Phew, let me just start by saying that hosting birthday parties on back-to-back Saturdays is a lot of work! Even though I kept Calla's 1st birthday party much more low key, it almost seemed like I was rushing around more in the days leading up to it. But it was all worth it in my opinion. I remember some great parties growing up and want to create the same memories for my kids. (I realize Calla won't remember her 1st birthday but I will.)
Without any further ado, here are the highlights of the meal and decorations. First, the invitation:
I also made a caterpillar mobile from lanterns using these instructions:
And a pair of caterpillars using photos from her first year (1 from each month):
(Those are just construction paper dots using my circle punch to add a little more color to the multiple tables we used.)
I made hats using the same tutorial as I did with Ian's party and punched out some stickers to doctor up plain white cups.
I didn't get pictures of the cake (gasp) or the food with the exception of the fruit. I used the fruit from the caterpillar's Mon-Fri diet as part of the menu with these free printables. I also made an quick orzo salad and cut up some pinwheel sandwiches using spinach wraps and shaped them into a caterpillar with a tomato head.
I made a caterpillar cake inspired by this design. I still need working on wrapping fondant over round cakes but I really prefer buttercream anyway. But it turned out pretty well despite my novice efforts.
And I made a birthday plate for Calla just like her big brother's. We plan to use it each year (as long as she's willing).
Finally, I made these butterflies as favors for the kids but I totally forgot to hand them out! They're Skittles and Trix cereal. Not sure what to do with all these treats now...
So now I have a whole year to recover before the birthday rush begins again. I can't wait!