29 Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Ideas

Today I’m sharing the ultimate roundup of Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Ideas

Here’s everything you with everything you’ll need for your next Hungry Caterpillar theme birthday party, from invitations and caterpillar balloons to a honeycomb fruit and caterpillar centerpiece. I’ve found some awesome party decorations too, like the Butterfly Party Decorations, Caterpillar Age Sign, and Honeycomb Fruit Skewers.

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See Also

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1. Party Invitations :: Pottery Barn Kids

Wow your guests with these Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired invitations delivered in a canning jar! Using red and green craft pom-poms and brown pipe cleaners you’ll create your own little hungry caterpillar and tuck in a green cardstock leaf invitation with cute hole punched “bites” out of it.

2. Caterpillar Balloons :: Traci via Catch my Party

You will love this genius idea for creating your very own Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired balloons! Each caterpillar requires one red balloon and 3 green balloons, plus colored cardstock to create the facial features.

Kids Honeycomb Fruit Party Ideas

3. Honeycomb Fruit :: The House that Lars Built

Grab fruit colored honeycomb tissue paper balls and hearts, plus some green colored crepe paper for crafting some leaves and get ready to make the cutest honeycomb fruit!

Hang this adorable fruit all around your party space to look like the fruit straight from the Very Hungry Caterpillar book!

4. Caterpillar Centerpiece :: Shabby Chic Shaddock

Dress up your Very Hungry Caterpillar party with a cute caterpillar centerpiece! Use mini paper lanterns in red and green (or paint paper lanterns red and green) attached to sucker sticks to create the caterpillar.

Display your cute creation from a container of grassy plants.

5. Butterfly Party Decoration :: Papalotes Etsy shop

You can create your own butterfly party decorations using paper! Use several different colors to create beautiful wings and details.

6. Caterpillar Balloon :: Sunitha via Apartment Therapy

Bring the theme of your Very Hungry Caterpillar party to the forefront of guests’ minds with cute caterpillar inspired balloons!

Using a red balloon to recreate the head only, add paper pieced facial features cut from cardstock or construction paper.

7. Caterpillar Age Sign :: Crafts by Courtney

Craft up a wood age sign inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Whether your birthday child is one or five, paint the first letter read to represent the caterpillar’s head and the remaining letters green to represent the body.

Add chenille stem antennae for a completed caterpillar look.

8. Caterpillar Sandwich :: Mini Mocha

Instead of serving up plain old sandwiches, use a circle cookie cutter to create round ham and cheese sandwiches.

Turn dozens of sandwiches on their edges and line them up to create a caterpillar, complete with an edible head made from a tomato, oval cheese slices and basil!

9. Caterpillar Sandwich :: Creekside Learning

If you need something impressive for your Very Hungry Caterpillar party food table, recreate this caterpillar sandwich.

Simply layer individual sandwiches in a curvy pattern across your table adding carrot stick legs and olive eyes.

10. Caterpillar Grapes :: Craftaholics Anonymous

Transform red and green grapes into caterpillars reminiscent of the Very Hungry Caterpillar book! Simply add a red grape, followed by green grapes on a skewer to create this edible caterpillar.

11. Apple Cheese Caterpillar :: Cute Food for Kids

Kids at your Very Hungry Caterpillar party will go crazy for this apple cheese caterpillar. He’s made from Babybel cheese, a green apple, piece of cheese slice and pieces of fruit leather.

12. Very Hungry Caterpillar Dessert Table :: Kara’s Party Ideas

Guests will enjoy inching their way through every detail of this Very Hungry Caterpillar dessert table. It features the cutest caterpillar cupcake cake and some fun healthy book inspired offerings like cheese, strawberries, apples, pears and watermelon too!

13. Chalkboard Table :: All the Frills

Using a chalkboard table to display your Very Hungry Caterpillar refreshments is brilliant! Add text and picture snippets from the story in chalk above and below the various snacks and treats displayed.

14. Honeycomb Fruit Skewers :: A Subtle Revelry

You can whip out a bunch of these honeycomb fruit skewers in no time! You’ll need to cut small circles from honeycomb paper to create apples and oranges and an oval shape for the pineapple.

Add small green paper leaves and glue your cute honeycomb fruit to a skewer!

15. Caterpillar Dessert Table :: Project Nursery

If you’re itching to do more than just a cake for your party, this Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired dessert table is full of inspiration.

The tissue paper fan caterpillar sets the stage for a display of adorable desserts, including apple cupcakes, fruit shaped candy and cookies, to name a few.

16. Caterpillar Birthday Cake :: Hostess with the Mostess, Submitted by Lily Chic Events

One way to approach a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake is to recreate the star of the book—the caterpillar—out of fondant!

This cake includes awesome fondant fruit embellishments and the cutest fondant caterpillar that seems to have inched his way straight out of the pages of the book!

