So baby girl’s first birthday was a month ago. I put in a lot of time planning for the party and thought that I would share some of the ideas and how they turned out.
I knew that Very Hungry Caterpillar would be the theme. Pinterest is full of planning ideas for this birthday theme. (Not nearly as original of an idea as I had initially thought.) The easy thing about making this book into a party theme is that your menu is basically planned already. Everything that the caterpillar eats…well…that’s what you will eat.
Once I knew what the theme was going to be, I started doing research online and kept my eyes open for ideas. I looked for anything that could be used for the party. I found the napkins at Target. I thought that they had an Eric Carle-esque look to them.
I was very excited when I found these little containers in the $1 aisle at Target. (I love the $1 aisles at Target.)
I took a lot of inspiration from this party. You will definitely see some similarities in her cake and in the one that I made. That little banner across the cake is too cute! I also used the labels that are posted at the end of her blog post.
Some of the foods were pretty straight forward. Some, however, I put my own little spin on. Instead of making a pie, I made little tiny pies. You can find a how-to here. They are just pie dough and pie filling. Couldn’t be easier. Instead of eating cupcakes and ice cream cones, Grammie made the cupcakes in ice cream cones. They were delicious and adorable. The tops of the cupcakes were decorated with little candy caterpillars like in this post.
I spent a lot of time cutting out circles to make a garland. I also used some of the circles as large confetti on the table as to decorate the inside of the door. Now, I am fully aware that stores sell large hole punches so that you do not have to cut out countless circles. I checked one particular store’s website to see if they carried them. Then, I called the store to be sure. When I got to the store, they didn’t have a single one. So…..I did a lot of cutting.
I’ll be writing a how-to post for the garland. I think it turned out pretty cute.
It was a great party. It was a day full of laughter, hugs, food, and family. And baby girl definitely had a good time.
What birthday party themes have you seen for first birthdays?