My little boy thinks bees are “so neat” and he specifically asked for a bee birthday party so I came up with a “Bee Mine” birthday party since my his birthday is close to Valentine’s Day.
For the invitations, I created a heart-shaped bee with yellow paper and drew black stripes across it. Then I glued a close-up photo of my son’s face on the top. In between the stripes I wrote, I’ll “bee” so happy if you’ll “bee” my guest at my birthday party. I’ll “bee” turning four and I wish to celebrate with you. Please give the Queen Bee a buzz if you plan to attend.
I took yellow balloons and black lines across them and hung them from the ceiling. I also hung yellow honeycomb pom-poms from the ceiling. On the table was a yellow tablecloth that I added black stripes to with tape. I alternated with yellow and black cups, napkins and utensils. I used yellow plates and added stripes with black licorice. I filled my walls with paper grass and flowers that I cut out of construction paper. Then I used glue dots to stick all types of plastic bugs on the leaves and flowers. I had jars with flowers that I made from construction paper and bug lollipops.
We had a Bug Stomp—I drew smiley bug faces on balloons and the kids had fun stomping them. I had a few balloons for each kid because I knew once they started, they would’t want to stop. My tip if you have this activity, is to have several extra balloons.
Hop like a Grasshopper Relay Race—We separated the kids into teams and gave each team a large plastic garbage bag and used those to hop like a grasshopper from the starting point to the finishing line which we made about five feet long in my family room which we didn’t think was too long but were prepared to shorten the length if necessary. it wasn’t too long and they really enjoyed the activity.
We gave them craft items to make bugs with. We gave out styrofoam balls, egg cartons, styrofoam cups, pom poms, pipe cleaners, bug stickers, paint, and glue and we left it to their imaginations.
Pin the bee on the honeycomb. I cut out a honeycomb design and taped it to the wall and gave out bee stickers.
Bumble Bee Tag (who wants to be stung by a bee, lol), we gave them bee stickers and if the bee stuck a bug sticker on you, you become the bee. We played until everyone got to be the bee.
Food—For lunch, they had spaghetti (worms) with sauces and cheese, and lemonade (bug juice).
I made rice krispie treats in the shape of honeycombs, cheese and crackers, fruit and dip, cookies decorated like bees, chips, pretzels, juice and milk and lemonade (bug juice).
A bee cake—For the body, I frosted a round cake with yellow frosting and piped on wide—about one inch wide—chocolate stripes. For the head, I baked a cake in a small bowl, frosted it yellow, added a chocolate stripe in the middle, added two edible sugar eye decorations, and stuck in two pieces of chocolate licorice for the antennas. In between the stripes, I wrote “Happy Bee Day.”
Favors: Bee stickers, bug coloring and activity books, bug stickers and bug lollipops along with thank you cards with hearts n them, and I added some bee stickers along with a note from my son thanking everyone for “bee-ing” at his birthday party.