This past Fall we threw a rockin’ party!! Birthday party. Kid’s birthday party. The Very Hungry Caterpillar kid’s birthday party. Oh yes, it was rockin’ … Eric Carle style! It was one of the best parties I have ever hosted – or attended! And while my opinion is horribly biased (duh), I’m sure that any fellow foodie out there can at least appreciate the theme – and decorations!! My mini birthday-girl foodie was in
The artist in me (the teeny, tiny wanna-be artist) went a little crazy with the décor. I spent weeks making GIANT cardboard cut-outs of all of the foods featured in the book. Yep, all 15 of them! I took great care to shape, shade, & design them as closely as possible to the images in the book. I then took & hung them in book-order around our hallway & living room.
What would be the point of all that food without the star of the party to eat it all?! I made giant tissue paper pom-poms & hung them from our kitchen ceiling to look like a GIANT Hungry Caterpillar. He was so cool!
I also hand-made all the favors: Butterfly face-masks for the girls, Caterpillar face masks for the boys, and Hungry Caterpillar finger puppets & leaves for everyone! We included a game where the kids hunted in the backyard for rubber insects – and sent everyone home with a small container of “Caterpillar Food” (M&Ms). The snacks, of course, were all book-themed: Apples, Pears, Plumbs, Strawberries, Oranges, Cheese, Pickles, Sausages, Salami, & Watermelon. Not wanting to leave attendants hanging, we needed a butterfly to end it all … and so we had a rainbow butterfly cake that took … well, the cake! The kids had a blast … and the adults surely didn’t have a terrible time, either!
I’m sure that all of you fellow Mamas (& Dadas) can sympathize with the sadness that set in a week later when I (finally) took down all of the decorations that I had spent hours & hours & hours meticulously making, and had to stop scouring Pinterest & Google for Hungry Caterpillar themed items. You can also probably empathize with my immense excitement when I discovered that Bea’s school was going to celebrate a special The Very Hungry Caterpillar day … and wanted to use my decorations to decorate the hallway & classroom!!
Since I’m so much more than just a stay-at-home party planner (well, at least 3x a year), I also volunteered to make Hungry Caterpillar Cake Pops! They turned out amazingly awesome & I just had to share them with you all! I cheated a little & didn’t actually make the “cake” part … I used donut holes!! Because I’m just smart like that. Honestly, they were so easy to make & even more fun to hand out to the wide-eyed kids! I mean, seriously?! Whoever thought to put a hunk of chocolate covered cake on a stick should get an award!! A big, edible award … and a gym membership.
Check out my Hungry Caterpillar Pinterest Board to see everything that inspired me! I found some great ideas & made use of so much more than I’m telling here (a girl has to have a few secrets … although I guess they’re not true secrets if they’re on Pinterest!). I hope it won’t leave you “still hungry”.