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« on: August 06, 2010 09:49:32 AM »


For baby.sweets4ever's first birthday party, I based the party around his favorite rattle and book at the time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.

I start planning parties months in advance, so I can take full advantage of coupons and deals.  I buy everything and store it in big plastic totes labelled by event.  I kept his theme a surprise to friends & family until invites were mailed.  I'm doing the same this year! Grin  I love a good surprise.  I linked to supplies and resources where applicable -- I hope they help someone!

Invites -- I designed them in Photoshop, printed them at home & then assembled with mini brads.  I used the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter to cut out these bad boys (THANK GOODNESS for the cutter, or I would have lost my mind Grin).








Wrapped & ready for hand-delivery:


I decided to design the food to match the story in the book.  I created little caption cards to match the text of the book.  If you are familiar with the book, you might recognize some of the food! Smiley



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Chocolate fountain (purchased on Craigslist for $25)

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I created the the tiered serving platters from glass plates and colorful plastic parfait glasses from Dollar Tree.  I stacked them and glue them together with E6000 glue.  Here I am running test setups to see which final designs I wanted to glue in place!


Mini rainbow lollipops (orientaltrading.com)

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I designed the cake and "smash cake" (cake just for baby.sweets4ever to destroy by himself) and had a local baker, Short North Piece of Cake, create it for me.

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I ordered a fabbbbulous custom bib from Fresh Vintage.  Mention you found her on Craftster! Smiley





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I created favor buckets for the kids that doubled as table centerpieces.  I bought many of the supplies on Ebay, orientaltrading.com and my local Dollar Tree.

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I printed little name tags and attached them with The Very Hungry Caterpillar pins.

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I bought recycled pencils and little poms from Dollar Tree and glued them together to make little caterpillar pencil toppers.


My pile of supplies...


Trying to organize the chaos...


My inspiration for the party theme... baby.sweets4ever with his Hungry Caterpillar rattle.
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2010 10:17:56 AM »

wow. there was a lot of detail that went into that party. great job! and the last pic is adorable
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2010 10:41:21 AM »

Best birthday party ever!
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010 10:42:32 AM »

wow. there was a lot of detail that went into that party. great job! and the last pic is adorable

Thank you!  Yes, I'm a little detail-crazed. Cheesy

Best birthday party ever!

Thank you, gamemom!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010 10:47:10 AM »

 Shocked  Would you adopt me?Huh?
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2010 11:00:02 AM »

Holy cannoli.  I'm planning my daughter's first birthday currently and now have been put to shame  (we were phoning it in with Hello Kitty).  This is one of the funnest parties I've ever seen.  Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2010 11:17:29 AM »

Shocked  Would you adopt me?Huh?

SURE!  When is your birthday?  I need to start planning early, you know. Cheesy

Holy cannoli.  I'm planning my daughter's first birthday currently and now have been put to shame  (we were phoning it in with Hello Kitty).  This is one of the funnest parties I've ever seen.  Great job!

Ooooh!!  That is SUCH a fun theme!  I can't wait to see your projects!  How far away is the big day?
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2010 05:42:58 PM »

Simply adorable!  Love the idea of the guests being hungry little caterpillars!   Happy Birthday Camden!!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2010 06:21:57 PM »

Simply adorable!  Love the idea of the guests being hungry little caterpillars!   Happy Birthday Camden!!!

Thanks so much!

Erm, I'm actually a little (a lot) late! Cheesy  His birthday is in October, hehe!  I'm already planning this year's, which reminded me I never posted last year's.  Eep!
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2010 08:34:18 AM »

That is one of my favorite stories!  (That one and Go Dog Go).  You did an amazing job.   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2010 09:32:08 AM »

That is one of my favorite stories!  (That one and Go Dog Go).  You did an amazing job.   Cheesy

Thanks!!  It's such a favorite here, too!  He's actually gone through three copies of the book already at 22-months (one was victim to unfortunate teething abuse -- RIP, caterpillar book.  RIP.)!
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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2010 03:51:30 PM »

Wow! I love it!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2010 04:22:50 PM »

Wow! I love it!  Grin

Thank you! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2010 10:52:43 AM »

This is amazing sweets!! I have just started to think about my baby boy's 1st birthday in December (we're away for 3 weeks in Sept, so need to start thinking now) and this has really given me some food for thought. I totally LOVE the idea of basing it around a book. At the moment, we are reading lots of Gruffalo and he loves giraffes. But this is so amazing!

You are UBER-CREATIVE! I am so jealous.  Smiley

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« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2011 02:20:55 PM »

This is amazing sweets!! I have just started to think about my baby boy's 1st birthday in December (we're away for 3 weeks in Sept, so need to start thinking now) and this has really given me some food for thought. I totally LOVE the idea of basing it around a book. At the moment, we are reading lots of Gruffalo and he loves giraffes. But this is so amazing!

You are UBER-CREATIVE! I am so jealous.  Smiley

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Aww, I just found your reply!!  So sorry for the ridiculously delayed reply to you!  How was your party?  Did you go with a theme?  Pleeeease tell me you have photos posted on Craftster!
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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2011 11:35:16 AM »

This is so awesome! I love everything, especially the invites. I'd even have a party like that for myself now!
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2012 07:58:15 PM »

Love this idea! I'm doing a similar theme for my girls... Question on the invites - How did you get the eyes & nose on the red circles? Are they cut out & glued?
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2012 09:04:26 PM »

This is so awesome! I love everything, especially the invites. I'd even have a party like that for myself now!

Thank you so much!

Love this idea! I'm doing a similar theme for my girls... Question on the invites - How did you get the eyes & nose on the red circles? Are they cut out & glued?

Yep, they were just printed on white cardstock and cut out.  I used a trusty glue stick -- nothing fancy!
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