A Very Hungry Birthday!

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!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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.

Month by Month Caterpillar

Month by Month Caterpillar

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!)

Very Hungry Caterpillar Food

Very Hungry Caterpillar Food

The cake was a lot of fun to make: individual cupcakes decorated to look like the caterpillar and fruit from the story.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

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.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Favors

Very Hungry Caterpillar Favors

It was a very special day.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer or our precious baby!

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “A Very Hungry Birthday!

  1. Katie Feeney

    I can’t wait to keep following this blog! What a beautiful birthday, down to every small detail. I am especially impressed with the caterpillar M&Ms in the goody bag!

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    1. Sally Post author

      Thanks so much! This blog is a fun new project.

      Glad you liked the m&m caterpillars. They were very easy – I went to a local candy shop to buy packs of red and green ones so I didn’t even have to sort them!

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