Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar

My niece is celebrating her second birthday in a couple of months, and my sister has asked me for a couple of hints and pointers to help her create the perfect 'Hungry Caterpillar' party.

So here are my tips for creating the perfect Hungry Caterpillar party for your little one.

When planning a party you should choose one 'HERO' item, which will be the focus of your dessert table. For this item it is okay to splash out a little, but for everything else you should be able to either make it, or buy it at a discount store.

For this party I would strongly suggest splashing out on decorations for the birthday cake, something along the lines of the fondant decorations below would be ideal, this way you can hand make the cake the day before and add these the day of the party....
Fondant cake decorations
Sister also asked me for the recipe of the cake I made for Jellybean's first birthday, I have copied this recipe from Donna Hay's Kids Party Magazine, and it is perfect for a cake you are intending to cover with white fondant, because it is very dense and lasts well for a couple of days. 

Basic Vanilla Cake
2 1/2 Cups plain flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 3/4 Cups caster sugar
250g Butter, melted
4 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups milk
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 160c. Place the flour, baking powder, sugar, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Pour into a lightly greased tin of preferred size lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 1 1/2 hours (although check it along the way, as it varies greatly depending on actual tin size, this cake can easily be increased or decreased to suit the tin). Leave in tin for five minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

When icing a cake with fondant I always let the cake sit overnight before applying the fondant.

Now that we have discussed the 'HERO' piece for the party, lets work out what else we need...

Every party needs a decent invitation, if you are inviting guests and expecting them to bring presents, it is some what rude not to send out an invitation, here are some of my favourite picks for a 'Hungry Caterpillar' party....
Customisable options from ETSY
You could have fun making your own
A fun way to utilise all of those empty baby food jars
You can get these printed at Warehouse Stationary for peanuts

Next you need to decide what sort of decorations to put up on the day, as the party is for a young child, one of the cheapest and easiest decorations to have are balloons. I would put up mostly green with the occasional red balloon.

Or create a caterpillar like in the pictures below...
Caterpillar created with balloons
Similar concept with chinese lanterns
Next up is food, there are many options here, both healthy and unhealthy, the most important thing to keep in mind, is to keep the food similar to what the caterpillar eats in the story, here are some yummy ideas...

And there you have it, a fabulous and easy party to create for any child's birthday!! Hopefully sister will send through niece's birthday pictures to share when the party is over!!

For loads more party ideas check out my Pinboard HERE or this shopping link HERE

Also if you have any hints for sister, feel free to leave a comment below, maybe you know of some cool party games?

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