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Jaxon's Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st birthday party (45 photos)
My son Jaxon loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was great inspiration to sprinkle a cute little caterpillar around with some great colors. I could also incorporate a lot of other details and prevent his party from being too "theme-ish."
My sister designed the party invitation, which we had printed at Minuteman Press in Belltown. I placed the invitation on green 4.5 x 6.5 cardstock and sent out in a persimmon red envelope-- turned out perfect!
I found some plates, napkins, and a tablecloth at the Eric Carle Museum online store. I matched those up with more tableware from Everything Party, a local party supply store. I used the tableclothes as both a tablecloth and accent cloth on my dining room table and our buffet. We wrapped the utensils with napkins, tied with green satin ribbon and I spent a bit of time hand-cutting party circles that I ordered from TomKat Designs to fit the rolled utensils. Paper lanterns were ordered from Luna Bazaar and grouped around the table. My sister made the food/drink labels. Paper straws, polka dot balloons, and 36" balloons were ordered from Shop Sweet Lulu.
Favors were handmade lollipop sugar cookies with green, orange and yellow dough. I ordered printable favor tags from TomKat Studios and had them printed at the Minuteman Press in Belltown. We also had milk chocolate maltballs and saltwater taffy from The Confectionary in our party colors as additional favor/decoration.
My in-laws found a beautiful branch at their summer home in the San Juans to hang in my living room and we attached a Hungry Caterpillar that was from Pottery Barn Kids on that branch A cacoon-shaped lantern from Luna Bazaar also hung in the living room. Additional streamers, tissue paper cutouts and solid colored balloons were from Everything Party. The banner across the area separating our living and dining room, as well as the high chair banner, was from the Serendipity Girls on Etsy.
My food was also inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar. As previously stated, I had lollipop sugar cookies as favors (the caterpillar ate a lollipop one day). I used a recipe from Bakerella and made ice cream cone cake pops to signify the ice cream cone that the caterpillar ate. Pigs in a blanket were to be child-friendly and represent the sausage that the caterpillar ate. Endive and herbed goat cheese was to signify the leaf that the caterpillar ate. Pinwheel sandwich wraps were another lollipop-esque snack. Inspired by the cute fondant toppers I have seen on lots of blogs, I made my first fondant toppers-- the number one cut out and placed on top of a fondant circle, in various colors of the party. The adult treat was apple cider punch with Calvados-- like the apple the caterpillar ate.
My friend and proprieter of Angie's Creations made the beautiful Very Hungry Caterpillar two-tiered cake and red velvet cupcakes that were under my fondant toppers. They were delicious!
My dear friend who always helps me throw my parties made the little fruit and caterpillar that we put on grape vine leaves from my in-laws backyard. All in all, everything came together so beautifully and I was so happy to celebrate my sweet baby boy's first birthday with great company!