Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

Oct 21, 2012

very hungry caterpillar birthday, first birthday

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle is one of our favourite books... and a well loved children's classic across the world.
It's no wonder that when I first saw the Very Hungry Caterpillar as a theme for birthday parties I knew straight away that I just *had* to do one.. and with my son turning one I thought it was the perfect theme.

The catering was so easy as we just used the book for inspiration. We ate what the caterpillar ate!

It was a really fun day and with a few small details, all came together nicely and easily :)

For details on how to put together your own VHC Party, see below the pictures.






























Happy 1st Birthday to my darling little man.
Mummy loves you so much!




Details on how to put together your own 
Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party


Cake- for more details on how I made the cake see here.


Food Labels- For more details on how I made the food labels as well as a FREE COPY for yourself to download, see here.


Decorations- for more details on how I made the decorations, (Including the "Pop" HolderBackdrop and Caterpillars), see here


Activities- for more details on the simple party activities I did, (including the Sticky Table and downloadable colouring sheet) see here.


Take-home bags- for more details on how I made the take home bags and goodies, (including DIY Playdough Bags (happy to send you a free copy) and Caterpillar Food Jars) see here.


Vendor Credits 


Invitation, Cupcake Circles and Water bottle Labels from Print Sparkle (you must check out their range. Extensive and very affordable! I was going to make my own but after seeing their's I just couldn't go past buying them!)

Very Hungry Caterpillar Material, (used as a table cloth and now to be made into a cushion!) from Jean Maries Fabrics

(These Vendor links are affiliate links which means I get a small commission if you purchase through them. The price for you is the same regardless. Thanks! PS: Etsy Rocks!)



We've also done a Rainbow Party a Butterfly Party, an Alphabet Party, an Art Party and a Dinosaur Party



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Debs :)



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44 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this is actually amazing. One of the best party posts EVER!!!!

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  2. This is AWESOME!! I love it all!! I pinned almost everything on here. So creative! :)

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  3. Okay! This is amazing!! You did a FANTASTIC job!! :) I love every single bit! I'll be pinning away too! You will inspire so many people to use this very popular children's book for their own little one's special days! Go mumma go!
    PS. Are you planning birthday #2 in your head already! ;) They come so quickly!

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    1. haha, I'm currently working on my daughter's 4th birthday in Jan. THanks :)

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  4. WOW!!! This is AWESOME!! You did a great job!! I need to hire you for my next party. Very creative. Pinned under kids party. (Momma's Fun World)

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    1. haha, there's no way I could do this for a job. Too stressful lol. THanks!

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  5. These are some great ideas...
    You did great putting everything together, I love it all....

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  6. I love this!... congratulations. This is beautiful. I am a teacher and love this idea for author study of Eric Carl and for literacy idea with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, for Healthy eating etc etc.

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  7. wow, great party... congratulations.

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  8. Such a fun party!I can't wait for my little ones birthday! I'm inspired :-)

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  9. What an amazing party, I love all of it! Pinned it :)

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  10. How pretty! What a creatively unique party idea. My baby loves this book too, but I went for a goldfish theme for her party a couple of weeks ago. I have the feeling you've inspired birthday party #2, whether themed on this book or her favorite around this time next year. Found your blog from the Mommy Connection post with Naptime Reviews and Two in Diapers. I'm a big fan of what I see!

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    1. Thanks so much. I really think a "Where's the Green Sheep" themed party would be really cool. Unfortunately I couldn't convince my daughter of this so we have a different theme for her 4th bday in Jan. :)

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  11. Absolutely blown away Deb! You outdid yourself and so amny fantastic ideas there....just love that last pic though...Happy Birthday little man...and well done Mummy for surviving the stress of the party!

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    1. haha, thanks Jode. I was rather glad when it was over lol

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  12. i love that invite! clever to use the o as a frame.

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    1. I know, it was so clever! Hence why I had to purchase them, lol.

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  13. Such a brilliant party you organised. Well done on the amazing time and effort you put into it.

    Thanks for sharing on The Children's Bookshelf.

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  14. Hi! I'm doing this for my daughter's first birthday next week! Is the bag topper available? Or can you tell me know you made it. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi there. I made the bag topper just in microsoft word. I'm not much of a graphic designer/publisher so it's reasonably basic. I just made a caterpillar from the playdough, took a picture of it and added text over the picture. Print out and cut off double the paper, fold in half and then staple over a zip-lock bag.
      I can email you a copy of mine if you like but you'll have to drop me a line at learnwithplayathome@gmail.com so I can send it on. All the best with you party :)

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  15. Amazing!!! Extremely creative. I'm doing this for my son's 1st Birthday this month. Thank you so much for sharing. You've helped make this a lot less stressful :)

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  16. How did you do that awesome table cloth? I don't quite understand that esty material link you have. Did you order it from there? Perhaps it no longer exisits.

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    1. Hi there. It's literally just a piece of material. I ordered it from that etsy material shop (the link is just to the shop, not to the exact piece of material because I didn't know if they'd change that link or not). They have TONS of material and that wasn't the only very hungry caterpillar fabric they had so just have a browse through their selections until you find what you want or put in a search word on their store. I'm sure they'd have (or be able to get in) more. :)

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  18. What a wonderful job planning all these details! I'm using this theme for my daughter's 1st bday, so I was excited to find this page!

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    1. Thank you. All the best with your party :)

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  19. This is beautiful! So creative and thorough, but the items are simple! Great job, thanks for sharing!

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  20. Love the great party thanks for sharing. Kristti@http://www.specialbirthdaypartyideas.com/

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  21. Where did you find sausages in red wrappers?

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    1. They are mini frankfurts or hotdogs. A different type of sausage. We get them from the deli or supermarkets here in Australia. They are pretty common here.

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    2. I knew I loved Australia for a reason as I'm having a hard time finding them in the USA. I would love it even more if you could please send me a copy of your labels for the caterpillar play dough. I love that idea and can't wait to use it!

      tori@selimis.com

      Thank you!

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  22. I'd like to get a copy of your playdough labels. Would like to use them for my preschoolers this Friday. Appreciate it! Thank you for sharing such great ideas. My email is dmakiu@yahoo.com.

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  23. Wow! Mrs Deborah, I think I have found my youngests next year April party theme! She absolutely adores this story and so do all her friends! Any tips or freebies would be SOO appreciated! I will be studying your work here in detail for next months ahead LOL THANK YOU AGAIN this is an amazing job you've done here! WOW!

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  24. Hi, I am a preschool intervention specialist and I just love all your ideas for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to have a copy of the play dough labels if possible. I would love to use them as a fine motor activity to send home to reinforce the story idea through play. My e-mail is ellen.zimmerman@beavercreek.k12.oh.us. Thank you!

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  25. You are a GREAT MUM!!! Congratulations! :)

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  26. Thank you for sharing the food labels as a printable! I was inspired over a year ago when I came across caterpillar invitations to have my little ones 2nd birthday be the Hungry Caterpillar but I'm not all that savvy with the computer and you've made one piece of my puzzle all that easier. :) Thank you from the cold and snowy east coast of the US.

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  27. How many People did you serve at your party?? Could you tell me how much of each fruit you purchased?? Thank you

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