Our Very Hungry Caterpillar

The party was a blast! From Husby slaving over hanging invisible lanterns to the caterpillar hunt – it was all and more than I hoped it to be!

It’s important to note, there is significance behind the theme…

Rewind back to a little over a year ago. Wearing long dresses because pants were overly restricting, checklists lining the kitchen counter, stocked diaper caddy, cleanly pressed crib sheets, and the hospital bag anxiously waiting next to the door. We were ready for our baby. However, we weren’t ready for how much we’d grow to love him. Change was happening. I was closing another chapter of my life; saying goodbye to being a 1st grade teacher while simultaneously saying hello to motherhood. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was one of my favorite books to read my 1st grade students. Just before the end of the school year, my class surprised me with a baby shower! I received many gifts and wise advise. But, my most treasured gift was a handmade (embroidered, meticulously designed, & sewn with love) Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt. It is absolutely gorgeous! The letter that accompanied it is one of the most thoughtful I’ve ever received. In brief, the letter counseled me to cherish the moments spent with the quilt: during tummy time as a newborn, used as cape during toddler years, and as a tent during childhood… The quilt was made by a mother who tried to live by the same principle – cherish time.

In honor of cherishing time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was the perfect theme.

Now he’s officially a day away from turning a year old. As a new mother, I knew this day would come. Just hours after his birth as the sun beemed through our hospital window, I looked at my perfectly new baby and thought, “Treasure every moment. A year from now, you’ll look back and say it’s gone too fast.” And it has. Nothing can prepare you for motherhood and all that comes with it. But it’s that unknown – the complete unpreparedness, that enables you to cherish each new day as a mother. He’s grown. I’ve grown. We’ve grown together. All of the emotions that I’m feeling on his Birthday Eve is yet another new day of being unprepared. Unprepared for the rollercoaster of mixed emotions I’m experiencing. The complete gratitude & joy of all that’s been and all that’s yet to come. Joined with the complete sorrow for all that can never be that has already been. I just didn’t knew I could love so fully. There truly is no greater love that brings fullfillment like motherhood. And for that, yes even on his own birthday, he gave me the best present… him.

257 Responses to Our Very Hungry Caterpillar

  • Caroline says:

    As soon as you said ‘Eric Carle’ I knew it had to be the Hungry Caterpillar! I LOVE it – especially how you did the food. Super cute! It might just have to be one of our top contenders. Love this invite…

    • missy says:

      Here are some themes I whipped up for you…
      Sugar & Spice (play it up with all things boy/girl food related)
      Little Bo Peep & Little Boy Blue (could go very classic old school nursery rhyme… would be DARLING)
      Jack & Jill {could make it vintage w/a lot of galvanized metal, gingham, crowns…)
      Polka Dot & Stripes (more modern & clean…)
      Butterflies & Bugs (cute & easy to plan)

  • Love the theme you chose! Very unique & I love the meaning behind it! and those icecream cones with brownies?! look sooooo good! I might have to use that one for lexi’s party! Glad you had good weather! I prob won’t be so lucky :)

    • missy says:

      The theme was chosen almost a year ago when I received the quilt. It just meant the world to me. The ice-cream cones are cupcakes. I suppose brownies would probably work too! If you want details on how to make them I’ll be more than happy to help! :) xo

  • Shannon says:

    I just had to comment because, seriously, so adorable! You did a fantastic job and should be so proud of yourself. I only wish I had a fraction of your creativity! Good job, congrats on the 1 year old-it will get EVEN better-which may be hard to believe but it does, children are always a blessing (even when the 3 years old age comes :)!

    • missy says:

      Shannon, thank you for taking the time to share your comments. I truly appreciate your praise and reminder that life with age just keeps getting better… I have to remind myself, “The best is yet to come…” Life has always shown me that! xo

  • Jessica says:

    Wow everything looks amazing! Your little man is adorable. Happy birthday to him. :) I hope someday when I become a mother I could pull something off like this and remember to cherish every moment.

    • missy says:

      Jessica, you’re too sweet. Thank you! You’ll be a wonderful mother. Cherish the moments you’re enjoying now bc each stage of life has beauty. xo

  • Ali says:

    Oh my gosh. You did an amazing job. Totally helps that you have such a great setting for it. Happy Birthday to that adorable little man.

    • missy says:

      Husby slaved over the yard to get it picture perfect! Very happy with his skills come in handy! haha! Thank you for the birthday wishes! xo

  • Mom101 says:

    Simply beautiful. It’s true, children are the gift.

    But let’s talk about the party a minute, shall we? HOLY HELL WOMAN. You did all that for one birthday party? Am bowing down to your creative mastery.

  • carrie says:

    Love, love, love this! Happy Birthday to the little one! The vibrant color theme, the yummy food & wonderful decor ….. It’s all absolutely perfect!!!!

  • Kerri says:

    Oh my goodness! Sooooo cute… I love reading that book to my nephew and niece and the little tots at the preschool I used to work at. Loving your party style and your cute photos… can’t wait to do something similar one day! Congrats on motherhood!

  • Margot says:

    Most.Precious.Mommy.Ever. (!) I love, love, LOVE the party, right down to every last detail. Your reflection of the day and year are what takes the cake. Wonderful job, girlie!!

    • missy says:

      Can’t wait for you to experience the same joys with your little ones! There’s nothing better than the love of a mother for her child. I’m guessing boys!!!

  • Chelsey Sanders says:

    Yep. This is a winner! I love every little detail…very well coordinated! Good job woman! Bubba is a lucky boy!

  • micaela says:

    This is beyond adorable – you are so creative and talented! How did you make those ice cream cupcakes and cherry pies?? YUM!

