You know, I have never met a child who did not enjoy 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. This book, translated into 55 different languages, is read all over the world.
In fact, I am sure that you probably enjoyed it as a child too. As you know, the book is all about a caterpillar who just can't stop eating.
He munches through absolutely everything getting fatter and fatter until he turns into a butterfly (sorry for the spoilers there!).
The whole theme of this book is absolutely perfect for a children's birthday party. Let me explain.
This caterpillar eats through A LOT of different foods. Most of this food could be regarded as a dessert item.
There are a few savoury items here and there though (i.e. a sausage). Perhaps one of the best ideas for a very hungry caterpillar party is to get all of the food that the caterpillar eats laid out on the table for the children to eat.
This means a lot of fruit, an ice cream cone, some cheese, some salami, and a whole lot more. You may also want a separate section on that table dedicated to some other foods which are not covered in the book. After all, all of your hungry caterpillars in the room will not just want to head to a party to eat fruit, right?
When it comes to party games you have a nice little selection to choose from. I have spoken to a couple of parents about how they ran their 'very hungry caterpillar party'. One of the games that they played was to literally try and eat the food that the caterpillar did in the order.
This might be a little overkill for toddlers. Older children seem to enjoy it though. Apart from this, your standard party games will be fine. There is not really too much that you will be able to do with a hungry caterpillar theme when it comes to the games. To be honest though, the décor of the room should be more than enough to stimulate the children in it.
Don't forget to get a really nice cake with the caterpillar on top of it for your party. If you want to 'stay in line' with the theme of the book then this needs to be a chocolate cake. It is probably best to have some as backup though just in case somebody in that room does not like chocolate (as if that is going to happen...kids love chocolate!)
If you really want to take your 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' party to the next level, you could always buy some really cool looking party things which are emblazoned with imagery from the books. There is a whole range of them out there. Since this party is actually quite popular amongst the kids you really should not have too much trouble getting hold of some party kit from your local party store (or you can shop online if you want to save a bit of money!)
Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Invitation
Very Hungry Caterpillar Coloring Card