17. Caterpillar Birthday Cake :: Bickiboo Party Supplies, Submitted by Kiss my Cakes

This caterpillar birthday cake was surely the star of the Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired dessert table! Two tiers of fondant cuteness are accented with an adorable 3-D caterpillar topper and so many details that kids will recognize from the beloved story.

18. Cherry Pie :: Learn with Play at Home

A Very Hungry Caterpillar party calls for one slice of cherry pie! Slice mini cherry pies in half for an easy way to serve up pie!

19. Caterpillar Ice Cream Cone :: How Does She

If you thought kids couldn’t love ice cream any more than they already do, guess again! Layering scoops of red and green ice cream and adding candy eyes and antennae is pure genius!

20. Caterpillar Cookies :: Polkadots and Puppies

These caterpillar cookies almost look like they crawled right out of the Very Hungry Caterpillar book. Doesn’t the frosting appear to be painted on for that perfect unique look?

21 Caterpillar Cake Pops :: Pottery Barn Kids via Be Different Act Normal

Need a cute themed dessert to serve up at your Very Hungry Caterpillar party? How about creating a caterpillar from red and green cake pops? A few edible candy and sprinkle embellishments later, and you are set!

22. Caterpillar Hats :: Toddler Approved

Pre-cut all of the paper pieces for these caterpillar hats for an easy craft that even toddlers can enjoy gluing together at a Very Hungry Caterpillar party! Then let guests wear their hats while they listen to the story.

23. Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft :: Isle Tri Via Dollar Store Mom

You’ll only need 3 items for this egg carton caterpillar craft: egg cartons, paint and pipe cleaners. Even better, this project is so simple, little ones can do it too!

24. Eric Carle Activity :: ABC and 123

Add this cute Eric Carle activity to your Very Hungry Caterpillar party! Guests will need red and green paper strips to create links for the caterpillar’s body and a few scraps of orange and brown to add facial features.

A big green paper leaf can be decorated for their caterpillar to sit on complete with paper punched holes from their hungry caterpillar.

25. Big Fruit Shapes :: A Happy Wanderer

Party goers will love re-enacting the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar using these big fruit shapes. Recycled cardboard boxes and paint are used to make these awesome props!

26. Caterpillar Cereal Favors :: One Charming Party

Creating these caterpillar cereal favors is easing using a free apple printable. After printing, cut out the apple, punch a hole and make a caterpillar/worm for the hole using a green pipe cleaner and circle shaped cereal (such as Apple Jacks).

27. Hungry Caterpillar Party Favors :: A Grande Life

Pay a visit to your local dollar store and hunt for bug catchers! It turns out they make darling Very Hungry Caterpillar party favors when dressed up with a cute thank you label and filled with gummy worms.

28. Caterpillar Cocoon Favors :: Handicraftiness

Prepare yourself for the coolest caterpillar cocoon party favors made using balloons and a papier-mache technique!

While these are definitely time consuming, imagine the look on your guests’ faces seeing the finished favors hanging from tree branches for them to pluck prior to departure!

29. Caterpillar Party Favor Bags :: Lady’s Little Loves

Favor bags for a Very Hungry Caterpillar party don’t have to be complicated to be cute! Grab a white lunch sack and punch out circles with a craft punch or die cut machine to replicate the famed caterpillar.

A few dabs of adhesive and you’ve got some cute caterpillar party favor bags!

Check out more great bug themed party supplies gathered by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams…

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For more bug themed birthday party inspiration check out these great ideas…

  • A Colorful Boys’ Bug Birthday Party
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  • Boy’s Bug 6th Birthday 

Plus, don’t miss out on this Boy’s Very Hungry Caterpillar 2nd Birthday Party.

There are also plenty of caterpillar themed food options. Check out the Caterpillar Sandwich, Caterpillar Grapes, and Apple Cheese Caterpillar. I'm in love with the Very Hungry Caterpillar Dessert Tables and the Chalkboard Table. Just about every food in the book is covered from the Cherry Pie and Caterpillar Ice Cream Cone to the Caterpillar Cookies and Caterpillar Cake Pops. Aren't the Caterpillar Birthday Cakes incredible?!

Any good birthday party has games too, so I've included fun activities like the Caterpillar Hats, Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft, Eric Carle Activity, and Big Fruit Shapes. Finally, there are some great favors guests will be hungry to take home: Caterpillar Cereal Favors, Hungry Caterpillar Party Favors, Caterpillar Cocoon Favors, and Caterpillar Party Favor Bags.

1. Party Invitations :: Pottery Barn Kids

Wow your guests with these Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired invitations delivered in a canning jar! Using red and green craft pom-poms and brown pipe cleaners you’ll create your own little hungry caterpillar and tuck in a green cardstock leaf invitation with cute hole punched “bites” out of it.

2. Caterpillar Balloons :: Traci via Catch my Party

You will love this genius idea for creating your very own Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired balloons! Each caterpillar requires one red balloon and 3 green balloons, plus colored cardstock to create the facial features.

