My son Luke will be turning two in August, just a few months from now. Which means that between savoring his last moments of baby-ness and packing away yet another set of outgrown clothes, I’m starting to think about a birthday party.
All this despite the fact that I’m still heaving a sigh of relief from last year’s shindig.
First, let me say this: I am decidedly an underachieving mom when it comes to parties and crafts and all-things-creative. Ninety-nine percent of the stuff I pin on Pinterest will never be attempted, unless I intend to be featured on one of those compilations of Pinterest fails.
But for Luke’s first birthday party last summer, I felt like I needed to go all out—as if I wouldn’t be properly honoring the occasion if I didn’t at least try to find a creative bone in my body.
These days I know better.
So, since the amazingness of Luke’s first birthday party will probably never be recreated, I figured I could honor the memory by showing off what I accomplished in my best ever attempt to be Supermom.
Therefore, I present to you…
Luke’s Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party
Complete with Eric Carle-themed invitations, decorations, and cupcakes. The only thing missing is a Hungry Caterpillar outfit—oh, how I wish the Eric Carle Collection from Gymboree had come out before his party!
The garlands featured in the photo above are The World of Eric Carle(TM) Eric Carle Garlands from Amazon. They worked great!
We probably could have managed to design the invites on our own, but in the interest of time we turned to Etsy and had these super cute ones designed and then we printed them ourselves.
The Caterpillar Mobile
We followed these very simple instructions to create a Hungry Caterpillar Mobile out of paper lanterns.
The Caterpillar Photo Collage
Another Etsy find! We hung the caterpillar from our mantel, and everyone loved seeing the progression of monthly photos from newborn to twelve months.
The Caterpillar Food Markers
The great thing about this theme was that I could use the foods eaten by the caterpillar in the book as my menu inspiration.
“On Saturday he ate one slice of watermelon.”
To help our guests make the connection, I downloaded these free Very Hungry Caterpillar food labels from Polkadots and Puppies. Thank you, Rachel!
The Caterpillar Cupcakes!
I saved the best for last—the cupcakes! I take zero credit for these; my lovely and artistic sister-in-law volunteered to make them, and she hit the ball out of the park!
The whole scene included a sweetened-up sun and clouds, blades of grass, and a caterpillar-smash-cake-head.
And smash it, he did!
The bottom line? This party was a blast! The Very Hungry Caterpillar makes for a great first birthday party theme. But like I said above, this is about as clever and Pinterest-y as I will ever be. Family and friends, I make no promises when it comes to Luke’s 2nd birthday celebration in August!
Do you use themes for your children’s birthday parties? If so, which was your favorite? What did you do to celebrate your child’s first birthday?
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