Let me tell you a story! In the light of moon , a little egg lay on the leaf.
One Thursday morning, the bright sun came up and pop out of mommy… came our very hungry caterpillar.
Eating through many apples, oranges , strawberries & cakes , our little caterpillar is all set to come out of her cocoon and transform into a Butterfly!
Yes, we celebrated H’s 2nd Birthday last month 🙂
Read ahead for the exciting details…
While the first birthday party was more about the adults and since she hardly had any favourites, I conveniently chose the Rubber Ducky and Balloons as the theme. But, this year, the girl had quite some favourites – from her Pluto and Tweety to Alphabets and colours. However, something that she was really crazy about was her favourite story book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
We read that book together every night, without a miss. For H, sleeping time means her fav “Cape-pillar towy (caterpillar story)” It is a delight to see her giggle every time the story says, “But he was still hungry!” By the time she turned 18 months, she almost knew on which day caterpillar ate what and I was sure of the theme of her 2nd Birthday Party.
Planning: OK! So, I was not the first in the world to plan this party and Google devi and Printerest Devta are a testimony to that. But, that I preferred not to involve any party planners and do it all by my self was a challenge indeed. But wait! There was yet another challenge and a bigger one at that – the party was supposed to happen not in Mumbai but in Delhi (Hiya’s Nani House). This obviously meant, everything right from decoration to party favours was supposed to travel with us to Delhi. And it did in this huge box!
So, every thing that you see is the result of lots of planning, some late nights, a few trips to the craft shops, haggling with the printer and lots of excitement and of course love!
To say that the final outcome was satisfying would be an understatement as my girl’s expression looking at the arrangement was simply priceless!
I saved myself from the hassle of printing and posting the invites and did the trick with a watsapp invite. Thanks to the self-taught photo-shopping skills, I made this image, which we sent to the guests. Not only it was convenient but the RSVP business became easy too!
Decor & Set up
I didn’t want it to get too overwhelming so just picked up these paper lamps in red and green colours to make a huge caterpillar ready to welcome the tiny guests. The eyes and antennae were stuck to add some drama.
The banner was completely handmade 🙂 The fruits that the caterpillar ate said “Happy Birthday” and a Caterpillar read “Hiyashaa.” Some more photoshop magic and more cards were made and printed to make these pretty center pieces. I just stuck them to ice-cream sticks and made them stand on every table with the help of modelling clay. Easy isn’t it?
Thanks to a dear friend’s recommendation, and more importantly thanks to her agreeing to get the cake to the venue, I decided to order the cake from, A Wish & A Wink. And I’m glad that I chose her. She made this adorable Caterpillar cake for Hiyashaa, which had every element from the story on the it. She also did some cup cakes for the kids, which went in their favour bags. Thanks Damini for the awesome job!
I feel hugely embarrassed to take part in those awkward games that the professional MCs make you play in Birthday Parties. That was yet another reason to stay away from them. Yet, we wanted some things to keep the kiddos busy. So, I planned some activities.
While parents were asked to guess the number of candies in a jar, for kids we had bubbles, tattoos and an awesome photo booth. We also screened the animated movie of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which was downloaded from here. While kids enjoyed watching it, adults who were clueless what the hell was that, got to brush up their skills.
Wanna join in for some more fun at The Very Hungry Caterpillar party? Stay tuned for Part 2... To be contd…
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