I decided on Garrett's first birthday party theme back in March. Yes, he was 6 months old. One of my most favorite books as a child was "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". I think it was the colors and the holes in the pages that made me love it. Needless to say, Garrett has been read this book quite a few times. He seems to enjoy it too. So that was the theme.
Randomly, right after I decided that, my brother and sister in law came to visit and we had to run toI didn't actually work on party details for 6 months straight, just here and there when I'd think of a fun idea. The party was a huge success, and I didn't miss any details. And I did it all very inexpensively. I found a lot of creative ideas and money saving tips online. So here's my version for anyone looking for fun, easy, cheap party ideas.
Target for something. Laura, (my SIL) saw a clearance section FULL of hungry caterpillar party supplies all for 75% off. I stocked up! I got dinner plates, dessert plates, napkins, table clothes, cups, stickers, party favor bags, and invitations. And for CHEAP! I'd found some online and if I'd ordered them, I would have easily spent 5 or 6 times what I did at Target.
I made a ton of stuff on my
I bought bean bag toss (in the outdoor game section). You can find it anywhere,
I tried really hard to stick with only food from the book. A couple of the items were pretty far stretches, but I was able to tie it all together in the end, and I was happy with the spread. I made little signs to put by each dish with the lines from the book, and then what the food really was.We had ham and cheddar, and turkey and provolone sandwiches. (He ate through salami and swiss.) PB&J for the picky kiddos. I cut them in fourths, then poked a hole in each one with a straw. (The caterpillar ate through them!) Green salad and dressing. (He ate through a leaf.) Pickles and watermelon, he ate through those, too. Deviled eggs on a bed of lettuce. (A tiny egg lay on a leaf) Little Smokies, (he ate through a sausage). Jello cups for all the fruit he ate through. (Lemon, grape mixed with about a half a cup of cool whip while it was still liquid, it just makes it a little cloudy and yummy, lime made the same way, orange with canned mandarin oranges, also put them in when its liquid, and strawberry with fresh bananas. I poured them each in a pan so the jello was about an inch thick, when it was set up, I cut it all into about 1 inch cubes, then put a cube or two of each in these cute tiny clear cups (found at BevMo), a dab of cool whip, and a mini gummy worm, (found at World Market). They were so cute and a really big hit! Then, one of my favorite parts, caterpillar kabobs. I used 6" skewers, put 5 green grapes on each one with a strawberry on the end. They turned out really cute. And the bags of chips were the only thing that I didn't somehow tie into the theme, but we just needed some chips to go with the unique meal. :)For drinks we had bottled soda in ice, Root beer, grape, orange, and strawberry. Also, strawberry lemonade, and water.Whew! That's a lot of details. But I loved doing it!
The party was so fun. (I gotta be honest, I was a little worried when I came up with the idea that we'd have no friends here in California to invite) But we had about 35 people show up and it was perfect! I think everyone had a really great time. Garrett's Grandma White sewed a "1" on a onesie from hungry caterpillar fabric, and a caterpillar on his bum. What a cutie!
He LOVED the jello and we just let him go at it, he also had a PBJ and watermelon.I made him his own little cake with a frosting lollipop and a caterpillar on it.He got lots of great gifts. Books, games, toys, clothes, and some gift cards, all perfect for this new age/phase of life he's entered. (His little sis got some gifts too! We're really blessed with loving and generous people in our lives out here.)Everyone seemed to have fun, and I couldn't have asked for it to go any better.Can't believe he's ONE! My baby is not so much a baby anymore.