DIY Dr. Seuss Themed Party
Ever since I can remember I have had extravagant parties. I always thought we had tons of money because my parties were more than I could have ever dreamed of. I was always known in school as the “girl with the crazy parties.” Funny thing is, we didn't have a lot of money, my parents actually grew up very poor and they worked very hard to create a life for their kids. One thing you don't need money for is creating memories. All you need is time and creativity.
Here is how we created my Dr. Seuss themed baby shower on a budget!
CHOOSING A PARTY THEME
Let's start with the idea... and this usually goes for the theme of every party we have. WHAT IS ON SALE? About 6 months before my shower, Target Dollar Spot was running a huge Dr. Seuss sale, everything was $1 or less. So, there you have it, this is why we chose Dr. Seuss ... and not to mention, its super cute! So tip for the wise, always shop what is on sale, and shop in advance. Like we all know very well, when you are looking for something you need, you can never find it!
Choose a party theme based on what is on sale
The popcorn for this was bought at a local popcorn shop in Texas. We really loved the colorful popcorn and splurged a bit on this. However, you can use ANY popcorn! The clear plastic bags were bought on sale at Michaels using a coupon. I made the labels on my computer by searching the image of the book. Printing them out and gluing them on black card stock to make them stable. A hole punch, ribbon and you have an adorable gift bag. The Red and White striped Place Card came in a 10 pack in the Target Dollar Spot!
We love adding an insert from the books to each piece of food. This is great for people who may not be familiar with the books and for others it's a great memory of a Dr. Seuss classic they may have grown up loving. For this we used chocolate teddy grahams and marshmallows. NOTE: Make these at the very last minute. We tried doing them the night before and the marshmallows were hard as a rock the next day. So we had to redo them a couple of hours before the party.
These pretzel bites were fun to make. We used Wilton candy melts but you can also use white chocolate. Using a piping bag, pipe a small amount onto the square pretzel and top with a green chocolate candy. We found the square waffle shaped pretzels work better than the original shape.
The Trufulla Sticks and Dip were a great way to add some freshness to all of the sugar. We got the mini red solo cups at the dollar store at an after 4th of July sale! They were only $0.25 for a pack of them. Fill the bottom of the cups with a bit of ranch dressing and top with baby carrots
Another super easy snack is goldfish in a bowl! We went with the colorful ones to match the theme. The bowl we found at a Goodwill Store and the fish scooper was from the dollar store.
This was one of my favorites! We found the shovel/pails at the dollar store after summer sale also for $0.25. The chip holders were from a sale at Michaels. We added the Cat In The Hat decal using pieces from the Target Dollar Spot Find.
An old mason jar painted red and filled with blue utensil "hair" makes the perfect Thing 1 and Thing 2. We made the logo on our computer; printed, cut it out and hot glued it onto the glass.
Another simple way to add some freshness! Toothpicks with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. We got these cute picks on sale after the 4th of July at Michaels. However, any toothpick will work.
Our centerpiece cake was home made. We used a simple box mix, but spruced up the flavor by adding Instant pudding to the mix (makes your box cakes extra moist!) We borrowed a giant cupcake pan from a friend, but these can be purchased at Michaels. The topper was made from Paper straws. The banner was made on our computer and held together with string and hot glue. Instead of using a regular cake stand opt for Dr. Seuss books! It’s all in the details!
Instead of having a huge cake made, we opted for cupcakes and our guests loved them. They were all home made featuring different characters of Dr. Seuss books. The Lorax mustaches were made from candy molds. Swedish fish topped our “One Fish Two Fish” cupcakes. We got creative with piping for our Thing One CupCakes. Our Trufulla tree cupcakes were a bit of a Pinterest Fail. We used paper straws for the stems and cotton candy for the tree. Thought we would let you know that cotton candy debates VERY quickly. So if you make these I would do them an hour before quests arrive.
What seems like an extravagant back drop is wrapping paper from The Dollar Tree. All you need is a good camera angle and you have your self a photo booth. We purchased a nice wooden frame from a Goodwill Store for $4 and spray painted it yellow. All of the props were hand made on card stock. You can print photos on your computer and glue them onto card stock. A wooden dowel was hot glued to the back and our prop box was a spruced up card board box.
Our centerpieces took a little time to make but only cost us about $2.50 per center piece!
We purchased the flower pots at The Dollar Tree and gave them all a fun color using Rustoleum spray paint. We filled the center with planters foam and stuck a PVC pipe in it. The pipe was wrapped with black electrical tape that you can get at Dollar Tree (2pk for $1) The tops of our trufulla trees were made by hand using tissue paper, string and scissors. These pom poms can be purchased as well. But, if you are on a budget, it’s better to make them yourself. The decals were part of the Target Dollar spot sale, but can be made on your computer and printed on to card stock for extra support.
I am kicking myself for not getting a photo of our Trufulla Tree Decor, but we used this photo as inspiration from Pinterest. These are made using different sized/color pool noodles. We wrapped them with colored duck tape and made our own tree top poofs using tissue paper, string and Scissors. There are some great tutorials on how to make tissue paper puffs on Pinterest. We made 50 of these and they were scattered through out the room. A definite eye catcher and made you feel as if you were in a Dr. Suess book!
The dessert table was my favorite thing! We handmade the table skirt using tulle. There are great no-sew tutorials on you tube like this one . The books on a string, were really just posters we found at the Target dollar sale. The backdrop was liked with red and white striped fabric and framed with balloons stuck to the wall with duck tape.
Tulle lined our gift table as well and tiny socks framed it. This was so simple. Everything was purchased at the dollar tree. String, clothes clips and baby socks! Too CUTE!