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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
As a former librarian and a current avid lover of children’s books, you can imagine how much I loved this party themed around the classic children’s book by Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
The book lends itself really well to being adapted for a first birthday party, because it includes a lot of food, and simple shapes and colors. One thing I liked about this party is that (pony aside) it’s a pretty simple and sweet little party. It’s definitely something that could be recreated on a small budget and without too much effort.
My friend and brilliant photographer, Samantha Kelly, shot all the pictures of this party, and I’m so excited to share them. I think you’ll love this party and all the fun details as much I did:
A Hungry Little Caterpillar Party
The guest of honor! Click through for all the delicious looking food and cute decorations his mom put together.
Caterpillar Pinwheel Banner
This might be my favorite part of the whole party. Just string together some bright pinwheels and voila! A caterpillar!
You can’t have this party without featuring the book itself on the table!
12 Months of Photos
Displaying a photo from each month of your baby’s first year is a popular decoration at first birthday parties. Using them to make a caterpillar shaped banner is brilliant.
An outdoor party means the garage door acts as a perfect backdrop. Here it’s spruced up by some simple birthday bunting.
Handmade labels affixed to waterbottles makes them just as festive as everything else.
Polka Dot Straws
No detail for this party was too small – how cute are these straws with dots the color of the caterpillar’s body?
These sandwich rolls incorporate some of the caterpillar’s favorite foods from his Saturday feast: swiss cheese, sausage, and salami.
Big trays of fruit are the perfect tie-in to the book, plus offer healthy options to guests.
The cute signs identify the fruits along with an image from the story.
A few large glass jars filled with fruit featured in the book make perfect (and inexpensive) table decorations.
Caterpillar and Butterfly Cookies
These frosted cookies are so cute I’d almost not want to eat one!
Sprinkle Donut Holes
These brightly colored donut holes are easy for small children to eat and, because of their size, won’t be as likely to end up uneaten like a full-size donut.
Isn’t this cake darling? I love the 3-D caterpillar crawling along the top. (And can you spy the butterfly on the side?)
The sunburst on a stick adds some nice vertical dimension to the cake.
This simple white smash cake is topped with bunting featuring the fruit the caterpillar ate through. How cute is that?
The Gift Table
The sunflowers on the gift table brighten it up and are the perfect home for any butterflies who might be flying by.
Face painting is so festive, and a nice quiet activity to rotate kids (or adults!) in and out of throughout the party.
How sweet is the face paint on the older brother of the birthday boy?
A Pony Ride
Isn’t having a tiny pony at a party every child’s dream? Perfect for an outdoor party.
A Butterfly Pinata
A pinata, shaped like the butterfly, is both a cute decoration and fun activity.
One of the items the caterpillar eats through is a giant swirly lollipop – with a sticker on the front, it’s the perfect favor for guests (and doubles as a table decoration).
Little bags of fruit-shaped candy are darling little favors.
The Perfect Gift
What could be a more fitting gift than a stuffed version of the caterpillar?