Stuck deciding on a theme for your toddler's birthday party? See how Angela celebrated her kids' special day with the Hungry Caterpillar.
This post was written in exchange for free product, but all opinions are my own.
See those cute babies? Those are my surviving triplets, Braden & Tenley, and they just turned two! I went totally overboard for their 2nd birthday party this year, but to be fair, it was actually their first real experience with a birthday party.
Last year, they were on strict lockdown - we couldn't go anywhere or have any visitors during flu and RSV season due to how premature they were - which meant a December 9th birthday party would have been tough. This year, we weren't as restricted, and I wanted to treat them to an unforgettable birthday.
I scoured themes, from Sesame Street (they only really like 'MoMo' (Elmo) so that wouldn't work) to a farm-themed party (wasn't my favorite) to Thing 1 & 2 (it was so cute, but it seemed so wrong for my situation, since they aren't twins). Then, I remembered a handmade quilt I previously won at a raffle, beautifully crafted in the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme.
I began searching through Etsy, my favorite go-to spot for crafty things, and found a TON of great ideas. I narrowed it down and contacted a few of the vendors - it was important to me that they knew how special this day was and that they'd work with me to create the day I envisioned. But, they didn't stop there. Each vendor went above and beyond in their own way, and I'm excited to share how our party turned out!
Decor & More
For any party, most parents probably think of what the invitations will look like and how they'll decorate. Not me. I wanted to figure out their matching outfits! I found the most adorable creations from Celebration Kids... B got a caterpillar shirt with his name, T got a butterfly shirt with her name and a matching skirt (Tenley's bow came from Sculpture Clippies - so cute!), and I even got a shirt for me! Celebration Kids also provided a cute table runner for decor and she was so sweet to work with, helping me with everything from choosing the style to the sizing to adding a special touch to my shirt - 3 caterpillars to represent my triplets and to make sure Carter was included. They made for really cute professional pictures, courtesy of one of my favorite photographers, Chryshelle Spurgeon Photography - she's done all of our photos since the babies were born! We even got the cutest wooden #2 sign from Funky Letter Boutique as a prop.
Because I'm a crafty mom who does design work on the side, I knew I didn't need to spend money on store-bought decor, invitations, etc. that would be shipped to me. So, I went the digital route. I got the cutest posters from AAC Photo Design - she personalized each one with B&T's information, then I printed them out and created a clothespin hanger to spread them out across the wall. I used the design elements included in a package I got from Heidi at HJ Illustrations to add a little topper to the clothespin as a finishing touch. Heidi's kit also came with the elements I needed to design the invitation, as well as to add an extra page to the coloring books that AAC Photo Design provided with the posters.
The coloring books were part of the guest favors (since this was a party for 2 year olds). If I was going to have coloring books, I needed crayons. (Is this beginning to sound like the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series to anyone else?) That's when I found the cutest crayon sets from Playing With Color 2. Each set came with four different colored crayons shaped like the butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They were already wrapped up for giving, which made it super easy for me! The last favor I wanted was not really necessary, but so super cute that I couldn't pass them up. When I saw the milk bottles from Trastoleando, I fell in love. Reusable, closable, and small enough for little hands! They came blank and I added the names (it's the teacher in me, sorry).
Since parents were coming to the party, I felt like they needed a little treat too. I'm so glad I decided to do this, because the Hungry Caterpillar sugar cookies I got from Teresa at RP Confections were amazing! Teresa totally made my day too - she stepped in at the last minute to make these cookies when our original plan fell through.
We had our party during lunchtime, which worked well for nap time too! We offered several types of drinks and a menu of food that would work for both toddlers and adults. The cutest little candy cups were included with our paper goods package from Outside the Box Papers. I couldn't resist filling those with toddler-sized treats of Goldfish crackers and Animal Cookies. Their party package came with everything we needed including a banner, placemats, plates, napkins, cups, utensils, candy cups, etc. They even included a few extras! They really have a great selection for any party or event.
Aren't those signs cute? All the signs you see in the Hungry Caterpillar theme were part of a party printables package provided by Love the Party Designs (previously Serendipity Designs). The cupcake toppers shown below, the bottle wraps, the sign we put out front - all came from her! It's a great all-in-one themed package, which even came with thank you cards and other useful items!
Speaking of cupcakes...
Sorry, I couldn't resist. If you know my love for cupcakes, you know why they deserved their own image. 🙂 Anyhow, the cupcakes on the left were for the toddlers, and the ones on the right with the amazing fondant toppers from Goodies by Melissa were for the adults. If you look at T's cupcake, you can see how fun they turned out! Multi-colored cupcakes in primary colors to match the theme. Here's how I made those:
- You can use a box recipe OR make one from scratch.
- After you mix the cake, divide it into 4-5 bowls, one for each color you plan to use.
- Add food coloring to each bowl, one color in each.
- Now, take a Tbsp and scoop out a bit of the first color into each cupcake liner.
- Repeat this step with the rest of the colors, one at a time.
- Bake as directed. You're cupcakes will turn out with layers of wonderful colors!
Fun with Friends!
Ultimately, this party was about celebrating how far my babies have come (oh wait, they're toddlers now, aren't they?). We had a great time with other twin and triplet toddlers (and parents) and enjoyed filling our new toy kitchen with play things - the perfect accessory to any Hungry Caterpillar themed party.
Interested in your own Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party? The shops mentioned in this post have great supplies and I highly recommend them - we were extremely pleased with everything. Not doing this particular theme? Not to worry! These vendors work on many different themes, so be sure to check them out!
Do you like the way this birthday party turned out? Tell us your thoughts - or themes you've used for your kids - let's generate some future party ideas!