Thinking of hosting a honey bee birthday party? Or perhaps a bee themed baby shower or bridal shower? Check out this bee-utiful honey bee party for plenty of decor inspiration, food ideas and adorable printables!
This is the bee party to end all bee parties! Okay I’m a little biased, but let this bee party inspire your bee party to bee even awesomer!
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My little B just turned two. She isn’t speaking very much yet, but she insists that her name is “Bee Bee” (it isn’t, though I often call her B and Baby). That’s why I thought this adorable honey bee party theme, with the phrase “It’s my bee-day” would be a perfect fit for her second birthday party.
I began my party planning with a Pinterest board, with all the cutest bee party ideas. And eventually I came across these Honey Bee Birthday Party Printables on Etsy that were a perfect fit. I was looking for cute but not cartoon-ish, and soft yellow rather than a bright yellow and black scheme.
If you love the style but want printables for a baby shower, you’re in luck! The Etsy seller also has a Honey Bee Baby Shower Printable Package.
Words that came to my mind when planning this party were: soft, vintage, shabby chic, cute, and natural.
Honey Bee Party Outfit
One of the first things I made for this party was this outfit for the birthday girl to wear.
I used scrap fabric that I already had to create a scrap fabric tutu. No sewing involved, I simply hot-glued a strip of elastic into a circle, cut strips of fabric and tulle, and tied them to the elastic. Then I used pinking shears to trim the edges on a slight angle to get the look I wanted and help prevent fraying.
I bought the yellow and white striped leggings from Old Navy, as well as a plain white onesie with cute scalloping detail and puffy sleeves.
I used the t-shirt iron-on included in the party printables package, and accidentally gave it a “vintage look” during application which turned out to fit the theme just fine 😉 Ok I’ll admit, I panicked and wanted to buy another shirt and redo it, but my husband assured me it looked vintage and perfectly acceptable.
Honey Bee Party Entrance
To greet guests I hung this printable ‘Welcome’ hexagon bunting over our front door, with black and white striped baker’s twine.
Honey Bee Party Kids’ Table
My coffee table was transformed into the perfect dining table for 6 little girls under 5.
I set it with a yellow plastic tablecloth, white and yellow paper plates, yellow napkins, printable honeycomb party hats, white paper doilies, and jars of lemonade with black and white straws and printable straw flags.
Honey Bee Party Table Decor
The party table backdrop is an old window frame, with scrap fabric draped behind it. The fabric helped to filter the sunlight that was streaming onto the table. It also provided a nice pop of yellow and created a shabby chic vibe.
I also hung two yellow paper flowers and a white paper lantern beside the window frame.
This “happy bee day” banner wasn’t included in the Etsy party package. The package included a “Happy Birthday” banner with large pennant triangles, as well as a small hexagon “Welcome” banner. So I got creative.
I made the “happy bee day” banner in Photoshop using the same size, color and bee image as the welcome banner. It was the perfect size to go over the window frame and it matched all the rest of the decorations.
If you buy these printables from Etsy and would like to use my “happy bee day” banner to go with them, you can download it here (just the letter hexagons, the little bee image is part of the Etsy package, not included in this banner download).
For the party favors I used white boxes and glued the “cello bag toppers” from the party printable package to the fronts of the boxes. I tied the boxes with black and white striped baker’s twine.
Honey Bee Party Food
Food above, with links to the recipes:
- Honey comb cereal
- Honey-glazed popcorn
- Honey banana tea sandwiches (bananas are my daughter’s favorite food)
- Honey vanilla cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting
- Lemon bars
Some of the party treats doubled as party favors – honey comb cereal, honey glazed popcorn, and a honey vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting were all inside the favor boxes.
Lemonade was the perfect light yellow drink.
The cake was a brown-butter banana cake with honey walnut cream cheese buttercream. That was a mouthful! And it was a mouthful of deliciousness. The cake was inspired by this amazing beehive cake recipe, but I was too timid to attempt that frosting so I combined the walnut idea for that frosting with this honey cream cheese frosting recipe.
Instead of yellow food coloring, I used a small amount of turmeric to tint the frosting yellow. Keeping it natural. With a small amount, the color was perfect and you couldn’t taste the spice at all.
It’s My Bee Day
In the end, my little B had a great time. She couldn’t get enough lemonade and honey comb cereal, and she loved the banana sandwiches and her banana birthday cake.
The adult guests loved the food as well, especially the delicious lemon bars.
I hope my honey bee birthday party gave you some ideas for your own honey bee party! If you have any more ideas for a bee party please share with a comment below!
Did you know that pollinators, and in particular honey bees and bumble bees, are at risk of extinction? Since we rely on bees to pollinate our food sources, that is a really scary thought! But what can we do?
There are organizations that are working to protect and rebuild the bee population, and they are seeking donations to fund their efforts. Consider making a donation to the Pollinator Partnership (US) or Pollinator Partnership Canada, or a similar organization in your area.
Also, being aware of the problem, spreading awareness, and being kind to bees (with supportive plants, environment, and even shelter) will go a long way towards saving those overworked busy bees. Spread the word on social media with #savethebees.
You could even use your bee party to spread awareness to guests or raise funds for donation.