Ain’s 1st Birthday – Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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Ain is now One! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite books, and since Ain has had Very Hungry caterpillar toys since birth I thought it would be a great theme for his first birthday! If you are looking for some great ideas, check out my First Birthday Pinterest board – it’s full of Very Hungry Caterpillar themed ideas.

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My sister Amy helped me design the cards I sent out to some family (others we just invited via facebook). Here was the inside of the inviation:

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I didn’t get a picture taken, but on the drive up to the clubhouse I tied caterpillar balloons to posts, something like this (source):

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The birthday boy, coming home from church, ALMOST ready for the party:

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NOW he is set, in his very hungry caterpillar outfit (you can’t tell, but he’s even wearing a very hungry caterpillar cloth diaper! We also had baby legs, but it was way too hot for baby legs):

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We were very blessed to have a full clubhouse of family and friends to celebrate his birthday!! Thank you to everyone who came – it was a very special day made even more special by those who were there! Thanks to my Dad for taking all these photos (I was running around and hardly took any myself)!!

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Many family and friends spent time with Ain that afternoon, feeding him and helping him practice walking:

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Are you curious what decorations we had?

This is what we did with the budget we had. Very Hungry caterpillar table:

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Table Caterpillar: The caterpillar in the background was made from a red tissue paper pom pom I made, then 5 green lanterns from the dollar tree.

Tablecloth: Again from the dollar tree – I love how the bright colors matched the theme very well! Since it was such a big table, this was two plastic tablecloths overlapping.

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Food: We had lots of veggies and fruit (and then we also served hot dogs = cheap). The hot dogs were not my favorite part of the meal, but we were serving 60 people on a budget! I made up rainbow fruit cups for the little ones, and then I had the first five days of what the caterpillar ate on display. My sister Amy made these cute labels to go along with the fruit:

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Aren’t they adorable? I think they added so much to the table.

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Craft table: My mom helped me organize and prepare the craft table. The kids had coloring pages and caterpillar necklaces to put together. Like this idea, from Buggy and Buddy:

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Once we had eaten for awhile, we gave Ain his birthday “cake”. Since we are a family that is trying to eat more healthy and not introduce sugars to our son, Matt made a watermelon fruit cake for Ain!!

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After Ain “blew out” the candle, we gave him a slice, which he LOVED:

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Then, it was time to open presents!! Ain was immediately drawn to Winnie the Pooh (while Momma was distracted)!!

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We had a lovely day – thank you family and friends!! We wouldn’t have had such a special day without you!!

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