Friday, May 7, 2010

Caterpillar Party Recap

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Last weekend we celebrated the 2nd birthday of our Little Guy, Adam.  I chose a caterpillar theme because he eats through everything – just like the beloved little bug in The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I wanted to do a twist on that story, by using lots of bright colors found in the book and using them to set the scene for the party. Also, because I am creating printables for this collection to place in my Etsy shop, this party is also perfect for anyone throwing their child a bug themed celebration.

I promised myself that I wasn’t going to go overboard with decorations, food and games for this party because I just finished the Princesspalooza for my daughter and that was a LOT of work.  I figured since he is just two years old, too much would be....well, too much.  In any case, I was really happy with how everything turned out and my little guy  had a blast!!!  Keeping things simple (and for me, this was very simple) was the way to go.

Here are some photos:

We set up a table for gifts, party hats, favors and lime flavored ‘Buggy Punch’!

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Party Hats!

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This is the party crown for the birthday boy and some of the goody bags.

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Here’s the invitation that we sent out – This and the entire caterpillar printable party can be purchased in my Etsy shop.

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I made the treat bag holders & tags with my Cricut and glued festive party bags into them, then filled each with lots of candy and fun party favors.  For an added touch each one was decorated with ribbon and foam caterpillar stickers!

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Place settings at the party table were set up for the kids.  They snacked on hot dogs, fruit salad & ‘Butterflies’ (Farfalle Pasta Salad).  I found the birthday plates and napkins at the dollar store – they worked so well with my color scheme that ended up not using the original plates I was going to use.  The plastic bowls and cups were found at Ikea....I LOVE Ikea - don't you?

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I customized party blowers to match the rest of the decor.  You just take regular party horns from any party supply shop and add the decals with a bit of adhesive.  

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I purchased butterfly nets from The Christmas Tree Shoppes to use for a fun game.  These are probably no longer available - but you can find similar ones here.

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I served food that was just simple and easy - my favorite dish was a cold farfalle pasta salad that I called butterflies!  I think naming the food something fun is a great way to get kids to eat what's on their plate!

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For a fun activities, the kids played on the moon bounce and playset – but we also played ‘Butterfly Catch’ which was a hit.  I made butterflies out of tissue paper and had the kids catch them in the butterfly nets….most of them ended up on the grass, LOL!


I also made chocolate cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting (sinful).  This was my attempt to recreate the caterpillar from the invitations!  These are super easy to make, just frost the cupcakes, and pipe on colorful dots for the caterpillar spots.  If you don't have a piping bag orange M&Ms or sixlets would be perfect!


Okay, so, I forgot the little feet at the bottom of the cupcakes….but who cares because……






Check back next week to see photos from the Super Man themed birthday party I’m doing this weekend!

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