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AMAZING Very Hungry Caterpillar Party {1st Birthday}

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We’ve featured parties inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar before, but I always get excited when something something this classic is reinvented! Lily Chic Events brought so many AMAZING details together for this incredible Very Hungry Caterpillar Party – I just can’t get over the ridiculously cute caterpillar cake pops sprouting from mini potted plants!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fantastic Hungry Caterpillar cake with fondant fruit & caterpillar
  • A custom dessert table backdrop that adds a huge splash of color!
  • Book inspired food labels & printables featuring spectacular hand-drawn illustrations
  • A birthday present + family photos that will make your heart swell

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hungry caterpillar birthday party smoothie jelly beans

hungry caterpillar birthday party cake with cute fondant decorations

hungry caterpillar birthday party hat and spoons

hungry caterpillar birthday party cupcakes and toppers

hungry caterpillar birthday party water with lemon

hungry caterpillar birthday party lollipops

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hungry caterpillar birthday party theme with a cherry pie label

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hungry caterpillar birthday party watermelon

hungry caterpillar birthday party polka dot straws

hungry caterpillar birthday party family photo and birthday boy with plush present

hungry caterpillar birthday party thank you favors

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Lilian

I am a mum of 4 daughters and typically I tend to style girls parties. So when my nephew turned one, I was so excited to be asked to style his party… and even more excited when I heard the theme: The Very Hungry Caterpillar! My sister in law Lauren had read this book to my nephew Curtis almost everyday and this was always going to be the theme for his first birthday. Lauren had just started her Cake Decorating business called LOve Cakes and had lots of idea’s on the cake design but the table I had free reign on.


I began by contacting Li-Ann from Ham & Pea Design & Paperie who designed all of the printables including the food labels, invitations, the iron on transfers, chocolate bar wrappers and the straw flags by hand drawing all of the graphics! This took Li-Ann a few weeks but I think they were perfect! I then contacted Emma from Emma Smith Event Stationary & Styling who designed the backdrop with Li-Ann’s invitations in mind. I focused on the ‘dots’ of the book so it didn’t look too busy and loved the way it all came together.

Party Decor

I hand made all of the paper party hats using scrap book paper and hot glue. I also stamped the jelly spoons with a Custom Name Stamp from Sweet Style and tied them to the Jelly Pots.

The favours were ordered on etsy and came from the U.S. They were paper shaped like an apple and in the paper was flower seeds so the guests could plant the apple paper and watch the seeds flower! Lauren loved this idea as the smaller guests could also enjoy doing this well after the party was over. The seeds were tied to a test tube from Test Tube It and inside the tube was one red sixlet and the rest green sixlets that resembled the caterpillar. This was placed in a small muslin bag that I had ironed on the thank you from one of Li-Ann’s designs.

We also had a drinks table set up with Green Cordial and Water and each guest was given a paper cup that I had painted with yellow chalkboard paint, so that the guests could write their names on the cups and not lose them. This was lots of fun to watch.

Dessert Table

I wanted the cake to stand out so I placed in on a red wooden cake stand above the rest of the food and lined the large round jars filled with strawberries, apples, pears, plums and oranges alongside the cake. These are all the fruits in the book and Lauren wanted to follow the story.

I then planted some mondo grass in small brown paper pots and popped the caterpillar cake pops in each of the pots that wound it’s way around the fruit jars. The guests love this and it brought some greenery to the table without needing to use flowers.

Lauren supplied the Cherry Pies, Chocolate Cake, Cupcakes and the Birthday Cake which was a chocolate and raspberry mudcake. The gorgeous caterpillar ‘oreo’ cake pops and the ice cream cookies were made by Leoni from Just Call Me Martha. The blueberry, pistachio, raspberry & cream and the mango & passionfruit Macarons were made by Macaroon Moments and were the first things gone from the table!

We also had some M&M’s in orange and yellow, some Smoothie flavoured Jelly Belly’s and some Sour Straps for the older children. The Jelly and the watermelon was taken by the younger children so it was a nice mixture of foods for all ages.

We had a lovely day celebrating Curtis’ First Birthday and know that the amazing pictures taken by Liat from Lee Bird Photography will always bring a smile to our faces.

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  1. Stacy McCain Event Planning May 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Adorable Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party! I especially love the food description cards.

  2. nancy pfeifer May 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Adorable party!!! love the colors. The cake pops in the pots are so cute!!

  3. JewelBoxEvents May 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    This is so cute!

  4. Lyn May 27, 2012 at 5:15 am

    that colorful circle design is really cute! especially when it was done on the choco bar label…. party looked really nice!

  5. Stephanie Rowe Miller June 19, 2012 at 2:23 am

    where can I get these printables?

    • Lilian Oliver June 21, 2012 at 6:22 am

      They are from Ham&Pea design&paperie xx

  6. Shannon July 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love this idea. So much attention to detail!

  7. Jess Tuckwell July 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    WOW….. awesome party! I'm doing The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme for my son's first birthday also! I was wondering where you got all the polka dotted paper/material that I see in alot of the picture? Thanks

  8. Antoine Amado August 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    How did you make/where did you get your tablecloth.

    • Jose Amado Pinto August 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      La torta se ve muy bonita, adelante con los preparativos

    • Jose Amado Pinto August 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      La torta se ve muy bonita, adelante con los preparativos

  9. Megan October 26, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Hi. Party looks great. Just wondering what chocolate bars you guys used. Been looking for the ones with the foil for my bubs birthday.

  10. Nikki Ecofrugalista Forbes November 27, 2012 at 5:52 am

    love this idea..might have to borrow this ;).

  11. Mary March 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Did you have any games/ activities for the kids?

  12. Christina June 2, 2013 at 11:07 am


    I am doing this theme for my son’s first birthday party and I would like to have the chocolate bars as a favor. What kind did you use to have the wrappers be gold? And where did you buy them? I was able to find only ones with silver wrappers. Thank you!!

  13. Kristy Looney June 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    where did you get the red cake stand?

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