    And I totally echo your sentiments – there is no greater joy than motherhood. :)

    LOVE your site btw…now a part of my daily ritual!

    • missy says:

      Micaela, you’re so sweet! I’m honored to be part of your daily blog reading! I’ll give more deets on the cones/cake/pies in an upcoming post, kapeesh? :)

  • Arden says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this magical birthday party! Happy Birthday Little Buddy!! <3 Where did you find the juicy-esque glass jars that you filled with fruit??? Love!

  • Tina says:

    My goodness! You did an amazing job! You’re truly so creative!
    Following you now via Twitter, FB & GFC.
    See you around…

  • Polly (mom) says:

    Well, darling daughter of mine~ his birthday was fit for a little prince~ from edge to edge!! You gave your 100% +. You are such an “over the moon” talented and loving mommy. I love you and Ryan and of course my little bunny boy. Give him a big hug and kiss from his Mimi~ that’s way too far away on his 1st b-day.

    • missy says:

      Well, darling mother of mine… it’s your little voice over my shoulder that whispered, “How would Mom make this lil’ party special?” That helped make the whole magic happen! You’re my inspiration. xo

    • missy says:

      Wow, brittany! That’s so very kind of you! THEE as in it’s the most HOLY MOLEY party, you’ve seen? Love you! haha! If you wouldn’t mind sending me the link when you post… I’d love to see it! xo

  • Katie says:

    Love everything about it! Just beautiful! I think it is such a privilege to be a mom and get to make our kid’s birthdays special! Can I ask… did you design the invites and label cards yourself or have them made??

    • missy says:

      Hi Katie! I couldn’t agree with you more! It truly is a privilege to make birthdays special – especially the 1st! I made the labels myself. If you’re interested, I have the files that I’d be willing to sell you. xo

  • Hi…the bday party was adorable! I’m planning the same theme for my son’s first bday on July 1st. Do you possibly have saved the little labels you placed on the foods? If so, can you email me the file? Also, do you still have your cherry pie recipe? I’d love that too!

    • missy says:

      I just sent you an e-mail regarding some of your questions. I’d be willing to sell you the files if you’re interested.

    • Nicole says:

      I am interested in purchasing the files as well. I know this is a couple years old but I’m hoping to still get in touch. Thanks!

    • missy says:

      It’s actually a top and I paired it with wide legged jeans from Gap. The top is about a 2 months old from H&M. :)

  • Melinda says:

    Oh my gosh, what an adorable theme for a birthday. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favourite in our house too. I bought a copy before Pacman was even born!

    • missy says:

      Isn’t Eric Carle just genius?! I love the simplicity, whimsy, yet classic style. He truly is a legend! Glad you liked the party! :)

  • Danielle says:

    Love the pictures from the party! The set up was great! We are planning a 50th birthday for my Dad in a few weeks and wondered if you had a fav party supply store? It’s going to be at the church and I need to class it up a bit if you know what i mean:) Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

    • missy says:

      Danielle, I really don’t have just one favorite. It’s kinda one of those things where I have specific items in mind and then go hunting around all over to find them (etsy, local stores, target, and the web). All the best with the party! xo

  • Nicole L says:

    Thank you for such a sweet blog! I love love love the party theme and wow, the decor is amazing!! What made me cry just now was reading what you wrote about your sweet baby turn 1. I have three boys, ages 4 (today), 2 and 3 months. I spent the quiet of the 5 am hour just reflecting on just how blessed I am to have this amazing being in my care :-). Thank you for eloquently putting into words what I am feeling right now. I wanted to recommend a book that may just rock your world :-). The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison is written by a mom of two boys, both in their teenage years. It is one big reminder to find the sweetness in the ordinary moments of life with our kids, as they grow up and search for their independence and become their own person. I read the book and cried often, grateful for the reminder that these everyday moments (sometimes great, sometimes frustrating) are the small things that become our memories of times past, the pieces that we wish for as our babies grow up. Just wanted to share :-). From one mom to another, thank you for such a sweet way to start my day!!

    • missy says:

      Nicole, what a truly beautiful woman & mother you are! Your boys are blessed to have you! I am in awe that you took the time to tell a complete stranger that you benefited from my thoughts on motherhood. I always feel so vulnerable exposing some of my emotions so publicly… but the words just spilled out. To know that there are more women striving to enjoy time (regardless of circumstances) makes my heart smile. Thank you so very much for such a sweet comment. Much love! xo

  • Christina says:

    All I can say is “STUNNING”. I am in awe!! Wow….would you be willing to share the picture of the hungry caterpillar quilt you received? I would love to see it.
    You are an amazing mom!!

    • missy says:

      Oh my goodness. I’m about in tears. To give such praise is so sweet of you. There’s not better praise than to be told you’re a good mom. Thank you!

  • julie says:

    Hi, this is the cutest thing I have ever seen and executed so beautifully. I would love to have more information about the files that you created for the food labels. Please email me. Thanks! And congratulations on your gorgeous boy’s birthday!

    • missy says:

      Julie, you are too kind! I can’t thank you enough for your praise. It truly warms my heart. I just e-mailed you more info regarding purchasing the labels if you’re interested. Take care! xo

  • shonda says:

    You’re amazing!! I love love love this theme and everything you did to pull this off. A few questions – how did you make the cards – did you hand draw those or use your computer? My twins’ 2nd bday is coming up and I’d love to do something similar.

