Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday

On Saturday we had Kit's very first birthday party!  I had so much fun planning it and was so excited when it all came together.  Kit has always loved books, and one his favorite books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  So with some inspiration from Pinterest, we pulled together the ultimate Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party!  I was so busy visiting and chasing the birthday boy that I didn't get all of the pictures I wanted to...but my dad got some really awesome pictures.



The Birthday Boy
The food was amazing.  We did all of the food that the caterpillar ate from the book.  I got some super cute printables for the food from here.





 
 
 
 




 
 
The dessert table was just as cute with the same cute printables.
 

 
The Ice Cream was really Cupcakes baked in Ice Cream Cones
 
The Birthday Cake
 
 It was quite difficult convincing Kit to open all of his presents.  He's turning one, so he doesn't really care about opening gifts and Grandma Ganoe brought him a car, his own little car.
 
 
 
 
 Look at that smile...I think he liked it.  He also really liked the Fourwheeler Grandaddy Beans got him.  Chris' parents had wheels on their mind when birthday shopping for their favorite grandson!
 
 
After he opened up the wheels, that's all he wanted to play with.  If you thought getting a one year old to open a dozen or so presents was hard, try doing it when you have a fourwheeler and car in front of him.  It wasn't an easy task...Chris & I did most of the opening. 
 
 
 
 
After each gift was opened, he would waddle over to my dad (who had the camera, so we didn't get any pictures of it) and he would sit with a smile on his face, babbling away and showing him his new gift.  I wish we had it on video because it was the cutest thing ever!  He also got books...lots of books.  And he LOVES books, so of course he had to sit down and read them right then and there.  Finally it was time for cake!  I was really excited for his cake smash, which he didn't even smash.
 
 
 
 
 
I was so happy with the cake and the way it turned out.  I loved how the head of the caterpillar was his smash cake and the body were cupcakes...perfect for each guest.  Thanks to my best friend Erica, it looked and tasted fantastic!
 
We also had a colorful caterpillar with a picture of him for each month of his first year on each circle so everyone could see how he had grown.  My other favorite decoration was the paper lantern caterpillar.  I got the inspiration from here.  But because you can't see the image in that link, you can see the image on my pinterest board. 
 
As a party favor I used a hot glue gun to glue pom poms & pipe cleaner on a clothespin to make a caterpillar.  Then I filled a plastic baggie with a variety of goodies and put the clothespin in the center to make a butterfly.  This is what they looked like.  At the party, I set these next to the guest book...a keepsake copy of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 
 
 
 
 I was so pleased with how everything came together.  It was a wonderful party and I'm so grateful for the love of our family and friends and so thankful that so many were there to celebrate with us!
 
 

 

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