27 Jun

The Very Hungry Caterpillar {Birthday Party}

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

As a “new-ish” mom myself (15 month old daughter + one on the way), The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle feels extra near and dear these days. Of course I remember it from my own childhood, but Macy already loves it too… and there’s just something so fantastic about seeing your kid’s face light up at the very sight of a book!

So when Hana from Hana Lynch Photography sent in this ADORABLE Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party that she created for her daughter’s 3rd birthday, I was instantly smitten! Parent or not though, I think pretty much anyone can appreciate the sweetness of this creative little party…from the amazing caterpillar cake to the book-inspired tags and treats (which give a great excuse to incorporate FRUIT, as opposed to just sweets!). *wink*

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Read on for more adorable images + all the creative party details…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Hana

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is my daughter Ella’s favorite book, so it was the perfect, sweet theme for her 3rd birthday party!

The great thing about this party theme is that it can be done on a very small budget. Colorful fruit was a large part of the table display and the food labels were made by scanning the characters directly from my daughters book and creating simple tags using toothpicks to hold them in place! Whole pieces of fruit made the perfect stands for the tags, which narrated the caterpillars food choices across the party table.

The tablecloth was simply a 2 1/2 yard cut of fabric with serged edges. I bought the lemonade dispenser at my local Hobby Lobby and the colorful cardboard straws were an etsy find.

Each child was given a tin of Caterpillar Food (aka M&Ms) to take home. The tins were actually leftover from my own baby shower (the same ones can be found here), and I created the labels by printing the Caterpillar on card stock and punching the circles out with a circle punch that can be found at any craft store.

The yellow paper lanterns above the party table were purchased at Hobby Lobby and the green ones were found at Amazon. The incredible cake was made by a friend of mine!

I took all the photographs myself.”

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Little ONE Boutique SAYS:

Beautiful job! I love the smile on her face! She is adorable! The cake is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

June 27, 2011 at 11:37 am

Jessica SAYS:

This seems so accessible – not only to recreate but for the kids attending. Kudos.

June 27, 2011 at 11:37 am


So simple and lovely. I agree with the above post – so accessible.

June 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

{Alysia} Prost to the Host SAYS:

I love this book and so does my little guy. The food details are too much!

June 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet SAYS:

This is fabulous, what a great way to work the fruit into the theme.

June 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Cynthia SAYS:

I’m more than smitten! This is really cool.

June 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The Party Wall SAYS:

Wow! I love this table!! This theme this so near and dear to my heart–my son’s first birthday was also inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

June 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Xio@ Mint Daisy Design Studio SAYS:

Very creative! A healthy alternative to a dessert table, love it!

June 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Summer Jones SAYS:

Totally adorable! Will save this idea! Would be super cute as a baby shower too!!

June 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Maureen Anders SAYS:

SO ADORABLE! we love Eric Carle in my house… that cake is stunning… so authentic!

June 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

ShanaM SAYS:

Really love the party!!

June 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

ShanaM SAYS:

Really LOVE this party

June 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Novelyn SAYS:

So sweet. Love the cake. The food labels are great!

June 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

antique wedding rings SAYS:

The cake is wonderful.. and of course so is the book! Thanks for the great post.

June 28, 2011 at 3:46 am


So sweet! The cake is fantastic.

June 28, 2011 at 4:13 am

katrina SAYS:

Congrads Jen! I don’t think I realized you are pregnant! This party is lovely.. my girls would love it too :D

June 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

Beth shirley SAYS:

I really want to be a part of this party. Sign me up

June 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

Rene' SAYS:

Fabulous! Fabulous!! Love every inch of it!! Stunning photos too!

June 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com SAYS:

Love this book!! Check out this baby shower that was also based on the Hungry Caterpillar: http://www.supermommoments.com/2011/04/hungry-caterpillar/

June 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm
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