Dr. Seuss is a classic in children’s literature and his characters give inspiration to this birthday party idea.
Décor: There are several retailers that offer licensed Dr. Seuss decals and party supplies, including Paper Warehouse stores in Oklahoma City and Birthday Express online. For a do-it-yourself touch, use books written by Dr. Seuss as table decorations. Choose plates, napkins and cups in reds, yellow and bright teal blue. For a table cloth, use a permanent marker to write favorite Seuss phrases around the edge of a plain white table cloth. Larger images can be traced from the books onto tissue paper and adhered to the top of the tablecloth with Modge Podge.
Activities: Play rhyming games, read a book out loud or play a game of balancing random objects ala the Cat in the Hat. Kids can also make their own red and white hats by taping together strips of red and white construction paper and attaching them to a paper plate. Be sure to have ribbon or string handy to make chin straps for the hats.
Food: For this party, green eggs and ham, a Seuss inspired cake and truffula trees were served. The green eggs and ham were made from almond bark. Melt the almond bark and make egg shapes on a sheet of wax paper. Add green food coloring to a small amount of melted almond bark and use this to make the center of the eggs. The ham was formed from the remainder of the melted almond bark. Let the almond bark cool until it can be handled and then quickly form it into a ham shape. Add details by applying black gel food coloring with a paint brush.
The truffula trees are made by sticking cotton candy to the top of a thick pretzel stick. Frosting can be used to glue the trees together or the pretzel tips can be dipped in water and then the cotton candy will stick. If it is humid, do not make these until just before serving otherwise the cotton candy will melt away.
Last but not least, there are two cakes. The small Cat-in-the-Hat cake was made by stacking cupcakes together and using plenty of frosting as glue. Red, white and black frostings were used to complete the look. The larger cake was decorated with white icing and black lettering and the fish were drawn with a small tip icing bag. Thing One decorations run around the side of the cake and they were made using more melted almond bark.
To make chocolate Thing One decorations, trace an image of Thing One or any other character onto a piece of plain white paper. Tape the paper to a counter and cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Melt chocolate almond bark and place a small amount into a sandwich sized plastic bag. Use scissors to cut a very small hole in one corner. Using this bag, trace the contours of Thing One onto the plastic wrap. When the first outline is done, slide the plastic wrap over and trace another. Continue until the desired number of characters are made. Allow the outlined characters to cool completely. Melt white almond bark and add red food coloring. Place the melted red almond bark in a sandwich sized plastic bag and fill in the outfits of each Thing One. Following the same steps, fill in the blue hair for each Thing One. The completed characters should be left to cool or placed into a freezer until hardened. Once the chocolates are thoroughly cooled, use black food coloring and a small tipped paint brush to add facial features.
Where to buy: Michaels and Hobby Lobby both carry melting chocolate and most of the local grocery stores carry any food colorings that might be needed. If you are having problems finding cotton candy, check 7-11 gas stations. Party Galaxy stores in the metro do carry some Dr. Seuss decorations, but one of the the larget selections can be found online at Birthday Express.