Monday, March 12, 2012

The Caterpillar Birthday Party Theme

The Green Caterpillar is in the flower pot

How does a caterpillar go? 
Dear me, does anybody know? 
How does a caterpillar go? 
Humpa humpa all day long.


Eric Carle is a beloved childrens’ illustrator and author of dozens of books about insects and animals. Here are free printable cut and paste crafts, games, activities, lessons, puzzles and coloring pages from Eric Carle’s best-loved book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”







Full collection available on venspaperie.ETSY.com includes :
  • 2" Party circles (personalized with NAME, AGE)
  • 2" Party circles with Happy Birthday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Friday, Sunday
  • 4" Party circles (personalized with NAME, AGE)
  • 2" Favor tags, Thank You for inching by my party! (personalized with NAME)
  • 2.4" x 9"Water bottle label with (personalized with NAME, AGE)
  • 10" x 7.5" Welcome sign : Welcome to (NAME) Birthday Party
  • 10" x 7.5" Party Signs, 3 designs : Happy Birthday (NAME), Please take one, Games
  • 5"x 7" Thank you card (personalized with NAME & AGE)
  • 5" x 7" inch banner with "happy birthday " and personalized up to 8 alphabet (NAME) banner 
  • Penant Banner pieces 3 design
  • Cupcake wraps 2 designs
  • Napkin Wraps 
  • Straw/ toothpick flags
  • 7" Party Cones for candy, popcorns or snacks
  • Party Hats 2 designs
  • Small Favor Box with cute caterplilar design
  • 3" x 4.5" BLANK Fancy/Food labels and 3,5" x 2.5" Blank Tent label
  • 12 Food Label tent cards (3,5" x 2.5") - apples, pears, plums, strawberries, oranges, cupcakes, cake pops, ice cream, caterpillar food, sweet treats, drinks,cookies.
  • 5" x 7" BLANK cards (great for thank you note or games)
  • Apple, pear, plum,strawberry,orange,butterfly graphic cut outs on letter size sheet
  • 9"caterpillar graphic cut out, separate head and body parts caterpillars, great for decoration or make your own caterpillar's games
  • 4 coordinating papers
  • Coloring page with caterpillar, great for party activity





Great Ideas for the Menu
  • 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.
  • Chocolate cake is one of the foods the caterpillar eats in the story. Cupcakes are also mentioned, 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.
  • 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 wide variety of foods that make an appearance in The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be a great starting point for a fruit salad and more.
  • A Grape caterpillars: with Green Grape and Cherry, used a 6 inch wooden skewer and slid green grapes all the way down, leaving room just for the cherry on the end.




Ideas for Party Decoration

  • 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.
  • A caterpillar balloons attached together. Twist and turn them to either hang upwards or downwards, and then i used a small piece of double sided tape to stick the balloons together.


Cut Out Caterpillar for table decoration or the front door




The MINI collection available on venspaperie.ETSY.com includes :
  • 2" Party circles (personalized with NAME, AGE)
  • 2" Party circles with Happy Birthday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Friday, Sunday
  • 4" Party circles (personalized with NAME, AGE)
  • 2" Favor tags, Thank You for inching by my party! (non-personalized)
  • 2.4" x 9"Water bottle label (non-personalized)
  • Cupcake wraps 2 designs (non-personalized)
  • 10" x 7.5" Welcome sign : Welcome to (NAME) Birthday Party
  • 5" x 7" inch banner with "happy birthday " and personalized up to 8 alphabet (NAME) banner 
  • 3"x 4.5" BLANK Fancy/Food labels 
  • 3,5" x 2.5" Blank Tent Food abel
  • 5" x 7" Thank you card (personalized with NAME & AGE)
  • 3 coordinating papers





Great Ideas for Party Activities
  • If you'd like to include a craft project as part of your birthday party, you can create a thumbprint caterpillars by making a row of alternating light and dark green thumbprints followed by a red thumbprint for the caterpillar's head. The Party package also include a coloring sheet.


Coordinated Party Invitation



Party Favor DIY Box



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.
The FULL package is also including a Do-It-Yourself paper box.



How does a butterfly go? 
Dear me, does anybody know? 
How does a butterfly go? 
Flutter flutter all day long. 

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