Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd. When my boys were little, they LOVED Dr. Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat was one of their favorites! Several years in a row I made cupcakes for my oldest son’s class for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Then when Jacob turned 7, he decided to have a Cat In The Hat Themed Birthday Party.
Jacob will be 15 in May. Time sure flies! But sometimes I look at him and I still see that sweet little 7 year old running around in his Cat in the Hat, red and white, striped hat. Thankfully he’s still just as sweet, almost 8 years later, but we are well past the age of themed birthday parties.
So today I am taking a few minutes to reminisce. With Dr. Seuss’ birthday just a few weeks away, I decided that I would look through our archives of photos and share some of my memories with all of you. The quality of photos isn’t the greatest. I had no thought of starting a blog back then…just of keeping up with two busy little boys, but I’m sure there are some fun ideas for those of you who are thinking of hosting a Cat in the Hat Party or just looking for something fun to do on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
For Jacob’s party, he wanted to watch some classic Dr. Seuss cartoons, so we made our house into a mini movie theater including a “red carpet” entrance made out of a red plastic table cloth. Our snack bar included popcorn, red vines, water bottles, and m&ms. We gave each of the kids some pretend money to “purchase” their snack items and ushered them into a curtained off room, lit only with white lights around the perimeter of the floor. We projected the movie onto a wall to make it feel like a movie theater and set up some cozy seating along the other wall.
I decorated with a display of our own Dr. Seuss books and some cardboard cut outs that I purchased online. For the cake, I bought a white plate and turned it upside down for the base. I made 5 cake rounds and stacked them one on top of the other. I frosted every other white and red and piped a bit of black frosting for the lines.
The cupcakes featured are the ones I brought to Jacob’s class. For the toppers, just layer white lifesavers and round cinnamon hard candies with frosting in between to “glue” them together. Place the candy toppers in the refrigerator to harden before putting them on the cupcakes. Frost the cupcakes blue and then add a circle of white in the middle before placing the candy hats in the center. The white frosting becomes the base of the hat.
I filled a basket with Dr. Seuss pencil and eraser sets for each of the kids to take home as a “thank you for attending my party” gift. This was definitely a fun and memorable birthday party for my oldest boy!