    • missy says:

      I made the labels via digital papers. I have the files saved if you’d be interested in purchasing them. You can contact me via e-mail or my contact page! :) xo

  • Jennifer says:

    What an amazing 1st birthday! I just decided on the same theme for my little man’s 1st birthday in September. Would you email me about purchasing your labels for the food? Love them!!! Great Job on the entire party!!

  • Emily says:

    Wow! What a great idea! It looks like everyone had a great time at such a beautiful party. I am new to your blog and I completely agree: we need to cherish every moment. My little boy will be turning one in September and this would be a fun theme. I am definitely interested in more information about your files. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  • Kristen says:

    Hello! I ran across your website while searching for details on my daughter’s 1st bday party in October. I am planning a Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme as well. Your story on the history of the party is so precious. I cannot tell you how breathtaking the party you planned for your son turned out! You are very talented and your creativity shines through each photo. The color combinations you selected are spectacular and really make your photos POP!

    I would be very interested in purchasing the food labels you made. When purchasing the labels do the ones you used for favors come with? Also where did you find the beautiful glass jars you used for the fresh fruit? One last question, is the orange tablecloth a large piece of fabric or did you find this at a party store? Your vision is simply stunning, congrats on your sweet boy turning 1! It simply does go by too fast! Thanks for sharing! Look forward to hearing from you! ~ Kristen

  • Love this book, too! You staged an absolutely adorable party that played up all the right details…including those amazing “toy caterpillars” made from egg cartons (am I right?). Your little one is in for some seriously fabulous parties growing up! Applause!

  • Christie says:

    Adorable party. Beautiful boy. Sweet words. I knew you were a teacher at first glance of this post! From one first grade teacher to another – you did Eric Carle justice!! Loved every detail!

  • Rachel says:

    Your party is fantastic! We’ll be planning a VHC party for our little guy in November. Could you email me with the details for buying your files too? Did you design the invites as well? Everything is just amazing. Great job :)

  • Jen says:

    I am in LOVE with this party! The bright colors and the attention to detail are amazing. It made me smile to read your blog about your sons 1st b-day…..I am a First grade teacher and am currently expecting our 1st baby–already thinking of 1st b-day ideas! I’ll be checking back….love your creativity :) Thank you for sharing!

  • Sara says:

    Love the idea, I am interested in buying your files. Could you email me the details of what you have?


  • Danielle Johnson says:

    What a precious party! I woul be interested in purchasing the labels and invitations if possible. Could you let me know what to do?
    Thanks so much!

  • Angel says:

    I LOVE everything about this theme! I’m amazed at all of the details and your creativity!!!

    Will you send me information about the invitation and label files too?

    Thank you! :)

  • Rachel says:

    Hi Missy,
    I’m new to your blog. Following now! Love your style and love your take on the Very Hungry Caterpillar party theme. I did the same themed party for my little guy in April.

    Have a great weekend :)

  • Brooke says:

    Hi, i love this party idea! im doing the same theme for my sons first birthday! i love your invitations, is there anyway you can email me with info about where you got them, or how i can get them. Thank you so much! And once again, I LOVE the detail you put into this party :)

  • Jamye says:

    I’m not new to the request list but I too am looking for VHC lables an invite details!

    My sister was the reason I chose VHC for my son’s birthday theme. I hope she’s surprised to see it!

  • Liz says:

    I LOVE all of you ideas! I am doing the same theme for my son’s second birthday. Could you send me information on our to buy your food labels? Thanks!

  • Jenee Kelley says:

    Hi! Your party was adorable. You are so creative! I have been looking for ideas for this theme for my little boy’s birthday. Like so many others, will you email me information on your invitations and the label files? Thanks.

  • vy ngo says:

    I am completely blown away. I love your attention to detaila and style. My son is turning 1 next month and we too have chosen this theme. Can you tell me where you got the invitations and labels? Also, would you be willing to share your recipes??

  • Kara says:

    This is great! My daughter is 2 months old but, like you, knew when she was born that this is the theme I wanted for her 1st birthday. My mom and I made her a quilt as well. Could you e-mail me with details on buying the files? Thanks!

  • Judy Kelley says:

    I am interested in where you got the birthday invitation and also about the food labels as well.


  • Kim reding says:

    You did an amazing job.My youngest of 4 is turning one on Wednesday and here I sit at work on Saturday trying to get inspired to throw something together for next Saturday! I knew I wanted this theme and came across your blog through googling it. Could you send me the info on the tags also?

  • Christine says:

    An absolutely flawless party. Everyone looks so happy! I especially enjoyed reading your thoughts on motherhood; simply well put. I would love to know where to get the invites and labels if you don’t mind sharing. Thanks!

  • Harmony says:

    You did an amazing job! I’m doing the same theme for my son’s first birthday in September. Where did you get your invites? They are exactly what I’m looking for.

  • Mandy says:

    How did I not find your site sooner?! Thanks to my mom she forwarded this to me! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the theme for Noah’s 1st birthday in September. I have looked everywhere for invites and none catch me eye like yours! I am interested in purchasing some of your files. Can you please send over some info? The pictures look terrific and it looks like a blast!

  • Stephanie says:

    I LOVE all the stuff you did. I’m doing Very Hungry Caterpillar for my son in a couple of months. Can you please email the information for purchasing the tags? Thanks!!

  • Erica says:

    Love all of your ideas! My second son turns one in November and we are doing the same theme. How did you make your invites? Did you have matching thank you cards? I hope you don’t mind sharing…you are very creative!!! Thank you!!!

  • Lindsay says:

    This is the most adorable and creative party idea I have ever seen! My 4th boy is turning ONE in two weeks and I would love to purchase your food label files. Can you please email me the information if you get a chance? Thanks so much!!!