3. Honeycomb Fruit :: The House that Lars Built

Grab fruit colored honeycomb tissue paper balls and hearts, plus some green colored crepe paper for crafting some leaves and get ready to make the cutest honeycomb fruit! Hang this adorable fruit all around your party space to look like the fruit straight from the Very Hungry Caterpillar book!

4. Caterpillar Centerpiece :: The Party Dress

Dress up your Very Hungry Caterpillar party with a cute caterpillar centerpiece! Use mini paper lanterns in red and green (or paint paper lanterns red and green) attached to sucker sticks to create the caterpillar.  Display your cute creation from a container of grassy plants.

5. Butterfly Party Decoration :: Papalotes Etsy shop

You can create your own butterfly party decorations using paper! Use several different colors to create beautiful wings and details.

6. Caterpillar Balloon :: Sunitha via Apartment Therapy

Bring the theme of your Very Hungry Caterpillar party to the forefront of guests’ minds with cute caterpillar inspired balloons! Using a red balloon to recreate the head only, add paper pieced facial features cut from cardstock or construction paper.

7. Caterpillar Age Sign :: Crafts by Courtney

Craft up a wood age sign inspired by the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Whether your birthday child is one or five, paint the first letter read to represent the caterpillar’s head and the remaining letters green to represent the body.  Add chenille stem antennae for a completed caterpillar look.

8. Caterpillar Sandwich :: Mini Mocha

Instead of serving up plain old sandwiches, use a circle cookie cutter to create round ham and cheese sandwiches.  Turn dozens of sandwiches on their edges and line them up to create a caterpillar, complete with an edible head made from a tomato, oval cheese slices and basil!

9. Caterpillar Sandwich :: Creekside Learning

If you need something impressive for your Very Hungry Caterpillar party food table, recreate this caterpillar sandwich. Simply layer individual sandwiches in a curvy pattern across your table adding carrot stick legs and olive eyes.

10. Caterpillar Grapes :: Craftaholics Anonymous

Transform red and green grapes into caterpillars reminiscent of the Very Hungry Caterpillar book! Simply add a red grape, followed by green grapes on a skewer to create this edible caterpillar.

11. Apple Cheese Caterpillar :: Cute Food for Kids

Kids at your Very Hungry Caterpillar party will go crazy for this apple cheese caterpillar. He’s made from Babybel cheese, a green apple, piece of cheese slice and pieces of fruit leather.

12. Very Hungry Caterpillar Dessert Table :: Kara's Party Ideas

Guests will enjoy inching their way through every detail of this Very Hungry Caterpillar dessert table. It features the cutest caterpillar cupcake cake and some fun healthy book inspired offerings like cheese, strawberries, apples, pears and watermelon too!

13. Chalkboard Table :: All the Frills

Using a chalkboard table to display your Very Hungry Caterpillar refreshments is brilliant! Add text and picture snippets from the story in chalk above and below the various snacks and treats displayed.

14. Honeycomb Fruit Skewers :: A Subtle Revelry

You can whip out a bunch of these honeycomb fruit skewers in no time! You’ll need to cut small circles from honeycomb paper to create apples and oranges and an oval shape for the pineapple. Add small green paper leaves and glue your cute honeycomb fruit to a skewer!

15. Caterpillar Dessert Table :: Project Nursery

If you’re itching to do more than just a cake for your party, this Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired dessert table is full of inspiration.  The tissue paper fan caterpillar sets the stage for a display of adorable desserts, including apple cupcakes, fruit shaped candy and cookies, to name a few.

16. Caterpillar Birthday Cake :: Hostess with the Mostess, Submitted by Lily Chic Events

One way to approach a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday cake is to recreate the star of the book—the caterpillar—out of fondant! This cake includes awesome fondant fruit embellishments and the cutest fondant caterpillar that seems to have inched his way straight out of the pages of the book!

17. Caterpillar Birthday Cake :: Bickiboo Party Supplies, Submitted by Kiss my Cakes

This caterpillar birthday cake was surely the star of the Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired dessert table! Two tiers of fondant cuteness are accented with an adorable 3-D caterpillar topper and so many details that kids will recognize from the beloved story.

18. Cherry Pie :: Learn with Play at Home

A Very Hungry Caterpillar party calls for one slice of cherry pie! Slice mini cherry pies in half for an easy way to serve up pie!

19. Caterpillar Ice Cream Cone :: How Does She

If you thought kids couldn’t love ice cream any more than they already do, guess again! Layering scoops of red and green ice cream and adding candy eyes and antennae is pure genius!

20. Caterpillar Cookies :: Polkadots and Puppies

These caterpillar cookies almost look like they crawled right out of the Very Hungry Caterpillar book. Doesn’t the frosting appear to be painted on for that perfect unique look?

21 Caterpillar Cake Pops :: Pottery Barn Kids via Be Different Act Normal

Need a cute themed dessert to serve up at your Very Hungry Caterpillar party? How about creating a caterpillar from red and green cake pops? A few edible candy and sprinkle embellishments later, and you are set!

