My son recently turned 1 and we threw him a Dr. Seuss “Sam I Am / Cat in the Hat” 1st birthday party. The party theme was my husband’s idea so we called him the Creative Director / Chairman of the Board [I bounced ideas off of him] and me the CEO [who executed the vision] ?.
I had so much fun planning it but it definitely got stressful at times because I just wanted everything to be perfect! [Who knew that measuring tables and buying the right-sized tablecloths can be so time-consuming?!] It ended up being a birthday / housewarming party because we hadn’t had all of our friends and family over to our new home yet. The party was wonderful and it was so special to share the joyous occasion with everyone we love.
If you’re looking to host a Dr. Seuss-themed party, I detail exactly how I set everything up, the vendors that I worked with and all of the decorations that I used.
PARTY SETUP / DECOR
Here’s how we set up the decor:
I worked with Jose from LCJ Balloons to create the balloon clusters lining the walkway to our home. I originally was going to buy regular helium balloons but he let me know there was currently a helium shortage in the US [who knew?!] and that we’d have to go with “frame balloons.” I had seen these balloon clusters on Pinterest and wanted the same look. So he suggested I go to hobby lobby and buy wooden sticks to which he could attach the balloons. I did just that [see pic below – I got the small, rectangular ones] and then we spray painted them red and turquoise. It was such a festive way to greet the guests and set the tone for the party.
I got the door sign below from Lulu’s Custom Design and used a red and white striped ribbon to hang it to the door. [They don’t seem to have the original ‘Oh the Places you will go’ door sign that I customized, but I bet if you asked them for this design, they will make it for you.]
The dessert station [aka our kitchen table in disguise] in our breakfast area was probably the most congregated area throughout the party, along with the kitchen itself. In addition to kids wanting to grab a cupcake as they made their way through the house, it was truly the heart of the party in terms of decorations. Jose set up a beautiful balloon arch behind the desserts that was the focal point inside of the house.
For dessert, we had a cake, cupcakes, cookies and Russian chocolates. [My family and I are Russian so these chocolates from Euro Deli make it to every birthday party/dinner/special event.] Nina’s Treats made them all and they were both beautiful and delicious. I used these white plastic trays for the cupcakes and these dessert plates. I also got this tablecloth and this red and white striped runner.
We catered BBQ from Sonny Bryan’s. It was delicious and they do a great job! We definitely got too much food, so my lesson learned is to order for about 85% of the RSVPs. There’s usually a handful of invitees that don’t show up, some don’t eat and the others just graze.
For the inside of the house, in addition to the cake setup, I had a photo banner from here [no longer sold on Etsy so I found another one I like] with a picture of my son starting from Month 1 through Month 12. I also displayed a cardboard cutout of Dr. Seuss, a garland for the mantle and balloons [these too] throughout the house. [I had the balloons filled with helium at Tom Thumb, our local grocery store.] We also placed two of the cocktail tables that we rented inside so that people could nosh while standing and socializing.
Under the covered patio we had two tables that we joined together. I decorated them with turquoise tablecloths, red and white striped runners and flowers. We also had cocktail tables with red tablecloths tied with a burlap ribbon where people could stand and eat. We have a mantle outside that I decorated with this ‘Happy Birthday’ garland. [I don’t see the exact one I bought on the Etsy shop’s site but she makes custom signs, so you can just show her the image if you want the exact one.] We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and did the cake out here to avoid lots of messy frosting on the floor. [I must say, I think my son had one lick of cake and that was about it. We definitely didn’t have the full on smashing that you see with some kids. Ha!] We brought out the high chair to which I attached red and turquoise balloons and a ‘ONE’ sign. Behind the high chair, I had this garland. I unfortunately didn’t have the photographer take a picture of the high chair setup before we started the cake, but I have linked all of the items above.
For the backyard, I rented a life-sized Jenga and Connect Four game, along with a kids table and chairs for drawing. I printed out Dr. Seuss drawings that the kids could color and had little mason jars filled with crayons [inspo from Joanna Gaines, of course. ;)] I also used mason jars as flower vases tied with blue polka dotted ribbon [this was one of my favorite little touches at the party.] The tablecloths were white and red-striped plastic ones from Party City but they no longer have them in stock. This is a similar option.
Jose made a beautiful number 1 balloon with a Dr. Seuss hat on top of it that we displayed.
For party favors, I got these Dr. Seuss bags and filled them with these Dr. Seuss goodies. 🙂 Another lesson learned was that I placed these in the dining room and NO ONE remembered to take them on their way out. I thought I would remind our friends and family to grab one when they left, but of course I was too busy playing hostess to even remember. So for the next party, I will definitely be placing these by the door so that people remember to take one on their way out.
T-SHIRTS & HATS
I also got myself, my husband and my son matching ‘Sam I Am’ t-shirts. [Unfortunately ,the shop is no longer available on Etsy. Here’s one option I found that allows you to print the decal for your t-shirt.] I also got my son this onesie as a backup to the t-shirt and it is so soft and nice. My husband was also super excited to wear a matching hat with our son so we got them these hats [dad’s and son’s].
I hope this helps you if you’re trying to throw a Dr. Seuss-themed party!