Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dr. Seuss Inspired Birthday Party

We recently put together a 3rd birthday party for my son.  When I asked him what theme he wanted for his party, he said "Cat in the Hat" without skipping a beat.  Of course, my eyes lit up and a rush of ideas came flooding to mind.  I would image any Dr. Seuss themed event would make an event planner giddy with delight. The famous Dr. Seuss was ingenious in his creativity and originality and each page of his books lends infinite inspiration.  The ideas were limitless and we had a lot of fun putting this event together.  Below are a few details from the event.

We made flower poms that were placed around the wooden pavilion and added a lot of color.

 We also made circular garland and hung ribbon and beads from the posts. 

 On the tables, I put out some of Eli's own Dr. Seuss books, along with Cat in the Hat stickers. 

 Along with Cat in the Hat coloring pages, we put out crayons for the kids and the kids-at-heart. 

 These Red Velvet cupcakes were not only cute but delicious!

We designed all of the paper labels and stickers.  Let us know if you'd like unique designs made for your special event!

Instead of offering a lot of sugar-filled treats, we decided to put out Goldfish and animal crackers for the kids. 

Naturally, we had to get Dr. Seuss' "Happy Birthday to You" for this special occasion. We asked the guests to write a special message to Eli. 

For more photos, check out Simply Sweet Event's Flickr photo set

Event details:

Photos: Courtesy D. Lee Photography
Venue: Cofrin Nature Park in Gainesville, Florida
The park features a nature path that leads to a small brook.  Also on the park is a playground close to the pavilion. 
Menu: grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, fruit salad, baked beans, pasta and potato salad, goldfish and animal crackers
Activities: we set out coloring pages and crayons on the tables. We also set out supplies for kids to make their own Cat in the Hat hat (which includes white paper lunch bags with the tops folded down).  For the grown ups we had Bananagrams, which is an incredibly fun game, and an impromptu game of kick ball.
Decor: our vision for the space was to have a lot of color with a twist of originality.  Along with flower poms on the pavilion posts, we also made flower poms attached to stems (wooden dowels) that we placed in the ground around the park. We decorated the table with beads, Dr. Seuss books, coloring pages, and pages from The Cat's Quizzer by Dr. Seuss.  

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