22. Caterpillar Hats :: Toddler Approved

Pre-cut all of the paper pieces for these caterpillar hats for an easy craft that even toddlers can enjoy gluing together at a Very Hungry Caterpillar party! Then let guests wear their hats while they listen to the story.

23. Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft :: Isle Tri Via Dollar Store Mom

You’ll only need 3 items for this egg carton caterpillar craft: egg cartons, paint and pipe cleaners. Even better, this project is so simple, little ones can do it too!

24. Eric Carle Activity :: ABC and 123

Add this cute Eric Carle activity to your Very Hungry Caterpillar party! Guests will need red and green paper strips to create links for the caterpillar’s body and a few scraps of orange and brown to add facial features. A big green paper leaf can be decorated for their caterpillar to sit on complete with paper punched holes from their hungry caterpillar.

25. Big Fruit Shapes :: A Happy Wanderer

Party goers will love re-enacting the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar using these big fruit shapes. Recycled cardboard boxes and paint are used to make these awesome props!

26. Caterpillar Cereal Favors :: One Charming Party

Creating these caterpillar cereal favors is easing using a free apple printable. After printing, cut out the apple, punch a hole and make a caterpillar/worm for the hole using a green pipe cleaner and circle shaped cereal (such as Apple Jacks).

27. Hungry Caterpillar Party Favors :: A Grande Life

Pay a visit to your local dollar store and hunt for bug catchers! It turns out they make darling Very Hungry Caterpillar party favors when dressed up with a cute thank you label and filled with gummy worms.

28. Caterpillar Cocoon Favors :: Handicraftiness

Prepare yourself for the coolest caterpillar cocoon party favors made using balloons and a papier-mache technique! While these are definitely time consuming, imagine the look on your guests’ faces seeing the finished favors hanging from tree branches for them to pluck prior to departure!

29. Caterpillar Party Favor Bags :: Lady's Little Loves

Favor bags for a Very Hungry Caterpillar party don’t have to be complicated to be cute! Grab a white lunch sack and punch out circles with a craft punch or die cut machine to replicate the famed caterpillar.  A few dabs of adhesive and you’ve got some cute caterpillar party favor bags!

Check out these great Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party supplies gathered by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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  • Caterpillar Themed Party Fans
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  • Palm Leaf Serving Tray
  • Caterpillar Cookie Cutter
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  • Hungry Caterpillar Thank You Cards
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Treat Bags
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Hanging Swirls
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Tablecover
  • Hungry Caterpillar Garland
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Plastic Party Cups
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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party Cups
  • The World of Eric Carle Birthday Banner
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Banner
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcake Kit
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Invitations

For more bug themed birthday party inspiration check out these great ideas...

  • A Colorful Boys' Bug Birthday Party
  • 20 Bug Themed Birthday Party Ideas
  • Boy's Bug 6th Birthday 

Plus, check out A Boy's Very Hungry Catepillar 2nd Birthday Party...

 

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Back To School Party Ideas!

We’ll be back in school soon and I love to put together a back to school party every year. I feel it gets the kids excited, and gives them one last hurrah before hitting the books!

To create a fun back to school party table, I started by covering my table with a  I added black paper for the backdrop, added a large , and ordered a .  
I set out some , and painted in primary colors. Fun , and with ‘back to school’ were set out on the table.
Mini were filled with , and displayed on a cake stand. Water color and small were set out as party favors for all the guests to take home after the party!

Parties are always better with sweet treats! Our friends over at created some darling back to school themed cake pops that we displayed inside of a painted mason jar from . 

Don’t forget to add a festive back to school photo prop, like this fun ! Your party guests will have a great time pretending to ride inside of the school bus.

Happy Back To School!!

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Party Ideas That Won’t Cost You a Bomb This New Year!

Still clueless about what to do this New Year? Did demonetisation sabotage all your plans of celebrating a happening night? Did all your travel plans go down the drain and leave you bewildered about what to do now? Worry not ! We present you with some amazing ideas on hosting a budget-friendly New Year’s Party which will leave your friends and family super impressed, making you the star of the evening.

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Theme It Up!

It’s high time to move over the decades-old themes of Bollywood and Cosplay! This season, let demonetisation be the theme of your party. Confused? How about asking your guests to assemble an attire under 2,000 bucks? Or have a Trade-Stuff Party, where everyone brings stuff they don’t use anymore but would love to share or exchange with others! The cash crunch has brutally affected us all but a theme like this would be a sure winner among your guests.

For all the lazy butts out there who don’t wish to dress up, you can throw the most comfortable party ever – a pyjama party. It will be great fun where each guest can dress up in their fun, quirky pyjamas.



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Or you could just ask your guests to wear an all-white outfit and carry spray paint with the ! Yes, graffiti each other! Also, it’s surprisingly easy to turn your apartment into a nightclub. So switch out your regular light bulbs with black lights and hand out glow sticks to your all-white outfitted guests to get the full effect!

