Happy Birthday to You!
Today we celebrate the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved author and illustrator known to kids around the world as Dr. Suess. There couldn’t be a better day to share some ideas and the best products we’ve found for creating a Suess-style birthday party that is sure to delight!
The party planners at Birthday in a Box recommend sending out invitations three to four weeks before the party date. Here are a few options that will set the tone for your Seussian event:
Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat Computer Paper, Package of 50 Sheets / Dr. Seuss CAT in the HAT Party Invitations (8) / Dr. Seuss Invitations (8)
Greet guests at the door with this Cat in The Hat Welcome Banner:
We love these One Fish, Two Fish Paper Cut-Outs, Pkg. of 36. Here are a few ideas, but the possibilities for using them are endless:
- Write “Party This Way” and hang several fish indoors or outside as directional signs.
- Label them to identify games or party areas like “Sweets & Treats”.
- Write guests’ names and use fish as extra-large place cards.
Make decorating your main party table simple and affordable with the Dr. Seuss Value Party Pack (below). Not only does it include (8) dinner plates, (8) dessert plates, (20) lunch napkins, (1) plastic tablecover, (8) forks, (8) spoons, (24) party candles, (12) latex balloons, (2) curling ribbons, and (1) crepe paper roll, it also gives you (8) party invitations!
Sweets & Treats
Here are some ideas for festive DIY sweets that kids will love:
Create a Cat in the Hat Tub Cake, compliments of Seussville.com.
Surprise them with a colorful cake, made from this recipe for Rainbow Batter from Birthday in a Box:
Rainbow Cake Batter / Birthday in a Box
Top your rainbow cake with favorite Seuss characters and decorative accessories and serve it with some Rainbow Sherbet:
Instead of cake and ice cream, bake cupcakes in Suess-themed wrappers and finish them off with some adorable toppers:
Artfully display your creations on a cupcake stand and serve with these “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” Jello desserts from Kraft.com:
Photo by Kraft
FYI: You can get gummy fish to use in this dessert here: Multi-Colored Swedish Fish
Add in some fun!
As Dr. Seuss would say, “Fun is good.” Try out these ideas for games and activities to engage your guests:
Set up an area for a game of Musical Chairs. Get your musical selections from a cd like this: Best Of Dr. Seuss - Dr. Seuss Songs & Sing Alongs. When the game is over, have an assortment of Dr. Seuss books at the ready and let the winner choose one for you or your party helper to read to the group. To make story time even more fun, the reader can dress up like the Cat In The Hat (or at least wear his festive birthday chapeau!)
End the party festivities at a Sweets & Treats table: Setting up a table full of sweets to take home adds additional themed elements to your decor. It also offers a fun and easy way to end the party – kids will love filling a favor bag like those shown below with an assortment of colorful candy.
Dr. Seuss Inspired Striped Favor Treat Bags (24 Ct.)
Here are some eye-catching ways to decorate your Sweets & Treats table with Seussian style:
Gifts for the Birthday Child
Fill gift time with some extra fun, compliments of Dr. Seuss!
Personalized Dr. Seuss Library Gift Basket
This basket features an assortment of classic Dr. Seuss books and includes a magnet painting craft kit, canvas tote, and 300 stickers. It can be personalized with a 15-character name or message. We think this would make a great gift from grandparents or mom and dad. Put it out the day of the party – it will be the perfect centerpiece for your table!
Don’t settle for ordinary wrapping paper – keep the theme going strong with this Cat in the Hat Jumbo Gift Wrap:
Give your favorite Suess fan this Alphabet Seuss Kids’ Chair & Ottoman, perfect for a bedroom or playroom:
BTW: On party day, these create a great spot for the birthday child to sit while opening gifts!
Favors & Thank-You Cards
Thoughtful party favors let your guests know that you appreciate their attendance. There is a wide variety of Suess-themed goodies available from Amazon.com; you can check ‘em out here: Dr. Seuss Party Favors
When you find your favorites, send them home in colorful plastic buckets or these Dr. Seuss Favor Boxes (4):
Of course books make especially good favors for a Suess-themed party. Tuck a bookmark in each guest’s book to add an extra dose of Suess-ical fun:
Dr. Seuss Bookmarks
Finally, don’t forget to send out thank-you notes. The folks at Birthday in a Box recommend that thank-you cards be handwritten and sent out within two weeks of the party.
Dr. Seuss ABC - Thank-You Notes (8)
When your child looks back at his or her special day, we hope it will bring a smile. Share with them these words of wisdom from the man himself: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss at BrainyQuote.