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Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

I’m so excited to share this whimsical, fun, and downright ADORABLE Dr. Seuss themed birthday party with you today! There is SO much creative inspiration that can be drawn from Dr. Seuss, and Leslie did a great job bringing many of the playful characters and stories to life in the happy-go-lucky first birthday celebration that she created for her son Brenner.

Some of my favorite details include the blue feather-topped birthday hats, Cat in the Hat hat smash cake, delightfully crazy-looking “Beezlenut Splash” kids drink, bags of colorful popcorn, and of course all of the amazing signs, tags, and other party printables by Maureen of Anders Ruff!

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more ADORABLE images, plus all the clever party details

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Leslie


Ive always been a big fan of Dr. Seuss. So when I found out that I was having a boy, I knew that his nursery would HAVE to be done in Dr. Seuss! Then my dear friends decided to throw me a “Seuss” themed baby shower, where they displayed {as party décor} all the things that I could use in his nursery! With all that being said, I knew that there was no other theme that would be more fitting for Brenner’s first birthday party than Dr. Seuss! I love the Seuss book “Happy Birthday to you!” so I took that and ran with it.

I contacted the wonderful Maureen from Anders Ruff and asked her if she could help me with some designs. She took the Seuss theme and turned it into something whimsical and AMAZING!!!

I had several tables set up around the room with different Seuss décor. Here’s a rundown:

Table 1 (located just inside the entry way) included the “Happy Birthday to You” book along with some bright colored pens and a cute sign asking guests to sign the book. I also framed one of the party invitations and displayed it on this table. (All signs were designed by Maureen.)

Table 2 included a sign with a cute poem inspired by Seuss’ “tooth book”. Along with the sign, I displayed two jars filled with tooth brushes that the guests could take home with them.

Table 3 included two round containers in colors that matched the theme. Inside one container was Seuss colored popcorn by Oh Goodies Designs. Inside the other container were party favors: small Seuss board books wrapped in printable patterned paper by Maureen. After wrapping the books I tied on red & natural colored raffia and included multi colored swirl lollipops purchased on Amazon and favor hang tags from Anders Ruff. On either side of the containers were feather-adorned party hats, which was a fun DIY project! Above this table was a ribbon wreath (another DIY project).

Table 4 included a sign asking the guests to guess how many candies were in a jar. Along with the sign, I displayed a mason jar full of “bird egg whoppers” and a “fish bowl” full of blue paper shred for the guests to put their guesses in. (I got this game idea off of a blog that I saw while searching for nursery ideas before Brenner was even born… I honestly couldn’t tell you the name of it… and haven’t been able to find it since.)

Included “WhoFoo Fluff on a stick” (marshmallow pops that I made with vanilla candy melts, sanding sugar, marshmallows, lollipop sticks, candy wrappers and ribbon). I displayed these as bouquets in four different glass vases that I decorated with printables and raffia. ABC’s of Seuss cookies were displayed along with “who cakes” with fondant cupcake toppers from Two Sugar Babies. Brenner’s Cat in the Hat smash cake was displayed in the center of this table. The cupcake tower was a cardboard tower that I purchased from Hobby Lobby and embellished with coordinating ribbon on each tier.

Above the dessert table I displayed a framed Dr. Seuss “Happy Birthday to You!” puzzle, two bouquets of balloons and a printable happy birthday banner. I also displayed an (adult size) Cat in the Hat hat below the puzzle…

Three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwiches
(ham, turkey, cheese). Yertles caramel turtles (pretzels, rolos, pecans). Oodles of Noodles (pasta salad). A crumb that was even too small for a mouse (empty plate). Beezlenut splash (inspired by Ihop’s Horton Hears a Who special edition menu. Sprite, ice and colored jello). Pink ink yink drink (strawberry lemonade). I also displayed mini water bottles with printable beverage wraps (also by Maureen). Above this table hung a framed Dr. Seuss Fox in Socks puzzle.

This table was set up so that the smaller guests had a place to sit and eat. I displayed Dr. Seuss “place mats” (printed off of and crayons to keep the kiddos occupied while the parents fixed their plates. I also provided the older children with red/blue cups with silly straws (Hobby Lobby) and put a name flag on each childs straw.