Load Up On Entertainment



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Any party is dull without three things – Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainment. Pump up your party and sing your way into the morning by having karaoke all night! Also, what’s better than having a Bonfire Night coupled with steaming cups of coffee and some soothing music in this chilly weather?

For all the movie buffs out there, you can even have an outdoor movie screening! Everyone can decide on a classic flick and get together under the stars, all you need is your blankets, beanbags, chairs, and hot chocolate!

D.I.Y Decoration

Now this is one element where you can save your money. You don’t need to spend a hefty amount for obtaining that perfect ambiance for your kick-ass party. Go the DIY (Do It Yourself ) way!

Confetti can add life to even the simplest of decorations. Just blow up some balloons and take out your party hats and decorate them with some confetti.



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Also, fairy lights are can be very handy as well as pretty. Ditch the party banners and adorn your walls with these decorative lights. Take out the Diwali lights and place them in some empty booze bottles to have that perfect lighting.

You can also set up a photo booth in a corner where all the guests can get clicked. Every group has at least one friend who is inclined towards photography. Ask them to take over the booth! You can easily make some props for the booth with a pair of scissors, glitter sheets and glue.

All Aboard the Food Train



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We all have either heard of or attended a BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) party. How about a twist and instead of a BYOB have a BYOA (Bring Your Own Appetiser) party? Delicious Hors d’oeuvres will be brought by every guest which will not only provide a variety in menu but also be super cost effective.

So, what are you waiting for? Now that you know the best recipe for a New Year Eve party, just jazz up the tried and tested formula with these party ideas that will help make sure yours is a party to remember.

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Party Ideas That Won’t Cost You a Bomb This New Year!

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Christmas party ideas 2017 – From making an entrance to dodgy conversation topics, we reveal ten tips for how to be popular at parties

LIKE it or loathe it, party season has arrived.

Cue a social calendar made up of family gatherings, office parties and drinks at multiple bars. Then there are those events you’re invited to as a “plus one” when you have mingle with strangers.

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Body language expert Judi James shares tips for how to feel confident over the festive party season

But how do you navigate a party when socialising doesn’t come naturally?

Here, body language expert JUDI JAMES reveals her top ten tips that are guaranteed to make everyone at the festive bash warm to you . . .

1 — Make a great entrance

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Hit the ground running and walk into the party sending out all the right signals

“First impressions count” is a phrase we’ve all heard countless times – and that’s because it is so true.

So hit the ground running and walk into the party sending out all the right signals.

Make sure you pull up to full height, push your shoulders back and down, breathe out gently and imagine you’re preparing to meet your best friend so your facial muscles relax into an authentic-looking smile.

Confidence speaks volumes.

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2 — Use the eye connect

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Catching others’ eyes from across the room of the Christmas party is key to success

Pause, smile and scan the room immediately.

Catching others’ eyes from across the room announces that you’re friendly, positive and approachable and makes people want to talk to you.

Don’t overdo the smile though, as too much teeth-baring can look aggressive.

3 — Avoid distractions

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Try to avoid distractions like using your phone at your Christmas party

Keep your phone out of sight. Checking or sending texts while you chat is a no-no.

Even having it on show means the phone will inevitably light up at some point.

Never scan the room with your eyes while you’re listening to someone talk either and watch all those fiddling gestures too as they will make you look bored.

4 — Keep moving

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It’s good to keep moving and dance the night away, says body language expert

Take enough time to grab a drink then walk up to the nearest group and join in. The longer you pause before mingling the harder you’ll find it to break the ice.

Groups of three or more are the easiest to break into. Though you may be tempted to go for the loner, remember they could be hard work.

Look for the biggest gap to step into but don’t interrupt the speaker if they’re mid-flow.

Instead nod briefly to the people standing on either side of you before subtly mirroring the group’s body language to ingratiate silently. When the speaker finishes their story, you can quickly introduce yourself.

5 — Don’t hover

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Try not to hover for too long and feel awkward at your Christmas party

If the group doesn’t part to let you in, don’t pause for longer than three seconds before waving to someone across the room and walking off.

Or walk confidently to the bar, it’s a better face-saver than slinking off miserably.

6 — Get greeting rituals right

If it’s a formal party, keep your right hand free for handshakes.

Give a firm shake using eye contact, and no limp hands, knuckle-crunchers or damp sweaty palms.

If you’re cheek-kissing, touch the other person lightly on the shoulders to help gently steer and touch right cheek to right cheek but no lip-to-cheek touching.

When guests tell you their name use it once to help you remember it.

People love people who remember them and call them by name.

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7 — Perfect your small talk

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Perfect your small talk and have a good natter

Spend time before the party checking out good, fun subjects for small-talk.

A quick scan through the papers should help but keep off controversial subjects like Brexit. Avoid ego-centric conversations, too.

Ask open questions and focus on getting the other person to tell you more about themselves rather than bringing the conversation back to yourself.

Things like: “How did you get into your line of work?” rather than: “Do you like your job?”

