photographer:: Shannon Skloss Photography | planner: : Pop Parties | décor: : Perch Event Décor | floral: : Jackson Durham Events | venue: : 400 North Ervay
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9 Bee Themed Party Ideas to Impress Every Queen Bey [& Happy Birthday to Beyoncé]

9-4-8-1: B’Day. If you’re a dedicated fan (like myself), or just keep up with important dates in pop culture, you know the significance of September 4th: the birth date of our Queen Bey, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Every year around this time, we see a renewed interest in bee themed party ideas by virtue of Beyoncés association with the black-and-yellow honey-producer.

From inspiring themed merchandise to influencing the name of her fan club, “the BeyHive,” the bee has emerged as as the symbol for the multi-talented Queen of Pop — and the party theme of our dreams. To wish a very happy birthday to Beyoncé — and impress any and all divas in your life, we’ve rounded up our 7 favorite bee themed party ideas.

Now we’re talking invitations that are sure to get your guests into formation, flawless décor that incorporates chic black and yellow color combos, and catering menus that infuse sweet honey into the bites and sips. We’ve got suggestions that will have your guests abuzz.

1. Stir Up the Hive with Luxe Themed Invitations

Bee Bat Mitzvah at Rumi Event Space in New York | PartySlate
photograher: Tilly Blair

New York, NY

Look. The honeycomb details and vibrant colors of these invitations will have guests counting down the days until your buzzy soirée. We love how the hexagons within the honeycomb design boast their own luxurious patterns and also how the bee trailing onto the RSVP card adds a fun pop of yellow. Perfect for any bee-themed party!

photography: Tilly Blair | planner & production: NYLUX Events | design & florals: Carlos Rivas Design & Productionvenue: RUMI Event Space  | dessert: Mini Melanie | graphic design: Amy Glaser | Graphic Design

2. Choose a Venue in Nature

live bee hive for honey at dinner | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Big Delicious Planet

Chicago, IL

Make like the bees and take your celebration outside. This beautiful dinner party defines the term ‘beehive-to-table’ — taking honey straight from the source and incorporating it at every delectable stage of this alfresco farm experience.

photographer, planner, venue & caterer: Big Delicious Planet | florals:  Flowers for Dreams | rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals

3. Choose Décor in Bee-autiful Hues of Black, White & Yellow

Aspen Winter Bumble brand party with honeycomb shape table | PartySlate
photographer: Ross Daniels Photography

Aspen, CO

Create comfy lounge areas — like this one at an experiential activation for the brand Bumble in Aspen — that incorporate the unmistakable yellow, black & white hues of our bee muse. Don’t forget to include hexagonal-shaped accents that mimic honeycombs to tie everything together, and opt for a mix of textures to add even more visual interest to your décor.

photographer: Ross Daniels Photography | design, furniture & lighting: Pink Monkey Solutions | venue: Shlomo’s Aspen

4. Offer On-Theme Sweet Sips

bee shaped cocktail menu with bees knees cocktails | PartySlate
photographer: Shannon Skloss Photography

Dallas, TX

You simply cannot have a Bey-inspired party without lemonade. Now we’re talking: bee-shaped, woodcut cocktail menus at this Dallas luncheon feature a refreshing, honey lemonade aperitif for guests to sip on while they mingle. You could also serve the aptly-named “stinger” cocktail at your bee-themed party.

photographer: Shannon Skloss Photography | planner: Pop Parties | décor: Perch Event Décor | florist: Jackson Durham Events | venue: 400 North Ervay | caterer: Food Glorious Food | rentals:  Top Tier Staffing and Event Rentals | entertainment: Absolute Entertainment

5. Seat Your Honeys With a Gift

honey theme menu with tiny honey jar place cards | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Big Delicious Planet

Chicago, IL

There’s more! Give your guests individual jars of local honey, with a custom label, as an easy and delicious take-away. We adore how this urban farm in Chicago not only served as the venue for this chic baby shower and fully catered the celebration with organic produce grown on site, but also packaged honey from their very own hives as a sweet treat.

photographer, planner, venue & caterer: Big Delicious Planet

Nod to the glory of the honey bee or celebrate your own queen bee by considering all five senses as you plan your party.

6. Let Honeycombs & Bees Inspire Your Menu

honeycomb shaped dinner menu on blush napkin at luncheon table | PartySlate
photographer: Shannon Skloss Photography

Dallas, TX

For this bee-themed party, not only is the menu shaped like a honeycomb, honey is infused into every delicious catered course. House-made biscuits with whipped honey butter, spinach salad with cracked pepper honey vinaigrette, and creme brûlée with real honeycomb. Your guests will be dangerously in love with this menu!

photographer: Shannon Skloss Photography | planner: Pop Parties | décor: Perch Event Décor |  florist: Jackson Durham Events | venue: 400 North Ervay | caterer: Food Glorious Food | rentals: Top Tier Staffing and Event Rentals | entertainment: Absolute Entertainment

7. Surprise Guests with a Creatively Themed Cake

baby shower tiered cake with honeycomb details and dripping honey-like icing | PartySlate
photographer: Leandra Brown Photography

Dallas, TX

Dripping honey and style, this unique baby shower cake not only incorporates bees, but the hive as well — and we love the added layers and texture of the blue honeycombs. This special gathering, which honored parents who had been spending day and night in the NICU, reminds us that celebrations bring people together to share the most special of life’s milestones.

photographer: Leandra Brown Photography | designer: Color Pop Events |  floral: Sachi Rose Design | venue: Plattduetsche Park Restaurant and Biergarten | invitations & paper goods: Sincerely, Jackie | custom crest design: Everly Calligraphy | Paper Mache Bees & General Design Assistance: Gina Paola Design

8. Create Even More Buzz with a Dessert Table

rice krispy treats with bee theme details served on honey dripper | PartySlate
photo courtesy of: Kaleidoscope Events

Rochester, NY

Make sure to find a creative bakery for your bee-themed party. These cute cake pops with tiny bees on them are the perfect sweet treat for your dessert table. Add tiny crowns to the bees for an extra Bey-upgrade.

photo courtesy of & planner: Kaleidoscope Events

9. Forget the Squad, Capture Your Hive in a Fun Photo Op

greenery wall with gold lettering and paper bees for photo op | PartySlate
photographer: Tilly Blair

New York, NY

We’re not through. This bee-themed Bat Mitzvah in NYC sent guests home with fun snaps in front of a lush backdrop featuring artfully hovering bee décor. Check out the rest of the celebration to see more details we love like a honeycomb-inspired cake and custom swag.

photographer: Tilly Blair | planner & production: NYLUX Events | design & florals: Carlos Rivas Design & Production | venue: RUMI Event Space | dessert: Mini Melanie | graphic design: Amy Glaser | Graphic Design

Nod to the glory of the honey bee or celebrate your own queen bee by considering all five senses as you plan your party. Make your invitation a feast for the eyes, consider honeycomb-textured design elements, offer entertainment that will have your guests’ ears buzzing, serve honey-inspired delectable fare, and don’t forget the sweet, sweet smell of honey — as it turns out even bees like aromatherapy!

If you are a lover of themed parties, check out our favorite party themes: Paris, Tropical, Disco, Future & Space, Mardi Gras, Monochromatic, Casino, Great Gatsby, Rainbow, Fashion, Halloween, Winter, Summer — as well as the most popular party themes on PartySlate.

Explore PartySlate to find more themed party ideas.