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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katrina SAYS:

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

Reply June 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

Beth shirley SAYS:

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

Reply June 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

Rene' SAYS:

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

Reply 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/

Reply June 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Cathy Johnstone SAYS:

Love your caterpillar party!
Can you share how the caterpillar atop the cake was created?

Reply July 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Marcia (123 blog) SAYS:

ADORABLE! I love the fruit instead of sweets :)

Reply July 4, 2011 at 7:04 am


Awwww, what a beautiful birthday party!

Reply July 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Holly SAYS:

I will be helping a dear friend throw this very themed party for her little boys’ frist birthday! We are doing all the food tags and I am making sugar cookies in the shape of the caterpillar! Thanks for posting this….it gave me a few more ideas!! :)

Reply July 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

pang SAYS:

how did you make the fruit design on the cake?? awsome

Reply August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

Sarah Hill SAYS:

All of your stuff is beautiful. . so creative and beautifully displayed! Great photography too:) You give me inspiration to throw my best friend a wonderful baby shower for her twins on the way!

Reply October 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

esther SAYS:

did your friend stick real pictures from the book on the cake? and how?

Reply November 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

cindy walker SAYS:

This is such an awesome idea and such lovely colors and food ideas.
Thanks so much

Reply December 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

Krista SAYS:

I will be doing this for my own hungry caterpillar’s first birthday later this month. Thanks so much for the help, ideas and inspiration!

Reply January 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

Katy Mulligan SAYS:

Hello, I’m planning to throw my daughter a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday and I was wondering where you purchased the tags and labels for everything. If you could please e-mail me with the information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Reply January 14, 2012 at 5:41 am

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