So, as of Tuesday, I’ll have a 2 year old. I’m not really sure how that happened.
I mean I kind of do. I was there after all. But still. A 2 year old. That goes to preschool. And gymnastics. And can roll her eyes.
Right now, she’s obsessed with most things Dr. Seuss and Sesame Street. Every night, she asks for “Sam” (Green Eggs and Ham) or “Cat” (The Cat in the Hat) as her bedtime story. She’s also obsessed with water towers, solo cups, and travel-sized toiletries.
We all have our things, I guess.
At least one of those things made it easy to put together her 2nd birthday party!
We went with The Cat in the Hat for the party theme and coordinating colors red and white (Cat’s hat) and aqua (Thing 1 and Thing 2′s hair…sort of). We used Inkscape (a free open-source SVG program that’s similar to Illustrator) for the paper products, with inspiration from other Dr. Seuss-inspired parties found through Pinterest.
(Because I have gotten many requests for the food and bottle labels since posting this party, a $10 donation that will in turn be donated to the local preschool’s spring and fall book drives will get you the printable files for the birthday banner, Thing 1 or 2 cupcake circles, address labels, blue & red food labels, blue & red Thank You tags, water bottle labels, and a 4-page coloring book. Email me for more information.)
We sat out a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You for party guests to sign and Cat in the Hat coloring books for the crayon-aged guests. The little ones also got their very own Cat Hat to take home after posing for some of the cutest pictures
On the food table, we had a goldfish in a teapot and a stuffed Cat in the Hat doll. A framed button monogram and birthday banner hung on the wall behind the table, which included:
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Blue Corn Blini topped with goat cheese, roasted red bell peppers, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar (I added a drop of Americolor Yellow to get an aqua color)
- Strawberry & Blueberry Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip
- Blue Corn Chips with Rustic Roasted Salsa and Houston-Style Green Salsa
We suspended red and blue paper lanterns (Target clearance!) over the dessert table, which included:
- Thing 2 Cupcakes
- Shortbread Cookies decorated with royal icing (packaged with Thank You tags and a lollipop)
- Red Cherry Sours
- Blue Jelly Belly’s
- Tropical Punch Macarons
- Blue Raspberry Lemonade Macarons
- Lollipop stands with red swirl lollipops & aqua swirl lollipops
I bought aqua and red paper straws to go along with the drinks:
- Custom-labeled water bottles
- Frostie’s Blue Cream Soda
- Frostie’s Cherry Limeade
We’ll be sharing the new recipes and some of the craft projects in the upcoming week and updating the links on this post. In the meantime, I have a dining room to de-Seuss.