|Party appetizer: grape caterpillar skewers
Me, I'm not crafty like that.
Therefore, we rented a shelter at a local city park so we wouldn't have to do much in terms of decorations, and I put my energy into food, activities, and the favors.
Rather than staying scrupulously faithful to the book --I didn't really want to prepare one apple, two strawberries, three plums and so forth all the way through a slice of pizza, a sausage, and a cupcake--I started with several book-inspired salads and appetizers.
|"In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf."
Rather than serving the fruits separately, I just threw them into a salad.
(For the dressing, I infused fresh ginger into a simple syrup and added lots of fresh mint.)
|Butterfly Pasta Salad--featuring farfalle pasta
(shaped like butterflies!)
|"Then he ate through one nice green leaf,
and he felt much better."
|(store-bought cupcakes spread with store-bought icing
into which I mixed green and yellow food coloring)
We did set the atmosphere with some insect-inspired children's music:
|silly, catchy songs about bugs--educational, but the kids don't even realize they're learning!
|la chenille la plus longue de Lafayette !
|The "sticky table" scenes then became a fun background for blowing out candles
and serving the cupcakes.
|la chasse aux papillons
|pompoms, pipe cleaners, and plastic headbands from the dollar store
|take a small rectangle of tissue paper,
pinch the center together,
and wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around it
so that the antennas are sticking up
that another (tall) parent threw into the air on this very windy day.
Gwyneth's fête was magical! (Other than the fact that the birthday girl participated in almost nothing except the eating of the cake. Oh well--she was only turning two.)
I also put a ridiculous amount of time and energy into creating the favors: spiral-bound workbooks about caterpillars. With the help of Google and Pinterest, I printed out coloring pages, mazes, seek-and-finds, easy crossword puzzles, poems about bugs, and other activity sheets, then had them copied and bound.
|(I hate all that plastic crap and candy that guests typically receive in the
ubiquitous child's birthday party favor bags.)
Martha Stewart, eat your heart out! I'll take a creative and (semi) educational kid's party with store-bought cupcakes any day. (Although, apparently, it will take me 15 months to finish blogging about it.)