Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

Do you remember Jayna’s first birthday party?  It was a blast, but a ton of work!

And now, couple of weeks ago a month ago, my littlest baby turned one! (Don’t judge me that it’s taken me a month to show you pictures!!)

  Although I swore I was not going to do a big to-do for Amelia….you know me!  I just can’t resist throwing a party!  Especially a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed First Birthday!

 I got the idea and the template from good ‘ole Pottery Barn!

I also ordered some fabric from Amazon in order to create Amelia’s sweet dress, and some of the decorations at The Farmhouse.

And I downloaded the graphics from here (also had some great inspiration!).   I cut the labels out, glued them to popsicle sticks and stuck them to clay.  I also used them to create stickers for the favor tins (full of M & M’s!).


Coloring Page from here 

My oh-so-artistic sister was able to use watercolors to dublicate some of the food from the book.  Originally, we were going to use it to decorate the cornhole boards, but finally decided just to use it as decorations.  {They were waaaay too pretty to throw bean bags at!}


In addition to the cornhole bags that I made (using 6″ circles and ironed on transfers!), we also had hula hoops, chalk, bubbles and water painting outside on the lawn.


We only had one tragedy for the day…the smash cake.  It started out very cute and almost “fuzzy” looking, but when I took it out of the fridge, I noticed that one eye had fallen off!!!  So I had to smooth over all of the icing and scoop the eye back up.

And then wouldn’t you know it?  The OTHER eye fell too!

Not nearly as cute, but it turns out that Birthday Girls don’t care!!!

And because she doesn’t have enough cake….

Thank you Mommy!

And for everyone else, there were cupcakes and cake pops!


 And you know all of those pesky monthly photos I’ve been taking of Amelia and Jayna? Well, I compiled them into frames and put them on the mantle so guests could see the progression of Millie.

 I almost forgot to show you my pride and joy!!! Isn’t he adorable?!?!

And finally, the opening of the gifts!  Baby dolls, picnic baskets and books, etc.

And we couldn’t have asked for better weather!  What a wonderful day for a birthday party!  We are so grateful for such wonderful friends!

 Happy Birthday Amelia!

Linkin’ Up here! 



  1. Shara that was simply fantastic. You have such an eye and talent. I really do admire this!!! Happy 1st Birthday to that sweet girl.

  2. Such a cute idea! Seems like a great party for all ages!

  3. Wow…do you have anything left over? I would love to buy whatever decorations you have! Your pictures are awesome!!!

  4. Shara, where did you get the circle favor tags? I’ve been trying to find some I can alter and print without paying someone to take two seconds to make a PDF and charge me $15 for it…ha ha. Also, if you still have any supplies left over, I’d be interested in knowing what they are. I might want some if so. Thanks chica!

    • Hi Misty! Thanks for reading! The circle tags are actually Avery stickers (from Staples, I think), that I just printed the caterpillars and script on. And I just sold everything about 2 weeks ago, so I have nothing left! Sorry! (If you want to know where I got anything, just email me and I can send you sources).

  5. I’d love to know where you got the paper plates and the lanterns for the caterpillar mobile. Thanks!

  6. Adrienne says:

    Very cute ideas! What size lanterns did you buy to make the caterpillar?

  7. Hi Shara,
    I am in the process of planning my sons first birthday party with this theme and I love all of your stuff! Would you be able to able to send me a list of resources?? Thanks so much!!

  8. Where was her dress from? Love all the decor!

    • Thank you Ashley! I actually made her dress. I ordered the fabric {which is actual Eric Carle brand fabric} from Amazon, and only tacked on the giant caterpillar for the party. After the party, I took the caterpillar off, added a pocket to the front with a tiny {more subtle} caterpillar.

  9. Johanna Crawford says:

    Hi Shara,

    Can you please tell me where you got the fabric and rope for the mason jars? I would like to make them for my son’s birthday party next week.



    • Hi Johanna,
      I’m so glad you liked my birthday party! I got the fabric from either JoAnn Fabrics or Hancock Fabrics, and the twine, I got from Hobby Lobby. Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!


  10. says:

    I am planning my daughter’s 1st birthday and would love the decor.

    Thank you

    • Hi Megan,
      Thanks so much for your interest, but I already found homes for everything! If you follow me on Pinterest, many of my original sources for items are on my Party Planning and Very Hungry Caterpillar Boards: Palmettos and Pigtails. Thanks for reading!

  11. TOMEKA SPELLER says:

    I am planning a Crayola theme party and I was wondering about the tall crayons pillars that are standing up. What did you use to make them? I visited a carpet and rug place and they gave me the rolls they use to roll the carpet up but I was wondering did you spray paint those or used construction paper?

    • Hi there! Those are actually columns in the home that hosted the party. I got bulletin board paper from a craft show and wrapped it around and secured with hot glue. I’d love to see pictures of your party when you get it all done! Good luck!



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