A DIY Dr. Seuss Party
My son’s Dr. Seuss first birthday party was one of my favorite DIY parties that I’ve ever thrown. I went all out and made almost all of the decorations myself. I most definitely can not take all of the credit though, I am blessed to have an incredible party planner (The Event Shoppe) as one of my closest friends. She met me before the event and styled everything. It made all of the difference! If you’re in the NY area and need someone – she’s phenomenal.
It all started with the invitation. I found the font Doctor Soos on the website dafont.com, it was perfect for this project. Since Dr. Seuss is all about being perfectly imperfect, I decided to go with an abstract shape for this design.
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Dr. Seuss Trees
I knew early on that I wanted to make the trees from Seuss’ illustrations. I felt like their whimsicalness would be the perfect mood-setter for the event space. I lucked out and found this fabulous pink striped furry fabric at Joanne’s.
There are a ton of tutorials on how to make these online, honestly, I watched a bunch and then ended up winging it. I got a styrofoam ball and hot glued the fabric to it. The long hair is very forgiving so you can be somewhat sloppy about it. The original plan was to get broom handles and make giant trees with poured concrete to hold them in place. Then I realized logistically that just wouldn’t work. They’d be way too heavy to transport and my husband might literally kill me if I tried to make him. I cheap plunger ended up being the perfect base for my tree. I painted the plunger pole white and then hand painted the bark detail how it’s shown in the books. I attached the tree tops to the painted plunger, then swirled the hair around a little to make the shape that I wanted.
The plunger was great for holding the tree up with minimal effort. I purchased colorful planters from the dollar store and stuck the plungers in. I’m so happy with the way this little project came out.
I really lucked out with the favors. Kohls was running a sale on three Dr. Seuss stuffed animals so I got them for a steal. I got a turquoise polka-dotted ribbon and made little collars around the necks of each animal. Then I added name tags for each of the kids in attendance.
I made the favors a part of the decor by lining up all of the animals on a side table and adding a fun sign ‘do not feed the animals.’
I had a ton of fun making these centerpieces, there’s a lot going on here. I hand-painted glass mason jars with red and white stripes and then outlined the lines in black paint. I got some fake white flowers from Michaels and attached cut out decorations to fill the jars. You can find the cutouts online here.
I also printed out a few black and white headshots of my son throughout his first year and added party hats to them that I made out of different colored cardstock (I used this kind). I also scanned in a bunch of the Dr. Seuss books and added some of my favorite quotes from them and placed them in double-sided white frames around the party.
DIY Paper Decorations
I originally looked on Etsy for birthday signs to decorate the space, but either I wasn’t crazy about the design or it was more money than I wanted to spend. So, I decided to just make them myself on my Silhouette Cameo using colored cardstock. It took some time to make everything, but I was able to make exactly what I wanted, instead of looking for something to retrofit into my idea.
I tried to mix in colored paper with patterns to add some dimension and playfulness to the signage.
I printed out 4×6 photos of my son for all 12 months and then glued them to a 5×7 black piece of paper so they’d have a border. I finished them off with a bright circle and the month in the Doctor Soos font. I strung them all together chronologically and then we snapped this picture of the birthday boy.
I wanted a backdrop for the dessert table to make it one of the focal points of the space. I scanned and blew up a scene from the book ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go.’ I purchased this backdrop stand, and honestly I’ve used it so many times since then.
After the party, I set this up in my backyard and took photos of my son for his Thank You cards.
Out of everything, the dessert table was by far my favorite. The Event Shoppe took care of the cake (which was a masterpiece) and my sisters and I made the rest.
The kids were mesmerized by the entire table, it was such a Candyland for them.
I bought chocolate covered oreo molds and played around with different colored melts to stay in line with the playful theme.
A DIY Dr. Seuss Party
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DIY Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
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