8 — Use active listening signals

Everyone likes a good listener. Face the speaker front-on and use lots of eye contact as you listen.

Nod as well to ensure you don’t look as though you’re staring and allow your facial expression to respond to their conversation.

Raising your eyebrows in surprise can look more genuine than saying: “Oh that sounds really interesting,” which often sounds fake.

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9 — Hold your drink at rib height

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Hold your drink at rib height and try not to cross your arms at parties

Any higher and it looks like a barrier and any lower will signal disinterest.

Never stand with your arms folded or your legs crossed at the ankles. Nothing says “keep away” more than these two barriers.

If you’re carrying a bag, try to tuck it under one arm rather than hugging it to your torso so your body suggests you are open to conversation.

10 — Mirror to create rapport

When you’re chatting to another guest, subtly mirror their pace, style of movement and speech.
Subconscious mirroring happens naturally when we’re with people we like so your own likeability quota will soon rise when you fast-track the process.

8 Chrismukkah Party Ideas Your Whole Girl Crew Will Love

Once Halloween is over, holiday parties and endless meals seem to take over almost instantly. The festive season is now upon us, and it can definitely be overwhelming at times. But ’tis the season, and parties bring some of the best memories and fun you’ll have this time of year. If you have a big core group of friends, it may sometimes be difficult to coordinate with everyone’s different celebrated holidays. If Christmas and Hanukkah are shared in your group of friends, a Chrismukkah party is a must. But how do you exactly come up with some epic Chrismukkah party ideas?

Well, instead of highlighting one or the other, fuse these two beautiful holidays into one to create the fabulousness that is Chrismukkah. A lot of people celebrate Chrismukkah because they honor both traditions. Others use it to have holiday parties among friends who come from the different faiths. You definitely don’t want to leave anyone out, which is why festive parties are the best way to go.

So, to get your imaginative gears churning to think about what you want your Chrismukkah theme to be, there are a ton of DIY recipes and crafts to find online. You can change any neutral holiday decoration into one for this party, and make sure to choose a color scheme to keep it fun and festive (some great ones can be white, gold, maroon, blue or red). Here are several ideas to get you going.

White Doily Evergreen Trees

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Every cold weather place (aka, an ideal winter wonderland) has evergreen trees covered with glistening snow. I mean, what fun are the holidays with no snow? Some may disagree, but it’s a staple for sure.

To recreate that feel in your home without the cold snow and with a delicate touch, doily trees are the way to go. Use white, round doilies, skewer sticks, a little styrofoam cone, and marshmallows. This decoration idea is super neutral and super easy, yet it makes for a great centerpiece. Your apartment or house will be decked out in winter white in no time.

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Teddy Bear Peppermint Sleighs

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If you want to creatively feed your guests while also killing them with cuteness overload, these teddy bear peppermint sleighs are for you. All you need are peppermint candy canes, mini Milky Ways, and Teddy Graham Crackers. There’s no oven involved, too, which is a plus for someone (*cough* me *cough*) who isn’t a master in the kitchen. In no time, you will have the cutest edible treat, and your guests will fall in love.

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Snowy Candle Holders

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For this craft, get an empty, crystal clear candle holder, salt, and a tea candle, and you have a fast way to make a standard piece just that much more festive. If you want to be extra artsy and creative, make miniature decorations for inside the holder (make sure it’s far enough away from the actual candle so there aren’t any fire hazards). Also, you can use silver sharpie to make the outside festive as well with little snowflakes.

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Rice Krispie Trees

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How to make a timeless snack all the more useful for the holidays? Dye it green! Make some edible trees with a simple Rice Krispies recipe and use food coloring to finish off the treat. While this is a “Christmas” DIY, you can easily make it into whatever you want — keep the green with red sprinkles, but also add blue ones, and you can even have powdered sugar to look like snow.

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Festive Sweater Vases

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To keep with the warm and cozy Chrismukkah party theme, grab some vases and some festive tights, or thick argyle or winter-patterned socks. Cut the ends off, and slide them over the vase you have. You can display flowers, drinking straws, or utensils in it for another great table decor. You can also do this with your glass cups (or mason jars are always a good go-to with drinking ware).

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Melted Snow People Cookies

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For these fun and totally delicious treats, you’ll need sugar cookie mix (from a tube or otherwise), white cookie icing, and marshmallows (along with any other garnishments you want). Let the frosting be messy (which is easy, of course), and place one big marshmallow on it for the snow person’s head. Add eyes, arms, and buttons for that added effect (and laugh).  

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DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

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Another mason jar activity (again, because you clearly can’t escape these things), allows you and your guests to customize your very own snow globes. Use the jars and caps, water, and then (most likely) glitter. You can add laminated pictures, and put little holiday beads in there as well. You can also make some that are Hanukkah-themed and others that are Christmas-themed to embrace Chrismukkah even more.

“Snow”-Covered Pinecones

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Last but not least, this is an activity that we have been doing since we were young. It’s also easy and the materials won’t break the bank. Collect some pinecones and drench them in glue. Salt will give off the best snow effect on these, so you can roll them in some of that. You can also use white paint, to really create that winter wonderland vibe.

