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Butterfly / Caterpillar Party

Your guests will love a room with colorful balloons and crepe streamer hanging from the ceiling. Have the table completely set and decorated to add to the festive feel.


Purchase live, adult butterflies and have them displayed for a centerpiece. For the finale of your party, have guests release the butterflies outside. Give a party favor they'll be talking about for years!

Have each guest take home a pair of caterpillars to raise into their very own butterflies. These items are available through ButterflyFriends.com


Watercolor Butterflies Kit


  • Coffee Filters
  • Paints and BrushesPipe Cleaner
  • Clothes Pin

    Make the Butterfly Wings by laying a coffee filters flat on the table. Decorate with the paints or you can also use markers or crayons. Let "wings" dry slightly.

    Make Body and Antennae by painting clothes pins. This will be the body of the butterfly.

    Curl ends of pipe cleaner and feed through clothes pin. This will be the antennae.

    Finish your Butterfly by gathering coffee filter, starting at center bottom and working up to the center top. Feed through clothes pin body.

    Watering Can Relay Race
    Split the party guests into 2 teams. At one end of the yard have 2 empty buckets of water and the party guests. At the opposite end of the yard have 2 running hoses. The first person in each team must race to the hoses, fill their watering can and race to the other end and pour the water into the bucket. The team that fills their bucket first wins.

    Cocoon Race
    Split the party guests into 2 teams. Each team will need to select a "caterpillar" (doing this by a drawing might be the easiest way). Give each team a couple rolls of toilet paper. When you say "go", each team must try to tranform their friend into a cocoon the fastest!

    Bug Eating Contest
    Give each child a plate full of bitty bugs (sprinkles). Say "go" and have the kids race to see who can eat the most without using their hands.

    Create a Critter
    To make a Caterpillar:
    Cut a piece of shoestring licorice a little longer then desired length of caterpillar. String Life Savers and put a knot at each end. To make legs, cut shorter pieces of licorice and tie at various places along body. Use frosting to secure mini M and M's onto the front Life Saver for eyes.

    To make a Butterfly: With frosting, attach two semicircle candies with the curved edges facing each other to form butterfly wings. Add a piece of twist licorice or a banana runt to make a candy body. M and M's can be used to decorate wings.


    Bagel Butterflies
    Slice the bagels in half then cut down the center so you have 4 semi circle shapes. Spread cream cheese on bagels and decorate with various vegetables. Put 2 pieces of bagels together so curved sides are facing each other (should resemble butterfly wings). Put cream cheese in a frosting tube and make body where bagels connect. Place a cherry tomato on top for its head.

    Pasta Butterflies
    Bowtie pasta resembles butterfy wings. Serve with butter or favorite sauce.

    Butterfly Nectar
    Butterflies get all their nutrients from sipping the nectar from flowers. Have your guests pretend they are butterflies! Cut flower shapes out of construction paper. Cut a hole in the center and place straw through.

    Butterfly Cake
    Bake a round cake, cut it in half. Place curved edges together to resemble butterfly wings. Frost and decorate "wings" with various candies. Place a cupcake at top for head. Gum drops make excellent eyes and licorice works well for the antennae.

    Caterpillar Cupcakes
    Make as many cupcakes as you have guests. Frost them green. Line them up to resemble a wiggly caterpillar. Giant gum drops can be used for legs and eyes and licorice works well for the antennae.

    Submitted by:
    Minnesota, USA


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