Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

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Looking for a fun 1st birthday party - why not try a theme based on a child favorite book. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Themes is lots of fun and perfect for kids of all ages. Come get inspired with easy decorations, inexpensive DIY take home sacks, party food and more!Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party #birthdays

We celebrated Tinker Bell’s 1st birthday with a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme. I  got the tablecloth & plates when they went 75% off at Target. I got material to make her a dress when it went on clearance online!  We got her a Caterpillar stuffed animal last year at Kohls for $4. Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party
For the invitations I used brads to make it open up. When they got it in the mail it was just the caterpillar’s head. But as you opened it up you got the whole hungry caterpillar. Cute, huh!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation

Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party Invitation

DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Dress.

Sewing dress using Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar materialVery Hungry Caterpillar Homemade Dress
This was the first dress I’d made since I was a kid & my Mom was teaching me. Plus I made it without a pattern so I was pleased. I even made her a matching hair bow

Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake with Fondant

Marshmallow Fondant Caterpillars, Cheese, Pickles, Plums, Ice Cream Cone, Watermellon, Cupcakes, Strawberries, Plums, decorative balls, and moreHomemade Hungry Caterpillar Smash Cake for 1st birthdayHomemade Hungry Caterpillar Cake using Fondant
I love using fondant for the cake. By sealing the frosted cake with fondant (I use a marshmallow fondant) it keeps it fresh even if I make it a week ahead! I made the caterpillar & food a couple days early to allow them to set before putting them on the cake. I also made this small smasher cake for the birthday girl.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Decorations

For decorations I made a caterpillar out of balloons to put over the food table.  I made a caterpillar above the fireplace with pictures of the birthday girl’s first year. On the gift table I had a couple balloons, papers for guests to write memories of the birthday girls first year of life, the book it was all based on, and a basket with goodies for the party.
Decorations: Making the Hungry Caterpillar using balloonsDecorations: Hungry Caterpillar with pictures of 1st year on mantelDecorations: Hungry Caterpillar Gift Table
For food we ate what the hungry caterpillar did! I made labels that showed the food as it went through the story. Instead of a green leaf we had salad. I also added crackers to eat with the cheese and sausage.
Food: Eating our way through the hungry caterpilalr bookOn Tuesday he ate through two pears but he was still hungry
From Scratch Cherry Pie for Hungry Caterpilalr PartyCheese & Summer Sausage with crackers for Hungry Caterpillar Party
For activities we:
  1. Had one of the Grandma’s read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Decorated the goody bags using Bingo Markers (a favorite in our home). I filled them with Kool Aid Playdoh that I wrapped in plastic wrap to look like the caterpillar. I included pipe cleaner antennae and googly eyes on the caterpillars head. I stapled a Thank you for coming to the party on the top of the bag.
  3. Wrapped the kids that wanted to in a cocoon (toilet paper) – then they got to burst out into beautiful butterflies.
  4. While the birthday girl opened presents, the kids kept entertained by making caterpillars (I got the kit at Oriental Trading Company).
Grandma reading Hungry Caterpillar book at partyGoody bag decorated by party guests and filled with homemade kool aid playdough made to look like hungry caterpillar
Games: Minnie in her 'coccoon'Tinkerbell opening presents at her 1st birthday party
Here are some more pictures from the party. We had a great time!
Yum - cake!Typical Tinkerbell - pacifier inShe loved playing with the balloons
blowing out the candleblowing out the candle

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  1. ohhhh- I love that cake! Happy first birthday Ali!

  2. This is amazing!!! Especially cool are the cake, the balloon catterpillar and the birthday girl's outfit! I'm so impressed!

  3. Oh my what a perfect party! I thought of doing this exact same party for my little girl.. and then.. ahem... was too lazy! Good on you!

    Thank you for taking part in Kids Get Crafty!


  4. What a great party!! Would love you to share it at our book share

    Thank you!

  5. wow! all I can say is wow! so creative! where do you find the time?

    Beth McGrory

  6. Hi there,
    I am very impressed with all of your ideas. I have a good start on many of the projects for my daughter's first birthday with this same theme. I absolutely LOVE the little dress and head band you made for her. I am hoping to try to make one for her, but am wondering if you already knew how to make it or had a reference that told you how. Or if you are looking to sell it I would be interested :) Thanks,

  7. What an amazing party! I love your cocoon idea!

  8. Hi Stephanie,

    You are very kind, thank you! I enjoyed making it special for my daughter =-)

    I actually 'winged it' with the dress. I made the top sired. Think about 1/2x bigger than you think it should be. Use elastic thread & hand sew horizontally iwth 3-4" between rows.

    The skirt I measured around her and made it dart out a little on the bottom. I then sewed them together adding one more layer of sirring to the waiste to 'tie' it together. I sirred little straps too & then just sewed it in.

    My daughter was very involved in the process as I measuerd her a lot!! I did the same sirring process for the headband.

    I have actually not sewn a dress in 15 years and had no tempalte - so if I can do it, I am sure you can!!

    If you are not familiar with sirring, just stitch loosely with about an inch between stitches. Allow enough thread at both ends so when you finish the row you pull them to tigthen. Make sure to try it on her before you knot the elastic thread together or it may end up too tight. I anded up adding a zipper to my daughters because of this =-)

    Don't try to run elastic thread through the sewing machine or it will get stuck and stuck and stuck again. Supposedly you can hand wind it on to the bobbin only -but I didn't have much luck with that. Hope it helps!!

    Besides that I have a feeling the dress would be too small (my Tinkerbell is tiny - still in 3-6 month clothing!) I want to keep it as a keepsake. But I hope the above info helps you to figure it out!! Let me know if you post any pictures - I'd love to see your finished product!

    Beth =-)

  9. Oh my goodness! LOVE everything! Love the decorations! Love her dress! Will you make and sell?! LOl! Great job!
    --Kristina from School Time Snippets : )

  10. I wish there was a like button, so I can like everything on your site!

  11. Humble Mom, you are so very very sweet! Thank you for your kind words - you made my week!!!=-)

  12. what a fabulous birthday! LOVE the cake and her gorgeous outfit! The food and activities were perfect! I am sharing on facebook!

    Thanks for linking this to the Sunday Showcase - I so enjoyed all your ideas and photos! That invitation was just lovely and the garland of pics - too cute!!! I could go on & on! You did such a wonderful job!

  13. Oh i just love everything about this! I've been working on a VHC pinboard in anticipation of a birthday party for Sweet Pea! Will be adding all these ideas!

  14. What a cute idea. I adore her dress!

    Would love it if you linked to my linky party Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!

  15. What a great party! The dress is darling, and I'm also very impressed with your cake decorating!

  16. The whole theme is great but the cake blew me away. Well done.

  17. Thanks for linking to Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land...Hope to see you again sometime!!

  18. what a fun day! we love that book at our house. my fave is how you offered all the foods the caterpillar ate! thanks for linking it up! it will be featured at tomorrow's party! stop by and grab your featured button and link up again if you'd like!

  19. Thanks for linking up at {Junk in their Trunk}. What an adorable 1st birthday party!! Everything is simply darling!! Tomorrow we will be having our 2nd link party and we would love to have you stop by!

  20. This may be one of the cutest party ideas EVER! You did such a fantastic job!! You are being featured this week at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Thank you so much for sharing this at and I hope to see you again this week.

    --Trish @ Mom On Timeout

  21. What an awesome party! You did a great job, and the games looked so fun! Plus loved the cake! Thanks for linking up with us this week!