A Creepy Crawly Insect and Reptile Party

As my “little” boy gets older, I find it challenging to find fun and creative parties for him. Once they enter school, it seems like they want a more grown up birthday party. Party planners Laurel and Ursula reached out to us to revamp our super cute and popular dinosaur dig invitation to a reptile / insect theme. The setting was perfect for Jacob’s 5th birthday!



Some of my favorite details from the party are:
– Cones filled with popcorn wrapped with our insect/reptile logos
– Worm dirt dessert cups
– Live animals with the kids having a BLAST riding the turtles and petting the snakes
– Frame of Jacob’s name and snake logo over the table. That detail really brings the entire party setting together.



Party details as told by Laurel and Ursula…

For Jacob’s 5th birthday party we had Anders Ruff refresh their dino dig printables package to incorporate snakes, spiders and lizards.  Look how cute it turned out!  The birthday banner and balloons were accented with tulle poms in the party colors.   After seeing the little red riding hood post, we asked to get one of the party images blown up so that we can frame it and place it over the kids table.

The kids table had a variety of party themed food and goodies – spider ham sandwiches, jello jigglers in the shape of spiders, and  worm dirt – sugar free chocolate pudding with crushed  oreos and a gummy worm topper.  We used the party paper to make cones, added a party logo and filled with popcorn and pirate booty.  Square milk bottles had snake venom – we wrapped in twine and finished off with a party logo and striped straw, and of course bug juice in mason jars filled with green Gatorade!  And no party is complete without cupcakes topped with reptiles and insects.

At each place setting we had a small silver bucket filled with gummy worms and we printed the kid’s names on the luggage tags. The table was decorated with a moss runner and insects!  It’s amazing how much time you put into setting up the table for literally 15 minutes of use!!! The kids were so excited for the Reptile man to arrive.  So much fun seeing the kids enjoy getting snakes and pythons wrapped around them and holding alligators and riding a tortoise.

At the end of the party, the kids each received a fun green bucket full of activities wrapped in cello wrap and favor tag using twine.  These buckets were filled with party themed items – wood reptiles with paint, a snake that grows to over 6 feet long, a bug catcher, rubber snakes,  insect tattoos, frog bubble bath,  frog glow sticks, stamps and of course some candy!

A big thank you for sharing your photos with us!


Party planning and styling – Laurel Webb and Ursula Panagiotou of Betsy & Claire
Reptile invitation and party printables – Anders Ruff Custom Designs

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  1. Love all the details of the birthday party. Helps me with my sons party as he turns 9. We are having at a nature center so some of the decorations will be modified. Great work!

  2. Hi: Im an event planner in the fort lauderdale area….i will be doing a similar party and would love to incorporate some of your great work/ideas from this party….would u be so kind to let me know where u found the bugs, reptiles?

    1. Hi Karen! I have seen some cute bugs at target and toy stores – so cute! I’m not sure where Laurel got the bugs but any toy or education store has them…. So fun!

  3. This is great!! Where did you get the animals? I’m looking to get some to come to my sons birthday and haven’t had any luck with finding any. Thanks so much!!

  4. From where did you get the Ball jar lids that have those slits to allow straws? Everything I’ve seen has just a plain lid. Thanks!

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