09 May

Whimsical Dr. Seuss First Birthday Party {Oh What Fun!}

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I’m so excited to be sharing with you this colorful and whimsical Dr. Seuss themed First Birthday party, brought to you by the super talented Laura of Events In The City! (You may remember Laura’s incredible Cirque du Bebe Baby Shower). I remember drooling over that baby shower and wishing I could have another baby, just so I could throw a huge baby shower too! Well… guess who’s having their very own baby shower this weekend? Yep. It’s me, Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs!).

Some of my favorite details from this Seuss birthday party include the teal polka dot gable boxes with hat and fish tags, wall of Cat in the Hat hats, creative food perfect for little ones, and Thing One and Thing Two cupcake toppers… just to name a few. Laura’s right, this party is fit for a king… or a cat that is. ;)

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seuss birthday party dessert table

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seuss birthday party bunting

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cat in the hat dr. seuss favor boxes

cat in the hat first birthday party

cat in the hat first birthday party

cat in the hat dessert table

cat in the hat first birthday party sweets


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Laura

“Having my little boy turn one with just any old birthday party just wasn’t an option. Owning an event design company, I knew we’d pick something he loved and just blow it up into a party fit for a king….or a cat that is!

My husband joked that I didn’t need to do all of this since he won’t remember it. But I will remember it, and the hours of labor and love putting this very special event together for my little Ethan will always be in my heart.

Just like any event I start small and then grow from there. We took all of this favorite books from Dr. Seuss and turned them into activities, fun kid food, or props. I scoured the Internet for ideas and luckily had a few brilliant ones of my own.

We covered up the door and the window in our basement with a fabric ribbon wall. This was a great wall to add texture and for barely any expense. The food was all kid friendly options just renamed or styled to have the parents chuckling to themselves. I lucked out with Michaels Craft Store having a Cat In The Hat section this past winter which I cleaned out for the games, decor, and gift bag contents. I assume most of those things are meant to be for teachers but I think they served our party well too. For future kids parties I am definitely going to keep teacher supplies and classroom decor in mind, as it was cheap and creative. Etsy, as always, cured my need for just the right details and I found no lack of Suess-like options on the site. I saved money on a crazy expensive designer cake and cupcakes by speaking to the bakery at Wegmans instead. Then I ordered fondant characters on Etsy and using printables to dress up the cupcakes.

I even surprised my best friend Tyler, who is due in July with a boy herself, with a romper for her baby. We plan on having Ethan and soon-to-arrive Colin as Thing One and Thing Two for Halloween this year. Hopefully Etsy will save the day again when it comes time for blue fluffy wigs too!

We had “Horton Hears a Who” playing the background which was not only eye candy but served as a great timer for the two hour party. We hosted family, friends, and industry coworkers along with nine kids that all had a blast. I am so proud Ethan’s first birthday turned out so well and it truly means even more that it’s featured on HWTM, just as his baby shower was just over a year ago. My how time flies!”



– Styling and Design by: Events In The City
– Photography by: Timmester Photography
– Gift Bag contents: Green Eggs and Ham Soap from The Crafty Momma Co, Polka dot box from Shop Sweet LuLu, pencils and stickers from Michaels and Dr Seuss books from Wegmans with book plate interior cover by Photodesignz
– Polka Dot Balloons: Shop Sweet LuLu
– Invitations and return Labels: Photodesignz
– Painted Number One Sign: Trendy Tots Letter Boutique
– Photo cards clips for each months birthday: 62 Cards
– Dr. Seuss T-Shirt: The Vi and Mae Shop
– Thing 1 & Thing 2 Rompers: Teeny Tiny Twinkles
– Cupcake Wrap, Cupcake Toppers: Opal + Mae
– Bunting Banner: Ann Jayne Prints
– Cake & Cupcakes: Wegmans
– Cake fondant figures: Sugar Kisses
– Ribbon walls: made by Events In The City with fabric from JoAnn Fabrics
– Big Top Tent: IKEA

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Miss Margarita SAYS:

his face is too cute!!

Reply May 9, 2012 at 9:28 am

Lisa Marie SAYS:

Too cute Laura!

Reply May 9, 2012 at 10:31 am

Christina SAYS:

We had a Dr.Seuss birthday party for my 7 year old and I was able to use your blog as inspiration…Thank you!


Reply September 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Tara SAYS:

I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased the hats lined up on the blue wall.


Reply September 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

April SAYS:

Where did you find the cat in the hat hats with the ties???!!! I have been looking everywhere for them!

Reply January 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Elaine SAYS:

Hi! I’m planning on having a Seuss theme 1st birthday party for my little guy and am having the hardest time finding a chevron/zig-zag backdrop. I am looking everywhere and have gone to Jo-Ann’s Fabrics as well as everywhere else. Any advice would be helpful!

Reply February 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

Mindy Coleman SAYS:

I’m the owner of The Vi and Mae Shop and can’t thank you enough for crediting my shop! The party looked incredible, loved the shirt too ;)

Reply August 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Amber SAYS:

Where did you get those cute drinking glasses? I love those!

Reply January 6, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Charles Charly SAYS:

Got 4 of Dr Seuss books for just $1 More info at: http://getdrseussbooks.blogspot.com?t=59
Great deal!

Reply February 2, 2015 at 8:12 pm

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