  • Tammy says:

    Great party idea. I love it!!!!!! love all the details that went into this fun party. could you tell me where i can find a tablecloth like that?

  • Hi! I LOVE the party! Very cute! My son loves this book so much. I am really interested in purchasing the files that you created for the party and was also wondering where you got the invitation or if you made it?? And if so, is it customizable?? Thanks a bunch!

  • Chalyda says:

    The whole thing is adorable! Could you please email me info about purchasing your label files as well as info about where to get the invite? I love the everything you did. Thank you.

  • melinda t says:

    I just love the theme for your precious son’s birthday party!!! I was wondering where you got the material for the tablecloth or did you buy it already made? What is the name for that design….is it the Ikat designs? I really like that bright orange…it is different from the normal reds, blues and greens.

  • Alexis says:

    I am doing the same theme for my daughters 1st birthday party in November. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the tags to mark the food. Your little boy is beautiful! Thanks

  • Paula says:

    Your party is AMAZING! Would you mind sharing where you purchased your invitations and labels? Thanks for the great ideas :)

  • Marie says:

    I LOVE this party theme….could you email me the information for the printables, tags, and invites…THANKS!!!

  • Jenny says:

    You are too cute! I googled hungry caterpillar party and viola! This is picturesque and exactly what I want todo for my little ones birthday! I would love some info on the labels, invites, recipes, decor, etc. When you get a chance would you mind emailing me!! I am totally going to have to follow you now! Your page is adorable! :) look forward to hearing from you!! Thanks!!!!

  • Kim N says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your pictures! I am actually in the process of planning my son’s first birthday and decided to do the VHC theme. Your invitations and labels are absolutely adorable. I would love information on how to purchase when you get a chance.


  • Roya says:

    Can you please let me know how to purchase the invitations and labels you used – I love everything about the party! You did such an amazing job. Thanks!

    • missy says:

      Hi Friends! Just a quick update… invites are not for sale. If you’re interested in the labels I’ll continue to answer you via e-mail or you can contact me via my contact page for more info! Thank you!! xo

  • Sarah K says:

    Absolutely stunning! I loved reading about how much motherhood has changed you from before your beautiful little boy was born until his first birthday – just beautiful. I would love to get information on purchasing the label files – if you would please email me, I would appreciate it. Thanks so much!

  • galen says:

    Amazing job on this party! I’m new to following your blogs and I just love it! Wondering where you got your orange tablecloth…thanks!!

  • Caroline Firman says:

    Hi Missy, this party looked amazing! I’m going to be throwing a themed party for my daughter’s 1st birthday in a few months – would you be able to e-mail me information about purchasing the cards?

  • Barbara says:

    I am a “Bubbe” of a soon to be one year old. My darling DIL allowed me to be in charge of my grandson’s first birthday party. As a retired teacher I knew it had to be a Very Hungry Caterpillar party,especially after I saw your
    Blog! I am interested in your labels. Would you email me? Enjoy your son. Thank you.

  • Jackie says:

    Hi! I am also interested in purchasing your labels. Could you please email me the info? Your party looked amazing!! Thanks!

  • Heather says:

    Adorable party! I am a former preschool teacher and LOVE all the Eric Carle books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is my favorite. Although my boys have probably outgrown this theme for a birthday party, I would be interested in purchasing your food labels. I think it is a cute staff appreciation lunch theme for the teachers/staff at my kids elementary school.

  • Lindsay says:

    Hey! I am currently planning my son’s 1st birthday party and I LOVE your ideas. I saw that you had mentioned that you had the lables that you were willing to sell. I am interested in the lables and the invitation if still available.

    Thanks, Lindsay

  • Tracy Hensley says:

    What an amazing birthday party! My little miracle premie is turning one at the end of the month and we thought what better way to celebrate then showcase how our little “caterpillar” has grown. I would love to purchase the files for the cute labels. Also, did you do the invite yourself? Very creative and what a handsome birthday boy!

  • Ana says:

    Hey! I am currently planning my son’s 1st birthday party and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ideas. I was a teacher too and enjoyed sharing Eric Carle’s books with my students. I saw that you had mentioned that you had the lables that you were willing to sell. I am interested in the lables and the invitation if still available.

  • Dayna says:

    What a fantastic party!
    Am I able to buy the label design from you?
    I have been looking everywhere for something similar and I am not clever enough to design them myself haha

  • Danielle Meyer says:

    I am a fellow teacher, Kindergarten, and have read my son The Very Hungry Caterpillar since his early entrance into the world. I just love the story! Now I know the them for his upcoming 1st birthday party!! How can I purchase the labels you used for the party from you? Thanks!

  • My daughter’s birthday is in about 6 weeks. I would love to do this theme. Could you please let me know how I can get the invites and labels from you?

    BTW, as a former teacher (4th grade) this was also one of my favorites. I discovered the book in college and just fell in love. It is now one of my daughter’s favorites.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jenny says:

    This is amazing! Thanks so much for the inspiration. We’re trying to do a special party for our sweet little guy on his first birthday. Things are tight, financially, so I’m trying to make everything myself (as much as possible.) Would you be willing to email me and let me know how you made the labels (where the graphics came from)? I have tried searching for them online but haven’t been able to find them.

  • Jenny says:

    Hey there! Hope you had a fabulous trip! Thanks so much for sending this files! Masons birthday party is right around the corner! Do you have the recipe for those cute cherry pies and ice cream cones?? :)

  • Hi! I’ve been collecting inspirations for Noah’s 1st birthday on the 5th of November since before he was born. Now I’m way in over my head and was wondering if I could purchase the invitation from you? You totally need to have a shop on etsy. I’ve seen many others offered for purchase but since I’ve seen yours, none of them will do. Let me know as I’m in panic mode to at least get the invitations out this week. Thanks!

