The party went SO amazingly well! Really, I’m not sure I’ve thrown a better party ever! It’s fun looking back on the pictures, but at the same time frustrating that I missed so many pictures, or took bad pictures, or learning something new from taking them. It’s funny how much I learn about making parties better from looking at the pictures when it’s over! Whey can’t I see those things without a camera lens? Anyway while the pictures aren’t quite what I’d like it was a great party in the end!
Using the image from Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday book I created this special necklace for the birthday girl to go with her new Skirt! She’s been wearing it for days and only takes it off at night (cause I make her) but first thing in the morning she’s asking for her special birthday necklace!
And the big reveal… the cake!!! I LOVE how it turned out! I stacked 8 inch cakes about 12 inches tall and started carving away until I got the shape I wanted! Then I covered three 10 inch cake boards with white fondant, covered the cake with white fondant then added red fondant to the top and in stripes around the sides.
To get the black lines I started with a black edible food marker, but it wasn’t quite dark enough so I took some black gel and mixed it with some clear vanilla and painted the lines on. I like, no LOVE what the black lines add to the cake! They take it from cute to over the top AMAZING! And even more important the birthday girl loved it!
Since the party was April in Salt Lake we couldn’t count on good weather so we had to expect the party to be inside. So we decorated inside. I spent the night before making these great tissue poof balls. I actually made about 30 of them, but ran out of time when I was decorating! I used 8 sheets of tissue, next time I’ll use 10 sheets to get a poofier look, and start decorating earlier!
The Reader and I made a ton of these yarn balls to represent Horton’s Clovers! We had a game for the older kids attending the party, guess how many clovers! They were clustered like this over the whole basement! I forget now, but I believe it was around 134… AND we added a BEAD to one of the clovers, our little Who Speck, for one lucky winner to find!
I hand drew the cat in pencil then used a sharpie to make it permanent! I had the hardest time finding a picture of the cat without his hat, so this was kind of made up, I think it worked out really well! The three year olds at the party all “cheated” and you can see about 15 hat right on top of each other in JUST the right place on the poster! The older kids, who had their eyes covered, didn’t do quite as well…
I made these Truffula trees out of feather boas, and had them every few feet around the entire room! I loved them, they are SO soft! I used long rolls of paper for the rolling hills and the truffula tree trunks!
The goodie table! I wanted to create a candy bar with the colors from the party, red, yellow, orange, turquoise and even some green! Red is obviously the easiest color to find, but I was happy with how it turned out. I had bags for each of the party attendees and their parents to grab candy and eat it a the party or take some with them. The kids loved it (the parents probably not so much!). The Yertle the Turtles I found at the local DI!
I made mini cupcakes, and added paper thing 1 and thing 2 circles to the front, along with blue cotton candy to the frosting. The mistake I made was frosting and adding the cotton candy the night before. DON’T DO THAT! Wait as long as you to do that. The frosting crystallized the cotton candy and it hardened and clumped together, not soft and fluffy like you want them to be.
I created these water bottle wraps with the same image I used on the envelope of the invitations. They were a HUGE hit!
I used food markers and a stamp to create this great plates for eating the cake on! I searched high and low for a Dr. Seuss stamp but didn’t find one! But the red “it’s your birthday” worked fine in the end. Such a fun impact for such an easy craft!
And I used images from the Cat in the Hat book to make these utensil wraps. I wrapped way to many, but it was so fast and easy to do! And added such a nice color to the table as well. I found the wooden tray at DI as well an painted it the same color as the picture frames on the wall.
and the favor and gift table. I also found that totally cute cookie jar at the DI too! Who knew there would be so much Dr. Seuss stuff at the DI! Perfect timing.
Cat in the Hat cake pops! These were a huge hit, and I get more questions about these than anything else from this party, so I recreated them and made a tutorial so you guys can make your own Cat in the hat cake pops (or like me, oreo pops!)
And while I was shopping online for this party I stumbled upon the best sucker mold EVER, fried egg suckers! I made a huge batch of these in white (white food coloring also makes your candy opaque instead of translucent! A trick I use often with my candy making). I used green food gel, mixed with clear vanilla, and painted on the green yolks!
The kids all helped me make these red fish blue fish soap favors for the guests! It was SUCH a fun craft to do, they loved picking the scents and helping me color them, and because it was soap it was super easy to clean up! And the guests loved them too! It’s fun to come up with that perfect favor!
I made these glass tile necklaces to be prizes for all our games, in the end we had enough for every girl that came (sorry boys) so it kind of just worked out!
I painted a to of frames and created this fun wall to be a backdrop for pictures of all the guests! They are actually a great red and turquoise, but for some reason the red just doesn’t show up very well at all.
Here’s the birthday girl with her older cousin! We had such a fun turnout! We ended up with GREAT weather so while we had indoor activities (like reading, coloring, etc…) everyone enjoyed playing outside! It really could NOT have been a better day!
The birthday girl was actually a bit overwhelmed and spent quite a bit of time hiding in her room. She’s starting to show a lot more signs of Aspergers lately, we’ll see where it takes us. She did play with her cousins a bit, but was a bit wary of the other kids.
And the final touch? A fun vinyl quote I found on Etsy! Since we’re tearing down that wall anyway this summer we’re just going to leave it up, one of my favorite quotes.