One of the reasons we love to host parties is that we want to make the people we love feel special. We had so much fun planning a baby shower for Kim, one of our best friends. Kim had the idea for a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, and of course we loved it.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower | a couple of amateurs


We wanted to base our shower menu on the things that Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar eats throughout his culinary adventure. This actually helped us keep the menu fairly simple. I think our guests still found the display fun, with themed labels for each “course,” but there isn’t a lot of complicated prep work for sliced fruit and small sandwiches!

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower | a couple of amateurs


For the salami, cheese, and pickles, we made slider-size deli sandwiches on hawaiian rolls. The caterpillar’s “sausage” was the classic crescent-wrapped lil’ smokies appetizer. Our fruit plate covered much of the caterpillar’s Monday through Friday fare — one apple, two pears… The book lists a decent party menu. Besides the part toward the end where the caterpillar gorges himself on sweets, he’s eating a fairly balanced diet!

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower | a couple of amateurs


The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats one slice of watermelon, but that afternoon Chelsea made a delicious and refreshing watermelon punch for us. It was a perfect beverage for the hot day. Appropriately colored lollipops were our candy, small brownies were our chocolate cake. We also made tiny cherry pies (recipe here), and these red- and green-iced cupcakes formed a replica of the book’s adorable protagonist.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower: cupcake caterpillar | a couple of amateurs


Our favor bags contained candy versions of many of the foods featured in the book, and the labels read “a Very Hungry baby {last name} Caterpillar.” We made these labels and our invitations using Adobe Illustrator, but you can accomplish something just as good using Publisher or even a basic word processor!

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower: gummy candy favor bags | a couple of amateurs


Warning: we put our favor bags at each place setting, and in the hot sun, a lot of the candy started to melt! Beware, unless you want one giant gummy blob! (I’d still eat that.)

very hungry gummy worm


Continuing on the children’s book theme, we had guests play a big game of mad-libs to write our own little story. The finished mad-lib told the story of the birth of the baby, and was written (by my lovely sister Amy) on a large piece of foamboard. Shower games can sometimes be painful, but we loved this quick, fun activity and we all laughed at the end result. If you’d like to give new life to our mad-lib at your owner shower, use the text below. You’ll need to replace the words in parentheses with your own guest of honor’s details. The words in {brackets} are the ones you’ll leave blank on your big storyboard, and you can assign each bold word-type to a guest. No one sees the story before they select their words, so you’re sure to get some strange and wonderful results.

(Parents’ names) gave birth to a healthy baby {gender} in {place} on a {adjective} {day of the week} {time of day}.  They named their {adjective} newborn child {name} {name} (their last name).  (He/she) was {number} pounds and {number} ounces, {number} inches, and had a full head of {color} hair. Everyone noticed immediately that the baby had (his/her) father’s {body part} and (his/her) mother’s {body part}. (Dad) was so {adjective}, he yelled, “{exclamation}!” and (Mom) replied “{exclamation}!” Baby (last name) is a wonderful addition to this {adverb} {adjective} family.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Baby Shower: madlib shower game | a couple of amateurs




Overall, it was a fun theme. And using the book as a guide made planning a breeze. Especially if you’re throwing a shower for a mama who’s chosen not to find out the gender of her baby, this is a great go-to. I’m sure there are even more creative ideas that we missed! Let us know how yours goes!

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