  • Anna Graham says:

    My twins, Stella Pearl and Dexter McKay are due in January, and I am in the midst of getting their Very Hungry Caterpillar / Butterfly nursery ready. I came across your website in doing so…and have bookmarked it for first birthday ideas. What a great party!!!


  • Patricia says:

    I absolutely love what you did with this theme. I’m planning to do the same theme for my daughter who loves this book (makes us read it every night)!

    So I was wondering if you could email me the price for the food labels and favor tags. Also was wondering where you purchased the orange table cloth and the striped napkins. Thanks so much!

  • Kelly says:

    Such an adorable party! You did the them perfectly! My son is about to turn one and loves the hungry catelpillar book! Would you be willing to share where you got your cards and stationary, I love them!

  • Deepa says:

    Just loved these pics… amazing job! Have been thinking of the same theme for my son’s b’day… Would love to know where you got the printables from?

  • tori says:

    I am planning a 1st birthday party for my son and would love to know where you got the labels for the food and party favors etc. Thank you and great job on the party. So cute but also classic :)

  • Karma King says:

    applause* You did a wonderful job mom! I re-posted your pictures to show my friends on Facebook exactly how I want my Hungry Catapillar Baby Shower to be in Feb. 2012. (Im buying the decor, so its ok to show them :) Could you olease tell me where to get the print-outs you used to label the foods though. I cant find them. Or….you could hand me down your left overs hahah. Any who….I love your style lady! Hats Off!!

  • jessica says:

    greetings from Australia! Wow… this is without a doubt the best hungry caterpillar spread I have come across. Looks amazing :)

    Would you mind sharing where you got the wonderful food labels from? I am also planning a party for my nearly one year old daughter in December…

    Thanks so much..

  • Joseli Santana says:

    Hey this is absolutely adorable my son is
    Using this theme for his 1st in January dis you purchase the food labels or made them?

  • Lema says:

    Hey, Happy Belated to the little man! Youve expressed I think every new mother’s feelings about motherhood so perfectly in your blog! WOW, what a birthday absolutely amazing…I hope you took LOTS of pics to show him one day :) I absolutely love!

    Here’s to many more to come and cherishing every minute, God bless.

  • Julie says:

    What an awesome party! Everything looked amazing! I, too, would be interested in purchasing your label template. Thanks so much!

  • Tami says:

    What an absolutely adorable party! I am doing this theme for my little guy who is turning one! Could I get your label templates…I would love them. Thanks and keep up the creative work! :)

  • amanda says:

    can you send me the recipe for the mini ice creams and cherry pies? also, where did you get the labels that you tied onto the foods and favors?

  • Michelle says:

    Love this! Just stunning. I’m trying to make labels for my son’s birthday on Christmas and I can’t find images from the book. Where did you get yours? Any chance you can forward me the food labels also?

    Just amazing!

  • Kelly says:

    I am planning my sons 1st birthday and doing a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme. I would love more info on how to purchase the labels. You did a fantastic job!!! I am a kindergarten teacher and can tell you were a teacher…love it!! :-) thank you again!!

  • April says:

    I am planning this very theme for our sweet guy next month. I was wondering if you would mind sending me a link on where I might order the tags/labels for the food and also the invitations. I love all of your attention to detail!! How did you get the cupcakes in the ice cream cones? Love it!! Thanks a ton!

  • Jess says:

    I love your theme. Could you please send me a link where I can order the tags/labels for the food and invitations? Thank you.

  • Kinzie says:

    Found your website while searching for inspiration for my little guy’s 1st birthday party! You did an amazing job! I love your style, not only on the party but everything else I’ve read so far:) I know lots of others have asked but I just wanted to see if I might be able to have the link to wherever you ordered the invites and printables for this party? Thanks so much!

  • Jennifer says:

    I love how you did this birthday party!! I am currently planning my son’s 1st birthday party for next month and would love to know where you purchased the food labels/tags and invitations. If you could let me know that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Kendra says:

    I would love to be e-mailed pricing on the labels as well! Where did you get the graphics for them? I’ve looked everywhere , and can’t find any that would print well.

  • Anne says:

    Love everything you did for the birthday party!! I am planning my daughters 2nd birthday party and would love to know where you purchased the food labels/tags. If you could let me know that would be great. Thanks!

  • Amy says:

    Love, LOVE what you did with this party! I am currently planning my sons 1st birthday party, and am interested in purchasing your tags/labels.

    Thank you,

  • Amy says:

    Absolutely adorable! I am planning a first bday party as well, and am interested in purchasing your tags/labels.

    Thank you,

  • Katy Mulligan says:

    Hello, I’m planning to throw my daughter a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday and I was wondering where you purchased the tags and labels for everything. If you could please e-mail me with the information, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Hilary says:

    I’m joining the list of many that would like info on the labels and invitations! We’ve called our little man “Bug” and “Buggy” from day one, and now that he’s going to be 1, this is the perfect theme for his first party!
    You’ve done an incredible job!

  • Erica says:

    Hi! What a cute party. I been looking at many different blogs and websites that have done the VHC theme and I have to say, I think yours is the best. Where did you get the food labels? I would be interested in buying them. I’ve been looking everywhere.
    Thanks so much,
    Erica F.

  • Tiffany says:

    Absolutely adorable party! Would you please email me information about purchasing the labels/tags? I’m planning a Very Hungry Caterpillar party for my son.


