Birthday Parties

Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

Looking for a fun 1st birthday party – why not try a  Very Hungry Caterpillar Party 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!

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Hungry Caterpillar Party

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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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and

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