First I had to say goodbye officially to the infant phase of my life when Kat turned two, and now Reece is four? His last birthday before he is ‘school aged.’ Stop growing babies!! Pity party aside… This year Reece could, somewhat, help pick out what he wanted to do for his birthday party. I gave him a couple options he picked a backyard Dr. Seuss party. The past few months he’s fallen back in love with his Dr. Seuss books and his birthday party countdown commenced.
We invited our family and Reece’s preschool class, which is pretty wild for us. I took the gamble that most people wouldn’t be able to make it since it would be summer vacation. As I had thought, only a handful of classmates RSVPed yes, a couple no, but the majority we didn’t hear from. We planned food for more than we expected, since we weren’t 100% sure how many to expect. Best to have too much food than not enough.
I later found out during our play group, pretty close to the party, several people didn’t even get the invitation and just assumed we only invited close friends when other play group moms mentioned it. The problem with distributing cards to the class AT school I suppose. Oops. Hopefully we didn’t offend our classmates. I learned, three and four year olds aren’t the best messengers. Who knew?
As with Kat’s party I whipped up a Pinterest board for ideas on what little touches of Dr. Seuss I could bring to the party.
We only bought a couple things, a Dr. Seuss party banner from my favorite store, Target, of course, and a few red and blue plates and cups. The only other decor were signs I drew myself. Since it was a backyard party, we didn’t need to go crazy on decorations.
To go with the Dr. Seuss theme that was preschool friendly we did pasta salad (noodle eating poodle), gold fish (the fish from The Cat In The Hat) and of course (Truffula) fruit salad. Not theme related, but other food included: hotdogs, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, and mini Oreo. The kids spent about half the party crowded around the food table helping themselves to Oreo and popcorn so good thing we didn’t stick to only theme food.
We were going to do water activities, but nixed it since not all the kiddos had suits. Didn’t matter, the kids played on the swing set, a crawling tunnel, balls, and all the other outdoor toys we have and had a blast. By candle time pretty much all the kids were ready for naps. Not very Pinteresty, but at this age running around outside is much more fun than adults trying to tell them what to do and when to do it.
Reece requested cupcakes. The most important part of these cupcakes (for me) were the Dr. Seuss colors. So I picked up a food coloring kit.
I picked a couple different story books: The Lorax, One Fish Two fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Oh, The Places You’ll Go! For the truffula trees I used this super easy tutorial to make yarn flowers which actually make a cool truffula trees, then stuck the pipe cleaner into straws that I cut down a little to fit the cupcakes.
For the One Fish Two Fish cupcakes I piped yellow frosting, then put gummy sharks or Swedish fish on top. Oh, The Places You’ll Go cupcakes, simply piped a layer in few different colors with the round frosting tip.
Since I made more than enough, my husband brought the leftovers to his office and he reported back that his coworkers knew it was Dr. Seuss cupcakes! I was pretty jazzed. For any allergy kiddos we made some Cat In The Hat parfait.
If you are thinking of a birthday party that isn’t a typical character theme that you can find at Party City, don’t feel overwhelmed! There are ways to get creative and not spend all your budget on Etsy. And, don’t forget the most important goal, a fun party for the birthday boy/girl. All that’s needed for a successful birthday party, really, is playing and toddler friendly food.