  • Carole says:

    Your party was amazing and inspirational! I, too, would be interested in purchasing graphics. Do you have just the digital image of the caterpillar and dots? I’d love to design my own invites for my son’s 1st birthday. Thanks!

  • Katherine says:

    Absolutely amazing!! Your party was just perfect. I am also planning a very hungry caterpillar party for my son’s first birthday and would love it if you could send me the info on purchasing the labels! Thanks so much and your little boy is too cute!

  • Amanda C. says:

    Okay, apparently you have started a trend…Could I too, have info on your awesome labels? My son will be one in July, and he already has a Hungry Caterpillar bathroom!


  • Diane Cimino says:

    I’m a retired first grade teacher and the Nana of an about-to-be 1 year old in April. For his baby shower I did the most wonderful fairy tale theme – and I love this theme for his Spring ist birthday – please send me info on purchasing your invites, labele, etc. Genius! You make my heart sing! Thank you1 Diane

  • Hey! This is adorable and I have planning a Very Hungry Caterpillar party for sentimental reasons as well. I am definitely interested in the files you would have for the invites and table. Thanks!!!

  • Karrie says:

    I would like info on where to buy the invitations. We are having a Very Hungry Caterpillar baby shower for my sister-in-law very soon. Thanks!

  • Missy says:

    Hi, I am planning a Very Hungry Caterpillar party for my son’s first birthday and I would love to purchase the food and favor tags from you. Your stuff is so cute!

  • Christin Gray says:

    Can you email me regarding your tags? I came across your adorable party and I’m doing this for my son’s first birthday. Would love more info on what you have available!


  • Ari says:

    I’ve been searching for this theme for my daughter’s 1st and by far this is the most elegant yet simplest and best put together. I’ve taking an idea from here & there but I would do exactly every thing, or at least most of what you did. Thanks for sharing.

  • Allyson says:

    Hi there,
    LOVE everything about your cute caterpillar party. I am doing the same thing and was online trying to make labels and came across your blog/website. How can I purchase your files for the labels of the caterpillar “food” he ate through? Please email me and let me know. THANK you so much!

  • Mary Charlton says:

    Hi, I am also looking for information on your tags (I saw you are not selling the invites :( ) Please shoot me an email and let me know pricing!

  • Brooke Price says:

    I love all your photos of this Birthday theme! Can you please share your tags with me? Please send me an email and let me know.

    Thank you!

  • Lisa says:

    Hi. The labels seem to be a hot item! I’d like more information too! This is the theme for my daughters 1st bday on March 3rd!

  • Brianna says:

    Im doing the same theme for my little ones first Birthday. You did an amazing job. Everything looks adorable. Where did you get the invitations? I love them.

  • Kelly says:

    I am also doing this theme for my son’s 1st birthday in April ans would like information on purchasing your food labels. Your son’s party was so adorable, it will be hard not to compare. You have a very adorable son and beautiful family!
    Thank you!!

  • Meagan says:

    Hi! I am in LOVE with your Hungry Caterpillar Theme, my son’s 1st birthday coming up and was actually interested in your desserts and if you made them or have recipes for those? Thanks!!!

  • pam says:

    I too am interested in your food labels. I’m helping my daughter decorate for my grandson’s 1st B-day and your labels are simply adorable. I am also the Director of Family Ministry @RidgepointChurch and I’m positive I can tie them in to one of our Sunday lessons ; )
    P.S. Amazing Job!!!

  • Abby says:

    You did a wonderful job on your little guy’s first birthday party! I was wondering where the tags for the food are from. I’m planning my son’s first birthday party with the same theme. Your tags are so perfect!

  • Jessica says:

    ive been searching online for my daughters first birthday party and was linked to your blog! everything you did was absolutely perfect! i would love information on purchasing your food labels! thanks :)

  • Catherine says:

    Adorable party, very creative! I love your tags and labels. I am planning for my daughter’s first birthday and I would love to purchase your files. Could you email me your prices and what is included.
    Thank you!

  • Lori Bailey says:

    I love your invites and labels. I have searched the internet and cannot find one quite as simple and fun. Do you mind sending your prices and information?

  • Rach says:

    Your son is adorable & looks as though he really enjoyed himself! I found this page when i google hungry caterpillar party as i am considering the same theme, could you please email me the link to where you got your food tags from? i love it! Enjoy planning his 2nd birthday this year!

  • Lindsay says:

    Think I just left a comment or maybe it went straight to your email, but I didn’t see it so I wanted to make sure you got it! First of all, I found your blog while googleing ideas for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Party I am planning for a few days from now! And I am already obsessed with your whole blog, I just love it all! Especially the labels you made for the caterpillar party and noticed that you would be willing to sell them, which would make my life so much easier since I have been trying to do a similar thing and it just isn’t working for me! So, I would love to purchase them! Please email me asap! Thanks so much!

  • Melanie says:

    Hello! Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas. My little caterpillar is turning 1 in June & I’d love to use some of your work. Could you please send me the purchasing information? Thanks!

  • Melissa says:

    I don’t think you’ve addressed this in your replies yet, but can you please share where you got the orange tablecover with the moorish pattern?

    • missy says:

      It was purchased at Marshall’s/Home Goods last year on a clearance “outdoor furniture/goods” sale. I’d recommend buying fabric in a similar pattern/color

  • Melissa Kay says:

    Hi! I have been searching high and low for The Very Hungry Caterpillar ideas for my son’s birthday and finally found your blog, which is super! Can you give any secrets on where you got the invites and labels for the food? Also, the little cherry pie recipes and if you just bake the cupcakes right in the ice cream cones? Great job, I just hope mine can come out like this! My son will be 1 in April, time has gone by too fast!