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17 Pool Party Ideas with a Ton of Splash

Everybody into the pool party! There’s nothing more fun than water play on a hot day and our easy tips and tricks will help you beat the heat and enhance your cool party parent factor. From a brightly colored pool to creative jello snacks, read on for the scoop on stellar ideas for the ultimate splash party (kiddie pools count).

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Decor

Let your party go-ers know how big of a splash they’re in for. Whether you use beach balls, pool noodles or signs, here’s how to make your party look picture perfect.

Whether you’re turning your pool party into a gathering for mermaids, pirates, sailors or Olympic swimmers, a friendly sign pointing your critters in the right direction always makes a pleasant welcome.

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You can buy mini beach balls or make them on your own for this simple, but stellar garland. All you need is a little paint, styrofoam balls and string! Get the tutorial over at Studio DIY.

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Make your pool extra color and fun by throwing balloons into the mix! It’s a super fun and affordable idea that’ll get kids rushing for more water play. Attendees of the Dukes and Duchesses’ party certainly had a blast. balloons-in-pool

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Really enhance your wading pool with a few pool noodle petals. Find flower shaped pool noodles at your local Dollar Store, and then cut them with a knife. And, in less than 10 seconds, you have decorations as beautiful as The Party Animal’s.

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All those cute floaties now have a permanent home on your snack table! We love this idea by Etsy shop Forever Your Prints, who enhanced this swimming party with lovely print outs from her shop. pool-party-snack-table

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Food

Swimming after a full heavy meal isn’t ideal, so instead of making your kids wait an hour before play, why not provide a snack spread that they can nom on throughout the day? Check out all the clever, energy boosting treats you can have below.

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Prepare a snack bar full of healthy choices to keep your kid’s energy up for the day. Let them load up on their dose of fibrous celery, fruit and wafer snacks. Crissy Crafts cleverly decorated her fruit platter to look like a beachball. Amazing!

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Just one sign can change everything. Bethany from Maryland Pink and Green labeled her punch pool water, resulting in many snickers and giggles from the kids.

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Cool down with kiwi pops or root beer flavored icicles. Check out our astounding list of 20 drool worthy popsicles that are healthy, fresh and down right perfect for beating the summer heat.

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Activities

There’s more to water play than splashing and swimming laps. Whether your kids can swim in the deep end or like to float in the shallow end of the (wading) pool, here are some fun games that’ll have them hopping with excitement.

Who doesn’t love an easy way to have fun and make memories? Let your kids pretend to be scuba divers as they smile for the camera. This Pinterest user took an extra step and put her fancy props in jars of sand for an extra beachy feel. photo-booth-pool

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Move aside water balloons, there’s a new wet and wild game that’ll last much longer! Follow Crazy Adventures in Parenting to learn how to make these squishy, fun-soaked sponge bombs.

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Let your kids show off their brain skills with this super amusing toss game. Write numbers on sponges. Then get your tot and his or her friends to toss the sponge on to the corresponding frisbees. Older kids who want to step their game up can try throwing sponges with math equations on them. Get more variations of this game over at Blissfully Domestic.

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Ready, steady, go! Race your ocean animals in a wading pool by squirting at them with a hose or a water gun. Kids will have a blast cheering on their friends or favorite animal. Use string to make lanes for a real Olympic race. See what other kind of ocean animal diving games you can play over at Toddler Approved!

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Favors

Send your party people home with fun reminders of what a great day they had. Check out these awesome party favors that’ll keep your guests warm and protected all throughout the day (and long after).

Tell your friends to skip the towels and water bottles because you’ve got them ready – as party favors! oh goodie designs packaged theirs extra nice with a ribbon and a colorful label.

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Protect those big eyes from the bright summer glare. Kids from Miss Prim and Me’s pool party got to choose from a chromatic display of super cool shades.

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Parents are truly going to appreciate this favor. Put out all kinds of toddler friendly sunscreen that your guests can use at the party and even take home. SPF 50 for the face and a spray on one that’s waterproof? Check, check! And look at the extra flair Entertain with Jordan gave to her station!

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Tell us what party idea you most liked in the comment section below.

— Christal Yuen

22 of the Best Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas on the Planet

Build an awesome birthday with these Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas — including decorations, cakes, DIYs, party supplies and more!

You still have time to create an alternate universe for your next ! Colorful cubes are used for everything from cake on the dessert table, to square head decorations, to fun, themed favor ideas.

Unique Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas for Boys


See Also

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  • You’ll love these Minecraft Birthday Party Cakes as well! 

22 Minecraft Birthday Parties for Boys

Boy's Minecraft Themed Birthday Party

1. From Partylicious via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Boy’s Minecraft Themed Birthday Party – What an awesome party set-up! The dessert and guest tables are really special at this birthday. Check out all of the interesting details!

