Monday, August 17, 2009

Mia's Caterpillar Party

Every night for months, Mia has asked to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This was a book given to Mia before she was born by Melissa. She has heard the book so many times that she can say some of the lines before we read them. She likes to say, "Pop!" on the second page when the caterpillar pops out of the egg. She can say apples, Sunday, Tuesday, pizza, cheese, and lollipop. She has also added "cocoon" to her vocabulary. When the caterpillar eats too much, she says, "Owie!"
So, it was the perfect fit to have a caterpillar party for Mia's second birthday. I searched the internet for ideas and found that there were a few other people who also threw caterpillar parties. Here's what Mia's party looked like:
I found a large copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to display with her birthday banner.
Each child received butterfly antennae when they arrived.
The kids decorated their own party bags with caterpillar and fruit stickers. Inside, they received insect flash cards (from the dollar bins at Target), gummy caterpillars (from Cost Plus), bendy straws, and noise makers.
Outside we decorated with a caterpillar made from balloons.
I painted some scrap wood with holes cut for faces and we took some silly pictures.
The food table had all of the food the caterpillar ate and the story was written around the food.
The "cake" was blueberry muffins with red and green frosting and watermelon skin and laffy taffy for the eyes.
Mia wore her green polka dotted dress and bows for the party.