Bee Birthday Party Ideas

Updated on April 11, 2008
S.D. asks from Oak Lawn, IL
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My daughter's 2nd birthday party is this weekend. She asked for a bee cake. We are going with a bee theme. I got some Bee Movie themed decorations and bee antennae for the kids to wear. Do you have any other cute ideas of what I can do with a bee theme- for favors or otherwise? There will be 7 kids at the party with ages ranging from 1 to 7 years old.

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T.G.

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I love this idea and I think I will use this for my daughters 5th birthday party. How about pin the stinger on the bee? How about something with flowers? Maybe paint terra cotta flower pots?

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K.G.

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Looks like most of the kids will be old enough (and you probably already know this) but they say it isn't safe to feed honey to kids younger than 12 months. Something about botulism and bee allergies. Just thought I'd share in case... More info I found:

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/infantbotulismhoney.htm

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M.G.

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Dominicks has cupcake cakes. They are great, less mess and cleanup! I know that they have a bee and they are well priced (1 for 34-37 people for $25). Have a fun time!

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L.J.

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Sounds very hookey, but kids do love the traditional games. I have played duck-duck goose and musical chairs, but always changed to fit my themes, and the kids have a blast! All the kids sitting down are flowers and the one going around is the bee, and he says buzzzz buzzzzz instead of duck duck and maybe 'stinger' or 'necter' or something like that instead of goose.

Print out a picture of the Bee and cut out and put on the floor in front of the kid, but one less. Then start some music (isn't there the dance of the bumble bee music?) and stop it and each child must stand on a bee.

You could play hot potato and have a stuffed bee as the hot potato (since no one wants to touch a bee anyway.)
I never have losers or winners we just play games a certain amount of time.

For favors I think the kids love one big toy rather than a bunch of little junk they will lose in 10 minutes. I have seen stuffed flowers. Girls always love that (my son even has one). Maybe you could find a stuffed bee from the movie and just give that. You could make a big cut out cookie in the shape of a simple bee and frost it nice (since you only have to make a few) just simple yellow with black stripes and bake with a stick in and wrap with saran wrap. Also makes a nice favor.

I have seen some neat bee cakes. You could back a simple tier cake, maybe 4 levels, doesn't have to be big, and frost yellow. Heat colored, can frosting on low in micro and it will get a little runny and pour/spread it all over. It will give a more smooth appearance. You will have made a bee hive. Decorate with a few doors and some small bees and great 3-D cake.

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E.L.

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I couldn't tell from your message if you already have a bee cake idea, and it's probably too late for this weekend, but I just saw one in a magazine called Family Fun. I looked on FamilyFun.com and found the link for you:

http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefinder/display?id=50524

Too bad the photos on the website are quite small and hard to see because the photos in the magazine are really cute!

Good luck!

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C.M.

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Your party sounds like fun. I have an birthday coming up real soon too and was wondering where you got the bee decorations because my son ask for the bee theme but its not at any of our local party stores. Can you tell me the names of stores that i can buy the bee theme decor?

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D.S.

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Hi Shelly,
So cute! I have some bee themed party invitations and party favors if you would like to see them. I have a mommy owned business called Good Times Invitations. You can email me at [email protected]____.com and request some bee samples if you would like. Thank you.
D.
Good Times Invitations

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Q.H.

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You can decorate your home with yellow and black streamers and yellow and black balloons! I know she wanted the bee cake, but you can make cupcake with yellow frosting, chocolate sprinkles, and little antennae sticking out of them. that would be cute!

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A.B.

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When I was planning my baby's 1st birthday party (cupcake theme, :)) I went to birthdayinabox.com and ordered all the stuff, plus they had great ideas for crafts. Check it out it might help, :)

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S.G.

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Storz makes adorable bee chocolates. If you have a specialty shop near you it would be worth seeing if they carry them. they are a german chocolate so it depends on where you are at.

We carry them as favors for our shop because the bee is one of our characters. I have seen them at the Garlic Press in Normal as well.

Very cute and very good chocolate!

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M.J.

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check at the party store. I think it is party city or such. they usually have a wide variety of favors etc. you can probably find what you need there. to save gas, you can always call them first!

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D.P.

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Shelly-
I just bought these really cute "grow kits" at target for $1 ea. One is for a zinnia and one is for a daisy. They are tiny flower pots with the soil and seed included. I think they would bee really cute favors and the kids (some with parents help obviously) can plant and watch the flowers grow. They were up in the front of the store where the bins of "crap" are (you know what I mean ;O).

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N.T.

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You could get crepe streamers in black and yellow and have them wrap each other up.
Also, sing songs as if they were bees.
Have fun and happy birth day!

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S.F.

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Hi, Shelly!

Fun party! You can pin the stinger on the bee -- just draw a nice big bee with black and yellow stripes on a big sheet of paper (or use black, white, yellow and red construction paper cut-out pieces to make a collage face and body) with a big target on its rear. Then cut out black construction paper to make little stingers, one for each child with each one's name on it (write in yellow chalk if you have it). Use two-sided tape or roll a piece for each stinger and that's fast and easy. Prize: a yellow bee pencil topper or other bee thing. If you have space, you can play buzz tag, like regular tag but when they touch someone, they have to yell, BUZZ! fun but get it over with asap! And you can let them be busy bees by decorating their own cupcakes -- yellow frosting on chocolate or chocolate on yellow, and little flowers. They can use those tubes of decorative colored icing, or you can make little tubes by snipping a corner on a plastic zip-lock bag and putting a different color in each bag. Messy but they are going to get messy anyway. Then hose 'em down and give out little buzzy favors -- if you were loaded you could get 'em ant farms, but those are about $15 each although so fun. The dollar store is all you need and don't forget to throw in packets of flower seeds! to attract our real bee friends!

