Our son Alex always lights up when we read Dr. Seuss, so when it came time to pick a party theme, it was no contest. The red, white and teal color scheme of The Cat in the Hat set the tone for the whole party.
Since we both have a design background, we kinda went nuts with all the stuff we did ourselves: a Happy Birthday banner (printer paper & ribbon), Thing Mom, Thing Dad and Thing Alex t-shirts (iron-on transfers), giant 3D letters that spelled ALEX (foam core, spray mount and pages from The Cat in the Hat), Alex's birthday bib (hand-cut felt letters), even his pom-pom party hat. Plus every sign, food card, favor sticker and treat stand. We even created a party logo featuring a Seuss-like drawing of Alex that we rubber-stamped in the napkins (and will use for the thank you cards later).
Even the food was Seuss-themed. We served green eggs & ham, 1 fish 2 fish Swedish red fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 cake pops with cotton candy hair, and anything else that we could give a fun Seuss-y name to.
You'd think the toughest part would be coming up with all the Seuss-ian rhymes for the various signs, but actually it was a tie between blowing up over a hundred balloons to fill the party room's ceiling and trying to keep the Cat in the Hat decals from falling off the wall (they were one of the only things we bought from a store and they stunk. Thank goodness for heavy-duty spray mount).
The party was a Seuss-tastic success, though Alex was bouncing around from all the sugar for three days.
(Images: Helen Greenstein)
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