Party Theme: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

An effective party theme is one that enhances the fun and celebratory atmosphere of a birthday party. Kids who are entranced by the bright colors and kooky storylines used by beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss will enjoy celebrating his March 2 birthday at their own party. Because of the wealth of images and kid pleasing elements found in Dr. Seuss’s repertoire of books, it is easy to find inspiration for a Dr. Seuss party theme. Here are some suggestions to get you started; combine these with your own creativity to throw a party that is a perfect fit for your child.

Cat in the Hat Cake

Children and parents alike recognize the iconic figure of the Cat in the Hat. Draw on the ambitious and fun spirit of this character to create a layer cake decorated in the classic blue, red and white Cat in the Hat color combination. The cake illustration included in the actual book depicts a lopsided, exuberant dessert that is bursting with color. For your own cake, do not worry about making something precise or symmetrically beautiful. Instead, try to capture the exuberance of Dr. Seuss. One way to do this is to have your child help you decorate the cake.

Naming Contest

Dr. Suess is well known for his ability to coin wildly unexpected and clever names for characters, objects and places such as Floob-Boober-Bab-Boober-Bubs or the Grickly Gractus. Purchase a small potted plant and hold a contest for the most creative name. The winner of the contest takes the plant home.

Green Eggs and Ham plus Other Treats

Dr. Seuss’ books are full of illustrations of colorful and whimsical looking treats. Flip through a few of the books to find ideas for food that children will love. Green eggs and ham is a classic dish that can easily be created by adding a small amount of blue food coloring to raw eggs before they are scrambled. Other ideas include creating a cheese tree out of Styrofoam and toothpicks, like the one found in Fox in Socks, or toast with a variety of toppings to emulate the bread eaten by characters in The Butter Battle Book.

Seuss Inspired Activities

Tweak classic party games to give them a distinctly Dr. Seuss twist. Instead of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, try drawing or printing a large poster of a Sneetch character. Have the guests take turns being blindfolded and trying to attach a star to his belly. Try a relay race involving a few pairs of green pants like the fateful pair of What Was I Scared of? Provide a hat making table inspired by The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins where guests can design their own kooky hats out of construction paper, feathers, sequins and glitter.

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