Monday, February 7, 2011

A Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday, pt. 1 : Decorations!

My sweet sweet baby boy turned ONE this weekend!!

He got big boy milk for the first time! :)

and he had the best birthday any little big boy could ask for! :)

The theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar ....
Nelson LOVES the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
and it was such a fun theme to carry out!

From the decorations to the food to the gift bags!

With hopes that this won't be the LONGEST.POST.EVER - I'll do it in parts!

and let's start with the decorations, since I spent the most time on those!!!

These were the centerpieces we had on the tables!

A cleaned out baby Target Puffs container, some red paint, Eric Carle paper, floral foam, shredded paper, a Popsicle stick and 5 wooden circles made these little hungry caterpillars come to life!
So easy! So inexpensive! So cute!

I painted this poster board sign to go above the Candy Buffet ...

and used my Silhouette to cut out the letters! :)
I'm no artist - but it turned out cute enough!

I used my Martha Stewart Circle Cutter to cut the circles for his high chair banner!

This was one of my favorite things ....
Monkey's "year in pictures"!

I just hung a piece of ribbon the wall and used a decorated clothespin to hold 12 pictures -
one from each month!

Everyone loved looking at how monkey had changed over the year!!

I designed the "monthly labels" in powerpoint (no fancy software for me!) and then used a 2.5" circle cutter to cut them out! Some blue paint and a dab of hot glue and they were ready!

The hardest part was picking out only 12 pictures!!

Here's the Happy Birthday Banner!

Once again,  I just used the MS Circle Cutter (40% coupon at JoAnn - aammaazzzinng) and cut 5" and 6" circles out of cardstock! I used my Silhouette (love!) to cut out the letters and attached them with a Glue Stick I found from 2003. :) I used a hole punch and coordinating ribbon to tie it all together! It took about 2 hours or less - and cost about $5.00 - much cheaper than buying it on Etsy for $30!!

As the kids were leaving - they got gift bags (in coordinating colors of course) with either A Very Hungry Caterpillar board book or Eric Carle Coloring Book - depending on their age!

We also had a Candy Buffet (pictures coming soon) with goody bags so the kids could take some with them! :)

Part 2? Food & Candy Buffet!!!
See you tomorrow!!



  1. Adorable; I love the theme and how much work you put into everything. Planning parties is so much fun.

  2. Oh, you did a fantastic job. I love it all.

  3. How amazingly cute and creative! The Very Hungry Caterpillar was one of our favorite childhood books :)

  4. I've already made the decorations for the "Year in pictures" for Eden's birthday! Hope you're ready to see your ideas again in a month!

  5. Love your blog! I'm following from the blog hop... hope you follow back :) I look forward to catching up on your other posts :)

  6. cute party! Im your newest follower, hope you will stop by and follow back! thanks!


  7. So cute! Your poster turned out awesome!

  8. That is an adorable party idea. I love to entertain, so I am always looking for ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.


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