The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Ideas


The Very Hungry Caterpillar is as popular as ever… So today we’re throwing a whole birthday party dedicated to the world’s favourite children’s book!

Bright, colourful and perfect for pre-schoolers, this Very Hungry Caterpillar party has all the makings of an unforgettable birthday celebration. Read on for inspiration!

How to throw a Hungry Caterpillar party

Colour scheme

The first step of planning your Hungry Caterpillar birthday party is deciding the colour scheme. Try and stick as closely as possible to the colours in the book’s illustrations – that’s light green, dark green, red and yellow with a few rainbows thrown in!

Once you’ve chosen your colours, this makes it much easier to choose tableware and decorations. Which leads us onto the next step…


If you’re looking for an easy Hungry Caterpillar decorating idea that is guaranteed to impress your guests, have a go at making a showstopping Hungry Caterpillar  out of lanterns!

It’s SO easier to put together; all you need is six green lanterns and a red one. Use coloured paper to make a caterpillar face, ears and legs. Then hang the lanterns from the ceiling at different lengths to make them look like a caterpillar (it’s a good idea to get someone else to help you get the lanterns the right height).


Party food

Keep your buffet table as bright and colourful as possible – but that doesn’t mean every item of food has to be bright green!

Lay the table with a fake grass table runner like this, then serve your Very Hungry Caterpillar party food with plates, cups and napkins that feature the famous illustrations from the book.


And if you’re serving sandwiches, you could cut them out with a round cookie cutter and lay them out on a plate in the shape of the Very Hungry Caterpillar!


Hungry Caterpillar cake

Making a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake can be as easy or as challenging as you like! Here are some of our favourite ideas from Pinterest.

Hungry Caterpillar rainbow cake


Hungry Caterpillar made of cupcakes


Hungry Caterpillar cake pops


Party games

Last but not least is a Hungry Caterpillar party game to keep your guests entertained! It’s called the Very Hungry Caterpillar fruit toss and all you need is an old cardboard box and a bunch of fruit!

Before the party, cut out and paint an old cardboard box to turn it into a caterpillar (make sure you cut out a big hole for the mouth). Then when your guests arrive, take it in turns to toss fruit into the Hungry Caterpillar’s mouth. Whoever gets the most in wins!

Ready to throw your own Very Hungry Caterpillar party? Pick up everything we used HERE or stay on our blog for even more kids’ birthday party ideas!