Happy New Year blog lovers!
I have some fabulous things to share in this post but firstly be warned… there are lots of photos. I’ve read so many posts where the author apologises for pictures but I’m not going to. After all, they say a thousand words and who wants to read all of those?
My eldest son turned 5 a week before Christmas and I had SOOOOO many ideas for an awesome party. It all started with this…
He learnt all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar (TVHC) in term 2 at kinder and for the remainder of the year, he insisted on completing a TVHC colouring in picture every day. I happened upon the same image on Pinterest so luckily for him, we can print it out at home whenever he feels like a kinder flashback.
So, I had my theme. I also had my menu. If you’re not familiar with the book (you must live in a cave and I suggest you run to the nearest bookstore and read it), TVHC eats different foods each day of the week prior to making himself a cocoon and (SPOILER ALERT) becoming a butterfly.
As one does these days, I scoured Pinterest many times to check out what others had come up with for the ultimate TVHC party. My party boy loved looking at all the ideas with me and would often crawl onto my lap and ask if we could look at things to do for his party.
The first thing to do was create some invitations. Pinterest had a range of invites but I decided to do my own thing. I designed a leaf shaped card base and insert with all the particulars and then we used a hot glue gun, pom poms and felt to create our own little TVHC to sit on top of each one.
Setting the Scene
I wanted to copy the candy buffet craze so travelled down that path in terms of table and food layout. Here are a few pics of the end result.
I got loads of my inspiration from Kayla Danelle’s blog, which I found via Pinterest. If you visit her blog, you’ll notice that I virtually copied her Happy Birthday banner exactly because it was so darn cute! As a Stampin’ Up! demo, I fortunately have heaps of cardstock laying around in different colours. I also used the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Autumn Accents Bigz die (for the little leaves), adhesives and hemp twine (retired). I found the images for the food labels here at Make It Cozee and there are loads more printables there as well. The font didn’t quite suit my scheme so I re-made them a little. I used the Windows framelits from Stampin’ Up! to cut out the label and background dots. They are either adhered to glass jars or I adhered toothpicks to them and made little label picks.
I fell in love with the little glass jars (Kayla Danelle) and after a big search for similar glass or plastic jars, settled on these from The Little Big Company here in Melbourne. I also purchased the straws, lollipops and bamboo forks from there. You may not be able to see the printing on the forks. I stamped the handles with “but he was still hungry” using some more trusty Stampin’ Up! products.
OK, so here’s where people think I went a little crazy. I had a brilliant idea to make my boys TVHC t-shirts, each with their age matching food on them. So here are my little misters, DS5, DS2 & DS1 in their 5 oranges, 2 pears and 1 apple t-shirts.
Aww, aren’t they just the cutest??
Next up was cake time. I had such fun making this cake. It was inspired by 2 different cakes on Pinterest – neither of which I could find the original source so apologies creators, I can’t link to you 🙁
I changed it a little because neither Pinterest cake (or any I could find for that matter) had all the caterpillar’s food included and once I was on a roll, I just couldn’t stop until I had made it all. The cake was a bit of a challenge because I normally make wedding cakes with roll-out fondant but what 5 year old wants to eat that?? So, I went the buttercream route and wasn’t quite perfect to say the least. I love that you can see my wedding cake inspired cascade of food items down the tiers, just as I have done with flowers in the past.
It started raining a little so please excuse the little shiny drops of water. Sugar-crafted food doesn’t like rain very much!
The party bags were a little something extra to take home and I wanted them to fit the theme too. Of course after TVHC had his fill of food, he turned into a beautiful butterfly. So I made a basic toddler craft, paper towel butterflies with a peg centre which obviously not only suited the theme but could hold the bag closed as well.
I wanted the party bags to contain fun as opposed to just another handful of sugar, so I included a DIY playdough TVHC kit (also inspired by Kayla Danelle). I was so happy when I found out that my little neices had spent the rest of the day making little caterpillars!
Last but definitely not least is probably my favourite party thing of all. I had been itching to use these little skinny treat bags from Stampin’ Up! and was thinking of doing something for Christmas but didn’t want to do the usual old thing. Solution: turn them into caterpillars for the party. Being Christmas, I was lucky to get a giant tub of perfectly coloured red and green m&m’s and went to work. The googly eyes are self adhesive and are from Stampin’ Up! and look to retire at the end of Jan 🙁 I’ve already stocked up on a few packets ‘cos they are oh so handy!
Too gosh darn cute for words!
If you’ve read this far, I salute you! I hope you’ve been inspired and are already planning the fun caterpillar-y things you’ll create for your little one’s special day!
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