Looking for a fun birthday party theme? You will love this super cute, easy , and fun to throw together hungry caterpillar party. we based this off of kid favorite book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and have included lots of hungry caterpillar decorations, craft ideas, and so much more so you have a complete Party Themes. Used this for a first birthday party idea, but it would work for two year old birthdays, toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and first grade children too.
Hungry Caterpillar Party
We celebrated my youngest 1st birthday with a Very Hungry Caterpillar party theme. How is she one already – the years are flying by! I didn’t want to stress as I know she wont remember it, but I also wanted to celebrate her and the amazing first year of life.
I started the hungry caterpillar decorations with the super cute Very Hungry Caterpillar tablecloth & plates I found for 75% off at Target. I got material from JoAnn’s to make her a dress when it went on clearance online! Finally, we got her a Caterpillar stuffed animal last year at Kohls for $4.
Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation
DIY Very Hungry Caterpillar Dress.
This was the first dress I’d made since I was a kid with my Mom’s help. But when I saw the pattern I really wanted to make something with it. I had an idea so I made it without a pattern and I think it turned out so cute. I even had enough material left over to make her a matching hair bow
Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake with Fondant
I love using fondant for the cake. By sealing the frosted cake with fondant (here is my marshmallow fondant recipe) it keeps it fresh even if I make it a week ahead! I made the caterpillar & fondant food a couple days early to allow them to set before putting them on the cake. I also made a small smasher cake for the birthday girl.
I was so pleased with how they all turned out. It was a labor of love and lots of fun to get creative and have a themed party for my baby. The food items (cupcake, watermelon, cheese, pickles, plu, ice cream cones, etc.) are all featured in The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle.
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.
Had one of the Grandma’s read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
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.
Wrapped the kids that wanted to in a cocoon (toilet paper) – then they got to burst out into beautiful butterflies.
While the birthday girl opened presents, the kids kept entertained by making caterpillars (I got the kit at Oriental Trading Company).
Hungry Caterpillars for Kids
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