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The Very Hungry Caterpillar {Birthday Party}

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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.”


  1. Little ONE Boutique June 27, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Beautiful job! I love the smile on her face! She is adorable! The cake is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica June 27, 2011 at 11:37 am

    This seems so accessible – not only to recreate but for the kids attending. Kudos.

  3. ZOILA @ SQUARED PARTY PRINTABLES June 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    So simple and lovely. I agree with the above post – so accessible.

  4. {Alysia} Prost to the Host June 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I love this book and so does my little guy. The food details are too much!

  5. Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet June 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    This is fabulous, what a great way to work the fruit into the theme.

  6. Cynthia June 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I’m more than smitten! This is really cool.

  7. The Party Wall June 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Wow! I love this table!! This theme this so near and dear to my heart–my son’s first birthday was also inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  8. Xio@ Mint Daisy Design Studio June 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Very creative! A healthy alternative to a dessert table, love it!

  9. Summer Jones June 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Totally adorable! Will save this idea! Would be super cute as a baby shower too!!

  10. Maureen Anders June 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    SO ADORABLE! we love Eric Carle in my house… that cake is stunning… so authentic!

  11. ShanaM June 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Really love the party!!

  12. ShanaM June 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Really LOVE this party

  13. Novelyn June 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

    So sweet. Love the cake. The food labels are great!

  14. antique wedding rings June 28, 2011 at 3:46 am

    The cake is wonderful.. and of course so is the book! Thanks for the great post.

  15. Dee June 28, 2011 at 4:13 am

    So sweet! The cake is fantastic.

  16. katrina June 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

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

  17. carla@invitingsmiles.com June 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Hana’s daughter is adorable and I love her dress! This is a perfect party to show our children that fruit is a fun food. The colorful table and decorations are perfect!

  18. Beth shirley June 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

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

  19. Rene' June 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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

  20. bettijo @ PagingSupermom.com June 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Love this book!! Check out this baby shower that was also based on the Hungry Caterpillar: http://pagingsupermom.com/2011/04/hungry-caterpillar/

  21. Cathy Johnstone July 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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

  22. Marcia (123 blog) July 4, 2011 at 7:04 am

    ADORABLE! I love the fruit instead of sweets :)

  23. Kim July 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Awwww, what a beautiful birthday party!

  24. Holly July 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    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!! :)

  25. pang August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

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

  26. Sarah Hill October 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

    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!

  27. esther November 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

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

  28. cindy walker December 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

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

  29. Krista January 7, 2012 at 5:56 am

    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!

  30. Katy Mulligan January 14, 2012 at 5:41 am

    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.

  31. Holly January 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Help! So want to do this party for my little girl! Also as a once kindergarten teacher this is awesome! Where do I order the stickers to put on top of the tins and where do I order the fruit signs? Thanks!!!

  32. Debbie Harris January 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks for all these GREAT ideas! I am having a BabyShower for my DIL…and this is going to be the theme! Can’t wait to get started! Thanks again!

  33. Dana January 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I LOVE the entire party, looks amazing. I really admire the food labels that you did, and have been looking to do something very similar for my little ones first birthday. Where did you get the graphics or how did you do them?

    • Genesis March 4, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I am having difficulty finding labels, as well. If you find them, please be sure to share. :)

    • Hana May 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

      Hi, I made the food and candy labels myself by actually scanning the graphics from my daughter’s book and adding wording in photoshop.

  34. Blissful & Wishful February 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    What a great party. Thanks for all of the inspiration for helping me plan my son’s VHC party too. Check out my blog for pictures.

  35. Leighann February 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    This is Gorgeous!!
    Love every single little detail

  36. Genesis March 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I LOVE your ideas! I am having my son’s first birthday party at the end of the month and plan on doing this theme. I am having a difficult time finding labels for the food. Yours are adorable! Where did you find the story to print the labels? Was it online or scanned? If you have the file, would you mind sending it to me via email?

  37. Ann-Marie March 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    How did your friend make the caterpillar that sits atop the cake? And was it edible?

  38. tay May 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

    alanas 1st birthday

  39. Heather June 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Love all you did! Could you tell me where you got the pictures for the “On Monday he ate through one apple…”. I am trying to do this for my son’s first birthday party and am having a hard time finding such great pics. Thanks!

  40. eileen October 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    loved the fruit tags on the table. where did you get those from?

  41. Golden January 9, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    This is my favorite Hungry Caterpillar party that I’ve seen online! You always have the best ideas! Can you tell us how you scanned the book to make the tags? Did you use Photoshop? I’m not very tech-oriented so I need help!

    Is the cake all fondant? She did a wonderful job!

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