The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

8 01 2012

BBL turns 1 this week so we had his birthday party yesterday. I may have just learnt that focusing on Christmas is a bit unfair on my youngest after I planned to invite people in December and then didn’t until the New Year. Better planning for next year should mean I don’t come up with the ideas for his party on the day (better family planning for any future children also – January isn’t good !) Anyway…he’s been regularly peeling our Very Hungry Caterpillar wall stickers off so I thought I may as well take his obsession to the full level. It’s a great theme for providing healthy food with all the fruit, great for savoury party food like swiss cheese, salami, gherkins and sausages and you also get to include chocolate cake, cupcakes, cherry pie and ice creams cones which make it very much a children’s birthday party. I made fruit skewers to go in the ice cream cones by sticking grapes and a strawberry onto small skewers and then putting them inside the cones.

LBM and I decorated the cupcakes with green icing and sprinkles (I saved the red one for me and used Mikado chocolate sticks for the antennae). And then on my way back from the supermarket stopped at the party shop and gave them the strangest order of the day – 8 green balloons and one red one please…After a few strange looks from themthe staff and other customers everyone came round to the idea of a balloon caterpillar. He looked really cool and appears to have cured BBL’s fear of balloons. Party bags were really limited in their fillings because I’ve kind of got fed up with the idea of lots of things in them. There were smarties which remind me of the front of the book and a glow stick each because a party in January is dark by 4pm when everyone goes home. I really enjoyed this party even if I do say so myself. BBL had a great time falling asleep at 4:30 after eating loads and waking up as a beautiful butterfly!

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