After many months of planning, Saturday was the Dr. Seuss-themed 1st Birthday party for a very sweet little boy. With websites like Pinterest celebrating the possibilities of DIY projects and parties, 1st Birthdays have come a long way from watching the kid smash some cake in the family’s kitchen. And this particular party was truly a Pinterest pinner’s dream!
To make an event “Offbeat”, I look at what the traditional elements of the occasion are and think of ways to make them… different. In this case, the baby’s mom was right there with me creating all kinds of ideas! Bouncing ideas off of each other resulted in the themed pieces pictured below.
[The location restricted balloons, streamers, and hanging things on the wall. That meant our decorations needed to be creatively done. Our idea? Using clothesline and clothes pins to hang Dr. Seuss character cut-outs and quotes from hooks already on the walls.]
[Tables were decorated with a white plastic cover and a red or blue plastic cover folded like a table runner. For centerpieces, we used Dr. Seuss books and trivia cards. The adults loved the trivia questions! ex. How many children and grandchildren did Dr. Seuss have? The answer will surprise you!]
[We Seuss-ified (is that a word??) the buffet and bathrooms with simple signs saying “Who-Feast” and “Horton Hears a He” or “Horton Hears a Her.”]
[Since there were some older kids there, too, we set up some activities for them. My personal favorite was the Hop on Pop Scotch… get it?? It’s like hopscotch, but the Dr. Seuss version. With help from my mom and husband, we painted “Pop” on a dropcloth. The kids loved it!]
[The show-stopper was definitely the cake! Done by a friend of a friend, the cake was designed to look like a book. It turned out better than we could have dreamed! If you’re looking for a customized cake, let me know and I will hook you up with our baker!]
[Dr. Seuss’ classic book, Happy Birthday to You, was used as a keepsake for the baby. Guests signed the book with wishes and memories that he can cherish into the future. Did I hear everyone say a collective, “Aw!”??]
A few other fun details not pictured included a coloring table that was set up for the kids, but sometimes adults like to color, too! A Dr. Seuss birthday party wouldn’t be complete without some Green Eggs & Ham. To make it happen, we used grid pretzels, Hershey Kiss Hugs, and green M&Ms. Place the Kiss on the pretzel, warm it in the oven until it gets soft, then place the M&M on the center, and let them cool! Yum! Hot Cocoa Bar anyone?? On a cold winter’s day, this was a welcomed treat! We even dipped candy canes in the blue melting chocolates to tie in the Dr. Seuss theme. Put the candy cane in your hot cocoa to add a minty flavor!
It was a kid-friendly, parent-approved party – just like a 1st Birthday party should be!
[Special Thanks to Michael Thorwart for the photos!]