  • Shannon says:

    I love how you did everything. I’ve seen the labels you use on other people’s projects also. Please send me the label info if you would be so kind :) You did a great job

  • Courtney says:

    I love how you did EVERYTHING! I’m planning a similar party and I would greatly appreciate if you could e-mail directions on the ice cream cones as well as where I can get the labels and invites.

  • Grace says:

    I’m in the early stages of planning my little guys 1st birthday, coincidentally, with the exact same theme in mind. When searching for ideas, I discovered your blog and I am in awe of the detail and obvious love put into this birthday party! I hope to pull off even a 1/10th what you and your husby accomplished. Would you still have the files for the tags for sale? Thank you :)

  • Jane Starkins says:


    I feel very strange writing on your blog given I do not know you, but I came across your blog as I was researching a hungry caterpillar themed 1st birthday party for my son. Your party looks amazing, with the photos looking like they have come from a formal photo shoot! I like in Australian and would love some help in sourcing the labels. I have looked everywhere and cannot find them. Would be very appreciative if you could share with me where you got them from. Thank you again. x

  • Lindsey says:

    I love everything about your party!!! It’s amazing. I’d love information about the labels and purchasing them!! :-)

  • Amber says:

    Hi! Wonderful job on the party, it has been a huge inspiration! I wanted to see if you could share your recipe for the (what I am thinking) is the lemonade drink? The display is lovely and I would love to include that at my party! Also, where did you purchase the green straws from? Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks so much! :)

  • Amanda Ramirez says:

    Hi! Wonderful job on the party. We are doing the same theme for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. I saw in an earlier post you would be willing to sell the label files. If you would still consider doing this will you email me the info. Thank you so much and again TOO CUTE!!

  • Emily says:

    I am planning a hungry caterpillar party for my baby in July!! I would also LOVE to purchase the label files from you!!! What a great job on the party!! Just amazing!


  • Andrea says:

    You are so talented! Isn’t parenthood just wonderful? My daughter will be turning 1 in June and A Very Hungry Caterpillar has been a favorite book in our household since my 19 year-old was a baby. Yes, I have 4 children spaced 18 years apart…so this themed party will be a great celebration enjoyed by all my children, family and friends. I would love some information from you about purchasing the files.
    Enjoy every moment- the years fly!!! My first baby now lives 2000 miles away, it seemed like just yesterday I was watching him out the window while he played in the sandbox…

    Thank You for you blog.

  • TMolly says:

    I fell in love with this party the first time I saw it and even after looking at tons of 1st birthday party ideas, this is still my favorite! Would love information on purchasing the food labels. I’ve seen a free template online, but yours are formatted much nicer. Would your template be editable, so I can make tags for other foods as well?

    Also, what are those food labels staked in? Are they mini flower pots filled with soil or coffee beans? Where did you find those? Thanks!

  • Jill Germinaro says:

    Hi! Love the party ideas! I am looking into doing this theme for my son’s first birthed! I am interested in buying the label files. Please email me at our earliest convenience! Thanks so much!

  • Amy says:

    We just decided to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a theme for our daughter’s 1st birthday. I love how you labeled all of the food. Your table looks amazing. Would you be willing to share where you got your clipart for the food cards and invitation?
    Thank you!

  • Michelle says:

    I was planning a simular party and am very interested in your labels.. please email me the info. Thank you AMAZING job!

  • Kendra says:

    I am interested in purchasing your labels as well. Love, love, love your beautiful party!
    Thanks so much!

  • Erin says:

    Just as everyone else, I absolutely love every detail of this birthday party theme! My daughter will be 1 in August and I came across your site while searching for hungry caterpillar birthday ideas. Could you please send me an email about where to purchase those labels? I am still amazed by all your hard work!

  • Amy says:

    Your little Gage’s party looks absolutely perfect! I would be very interested in purchasing labels/ invitations. Love every detail!

  • Jenna says:

    I am also inquiring about purchasing the files from this party. Could you please email me the details?
    Thank you :)

  • Elle says:

    Hi! Great job on the VHC party! I am also looking to purchase the food tags as well. Please let me know if they are still available. Thank you!

  • Diane Fuller says:

    This party was sensational! I am planning my soon to be 4 yr old grandsons bday party. He loves this book and wants a caterpillar party. I am very intetested in purchasing the files to print the tags you used. Please email more info asap!!! Thanks

  • Payton's Mommy says:

    I just happen to run across your blog while browsing Pinterest and after reading this post i had to tell you thank you. First for the adorable ideas for my own sweet baby’s first birthday party but also for reminding me to cherish every moment. They grow up far too fast! I noticed the date of this post which means your little one is entering the (hopefully not so terrible) 2s! Yay! Hope the 2nd birthday went great and thank you again!

  • Jenna says:

    Hi There,

    Came across your photos while doing some planning for my son’s first birthday! I was wondering if you could send me the info on the labels that you used?

    I was also wondering where you purchased the cups for your mini pies and your cupcakes?

    Also.. any interest in sharing your mini cherry pie recipe?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    I should also mention, because they are what caught my eye first, but your photos were wonderfully shot. Great memories for you to have!


  • Lisa Boschma says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog and LOVE your set up for this party. I’m in the process of planning my son’s 1st party, and this is the theme. Would you be willing to share how you did the printables? I just placed my order for paper lanterns to make my caterpillar and can’t wait to get this going! Any tips you have, I would love! Thanks so much! -Lisa

  • Kristi says:

    I absolutely love this theme and plan to use it for my son’s 1st birthday. I have been searching the internet to compile ideas and stumbled upon your site. I realize this was a year ago for you but is there any way you could possibly provide me with information regarding your invitations? I absolutely love them and would really like something similar for my son’s birthday.

