It was pretty easy to figure out what food to serve at the party...I just followed along in the book for inspiration. There are some really cute food labels I got here that I stuck into each food to retell the story as people got their food.
"One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and 'Pop' out of the egg came a tiny, but very hungry caterpillar."
"He started to look for some food. On Monday he ate through one apple, but he was still hungry."
"On Friday he ate through 5 oranges, but he was still hungry."
"On Saturday he ate through one piece of chocolate cake..."
"One piece of cherry pie." I tried these mini cherry pies using a sugar cookie crust that I filled with cherry pie filling. Kind of messy to eat, but really, really yummy!)...
"One sausage." The men were excited about this one--bacon wrapped little smokies. My SIL and hubby were the masterminds behind this one)...
"And one slice of watermelon. That night he had a stomach-ache." Luckily, I didn't hear any complaints of little tummies hurting after this meal. Overall, there wasn't too many desserts, but a lot of yummy fruits which all the little mouths loved.
Well, that is where we end in our book for the party food. When I lived in Nevada I remember seeing some large gummy butterflies at a grocery store, but I couldn't find any out here in Iowa, so we just focused on the caterpillar for this party. If you can find any, though, it would be fun to have some in a little candy jar on the table or in a party bag for the kids to take home.
Catch my Party which made a nice back drop for the table.
This little peanut thought it all was great. Out of all my kids, she is by far the best eater, usually liking everything I give her...I guess she is kind of like that Hungry Caterpillar.
You might have noticed some pictures on the table of her throughout her first year. I took a picture of her at every month with her hungry caterpillar toy, and framed one for each month and put those on the table. Then at 12 months I set up a little picnic blanket with the caterpillar's fruit and took some of her reading the book. I have some of those below for those of you interested in seeing them (my excuse to show off my cute little babe!)
Nectarine and Spinach Salad
Nectarines (I used mangos since that is what I had on hand)
1/2 c Olive oil
1/4 c Apple cider vinegar
1/4c White wine vinegar
2T toasted sesame seeds (browned on stovetop)