Outside the house on the front porch I hung a large piece of cardboard covered with the fabric used on dessert table and a printable door sign. This place was designated as a “photo booth” (Thanks again to Maureen for the idea!). I also placed a radio flyer wagon next to it filled with photo “props”: Cat in the Hat plush, gold fish plush… Thing 1 Thing 2 “boa”, Cat in the Hat hat for toddlers.”

– Each tot-sized guest was provided with a sippy cup. I decorated these with printable beverage wraps.

– Brenner’s high chair was decorated with printable balloon pennants (by Maureen).

– I placed balloon bouquets with the dessert, food, favor table and on Brenner’s high chair.

– I also placed random Dr. Seuss books on several of the tables.”


– Photography: Jenny Collier Photography
– Graphic Design & Printables: Anders Ruff
– Cupcakes, Cookies & Smash Cake: Ashley Baker
– Popcorn Favors: Oh Goodies Designs
– Cupcake toppers: Two Sugar Babies
– Striped Containers, Silly Straw Cups,Ribbon, Raffia, Plates, Cupcake Tower, Striped Fabric: Hobby Lobby
– DIY projects were done with the help of my very talented friend Tasha
– Toothbrushes were donated by Chris McKinney, DDS (here in Tulsa)

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

144 responses to “Whimsical Dr. Seuss Inspired Birthday Party”

  1. marissazimmer says:

    Your party was amazing! I read all of the comments to be sure you hadn’t already answered this question. This is a random one, but I can’t find solid sippy cups like you had anywhere. Where did you get them? Thanks!

  2. Molly says:

    I’m drooling, this is the perfect party! Well done!
    I featured it in a Dr. Seuss post this evening, check it out…
    (there’s an I’ve been featured button you can grab too)

  3. Ruth says:

    I saw this furniture and just had to share it because it looks like Dr Seuss furniture.

  4. Tara says:

    Great ideas. Here is one more add the TickleMe Plant party favor to your party. TickleMe Plants are live plants that will move when the kids tickle them. Almost like a Truffula tree in the Lorax. My students love them

  5. lisette says:

    How did you make the feather hats? I want to do Cat in the Hat bday for my almost 4 year old and I would love to make the hats!! Thanks!!

  6. jaymie says:

    I was wondering you got the cute dr. seuss number one onesie? did u make it?

  7. Jacqueline says:

    Hi– this is so beautiful. I wanted to know where you got the blue polka dot wrapping paper

  8. Amber says:

    I was wondering how you made the signs for the tooth table and the table with the Happy Birthday To You book?

  9. Allyson Gray says:

    I am throwing my son a Dr. Seuss themed first birthday (his nursery is also done in Dr. Seuss). Love all these ideas and plan on using some! Where did you find the onsie though? I am in desperate need of one. :)

  10. Meg Newell says:

    Can you tell me how you defied logic and gravity with that AWESOME drink pitcher??

    Love all these ideas!

  11. Paige C. says:

    This is so amazing! How did you make the wreath? and what was in your party favors?

  12. Jennifer says:

    How long did it take to print all the custom decor? I’m loving this but I’m
    concerned with how difficult it is to figure out formating and how much it will cost to print (ink/paper) everything myself. Any suggestions? :)

  13. so cool Vicki love the little white suit with no.1 on it. think I might make one girlish one there is a whole lot of zuess material out now thanks xx.

  14. who made the signs for the food?

  15. Jennifer says:

    I would like to use the same prints for the tooth brush and book signing. Do you still have the template for those?

  16. Deniqua says:

    Hey awesome job! I’ve giving my daughter Ava a Dr. Seuss theme party for her 1st birthday, inspired by the book she was given while in the NICU, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”….can someone please tell me where to get that cute Dr. Seuss onesie with the #1???

  17. Cathy Davis says:

    This party was so cute I loved all the details! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Cori says:

    Great job! I’m so amazed!!! This is how I would like to throw my sons first birthday party. I really loved the “happy birthday book” where did you get it? I would be really helpful :)

  19. Denise says:

    Just wondering where you purchases the red & white striped table cloth and the blue polka dot (looks like) wrapping paper for the box that the cupcake stand is on?? Having trouble finding that color of blue…


  20. Jessica Villmer says:

    Lisa Zack Day….this reminded me of you guys :)