A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party!

by Melissa on July 26, 2010

My little girl will be three in September and as I have started to plan her third birthday party, I realized that I never blogged about her second birthday party! My daughter loves books, and last year at this time, one of her favorites was the beloved children’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I thought it would be an adorable theme for her second birthday!

*Photo from kodakgallery.com.

I ordered these adorable invitations from kodakgallery.com and they were perfect for setting the stage for the party!

I wanted to stick with the bright, bold colors seen throughout the book. I was so excited when I found these brightly colored metal buckets at a local craft store. I stuck some floral foam in the bottom of each bucket, covered it with fake grass and stuck a bunch of Dum-Dum lollipops into the foam. The lollipops also represented the lollipop that the caterpillar eats through in the book.  To decorate our home, I bought bright  red, orange, yellow, green and blue balloons and tied them up all over the inside and outside of our house. I also used a bright green table cloth for the food table, and bright, multi-colored plates, napkins, cups and plasticware.

In the book, the caterpillar eats many different foods on his journey and I used this as inspiration for our menu.

One apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, 5 oranges- All of these fruits, plus grapes served with fruit dip.
Chocolate cake- The bottom layer of the cake was a chocolate cake.
Ice cream cone- We served ice cream with the cake.
Pickle- Small bowl of pickles with the other savory food.
Swiss cheese– A plate of assorted cheeses, including slices of Swiss, for sandwiches.
Salami- A plate of assorted meats, including salami, for sandwiches.
Lollipop– See decorations above.
Cherry Pie- A bowl of fresh cherries with the other fruits.
Sausage– Sweet and sour kielbasa, as well as meatballs, in a large crockpot.
Cupcake– Cupcake bites for favors.
Watermelon- Fresh watermelon wedges.
Green leafSeven Layer Salad.

We also had a big basket of rolls, lettuce, tomato and assorted condiments for the sandwiches, as well as chips and salsa. To drink we had assorted sodas, and I made a batch of this rainbow punch.

For dessert we had cake and ice cream. The bottom layer of the cake is a 9×13 chocolate cake, frosted with plain white buttercream. To make the caterpillar, I baked a yellow cake in a tube pan and once the cake was cooled, I cut and turned a portion of the cake to make the caterpillar shape. I did have to trim the cake a bit and once I had all of the pieces lined up to look like a caterpillar, I glued them together with buttercream frosting. I frosted the caterpillar with various shades of green frosting for the body, red for the head and the eyes are buttercream as well. The antennas are pieces of licorice, the feet are Hershey’s Kisses and the bright colored balls below the caterpillar are gumballs. The cake was a bit time-consuming, but I was really happy with the end result!

I made a batch of red velvet cupcake bites for party favors. The bottoms were milk chocolate and the tops were various colored candy melts. I topped each one with an M&M. These were the hit of the party and people were sneaking bites before the party even got started!

The party was a success and the birthday girl had a great day!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

brannyboilsover July 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

Awesome theme :)


Melissa July 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Thanks Branny!


foodies at home July 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

I ABSOLUTELY love this cake!! The very hungry caterpillar is one of my all time favorite childrens books and you did a superb job with look! Great job! Your daughter is one lucky little girl!


Melissa July 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Thank you so much!


Natalie (The Sweets Life) July 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

This is fabulous! I have a friend who LOVES the hungry caterpillar and I am totally using some of these ideas for her baby shower (once she’s pregnant ha)


Melissa July 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I think it would a great theme for a baby shower!


Tasha July 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

My son adores this book, and I just had to compliment the amazing job you did! Not only is the cake amazing, I love how all the food you served also came from the book.


Melissa July 26, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Thank you! I had a ton of fun planning this party, and the food was the best part!


Jennifer {itsbakediin} July 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

What an adorable cake! This book has been loved by all 3 of my children. Super cute favors!


Melissa July 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Thank you! My daughter still loves all of the Eric Carle books and I have already started reading them to my son!


Kerstin August 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

What a great bday party theme and I love how your incorporated what he ate into your menu!


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