I made a custom caterpillar banner from paper plates, craft foam and pipe cleaners.
I bought a "Baby Einstein" caterpillar pinata online and then pulled it apart, painted it, and re-fashioned it into a "Very Hungry" caterpillar.
I made caterpillar pizzas for the children, using pepperoni for the caterpillar bodies, olives for the eyes and mouth and bell peppers for the legs and antennae.
I had a local bakery make a custom caterpillar cake for the party.
And I made coordinating caterpillar cupcakes! I made caterpillar centerpieces, using floral foam spheres, skewers and pipe cleaners. I also made paper butterflies on sticks and displayed them in apples and pears (which the Caterpillar eats on Monday and Tuesday!). On our kitchen counter, I displayed all the food eaten by the caterpillar in the book.
I also ordered a "mini"cake for my son to dig in to! He had a blast with it!
I painted some paper lanterns with water colors and attached pipe cleaners to make a caterpillar that I hung overhead.
I made a giant butterfly out of craft foam to serve as a focal point over the fireplace...
...and I made a foam caterpillar and food muriel, showing all of the food that the caterpillar ate.
I bought live butterflies from a butterfly farm and we released them at the end of the party. The whole party was very symbolic of the end of babyhood--my little caterpillar was turning one and into a beautiful "one year old" butterfly himself!
I created a custom T-shirt design on the computer and used iron-on transfers to make a very special T-shirt for my son to wear. The front reads "It's my very special birthday"...