Most posts contain affiliate links. I make a small profit off of you purchasing products from these links, at no additional cost to you.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Disclosure: I was given a 50 percent discount from Zurchers in exchange for a post featuring some of their items. All opinions are my own. 

very hungry caterpillar A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Last Saturday, we celebrated Jack’s birthday with friends and family. Weeks (okay…months!) of planning, it come out (mostly) without a hitch. Here’s the invitation — I designed it myself!

Invitationdecoy1 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
I had no idea how expensive some party supplies could be, especially balloons. Luckily, Zurchers Party and Wedding Supplies had just about everything I needed. I was really excited to see that they had items specifically for the Very Hungry Caterpillar, but alas, the stars weren’t quite aligned because none of it was available. Regardless, I was able to get a lot of fun things that really helped create the party I had been thinking of in my mind — from green and yellow plates to items specifically for first birthdays. And they have tons of polka dot items, which was one of the themes I was looking for.  They have a lot of really great things, for just about any kind of party you can think of!
As guest arrived, they were greeted by this sign:
Caterpillar%2BSign A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
I set out a copy of Oh the Places You’ll Go and anyone that wanted to was invited to write a message to Jack. I hope to continue that tradition for the rest of his birthdays, and give it to him when he turns 18.
IMG 79101 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
I also picked up some cute stationary from Target, and everyone answered some questions on them for a time capsule we will have Jack open on his 18th birthday. The answers were so fun, and some of them even made me tear up a little bit (like one of my friend’s wishes for Jack — that he will have the inability to break my heart. So sweet!) I think a time capsule is a fun way to capture some of the moments of a baby’s first year that might be forgotten otherwise. Here are the questions we asked:
  1. One word to describe Jack
  2. Memory of Jack during his first year
  3. Where will Jack go to college
  4. What will Jack want to be?
  5. What is a wish for Jack’s future
  6. What is some advice for Jack at the age of 18
Then, of course, the main attraction of the party (besides Jack,) was the food:
IMG 79721 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
I did pull quite a bit of the inspiration from the book, and threw in a few twists of my own. We had all sorts of assorted fruit (apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries…the works!), two kinds of fruit dip, ham sliders and sausage sliders (look for the recipe later this week), and a yummy pasta salad. I found some green and orange bowls at the dollar tree which served as the perfect place to put all the fruit. I really wanted everything to be bright and colorful, just like the book, and those turned out to be the perfect addition.
party31 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
IMG 78741 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
IMG 78682 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
IMG 78621 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
Zurchers has an awesome first birthday section, and we definitely used some items from it! These cups, the tablecloth, and napkins all came from there, as well as the candle for the cake. And I could not resist these striped, green straws. Jack is obsessed with straws, and since they were green, I got snatched them right up. We served lemonade — plain and simple!
IMG 78701 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
One of my favorite ideas I came up with was this caterpillar balloon. I didn’t realize how expensive balloons had become, or that there was a helium shortage going on, but luckily, Zurchers sold them for at least 30 cents less than any other store. They also had a great variety of different shades of green, which is exactly what I wanted! Attached to the bottom of each balloon was one of Jack’s monthly growth pictures. I glued them to pieces of cardstock, just to make them a little more sturdy, and then tied them to the balloons. I think people really enjoyed being able to see a little montage of Jack as they picked up their food and also got a kick out of the caterpillar balloon.
IMG 78631 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
I went back and forth about what to do for dessert. All I knew was that I wanted something that looked like a caterpillar. At the eleventh hour, I decided to forgo the cake pops I had been planning, and went with cupcakes for the guests, and a mini cake for Jack’s smash cake. I just baked some of the batter in a small bowl, and viola, it was a caterpillar head! The frosting was lime flavored, and I think it was pretty tasty!
IMG 78691 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
IMG 79091 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
Another item I picked up from Zurchers were these two crepe paper banners. I was about to get regular crepe paper, but then I saw these, and I knew they were perfect. They kind of reminded me of the jungle, and I felt like it kind of separated the room into two places — the food area, and the visiting area.
IMG 78921 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
And what kind of post about Jack’s first birthday would this be, without a picture of Jack. He was being so silly and shy at first — he crawled under the table, and into the corners, away from everyone! That was totally not like him, and he quickly warmed up. This was him when he was still deciding if this party was a good idea or not.
IMG 78831 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
I knew that there were going to be quite a few kids there, mainly around Jack’s age, so we decided to set up some of his new birthday toys. They seemed to be a big hit, and it made it easier for everyone to just visit, knowing their kids were occupied.
IMG 79031 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
For the party favors, we just went with something simple. I found this adorable little boxes at Zurchers, and I filled them with candy and a straw — because Jack is obsessed with them. I feel kind of bad, because a lot of people didn’t realize they were there and left without them. But I think the people that did take them enjoyed them!
IMG 78711 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
Overall, I felt like his party went really well, and everything turned out how I wanted them too. Obviously, my cake and cupcakes weren’t professionally done, and everything was homemade, but it was perfect for us. It was definitely a first birthday to remember! And here’s my sweet little caterpillar himself!
0241 A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

If you loved some of the items we used, be sure to check out these links at Zurchers.com to purchase them, or anything else to make your party awesome:
Sweet Little Cupcake Boy Birthday Cups
Sweet Little Cupcake Boy Lunch Napkins
Sweet Little Cupcake Boy Tablecloth
Green Kiwi Plates
Yellow Sunshine Plates
Party Favor boxes (more variety in store)
Helium Balloons: Ruby Red, Lime, Jewel Lime
Yellow Paper Garland
Green Paper Garland
Green Striped Straws
Rainbow Candle

The following two tabs change content below.

Katie

Katie Clark is a Colorado-native, a journalism graduate from Brigham Young University, and most importantly, a mother to the cutest little boy and wife to the most handsome man. She is a woman of many (random) talents, which include writing, cooking, sewing, technology, social media, and being a self-proclaimed Google expert. She loves spending time with her family, learning about parenting and pregnancy, and just enjoying life to the fullest.

Latest posts by Katie (see all)

While I love hearing from readers, all comments are moderated and posted at my discretion. Rude comments, or those containing personal attacks, will be deleted immediately.

Comments

  1. C says

    Where did you get the caterpillar design/clipart etc on the top of the party idea collage? I could use that to make a 12 photo collage invitation for our party. Thank you

    • Katie says

      I’ve been trying to remember where, but I can’t find the original link that I bought them at. I’m sorry! I remember finding it through Google :)

  2. Haley says

    LOVE this theme! I’m doing a VHC party for my son’s first birthday as well, and was wondering how / where you did your invitations. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you!

    • Katie says

      Hi! I’m so sorry I’m just now responding. I never saw this comment. I made the invitations myself :) I bought some VHC clipart online and then made them in PicMonkey :)

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge