The Pinterest Entry- Or “How to Throw a Caterpillar Kids’ Party”

Our little guy’s first birthday party was a whirlwind of Very Hungry Caterpillar fun.  After months (and I do mean months) of planning, here are the final results.

First, I  had  my sister help me design these cute caterpillar-like invitations and printed them as postcards (less than $1 each!) on Zazzle.  I was also able to make custom stamps on Zazzle, which were kind-of pricey, but I decided to  splurge.

rj invitation

 

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I ordered lime green and yellow throwaway tablecloths from Oriental Trading and alternated them at each table.  The centerpiece for each table was a picture of each food the caterpillar ate pasted onto posterboard and supported by an 18″ metal restaurant menu holder.  (I got these online for $2.50 each at a restaurant supply warehouse, figuring I can reuse them to make future birthday party centerpieces.)  Finally, there were balloons to match the “food” assigned to each table.  For example, the caterpillar ate one apple on Monday, hence the single red balloon.  At the next table, you can see two green balloons for the two pears he ate on Tuesday.

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Each place setting was composed of plates and cups from Oriental Trading.  I found the dotted napkins at BJ’s Warehouse.  The favors were small, round plastic containers I got  from Oriental Trading and filled with Skittles.  I printed the date and occasion onto small, round labels purchased at Staples.

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I used  plain white bags to make goodie bags for kids, cutting a leaf for each  from construction paper and punching holes with a standard hole puncher.  In the goodie bags, I put a Hungry Caterpillar coloring book, Play-Doh to make caterpillars at the party, and a cute caterpillar craft kit from Oriental Trading for a party activity.  (No candy in the bag… just fun activities to  keep kids occupied!)

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My sister and I made homemade garlands from craft paper:

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ImageMy favorite part of the party was the “caterpillar ate” table, filled with all the foods our favorite hungry little Lepidoptera ate on his “journey” through the week: apples, pears, strawberries, oranges, Swiss cheese, sausages, swirl lollipops (the closest I could find to yellow-and-blue suckers in the book were these swirl pops from Oriental Trading), et cetera.  The only fruit I couldn’t find was plums (not in season in late December!) although I was able to get my hands on a watermelon.  For the ice cream cone, I rigged up tin foil over my deepest baking pans, inserted ice cream cones into holes made in the foil, poured pink cake batter into each cone, and frosted them with pink buttercream icing (confectioner’s sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter). Voila! Instant “ice cream cone” that doesn’t melt! For each food, I printed up a little label on my color printer using Bodoni font (similar to the font used in the book).

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More easy fun with balloons:

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One of my favorite parts of the party was this strawberry and buttercream cake from Ardsley’s Riviera Bakehouse.  The folks at Riviera listened carefully to what I wanted and exceeded all expectations with this gorgeous, artistic cake:

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Finally, the hit of the party for kids was this Melissa & Doug caterpillar crawl-through tube I ordered from Amazon.  Everyone commented on how much fun our son had at his own birthday party, and I attribute that in large part to how much the kids enjoyed this toy.  It was  well worth the couple of bucks (and free shipping!) for a toy that he will continue to use.

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I got a lot of great ideas from Pinterest (see my first birthday party board) and added several of my own ideas.

*Not pictured: Caterpillar onesies made on CafePress.com saying, “I survived my parents’ first year!” and “very hungry birthday boy.”

We had a great time, and -most importantly- our little boy had a fantastic day!

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