Thursday, March 29, 2012

hungry caterpillar party...

Finally getting round to showing you some photos of the Hungry Caterpillar party (based on the well loved book by Eric Carle) that was featured in Mathilda's Magazine. We had heaps of fun creating all the decorations, food and take home baskets - it was so colourful and bright - perfect for a 4 year-old's birthday party.

Place settings consisted of a painted cardboard leaf, a white paper plate with petals cut out and a red plastic plate for the food...

The happy sun was cut from cardstock painted with watercolours washed together - a technique used in Eric Carle's illustrations...


Caterpillar decoration created from tissue paper pom poms in different shades of green and red made a eye-catching backdrop...


A leaf garland was created for along the front of the table from more painted card, stitched together. Punched holes made it look as though a caterpillar had nibbled through them...


Lots of the food served was from the story - individual serving cups made it easy for little hands...


Cheap cotton fabric rectangles were painted with rough water-coloured stripes and detail was added with a black Sharpie. Gathered together in the middle they made colourful butterfly wings...


Little take home baskets were decorated with fringed green card and filled with goodies to match the theme...


Chuppa-chup lollipops were given some personality with cardboard wings. Our kids loved helping paint these...


Visit the Mathilda's magazine here to download the printables we created for this party.



10 comments:

diana said...

So sweet! I'd love to have this birthday party - it wouldn't be my 4th though! LOL

Faygie Fellig said...

love it! all mothers should be able to do this...

Kate said...

Clare and Joy,
Amazing work. So unbelievably clever! Those beautiful baskets of treats must have been a hit!

Anonymous said...

I love these ideas, this will be my daughters theme for her 3rd Birthday in April. I love how beautiful everything is and all handmade. Love it!

ally said...

love, love this!!
my son may well have something along these lines later this year

Millie said...

Just about needed the sunnies on to drool over this post you gorgeous girls! Lovely to see some brights giving the dreary old party pastels the flicko. Those 2 little butterfly girls are too cute!
Millie xx

Solrosa said...

Found your blog via Beach Vintage. Wow! I'm amazed and inspired. With a nine month old baby girl, I'm really looking forward to arrange her birthday parties in the years to come.

Wish you a happy Easter!

Love from Solrosa (Norway)

Co. said...

Oh, thats so great, i love that. Corina from germany

Anonymous said...

I love your party! I'm planning this theme for my son's 1st birthday party. I'd love to know where you got the take home baskets. Super cute idea!

mamaclare said...

What did you use to paint the butterfly wings? Beautiful!