Millie is officially 2. I mean she was 2 a month ago, but really, let’s be honest, we’re in denial when our kids grow up. Growing up is lame. …unless it’s a Hungry Caterpillar celebration!
I love party planning and being able to host friends and family for a relaxing afternoon. From delicious food to the best kid entertainment, Millie’s second birthday was just what she asked for “fun and happy with hungry pillar.” We truly lucked out with the weather, and Rock-a-Baby was a HUGE hit!
Very Hungry Caterpillar white tank dress featuring the Butterfly was made by Celebration Kids on Etsy. It’s super cute and really easy to wear and wash (always important when wearing white!). The appliqué is perfect- it is fused to the dress then stitched… no worries about peeling. I can’t wait to pair this sweet dress with boots and a turtleneck for the fall!
The food + cake:
It is all about color and fun! I made a rainbow of fruit to enjoy, a green salad, plus added fun containers of veggie sticks and pretzels for the kids to carry around. Of course, there were cheese and crackers- if you know my babes, how could I not? As a main dish, I made Annie’s macaroni and cheese, with peas added. It was a simple, delicious spread, with a flavor palette perfect for toddlers through adults.
Our cake came from Wright’s Dairy Farm– they always do an amazing job with their cakes. For our cake, we asked for the Hungry Caterpillar package- which was a super cute caterpillar, and a great sun cutout. Simple and perfect. The baker piped a sweet message, and we were all set!
I went through Oriental Trading for our decorations. I got cups, napkins, plates and snack holders- all from The Hungry Caterpillar line. I also got mylar balloons… but didn’t have the time to blow them up! (Whoops!)
We hung a birthday banner behind Rock-a-Baby when they played, which was a really fun touch, too! To give a big welcome, we added all of our Eric Carle books to a side table… which was super fun for the kids to read and play with! After our trip to the Eric Carle Museum– this party was the best continuation of Millie’s love of this timeless author/illustrator.
The invites + thank you cards:
Our invites and thank yous were beautifully done by Digital Jamboree from Etsy. Pretty, on theme and easily printed from a local retailer, friends and family love hanging this face on her fridge!
Rock-a-Baby has been a family favorite for the past 4 years. They played Addie’s 3rd birthday and it was huge hit, so we knew when Millie asked for them to play hers, it was a worthwhile investment. The kids loved the music, and the day was gorgeous. Kids running, bubbles, great songs, and being surrounded by friends made the day absolutely the most perfect 2nd birthday celebration!
What do you think of our Hungry Caterpillar birthday party? What was the theme of the last last birthday celebration you hosted?