Caterpillars, butterflies, fresh fruit – all perfect for summer, right? We recently celebrated our daughter’s first birthday with a The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party. We had waited a very long time for our daughter to arrive. I found Very Hungry Caterpillar plates and napkins probably 3 or 4 years ago. I went ahead and got them at the time in hopes that we would have a baby, and that baby would need a first birthday party someday! It couldn’t have been more perfect that our daughter ended up having a summertime birthday just made for a The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party!
This party was so much fun to prepare. Eric Carle’s book provides so many great possibilities!
A lot of my ideas for the party came from Pinterest. Check out my Pinterest page to see my inspirations! http://pinterest.com/alwayswonderful
One of my favorite projects was making a caterpillar with pictures to show how our daughter had grown each month throughout her first year.
For the food, I chose foods from the book like apples, oranges, strawberries, watermelon, swiss cheese, and salami as well as butterfly shaped crackers and brownies. (By the way, this would work for more than just a party – gathering up food for a Very Hungry Caterpillar picnic would be a fun activity for any summer day!)
The cake was a lot of fun to make: individual cupcakes decorated to look like the caterpillar and fruit from the story.
Finally, I filled the goody bags with rainbow lollipops, m&m caterpillars (I filled a long skinny plastic bag with red and green m&ms), and fruit snack butterflies (I filled a small bag with fruit snacks, pinched it in the middle, and twisted a pipe cleaner around it). I could also see making these as part of a The Very Hungry Caterpillar lesson at school.
It was a very special day. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer or our precious baby!