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A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday

This theme came to me about a year ago thanks to the ever popularly shopped Target.  I was in there last February and they had all of the Very Hungry Catapillar party items on clearance so I cleaned up since the book is one of my favorites to read with the boys and the colors are great.  I think I got plates, napkins, stickers, cups, invitations, and the table cloth all for about $7!  Score! With help from Pinterest, this party quickly took shape.

Invitations: I ended up creating the invitations and thank you notes from another blogging mom.  Here is how the thank you card turned out.

Here is my high chair ribbon banner.  I simply cut the ribbon to length to go around the tray then cut different ribbon strips about 1 ft. long.  I used about 7 different ribbon pattern.  I don't sew, but I love steam-a-stich so I just used that on my backing layer, applied the cut ribbons on top, ironed on a backing piece of ribbon and that was it.  This project should easily cost you no more than $10 and could be cheaper if you use coupons combined with a sale at the craft store and/or other supplies on hand.  I'm pretty sure we've all got some ribbon lying around. I just used tape to adhere it to the tray for the party.

The Finished Banner

This next project came to me while in Bed Bath and Beyond rummaging through the clearance bin.  I saw these place mats for $1.99 and thought, hey that looks like a caterpillar.  A little hot glue and about 10 minutes later I had a great big caterpillar to hang on my wall behind the buffet.

The ever popular month-by-month banner.  I just printed off pictures of the dot images from the book and cut them out to make the pennants.
The cakes  I got the idea for this off Pinterest from this website.  Here is my rendition.  It is just a simple bundt pan cake cut in half, then the other half cut again to form the head and back end.  My 4 yr. old suggested the sprinkles on top which happen to match the "hairs" on the caterpillar perfectly.  The antenna are some straws we had.  The eyes and nose I made from rice krispy treats I had in the pantry that I just iced.  This was my first time also using Wilton icing color gel versus food coloring and it turned out so much better that way.
The Smash Cake that didn't get smashed, lol.

I tried to make the food follow the theme of the story as close as a could with the fruit, meats, and cheeses.
I also made signs for the items and embellished them with stickers that I had picked up from Target.

This was the favor for the party, little bags of "caterpillar food" aka M&Ms

The complete table setup including some of the tissue pom poms I made. Those were also great favors to give away to some of the guests.
I thought the party was a great success and so colorful. I can't believe my little guy is one!

You might also like ideas from these other Very Hungry Caterpillar birthdays:
Moments that Take My Breath Away
Polkadots and Puppies


  1. This is ADORABLE! I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar story! What an awesome birthday party theme! Great job!

  2. Just found your blog from the link up and had to say that this is a precious theme - it really came together well!


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