Eric Carle Caterpillar birthday Kit
The Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle
Caterpillar Party
Host a "Very Hungry Caterpillar" Party

Host a Caterpillar party or a Very Hungry Caterpillar party based on the beloved Eric
Carle book! A caterpillar party theme makes for a bright and happy toddler party, first
birthday or baby shower. Feel free to mix and match colors!

Here's how to have a caterpillar themed birthday to remember for years to come...
think circular:

  • Make a caterpillar balloon. Arrange colorful balloons into a caterpillar banner.

  • Caterpillar pumpkins: In the Fall, when pumpkins are readily available, arrange
    several equal sized pumpkins into a caterpillar. Better Homes and Gardens
    shows you how to make a beautiful painted caterpillar pumpkin arrangement.

  • Caterpillar themed foods: Set out different dips in a caterpillar trail and create a
    caterpillar effect. Instead of bowls, use red, yellow, orange and green bell
    peppers to create your caterpillar. Make colorful home made confections and
    arrange them into a caterpillar. Check out the cute caterpillar themed recipe,
    left, from Wilton.

  • Create Caterpillar cupcakes: Steal this idea from  also from Wilton: connect the
    cupcakes for your party into a caterpillar. It couldn't be easier. Just use your
    own cupcakes and follow the directions for caterpillar cupcakes from
    You'll need licorice, toothpicks and spice drops to create the full effect of a  
    walking caterpillar.

  • Make Caterpillar candies and confections:
  • Caterpillar confections: Connect small confections into the illusion of one
    special treat. Wilton's caterpillar cutie candies, left, also by Wilton, is an
    ideal way to showcase sweets. Wilton candy melts in assorted colors will
    help you craft easy treats.
  • Caterpillar cookies: You can put cookies in "caterpillar order, stacking them
    horizontally or laying them out flat into a caterpillar critter. Check out our
    big batch sugar cookie recipe. Use ordinary glasses to cut the circles.

  • Turn toys into centerpieces: Take cues from toys for the colors of your party and
    turn them into centerpieces. Above right is a classic wooden caterpillar pull toy
    that can great hungry party goers at the buffet table. Below you'll find the Very
    Hungry Caterpillar jack-in-the-box toy, which would look sweet propped on the
    gift table. It will delight any toddler and serve as a sweet centerpiece for the
    party. Colors for these toys can provide inspiration for the color theme. Start by
    mixing greens and blues, then highlight with a bit of red.

Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party
Yes, you can have a Caterpillar party based on the Eric Carle book: The Very Hungry
Caterpillar. Even more fun because the Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating a special
anniversary. Check out the Very Hungry Caterpillar anniversary video availabe for
viewing when you click on the. There are plenty of party supplies and Eric Carle
theme gifts on the market, but they're not available at the local party supply.

Games and Activities for a Caterpillar Party
There are a host of Eric Carle approved activities, games and gifts to help you
celebrate the Very Hungry Caterpillar:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar coloring book:

  • Host an Eric Carle Birthday! Extend your caterpillar theme and get a host of
    ideas from Eric Carle books. Left, Eric Carle Birthday Party Kit features Eric
    Carle's beautiful artwork, this all-inclusive birthday kit is packed with goodies
    and fun-filled suggestions for snacks, crafts, and games. Includes: 24-page
    booklet with party-planning tips, recipes, and games; 20 festive party-favor
    bags; 20 colorful crowns; decorative 'Happy Birthday' banner; Pin-the-Tail-on-
    the-Elephant game; and more than 50 stickers.

  • Make a metamorphosis of the cake: Read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric
    Carle, just before serving the cake. It's a great way to quiet the little bugs. This
    classic book is also available as a Pop-Up Book and as a game, above.

Gift ideas for a Caterpillar Party
Are you "very hungry" for ideas on gifts for the birthday kid? Are you planning a
theme shower or first birthday around Eric Carle's book the Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Then consider these gift ideas:

  • Hungry Caterpillar Gift: The easiest shower gift is to pair the classic book with a
    plush toy. Surely the mother to be will treasure this classic paring. Consider the
    Eric Carle Playset left, or the plush also left.

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Pull Toy: The simple pull toy, upper right, would make an
    ideal centerpiece for a birthday or shower. The toddler you have in mind for this
    party can entertain the adults pulling it around at the party too. If it's a
    shower, give mom-to-be the toy to take home as a gift.

  • Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar game, right.

  • Caterpillar coloring book. Have the guest of honor color Interactive and timeless,
    you'll want to keep the finished piece as a memory. At just $5.99, this coloring
    book is eligible for free super saver shipping on orders over $25. Pair it with
    the Very Hungry Jack in the Box toy, right, and shipping is free.

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Stroller toy: Moms will appreciate the developmental
    features of the adorable stroller toy, left. It includes a jingle bell rattle, squeak
    and crinkle sounds, textured beads and fabrics . This exclusive Very Hungry
    Caterpillar clips for easy attachment to the crib, carrier, or stroller.

Baby Shower Gifts

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Spout cover (bathtub toy): Bathtime spout safety is
    important to moms. Inspired by Eric Carle's classic tale, The Very Hungry
    Caterpillar spout, left, makes bath more fun and safe then ever before. It
    covers the spout to cushion against the hard metal of a spout. Its' made of a
    washable, cushioned fabric that dries fast and won't get moldy. Just $10.47
    and available with free super saver shipping.

  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Rocker: You'll rock the birthday kid's world with the Very
    Hungry Caterpillar Rocker, lower right. Made of high-quality wood, and a soft
    plush body for children to cuddle, the handle bars are easy to grip. It would
    look sweet in a nursery. Have the gift givers pool their money for a group gift
    or splurge. With included free shipping it's $124.99. Order early and present it
    to the mom to be with balloons.

Resources for a Caterpillar party

  • Do yourself a favor! See this caterpillar craft activity and do it yourself for an
    inexpensive favor that the kids will take pride in crafting.

Real Caterpillar Parties...
Check out  blogs from moms who have created real caterpillar parties for their kids:

  • Hungry for birthday cake? Then here's inspiration for designing your own Very
    Hungry Caterpillar cake -- a pretty creation of fondant and candies for
    Greyson's First Birthday.

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