Our little girl officially turned two on Friday, so it was only appropriate that we celebrate her second trip around the sun with a proper birthday party.  The Hurts love a theme and this year we selected one of Mattie Windsor’s favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The decorations consisted of a giant caterpillar composed of homemade tissue paper pom poms, place cards with illustrations and quotes from the book (that later doubled for thank you notes), and of course Mattie Windsor’s masterpiece that she painted herself  (Four More Days . . .).  Staying true to our inspiration, we served apples, pears, plums, strawberries and oranges to incorporate all of the fruits on which the caterpillar dined throughout the week.  We also served pickles, Swiss cheese (in the form of a ham and cheese biscuits), and cupcakes to represent the  caterpillar’s eating extravaganza on Saturday.

And of course there was a craft project (this is project hurt … duh?!).  We gave the children green paper leaves and cotton pom poms to make their own caterpillars to take home.

Mattie Windsor thoroughly enjoyed the spotlight and a good time was had by all.  We even managed to raise a little dough for SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) here in Winston-Salem.  Gifts are fun but experiences are even better, so we asked our friends and loved ones to make donations  to support a local museum in an effort to further encourage and inspire our little artist.


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