Our Very Hungry Caterpillar 2nd Birthday Party

For my son’s 2nd birthday party, we decided to use his favorite book as the party theme: A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

By 18 months, we already had to buy a second copy of the book because the first copy literally fell apart at the seams from reading and re-reading and re-reading. So the party theme was pretty much a no-brainer.

That, and it was so much fun to plan:

  • Dots, Dots, Dots

    Dots, Dots, Dots

    We decided to focus on the bright Eric Carle colors and iconic dots from the book. We threaded together tissue-paper circles (in a sewing machine) to make watercolor-like garland, and filled the ceiling with balloon “dots.”

  • Happy Birthday Noah!

    Happy Birthday Noah!

    I made a banner with bulletin-board strips that teachers usually buy. (I think I found them at Barnes ‘n Noble or The Teacher Store.) Luckily Eric Carle is a popular theme!

  • A Very Hungry Menu

    A Very Hungry Menu

    Our menu was pulled straight from the book, and included things like deviled eggs on lettuce (“a little egg lay on a leaf”), and a cheese platter with apples, pears, and grapes (“…ate through one apple, two pears, and a slice of swiss cheese). We also had chocolate-covered strawberries (“…on Thursday he ate through four strawberries”), a big salad (“…on Sunday he ate a nice green leaf and felt much better), and other book-related foods.

  • More Dots!

    More Dots!

    We filled two glass pillars with gum balls to replicate the dots in the book, as well as punched circular confetti out of tissue paper.

  • A Very Hungry Cake

    A Very Hungry Cake

    My sister made a cake out of cupcakes! She even frosted them with varying colors of green, to replicate Eric Carle’s signature style.

  • Crafts!


    We had a bunch of crafts for the kids — including water-color paints and giant coloring pages. Kids could also make their own caterpillars out of pom-poms and other craft materials.

  • Want to See More?

    Want to See More?

    For more photos + info. about our “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” party, head over to Early Mama.

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