Little Matthew sure was hungry for some birthday fun! Especially considering we planned every detail of his first birthday celebration around his favourite bedtime story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The much-loved classic by Eric Carle won over my boys with its vivid and colourful collage of illustrations and hopeful story. My husband and I were sold on its simple text and how it captured so many educational themes – counting, days of the week, different food and a butterfly’s life stages. If you haven’t had the joy of reading it yet, be sure to pick up a copy. I promise you will love it!
We wanted to capture the essence of the book and recreate it at the party. It was such a fun theme! We created a simple, yet bright and bold look for the party. We set up two white tables, with matching stools. The first for the little party guests to sit and enjoy all the delicious party food, we set each place with bamboo plates, recycled milk bottles and wooden cutlery. The other table was created for the little party guests to get creative!
We took great pleasure in putting together some fun creative activities for our little party guests! we created an arts and crafts station, with loads of different crayons, pencils and textas to use when colouring the hungry caterpillar. We also included some paints, glue, googly eyes, wooden pop sticks, pom poms, chenille sticks, and empty egg cartons so the little party guests could get creative making their very own hungry caterpillar.
We believe creating a statement backdrop is a must when creating the WOW factor for a little party! on this occasion we chose to use a chalkboard and made the honoree’s name the focal point and surrounded it in pictures of leaves. We also created a couple of leaf garlands and hung this across the chalkboard – it really set the scene for this unique and stylish event.
Like any party, the food plays the starring role, and we felt it shone even more so with this particular party – considering the hungry caterpillar theme! Our resident Chef, Tony Craven, also known as “Matthew’s Daddy” took inspiration from the Hungry Caterpillar book when creating the following menu:
- chocolate cake
- ice-cream cones
- swiss cheese
- cherry pie
- sausages, and
The focal point of the food table was the delicious vanilla cupcakes Tony baked and iced in green and red. we arranged them into the shape of a hungry little caterpillar.
He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself. He stayed inside for more than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and…he was a beautiful butterfly. Which as I am sure you can remember is the final part of the hungry caterpillar book, and fast became our inspiration for the take home gift. We baked sugar cookies in the shape of little butterfly’s, iced and decorated them with coloured sugar and 100s and 1000s. The butterfly cookies were wrapped in cellophane with a cute tag attached.
I completely understand it’s one thing to look at the pictures of a colourful and original party in a blog and be inspired to recreate it, but its quite another to actually make it happen. Even the most gifted and energetic hosts can lose steam when faced with a long list of decorations and ingredients. Guess what? You don’t need to do it all. I have a created a short cut! To make entertaining in your home as effortless as possible, call me! I would love to assist you with your next little party!
By all means, you are most welcome to use any of the ideas listed above. Alternatively, I’d be delighted to do all the hard work for you! All it takes to get the party started is a phone call to me on 0424 728 798, or the click of the mouse to our contact page. I would love to create a joyful and memorable party for you and your little one!