this pin. I forgot to go back and add the antennae and feet but I think it still looked cute. Our second row has each of the kid's names on their own caterpillar but since we keep their real names private, I've edited that part out.
My Cricut helped take care of the cutting, but if I hadn't had one this paper plate version also seems like a time saver idea. I was tempted to go with that one because it would be big and and a real eye catcher, but the banner I made uses only supplies I already had - money saver, won out.
DIY Food Labels from Learn with Play at Home to make versions for my favorite Ikea Tolsby frames. I used the fruit from her signs create the frame inserts, but added the text to match the one I used throughout the party. Then I placed three on our mantle to fill in space and carry out the theme.
this pin, using an empty pickle jar.
this pin. I also really liked this one, that's crawling around a door frame. That's perfect for when you don't have helium. There were also great ideas for making a caterpillar shape out of large tissue paper pom poms and colored Chinese lanterns. We had just enough air left in an a tank we got last year so the balloon idea was perfect, again I forgot to add the face but guests got the idea.
For this gathering she requested one thing, that there be a photo booth with cool photo prompts. I found a mini pack of pre-cut props at Archivers and we were good to go! I made a little sign and popped it into, you guessed it...yet another Tolsby frame. I told you I love those frames!
Learn with Play at Home download. Two more great ideas I really liked are a caterpillar sandwich and all fun caterpillars formed out of cupcakes used in lieu of a cake. There were many versions of each, I've linked to two examples.
Besides the platter above, our menu consisted of:
- Hamburgers and Choice of Toppings: Cheeses, Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion
- Mini Slider Burgers with Hawaiian Mini Rolls - a little sweet and really delish!
- Chinese Slaw
- Potato Salad
- Veggies and Ranch Dip
- Watermelon - also with a book inspired sign, I also was tempted to make these fruit & tomato skewers. Mine wouldn't have been nearly as cute though!
I really had a lot of fun throwing together our Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday, even though I was under time constraints. It forced me to use what I had and make do with what I could find, preventing me from obsessing and over thinking. We didn't have very many little kids there but I did come across some fun ideas to keep little hands busy and occupied. Here are some of my favorites.
Kid's Party Activities:
Caterpillar Coloring Page
Make Your Own Caterpillar: Paper, Egg Carton, Fingerprint, and Paper Rolls.
Balloon Caterpillar Picture
Playdoh Make Your Own Caterpillar
Have you based a party off a book before? If so I'd love to know which ones. If you have a favorite party theme, I'm always looking for ideas for future birthdays, leave me your suggestions! Thanks for coming by!