Monday, May 21, 2012

Seussy Birthday Party

Last Saturday we celebrated Miles' birthday in Seussy fashion!  I have always been a fan of Dr Seuss, and Miles seems to like the sing-songy feel of his books so it was a no brainer when I was trying to decide on a theme for his party.  I created invitations, food tags, planned a menu and made lots and lots of to do lists.  It all went off without a hitch!  We held it at the Rec Center in the crater of an extinct volcano - cool is Italy?!

Here is the invite.  I used an old graphic I found YEARS ago (and saved...thank you hoarding gene) and added some clip-art.  I read a bunch of Seuss invitations online, borrowed bit and pieces, used a few lines from some of Dr Seuss' books, made up a bunch of my own and tada...Miles' invitation:

Here is his cake...we had Cakes by Mel make it for us.  Her husband works with Nathan...and we knew them from back in Chicago.  She made the cake and I ordered the finger puppets from Amazon to put on the cake for decoration.  The cake turned out amazing and was WICKED yummy to boot!  I was glad to have a little leftover!

I scoured Pinterest for months trying to find all the cute Seussy food I could...and I used some of it and came up with some on my own.  I made all the tags for the food...I think they turned out pretty good!  We had two food tables.  

Table 1: 
Truffula trees (cotton candy...which I have no pics of because it kept disappearing...*ahem* Nathan...)
Hop on Pop-corn
Pink Ink Yink Drink
Bottles of water
Snow from Mt Crumpit (snow cones)

I found these popcorn boxes on Amazon and the free printables HERE
I happened to have a paper punch the EXACT size to cut these out for the lucky was that?!

Pink Ink Yink Drink.  This was DELICIOUS!! 
Pink lemonade, gingerale, white cranberry strawberry juice and ice.  Yum, yummy!!

Water & Snow from Mt Crumpit. 

Food table 2:
Green Eggs & Ham Sliders
Lorax Mustaches (white chocolate)
Yertle the Turtles
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Goldfish
Poodle Noodles

Green Eggs & Ham Sliders
The sliders were just deli rolls with a slice of ham and a slice of swiss.  Super easy.

I found this graphic HERE...I thought it was perfect to stick in the green eggs.
The eggs were delish!!  Yolks, garlic, Miracle Whip, mustard, celery salt and a pinch of rooster sauce.  And green food coloring of course.   

Lorax Mustaches.
These were orange flavored white chocolate piped into mustache molds I found on Amazon

Yertle the Turtles...also known as CRACK.  Seriously.  And super easy too.  Pretzels topped with mini rolos, melt in oven for a few minutes, gently smash a pecan half easy is that?!?

Goldfish...simple.  They were supposed to be accompanied by some gummy fish...but they didn't get here in time.  :( The ONE time Amazon fails me...

Poodle Noodles.
Normal pasta salad...I just cooked the pasta in two batches and dyed them orange and pink by adding a few drops of food coloring to the water as it boiled. 

This is the banner I made to hang up:

Miles didn't really want anything to do with opening presents...even the crinkly paper.  Well...until he 'opened' the present we gave him (a mini piano) and saw the keyboard printed on the box and started banging his hands on it.  I think he misses our do I. :(

After presents came cake...I was really hoping he'd like it better than he did at his photo shoot earlier in the week.  No such luck.  He REALLY does NOT like stuff on his hands.  

Blowing out the candle!

The Cat in the Hat's hat from the top of his cake was the smash cake.

Daddy had to help him smash it...and Miles wasn't so excited about that. 

It was a fantastic day spent with wonderful friends...and Miles was spoiled with hugs, kisses and gifts.  Yay for Miles and yay for birthday parties!!


Ty and Ber said...

LOVE Dr. Seuss!! What a fun birthday party! Happy Birthday Miles!

Tara said...

Your invitation is darling! I'm trying to duplicate for my son's first birthday but we are having trouble with the storybook graphic. Can I hire you to whip one up for me? You could make a fortune on etsy!

Wenni Donna said...

Wonderful birthday party! Baby shower decorations done by my sister recently for welcoming our little one was super amazing. Liked the exotic location of event venues Chicago booked with best caterer and baker. Desserts and cup cakes were yummy. My food cravings increased a lot after seeing the vanilla mix fruit icing on the cake.