The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of Eric Carle's best known children's books. If your child is a fan of this adorable story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar party theme would be an adorable way to celebrate his first birthday.
Eric Carle Birthday Invitations and Decorations
Eric Carle's official website includes a page listing some of the companies that have been authorized to produce products with images from his stories. The selection includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party supplies and decorations, which can be purchased online from the Eric Carle Museum Shop.
If you're on a tight budget, however, you can decorate for your party by making your own very hungry caterpillar from large pom poms. Surround your plush caterpillar toy with play food, balloons, and streamers that pick up all of the vibrant colors used in Eric Carle's distinctive illustrations.
One of the reasons The Very Hungry Caterpillar makes for a great party theme is that the story provides a starting point for a cute menu.
Keep in mind that chocolate cake is one of the foods the caterpillar eats in the story. The Coolest Birthday Cakes has an impressive gallery of caterpillar cakes you can use for inspiration when creating your Eric Carle birthday cake.
Cupcakes are also mentioned in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so this can be a good alternative for your party. If you decide to serve cupcakes, arrange them to look like a green caterpillar cupcake cake.
Small sandwiches made with salami and Swiss cheese will keep guests from being overloaded with sugar. Serve pickles on the side.
For a hungry little caterpillar party, it's also a cute idea to consider having a fruit tray with all of the goodies the caterpillar eats as part of the story. Surround apples, pears, strawberries, plums, oranges, and watermelon with a bed of fresh green leaves.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party Activity Ideas
If you'd like to include a craft project as part of your first birthday party, consider having your young guests create thumbprint caterpillars by making a row of alternating light and dark green thumbprints followed by a red thumbprint for the caterpillar's head. Have an adult draw a face and legs with a fine tipped black marker.
Paper chain caterpillars made from green and red construction paper would also be a cute project for a first birthday party, especially if your guests include children who are slightly older than your baby. In addition, there is an Eric Carle "Match and Munch" game that would be appropriate for the older children who are attending your baby's hungry little caterpillar party.
Party Favor Ideas
If you decide to hand out party favors, it's best to keep things fairly simple. Lollipops would be a good choice, since these are specifically mentioned in the story. Crayons and a caterpillar coloring sheet would also be appropriate.