Have a great time!
S. (former birthday party enthusiast and mom to 2 big boys, 18 and 22!)

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C.A.

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Hi Shelly,
I love kids parties....they are so much fun.
You could change pin the tail on the donkey to "pin the stinger on the bee". Print out a simple bee pictire and cut out some stinger shapes out of black construction paper, write the names of the kids on the stinger and some tape and the kids will have a blast. you could also put out flowers (fake if you want)because bees love flowers and decorate them with fake bees. You can also customize the goodie bags. Cut out flower shapes and bees from construction paper and have your girls help glue them to simple inexpensive brown paper bags. Hope this helps!! Have a great party!

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T.C.

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Bees come to flowers - so why don't you get cheap plastic or clay pots and have the kids decorate them (with paint or markers). For the older kids, they can fill up with pots with dirt and then everyone can plant seeds in their new pots. When the flowers grow, the bees will come!

Also, try a modified version of pin the tail on the donkey. Make a big bee shape and have the kids try to put a stripe on the bee with a mask on.

There's a great website call: the big list of birthday parties ideas. HEre's the website: http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/html/party_ideas.html. I just checked and you can look under "garden" and under "bug" for some ideas.

GOod luck - and don't worry - the kids will have a good time doing anything!!!!

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J.B.

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I would put a lot of bright colored flowers on the table and find cut-out shapes of bees to put around the table. I would also find recipes that include "honey" in them. You might also find a bee shaped cookie cutter or flower shape cookie cutter and make sugar cookies for the kids. If you cannot find a bee shaped one you could draw one with icing on a flower shape cookie. For favors I would include things like bubbles and chalk (things that remind you of warm weather and summer). Hope this helps.

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J.V.

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You could serve lemon sherbert and put the scoop in the bowl nad put maybe M&M's for the eyes and something for the antennas.

I have taken cookie cutters as well and made cheese sandwiches or pb an j's

Also check out Betty Crocker website there are some great ideas on there.

Have a Great Bee Party share and let us know what you deciede

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L.

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Check out www.birthdaypartyideas.com Look under "kid parties" and then "bug party". There are a tone of ideas. This is the best website for parties (I think!) because all the ideas are from regular mom's like you and me, not some Martha Stewart people!! Have fun!

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C.T.

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Shelly:

Your daughter could be the Queen Bee. Party favors could include a beehive/honeycomb pinata. Candy could be Bit-A-Honey.

Because bees go from flower to flower you could do a version of musical "flowers" where children buzz from flower to flower until the music stops.

Have a great time.

C.

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M.E.

answers from Chicago on

Hi Shelly:

Yesterday my sister was showing me Family Fun magazine and they had some birthday party cake ideas - one of which was an absolutely adorable beehive cake. All of the cakes were quite simple to do. You might want to check that out.

Also, I usually order from www.birthdaydirect.com. I just took a peek and they have some bee things.

Good luck & have fun!

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R.K.

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Hi Shelly,
Did you already order the cake? I have a recipe in my Family Fun Book on a beehive cake. Let me know if you would be interested in it and I can email everything to you.

Good Luck,
R.

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M.R.

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Pin the stinger on the bee. Get a big bee picture/poster that you can put on the wall. Make stingers out of yellow pompoms with black pipecleaners wrapped around them.

You could also take the educational route and make it a 'B' party too - foods that begin with the letter 'B', favors that begin with the letter 'B'.

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K.S.

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Personally, I would keep it simple. At 2, she is going to be happy with a lot of things pretty easily. There are some really cool ideas that you've received here, but keep in mind she's only 2!!
And someone suggested Bit o Honey? Those are yummy, but I think they are a choking hazards for 2yr olds and the other moms may not be amused. I'd stick to making big sugar cookies with yellow and chocolate colored icing...dunno if you can find a cookie cutter like that. May be fun to make with your daughter "supervising" or the other kids.

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B.G.

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We went to a bee party that gave out little bug houses (i think from the dollar store) and had the kids collect "bees" hidden around the yard, which were actually "dum-dum" suckers on little popcicle sticks colored to look like bees...very cute and fun!

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S.N.

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Hi I had a bee themed party when my first child turned one. I made little bee crafts out of black pipe cleaners. I added wiggly eyes and wax paper wings and hot glued them on. I wrapped the pipe cleaner around a pencil so it's like a "spring" and then removed it from the pencil. Then I added the eyes and wings. I did them on my own and laid them around the tables for decor. By the end of the party the little ones had them on their fingers and were buzzing around the room . I bet the older kids would be able to do them on their own. I also gave out some books about bees that I found at the dollar store for their "goodybag" gift. I made bookmarks that said: thanks for buzzing on over for Liam's 1st birthday. I put thumbprints onthem to make bees. Have fun

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