My daughters loves butterflies. She chases them in our garden every time she sees them, so I thought that would be a perfect theme for her birthday. I called it a Beautiful Butterfly Extravaganza.
For the invitation, I made a pretty butterfly-shaped card and let my daughter color it in with colorful markers. On the back of the invite, I wrote “Come fly with us at our Beautiful Butterfly Extravaganza.
For the front door, I took a wreath and wrapped tissue paper and silk flowers around it. Then I made a butterfly that would fit in the center of the wreath from metal clothes hangers that I shaped into wings that I covered with pink and purple fabric an wrapped it and secured the fabric around the hangers and then added pipe cleaner antennas and hung it on my front door. Later on after the party, I surprised my daughter by hanging it in her too. She was very happy with it.
I attached paper butterflies to pink, purple and blue helium balloons. I attached them to pink, purple and blue streamers and hung them on the walls. I made butterfly garlands and hung them with fishing line from the ceiling. We have a ceiling fan so I also hung butterflies from the ceiling and put the fan on low so it looked like butterflies were flying around. On the serving table, I placed paper flowers that I made in a vase with paper butterflies that my daughter colored and glued them to popsicle sticks.
They made antennas with pipe cleaners and headbands—a very simple and pretty craft—and they wore them all day.
Another craft that they made were butterfly handprints. To make butterfly handprints, give out individual disposable plates of paint of colors of their choice, you don’t need much, and they place their hands in the paint. Then they make the prints by placing both their hands flat down on paper with all their fingers touching. That’s how you get the wings and you just have to add antennas with black paint.
Catch the butterflies: I blew colored bubbles and they caught them with their butterfly wands.
We wrapped the girl’s legs in a little toilet paper and they had to catch the butterfly—my daughter with butterfly wings. The first girl that tagged her was able to unwrap the toilet paper and became a butterfly and then the caterpillars could tag either butterfly to become one themselves. They played until every girl became a butterfly.
We played Butterfly, Butterfly Caterpillar like Duck, Duck, Goose.
Butterfly hunt: I glued butterflies to popsicle sticks and put them in small paper cups with some wrapped chocolate and hid them.
Food: I made pb&j sandwiches and cut them out with a butterfly cookie cutter. We also had cut fruit served on skewers and ice cream. We also had pink and purple frosted pretzels because the shape looks like a butterfly.
I made a butterfly cake from cutting a round cake in half for the wings. My daughter loves pink and purple so I added frosting in those colors to the wings. I used chocolate snack cakes for the body and 2 pieces of licorice for the antennas. The cake was a hit!
Favor bags: The chocolate and butterflies that they found on their hunt, butterfly handprint and antennas, gummy insects, bubbles and butterfly stickers.