for ideas (after all, an engineer and a mathematician are not known for their creativity).  We came up with some great ideas, and everyone ended up having a blast!

If you want another fun nature party idea, check out the Wild Kratts birthday party ideas we have!


We kept decorations pretty simple with regular balloons that had bug stickers on them.  The kids played around with these balloons while we waited for all the kids to show up.

Our family has some rules about birthday parties for our kids.  We only have friend birthday parties on the years that they turn an age that is an even number (8 years old, 12 years old, 16 years old, and 18 years old are all big ones).  We also only invite the number of kids that match the age their turning.  Since our daughter was turning 6, she was allowed to invite 6 friends.

Since there were only six kids coming, it didn’t take long for everyone to get there and the fun to get started!  We also had bowls of gummy worms placed throughout the rooms for the kids to snack on throughout the party.


Once all of the kids were here, we started the activities!

First we worked on fun crafts.  We used toilet paper tubes and egg cartons to make our own insects.

There are so many ideas on Pinterest that I had a difficult time deciding what we should do!  In the end, however, we went with simple crafts that were easily made and not very messy.

While the kids were creating their bugs, we had “spider webs” to snack on!  (Just simple cotton candy with our cotton candy maker.)  One of the girls who came has severe food allergies (corn, dairy, gluten, and more), so she was thrilled that we made a treat she was able to eat!  (Hers was plan sugar.)

We used jolly ranchers to make the other spider webs, but they weren’t very effective in the humid climate – next time, we’ll purchase flavored sugar.

Some of the kiddos took longer to make their craft than others.  For those that finished early, we had an insect hunt!  We filled up bins of water beads and hid plastic insects in them for them to find.  The kids were allowed to take their insects home with them in goody bags.

(And now I wish I would have sent the water beads home with them – we have way too many!)


I originally wanted to make a dirt cake with gummy worms, but then my favorite frugal living blog had a post about how Walmart now sells a unicorn ice cream cake, and I knew we had to go with that.

It was absolutely delicious!  Most of the kids ate all of theirs, but some of the kids weren’t able to finish.  It was very rich, and they had eaten a lot of junk food already.  (Sorry, I was “that mom” that just filled the kids with sugar at the birthday party and sent them home hyper and with tummy aches.)

Goody Bag

The kids took home their plastic insects and the crafts that they had made.

I also had little bags with leftover bug stickers for them to take home, as well as some of the jolly ranchers we used to make the cotton candy (I really didn’t want them in my house!).

Each bag also contained a mini lady bug beach ball and a simple bug magnet craft for them to make at home.  We had planned doing these at the party itself, but it we were so busy with the other activities that we didn’t have time for them!

Other ideas

We had a blast at the party, and we only wish we could have had time for all of the fun activities we found!  Here were some of our favorites.  (Just click on the picture to go to the blog post that features it.)

Follow this super simple step by step tutorial on how to make DIY decoupage Easter eggs with cute little insects as a motive. You decide weather it's butterflies, bees, dragonflies, a colourful little bug or even a grass hopper. #FrugalEasterDecor #DIYspringdecor #frugalcraft #insects #butterflies #decoupage #craftifymylove

Creepy Crawlers Bug Game! This gives new meaning to GROSS fun! #momlife #minutetowinit #play #party

Free bug themed I Spy game for kids from And Next Comes L

Recycled Ladybug Jar

homemade bug soap


Spring crafts for kids coffee filter butterfly craft - make these coffee filter butterflies with watercolor paints and pipe cleaners!

Ladybug Corner Bookmark. How to make an origami bookmark ladybug. Ladybird Crafts for Kids. Summer reading challenge. #ladybird #ladybug #papercrafts #cornerbookmark #bookmark #forkids #fortweens

Butterfly Cakes

These super fun chocolate cupcakes with chocolate pudding filling are topped with crumbled cookie pieces and gummy worms! #dirtcakecupcakes #chocolatecupcakes #cupcakerecipe

Golf Ball Lady Bug Craft Makes Very Pretty Upcycled Garden Decor!

Easy DIY Bottle Cap Magnet Lady Bugs Make an Easy Earth Day Craft or Spring Craft for Kids!

How to Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Bugs

Bug Slime - An Easy Clear Slime Recipe for Kids - ThatKidsCraftSite.com

Easy and Fun Fluttering Paper Butterfly Craft for Kids

How to Make Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Bugs

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