Last May my friend Ashley and I hosted a baby shower for our good friend, Debbie. (Yes, that would be Dr. Debbie, a Supermom who contributes to our blog.) A few things about Debbie: her favorite color is green, she doesn’t eat meat, and she had quite the guest list.
So when it came time to pick a theme, Ashley and I thought basing it on the classic book Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle sounded fun — it would lend itself to the color green, a meatless menu and the flexibility to accommodate many guests.
To introduce the theme in the invitations we mimicked the art from Eric Carle’s book, complete with holes. Invitations were stuffed into craft envelopes with coordinating address labels then addressed by Ashley. (I love her handwriting!)
To appropriately pull off the food theme, we centered the shower around brunch — hot waffles with numerous toppings representing many of the colors and foods the hungry caterpillar ate.
Although hot waffles could sound complicated, they were fairly easy to pull off, especially since the party was open-house style, so not everyone needed a waffle at the same time. We collected several waffle makers from our friends (We all have the same one!), and set them up on my kitchen island. We made fresh waffle batter throughout the party on an adjacent counter in my Kitchen Aid as needed. Mixing waffle batter takes just moments, and we left the ingredients out so we could easily access them. As waffles were done, we put them on a platter on our bar for the taking. Small coordinating signs invited guests to help themselves to hot waffles!
We set up a topping station that included homemade maple syrup, sweet blueberry topping (that is delicious enough to pour over ice cream for dessert), caramel banana topping, peanut butter topping (her favorite), fresh diced strawberries, whipped cream, crushed walnuts and more. Just about every guest divided her waffle into sections to try each of the toppings.
Other colorful snacks were sprinkled throughout the party. We had fruit-shaped gumballs, colorful Trix swirls and fruit candies in all of the key conversations areas. It really was a feast!
Also in the main seating areas we created a conversation starter tree. I typed up questions pertaining to Debbie’s pregnancy and kids, printed them out on green paper, cut them in the shape of a leaf then strung them from metal trees. While we didn’t play any official games, I find conversation starter questions at showers are a great way to add to the décor and for guests to interact.
We picked up some Eric Carle fabric at a local quilting store and paired it with solid green fabrics to make many yards of bunting to string throughout the party rooms. Bunting is such a fun and easy way to add a lot of color.
The bunting fabric scraps did not go to waste! I appliquéd a onesie that we hung with other coordinating baby clothes to serve as décor and gifts for the new baby. The mini clothespins were embellished with knotted ribbon scraps.
I also appliquéd a matching hand towel for the restroom.
Many of the guests commented on the fun restroom-door sign:
Ashley used Rachel Ray’s directions to make colorful topiaries for even more pops of color throughout the serving and conversation areas. We love these topiaries because they offer height and can be made in any color.
In the entry way we had a child-friendly board book version of Hungry Caterpillar for guests to sign, a few munchies and more coordinating bunting. Also I found this adorable Hungry Caterpillar Pull Toy for just $15 on Amazon.com.
To make sure everything coordinated just right, we even made a caterpillar gift record list.
For the favor we used Debbie’s favorite candy, Peanut Butter M&M’s, to make a caterpillar. We simply stuffed the M&M’s into these clear, self-sealing baggies and topped it with a green pipe cleaner twisted to look like caterpillar antennas.