Minecraft 11th Birthday Party

2. From Fernanda Frazao via Kara’s Party Ideas: Minecraft 11th Birthday Party – Here’s an elaborate presentation with a number of special treats including potion bottles of candy. See lots of the Minecraft characters featured on the table.

Boy's Awesome Minecraft Party

3. From Made by a Princess: Boy’s Awesome Minecraft Party – See a great party paper plate backdrop here. There’s also a wonderful themed food table; the Rolo dynamite sticks are really clever. The Princess also came up with terrific activities.

Boy's Dynamite Minecraft Birthday Party

4. From A Stylish Affair by Jessie via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Boy’s Dynamite Minecraft Birthday Party – Look at many clever parallels to the Minecraft game at this party. I especially like their dessert table backdrop and the outstanding cake.

Boy's Minecraft Birthday Party

5. From Freshtake Photography via Hostess With the Mostess: Minecraft Party – There’s a super party set-up on this dessert table that featured a boy-pleasing exploding TNT cake! Also see a Ghast piñata, made by a 13-year-old brother (you can do it, too!).

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas for Boys

6. From Supermum Cakes via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas for Boys – A terrific hero Brine cake takes center stage on a marvelous outdoor table.

A Minecraft Birthday

7. From Sweet Soirees via Hostess With the Mostess: A Minecraft Birthday – Minecraft printables dress up the dessert table, but the guest table setting is my favorite view here.

Boy's Top Notch Minecraft Birthday Party

8. From Dream a Little Dream via Spaceships and Laser Beams: A Boy’s Top Notch Minecraft Party – The entire set-up pulled guests into the fantasy world; I especially liked their brewing station. Each of the guests received a Minecraft mask as well as other fun take-hoes at this fine party.

An Outdoor Minecraft Birthday Party

9. From Anamaria Murillo via Kara’s Party Ideas: An Outdoor Minecraft Birthday Party – Here’s another instance of a resourceful mom building a party for a game loving boy! The venue chosen was an excellent party site.

Logan's Minecraft Birthday Party

10. From Emily’s Creative Creations via Catch My Party: Logan’s Minecraft Birthday – The entire corner of this party was transformed by faux brick and stone—a great backdrop for the dessert table.

DIY Minecraft Birthday Party

11. From Southern Revivals: DIY Minecraft Birthday Party – This DIY mama came up with some awesome ideas for limited resources. The enchantment activity table is a genius idea.

Boy's Minecraft Birthday Party

12. From MaMeMima via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Boy’s Minecraft Birthday Celebration – This designing mama built an entire Minecraft themed dessert table; you’d never realize she didn’t know a thing about the game before designing the party!

Terrific Minecraft Party Ideas

13. From Raining Hot Coupons: Find a list of fun ideas here, such as letting kids make Minecraft style pictures of themselves and playing pin-the-tail on the pig with a Steve box head-blindfolded.

14. From Printable Parties to Go via Kara’s Party Ideas: Vintage Minecraft 8th Birthday – There’s just a peek at this party but I like the focal point arrangement with a basket filled with the Minecraft characters.

Minecraft Birthday Party Celebration

15. From Creative Parties and You via Catch My Party: Minecraft Celebration – Using the large Creeper face was a good idea to help fill the space in an outdoor venue.

Boy's Minecraft Birthday Party Dessert Table

16. From Sunny by Design via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Joint Minecraft Birthday Party – A brother and sister and their guests had to have been delighted at this fun party with many clever details and activities for all.

A Boy's 10th Minecraft Birthday Party

17. From Lip Service by Mel: A Boy’s 10th Minecraft Birthday Party – This party throwing mama has some great ideas. The presentation of the birthday boy’s gift was an exciting fanfare! Mom is willing to share her templates for the party items she made too.

Boy's Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas

18. From Party Inspirations via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Boy’s First Class Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas – The first piece of wonderful I noticed here was the unique color combination—so refreshing!  Still, you won’t want to miss any of the Minecraft components at this great party either.

Aiden's Minecraft Birthday Party

19. From Sugar Bites Desserts via Catch My Party: Aiden’s Minecraft Birthday Party – There are several fun, hands-on activities for the guests, including make-your-own Creeper shirts, mining for gems and mix your own brew.

Minecraft Birthday Celebration Ideas

20. From An Portraits via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Minecraft Birthday Celebration Ideas – You won’t believe the great way this party came together even though mom only had four days to prep everything. Amazing!

Minecraft Themed Bar Mitzvah Party
21. From Bellwether Events via Hostess With the Mostess: Minecraft Themed Bar Mitzvah Party – The Minecraft calendar guest book is a super idea! The ice cream sundae bar is well-stocked with candy rocks and gems. The creeper toothpicks used on the finger foods are fun.

Zamier's Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas

22. From Chasity via Catch My Party: Zamier’s Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas – The hanging decorations over the guest table add to the party atmosphere . One of the treat presentations includes a cool block configuration of cake, rice crispie squares and blue Jello. There’s a funny favor idea to be seen here, too-I like it!

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