Sunday, 26 January 2014

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party


When you're a kid the day of your birthday party is pretty much the most important day of the year (ok, maybe aside from Christmas, and Halloween).  There's always such a build up of anticipation leading up to the big day.   What presents will you get?  What will your birthday cake look like?  And worst of all, what if you're friends forget to come?

My favourite thing to do in the days leading up to my birthday party was going to the cake decorating store with my mom to pick out a Wilton character cake pan.  There were dozens of pans to choose from, and they lined the walls of the shop.  I'd stare at the walls for ages choosing my pan, carefully studying the designs over and over.  I'd choose a different pan each year, and over the course of my childhood I had cakes that ranged from disney characters, to dinosaurs, to a big orange Garfield.  

The pans would come with a full sized colour decorating guide that my mom would carefully follow, ensuring that the final cake looked equally as perfect as the one in the guide.  When it came time to make the icing I'd sit in the kitchen while she'd whip up a big batch of buttercream.  Mom would hand me a beater to lick while she divided the icing into tupperware bowls so she could mix up all of the individual colours that were required for the cake. 

The decorating technique for these cakes was simple but effective, and consisted of piping hundreds of little stars in various colours all over the cake.  Thinking about it now, this technique is actually quite similar to following a cross stitch pattern. Nothing could beat the taste of those birthday cakes, with their crusted buttercream icing and a scoop of ice cream on the side.

Even after all the years that have past since my childhood birthday parties a level of excitement still remains whenever a birthday cake is brought out and presented to everyone at a party - no matter what their age.    


And it's that level of excitement that I love to re-create when I decorate cakes for other people - especially my little boy.  He turned two this year, and although he's not quite old enough to choose the design for his cake, I was pretty sure a Very Hungry Caterpillar cake would make him a very happy boy indeed.  And a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed dessert table would make me even happier!  Instead of only featuring a variety of shades of green, I also opted for a rainbow theme to tie all my desserts  together.  


The decorations were just as fun to put together as the desserts were.  I made good use of my elementary school craft skills by making an ombre green tissue paper "2", and accordion fan circles which I turned into a Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I also made some little menu cards to label all of the yummy desserts which included:

- Rainbow Birthday Cake with a Very Hungry Caterpillar on top
- Chocolate Cupcakes with matching fruit and leaves from the book
- Vanilla Cupcakes
- Rainbow Jello
- "Caterpillar Food" aka mixed fruit candy
- Lemonade 



One of my favourite little details were something I didn't even make!  The folks over at DotComGiftShop were nice enough to send me some red and white paper straws, and some adorable little vintage style 1/2 pint milk bottles to display my drinks in.  The bottles were the perfect size for little hands to hold.
In the coming days I'll be posting the recipes and tutorials for some of the desserts I made, but for now I'll leave you with a few more pictures of the party. Enjoy!







 



That's the end of the party.  Time to clean up!

9 comments:

jeanives said...

All I can say is wow! Especially the coloured layers in the cake...

Lou @ Crumbs + Corkscrews said...

WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous, love it x

Jayne said...

Wow I can't believe your baby is 2 already! Your cakes and decorations all look amazing, what a good job you did!

Made With Pink said...

Thanks everyone! I really love doing stuff like this. It's a labor of love, so was very pleased with the way everything turned out. Mom and dad even helped out with some of the decorations and Jello!

I'm planning on doing more party features like this for the blog, so keep an eye out for them!

Betsy | JavaCupcake.com said...

I absolutely ADORE this party!! You did a great job!! I'm pinning ALL of this for next year's birthday!

Sneige said...

Wow what fantastic preparations! Absolutely love it! Happy birthday to your little sunshine! He must be so happy with a mum like you! Xx

Lauren- SAHM I am said...

This is so cute! I have just written a feature about my son's Lego City birthday party and would love for you to take a look.
http://laurensahm.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/lego-city-birthday-party.html

Izzy said...

Wow! What a wonderful and fun desert table, it all looks great! I've been coveting those milk bottles for a while now.

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

Andrea - everything is SO beautiful! I love the theme, we gave my little 6 month old nephew a hungry caterpillar themed Christmas with all his prezzies! I love your crafts you made to decorate the table with, and those little glass bottles with stripey straws are the cutest! I think the jellos are my fave...I've been wanting to make layered ones like that for so long - was it hard to get the layers so uniform or not really? I love looking back at all the fun themed parties I had as a kid - Jayden is so lucky! This has got me so excited for when I can throw birthday parties like this for my baby!! I also loved the fruit toppers for the cupcakes, just like the ones from the book!!

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