Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Phew, let me just start by saying that hosting birthday parties on back-to-back Saturdays is a lot of work!  Even though I kept Calla's 1st birthday party much more low key, it almost seemed like I was rushing around more in the days leading up to it.  But it was all worth it in my opinion.  I remember some great parties growing up and want to create the same memories for my kids.  (I realize Calla won't remember her 1st birthday but I will.)

Without any further ado, here are the highlights of the meal and decorations.  First, the invitation:

Completely copied from multiple sites and super easy to make with a printer, mini hole punch, mini brads and circle punch.

I also made a caterpillar mobile from lanterns using these instructions:

And a pair of caterpillars using photos from her first year (1 from each month):

(Those are just construction paper dots using my circle punch to add a little more color to the multiple tables we used.)

I made hats using the same tutorial as I did with Ian's party and punched out some stickers to doctor up plain white cups.

I didn't get pictures of the cake (gasp) or the food with the exception of the fruit.  I used the fruit from the caterpillar's Mon-Fri diet as part of the menu with these free printables.  I also made an quick orzo salad and cut up some pinwheel sandwiches using spinach wraps and shaped them into a caterpillar with a tomato head.

I made a caterpillar cake inspired by this design.  I still need working on wrapping fondant over round cakes but I really prefer buttercream anyway.  But it turned out pretty well despite my novice efforts.

And I made a birthday plate for Calla just like her big brother's.  We plan to use it each year (as long as she's willing).

Finally, I made these butterflies as favors for the kids but I totally forgot to hand them out!  They're Skittles and Trix cereal.  Not sure what to do with all these treats now...

So now I have a whole year to recover before the birthday rush begins again.  I can't wait!


KCina January 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM  


Christie January 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

If I buy lunch, can you help me plan Hen's fifth birthday party? Your parties are amazing. I would like a little of your awesome to rub off on me, please.

Lori January 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM  

@Christie - I'd love to help brainstorm if you want. Email me or leave a comment with the theme and I'll pin some ideas for you. I'm guessing something to do with sea creatures? =)

celestemc January 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM  

Is it too late for you to adopt me?? What a fun theme! Great job!

Christie February 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM  

Awesome, thanks! Yeah, you'd think sea creatures but since we did that last year, I'm looking for a new theme. I really like the looks of this:

I'll think about it a bit more and get back to you. (Also, I can't find your email but you can reach me at

Anonymous April 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM  

You are SUPER creative! What a fun idea!
~Michele P.

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