  • Ashley says:

    My son is turning one in August and I’ve been dying to do a “very hungry caterpillar” theme. While googling ideas–i stumbed upon your blog. How amazing! I was wondering if you could give me some details on the labels/invitations you used (i searched everywhere and can’t seem to find ones this cute!) Also, like everyone else..the cherry pies look so adorable..did you make them yourself or have a bakery make them for you?

  • Jackie says:

    I too am planning The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party for my soon to be 1 year old in September. Please share any info you can regarding your planning and I would also be interested in purchasing the files for the labels. Thanks and I hope to hear back from you soon.

  • Jenny Haskin says:

    I love your son’s Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party! Since my son was born, I knew I wanted the caterpillar theme as well. I would love to buy the invitation and printables files from you! Please let me know the details!!

  • Kasey says:

    This is amazing!!! I am currently planning my son’s first birthday and decided to do this theme!! It’s just too cute not to!!! I would love the information on how you did your Lables and Invitations!! Great Job and thanks for sharing!!

  • Heather says:

    This is awesome! I am in the middle of planning my sons 1st birthday party also using this theme :)
    Could you also email me details on purchasing the printables? And the cherry pie recipe?!

  • Nicole White says:

    Love the theme! I am kindergarten teacher and March and May are my favorite months because of Dr. Seuss and Caterpillars/Butterflies. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favorite of mine too! I am planning a 1st birthday party for my daughter and would love to use this theme. Could I possible get the details for purchasing the labels you used? Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

  • Mylissa says:

    I’ve been searching to create a Hungry Caterpillar birthday party for my son’s first birthday. Your party is amazing! Could you please e-mail me information about purchasing your printables & invitation? Thank you!

  • Stacie says:

    Could you please send me information on purchasing your labels? Also, did you design your invitation? Can you send me info on that as well? I read above that you are not selling the design, can you share where you found the graphics?! Adorable party!

  • Angela says:

    You did an amazing job!!!
    I have ALWAYS loved this book. We are doing the VHC for my Graham’s 1st birthday party. I would love information on purchasing your printables. I would also like to know where you found the dot graphics. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

  • Nicole says:

    I am interested in purchasing the VHC printables. Also, can you tell me where to locate the information on the cherry pies? Please email me pricing and details when possible. Thank you!

  • Colleen says:

    Beautiful job on everything VHC!!! Would be interested in purchasing your food labels if still available. I had found some other labels but like yours much better :) Party is quickly approaching so if available, please let me know ASAP. Thanks and congrats again on such a creative job!

  • Ann says:

    As a former kindergarten, now first grade teacher and first time mom I am in love with your party. I came across your blog while researching this theme and would like information on purchasing your printable files. If you don’t mind me asking, what program did you use to design them?

  • Katherine says:

    Hi! I just came across your blog while researching for my son’s first birthday party. Would you mind emailing me about purchasing the files for the food labels? Thanks so much!!

  • Karla says:

    Hello. I absolutely love your decorations. I want to do this theme for my daughters first birthday party in April. Where can I purchase the files for invitations and food labels? I have been looking for simple invitations and decorations but everything that I come across seems so cluttered.

  • Karly says:

    I am planning a VHC party for my son’s first birthday next month and was wondering if you could send me info about your invites/labels. They are my favorites of everything I have seen. Thanks!

  • Jenn says:

    I am interested in your labels. They are just perfect for a little one’s special day. Mine is turning 1 in June. Your son is precious. Can you email info on labels?

  • Tracy says:

    Hi awesome job!
    I am doing the same theme for my lil girls 2st bday. Would love to know how you did the ice cream cones,


    • missy says:

      It’s just cake batter baked into an ice-cream cone (use a muffin pan to hold the cones when baking). I iced with cream cheese icing, topped with sprinkles and a cherry!

  • Christina says:


    I am interested in purchasing the invitations and food labels. Can you email me?


  • Vanessa says:


    I am thinking of doing the same thing for my sons party and was wondering if you could email me the cost of the invitations and food labels.


  • Kristy says:

    I love this idea. I am a teacher too and have a sweet little boy who has a head full of hair like you little one. I was wondering if you still have the files for the cards. I only hope that my party is as fabulous as yours was. Thanks!

  • Laura says:

    This is SO adorable!! I would like to do the same theme for my son’s 1st birthday party in August. Could you email me the cost of the invitations and food labels?
    Thank you!!

  • Jenny says:

    Hello! Once again I’m a teacher who has a fondness for The Hungry Caterpillar and am in the process of planning my daughters 1st birthday party in July 13th. I came across your blog via pintrest and absolutely loved your presentation. Ive been looking for the labels/ tags and saw others were able to purchase. Could you let me know if this is a possibility? Also any suggestions of what you served or how you grouped the foods would be truly
    appreciated. Thanks so much!

  • Matilda says:

    Your party was amazing & inspirational! We are having a hungry caterpillar party for our 1 year old in a few weeks’ time. Would it be possible to buy the pdf file for the labels from you?
    Thank you!!!

  • Laura says:

    Your son’s party looks beautiful. I am using the same theme for my daughter’s 1st bday, where did you get those labels??? Thanks!

  • Jen says:

    Hi! I really love how you arranged your son’s birthday party! Would you mind emailing me the price of you labels? I love the very hungry caterpillar book and since I was pregnant I wanted this theme for my baby’s first birthday. Thank you for sharing this!

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