How to Throw a Dr. Seuss-Themed First Birthday Party

Quick & Easy Tips for a Fun First Birthday

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Beloved Dr. Seuss stories make for an inspired first birthday party theme for your baby. The bright colors and whimsical characters in Dr. Seuss's popular children's books that everyone grew up reading makes this a fun theme for party guests of all ages. Here's everything you need to throw a great party, from decorations, to games, favors and more.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Decorations

You can find Dr. Seuss themed party supplies at a number of retailers, both in stores and online, including Party City, Oriental Trading and Amazon.

Offset the cost of decorations by making some yourself. You can easily make festive centerpieces out of red and white balloons or stacks of Dr. Seuss books.

If you'd like to purchase a cute outfit for the birthday boy or girl to wear on their special day, you have lots of adorable options to choose from, from complete outfits to accessories like the Cat in the Hat's classic striped hat. You can find a nice selection of onesies, pants, T-shirts and bibs featuring characters from the most popular Dr. Seuss stories on sites like Etsy and Amazon.

Dr. Seuss Cake Ideas

When it comes to Dr. Seuss birthday cakes, the first one that comes to mind might be a stack of red and white frosted layers that resemble the Cat in the Hat's hat. Assembly of a hat cake is relatively straightforward and may be easy enough to make yourself.

You could also decorate a flat round cake to look like a fish bowl. Use gummy fish candies to make a "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" cake.

If you'd prefer cupcakes for baby's first birthday, use red liners, white frosting and wisps of blue cotton candy to make Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes.

Take a little inspiration from the gallery of incredible Dr. Seuss cakes on Coolest Birthday CakesSeussville is another great resource that has printable recipes for a Cat in the Hat cake and a Katroo cake if you're looking for something that's a bit more unique.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Activities

Story time is an obvious Dr. Seuss birthday party activity, but craft projects can also be fun if your guest list includes baby's older siblings, friends of the family or other neighborhood children. If you're looking for a simple craft project, make a Cat in the Hat hat or a cat ear headband for each of your guests. Take lots of pictures of everyone in their new headgear when you're finished!

A Dr. Seuss matching game would be a fun first birthday party activity, especially if you come up with a small prize to award to the winner. If you don't want to purchase a board game for your party, make your own matching game by copying your favorite book illustrations onto sturdy cardstock. The fewer pairs of cards you make, the easier the game will be to complete.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Favors

Sending each child home with a copy of a special Dr. Seuss book would be a great way to thank your guests for coming, but this might be a bit expensive if you're throwing a larger party.

For more budget-friendly party favors, consider purchasing Dr. Seuss stickers or giving each child a Dr. Seuss coloring page and a box of crayons. A plastic bag of red, white and blue candies would also be appropriate, so long as you are careful to avoid items that may be considered a choking hazard.

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