A Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party you can totally pull off #How-To & DIY#Parties#birthday parties#birthdays#books#budget-friendly#diy#toddlers March 20 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride LOVE the caterpillar cake! All photos by Elle. Oooh how I love the birthday party that Elle recently threw for her now one-year-old daughter, Penelope. The decor, food, and attire were inspired by Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and unlike a lot of birthdays you'll see, this one is TOTALLY pull-offable. You basically need cardboard, yarn, paper streamers, and some fruit and you have a insta-caterpillar birthday success. Says Elle, I printed out illustrations from the book of various foods in the story and mounted them on cardstock and skewers. I'm not sure where exactly this caterpillar was hatched, but these foods are definitely not all in season at once in any place I know of! I substituted grapes for plums. I made the caterpillar's head to be Penny's smash cake and cupcakes for the other kiddoes. I didn't want to abandon our efforts to keep Penny sugar-free, so I tested a few different recipes and finally decided on this molasses-based applesauce spice cake. The frosting was whipped cream cheese with crushed pineapple. Fruit table! YUM. I'm loving the cardboard-and-skewers. Fab! Streamer ceiling = win. Everyone made their own caterpillar bookmark. And of course they read the book! Totally infatuated with the handmade invites! So clever, so simple. Cake. Yes. Happy clan! You can get in on even more of the cuteness at Elle's blog! Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS How to get what you want from Freecycle: etiquette and getting started NEXT Antlers, bones, and dead things as decor Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] i love Penny's dress Reply Love it! I also did a very hungry caterpillar themed 1st birthday party. I love Penny's dress and the homemade bookmarks! Reply So very cute! I'm a big fan of "attainable" parties and craft ideas. Reply This is adorable! This was one of my favourite books when -I- was little, and I just got very nostalgic. 1 agrees Reply I love that they put her in a rain coat to eat cake! Reply Love this!! we had a hungry Caterpillar birthday (exactly like this one) for my sweet-baba's 3rd birthday…she was totally into bugs at the time and it was such a relief to have a bam-bam-thank you ma'am party that makes you look like such a rock star! Reply Thanks for the love! For those of you who wondered about Penny's dress, I did a whole post on it here: http://www.cottonbottommama.com/2012/01/very-hungry-caterpillar-birthday-party.html Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Participate in this conversation via email No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.