Last weekend, my sister-in-law and I threw a Dr. Seuss themed baby shower for our sister-in-law who is due mid-July. She had picked the theme for her baby room, so we ran with it! We had SUCH a blast gathering ideas and putting them all into motion!  In place of buying cards, we had some classic Dr. Seuss and Cat in the Hat readers purchased to write inside and everyone loved the idea. Talk about a quick way to build your library.

Below are the pictures and descriptions of some of what we did. Any of this could easily be done for any Dr. Seuss themed party. I’d love to hear if you do it what you do!

All of the signs were put together by my wonderfully talented sister-in-law, who worked wonders with the wrong size, super stinky, gi-normous Sharpie we accidentally bought.

Theme Party for Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Themed Party

We started off the inspiration with Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes – these were red velvet cupcakes (see my much-tested red velvet recipe) with buttercream icing and…wait for it….blue cotton candy for the crazy hair (thanks to Chuck E Cheese for having cotton candy year round!)! It was a REALLY hot, humid day, so within about 30 minutes the cotton candy had melted into a sticky blob, so we re-applied it with better luck the 2nd time.

My wonderful husband modified and printed the pictures so we could make cupcake toppers (we just used the candy sticks from the bulk barn to attach them, the pictures are reversible so one side was Thing 1, and the other Thing 2).

My other sister-in-law and a co-worker came up with this fantastic idea for a fish bowl. 

She made blue jello, then once it was set inserted Swedish fish into it. On the base she put nerds for the gravel (so clever!) and on top, a plastic red and blue fish from the dollar store :0)

Next, we had “There’s A Wocket In My Pocket” pita pockets. We took mini pitas, sliced them in half with cheese and ham for stuffing.

Yes, I know that’s not really a wocket, but we were working with limited resources from a GIANT Dr. Seuss wall-chart and sticker book, so we decided to fake it :D Who really knows what a wocket is ANYWAY?! 

We got lazy and bought the Costco fruit tray. The Brown-bar-ba-loots truffula fruits are from The Lorax.

What Seuss themed party would be complete without Green Eggs and Ham? Or in this case, just green eggs.

The plan was to do deviled eggs and dye the yolks green, but we ran out of time, so we resorted to salt and pepper with chopped cilantro on top. 

The other batch of cupcakes we had were Horton Hears A Who cupcakes. These were raspberry lemonade cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes (also where I got the idea for the Thing 1 and 2 cupcakes) with the same buttercream icing, just dyed pink (for the clover which houses the “speck” – if you’ve never seen the movie, you must, it’s a pretty hilarious combination of Jim Carey and Steve Carell).

I found the cupcakes to be a bit on the sweet side, but they were good nonetheless. My husband did the cupcake toppers for these also.

Poodles eating noodles salad from Fox in Socks – fusili and penne tossed with balsamic dressing and vegetables.

Our Pink Yink Ink Drink (from Green Eggs and Ham) was a combination of pink lemonade, cranberry juice, gingerale and ice. Lots and LOTS of ice.

Let me just stop and say something about these glass drink dispenser jugs. They are FANTASTIC! Every single person at every party I’ve used them has asked about them. They look great, hold 6 quarts (almost 6 liters) of liquid, and are CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP! So go, get yourself one. Or two. Or four :D

Now, where was I? Oh yeah, food. This popcorn is highly addictive. And very easy to make. Although, I suggest you pick a pair of oven mitts to use specifically for making caramel corn, as it does get a bit messy. Comment below if you want the recipe!

(this pic is post-party)

For whatever reason I didn’t really get any good pictures of the other decorations that were there, so I will just have to paint a mental picture. Along with the table cards, from the ceiling hung streamers and big punching balloons

Hanging from the curtain rod over the sliding door were 3 paper lanterns – 2 white and a blue. Also on the table was a large, stand-up Cat in the Hat.

There were HEAPS of gifts! As I mentioned, pretty much everyone had a Dr. Seuss / Cat in the Hat reader as their “card”, so my sister-in-law (who is a special education teacher) will have a good-size library to start off with.

The gifts were opened on their beautiful lawn. We were definitely thankful for the huge shady trees back there as it was a scorcher of a day!

Finally, to end the party, everyone took home (if they made it that far!) a Dr. Seuss chocolate pop! I purchased the molds off ebay  (similar ones available here) and after a few failed trial runs, finally figured out how to do mixed colours.

First, melt your chocolate (I used coloured, white and dark chocolate wafers). PAINT the colour (with a food grade or brand new UNUSED art brush) you want to show on the bottom of the mold. Let set in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes. Then paint the next colour (if they are close together or will run into each other) and let set again.

Pour your main chocolate into the remainder of the mold and let set. I used mostly dark chocolate to fill the molds as the coloured stuff was SUPER sweet.

These are by no means professional, but hey, they just get eaten anyway, right? 

That is about the extent of our Dr. Seuss themed party. Thanks for letting me share with you!

And…..”If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good!”