Dr. Seuss Themed Baby Shower
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
I’m excited to share the Dr. Seuss themed event that my sister Victoria and I created for her baby shower last summer. This was such a fun idea to play around with. From Cat in the Hat, to Lorax and everything in between. The inspirations from the beloved children’s books were endless. Everyone at the event enjoyed exploring the nostalgic little world that we created for the day. Here is a peek at different design elements that we created and the recipes that we used.
We created whimsical centerpieces using clay pots, acrylic craft paint, floral foam, Gerber daisies, and colorful windmills all from the Dollar Store. We first painted the pots white then added red stripes.
Vicki created these adorable tissue paper Pom Poms. They were so cute and easy. Here is a link to instructions of how she did it. DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms We hung them from the ceiling and used them around the seating chart. They make a great visual impact.
We printed custom “Who Food” menus on card stock and came up with creative Seuss themed names for the food items we had chosen.
- Assorted Greens and Other Things: Mixed Green Salad
- Biggle Balls: Assorted Rolls, French Sticks, Bread Sticks and Butter
- Green Eggs and Ham Pie: Quiche Lorraine
- Truffula Twigs: sautéed Green Beans
Instead of a standard guest book we had the guests sign a keepsake copy of Vicki’s favorite Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
For an added touch we displayed copies of Dr. Seuss books around the room.
The talented ladies at Silver Stitch Embroidery in Windsor, Ontario made these lovely customized Dr. Seuss quote tote bags which we gave as party favors.
We made cherry chip flavored cake pops, dipped in melted white chocolate. We used fondant circles for the hat brims and cut thin strips of strawberry fruit roll ups for the stripes around the hats.
These colorful sugar cookies were fun to make. You can find the recipe for Unicorn Patties here: Unicorn Poop from CookCarrie.com
Quick and easy turtle style candies!
- 20 Rolo type chocolate covered caramels
- 20 mini pretzels
- 20 pecan halves
Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place one chocolate covered caramel candy on each pretzel. Bake for 4 minutes. While the candy is warm, press a pecan half onto each candy covered pretzel. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
- 12 ounces colored chocolate candy melts (we used purple and pink)
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- 1/2 tsp salt
- M&M’s or Smarties
Directions: Heat chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler until melted. Place the popcorn in a large bowl, and pour the melted chocolate over it. Then use a spoon to toss the popcorn gently until it is evenly coated with the chocolate. Spread the popcorn and pretzels out evenly on a baking sheet covered with parchment, wax paper, or aluminum foil. Sprinkle evenly with the salt, then sprinkle with as many sprinkles and conversation hearts as you would like.
Let cool for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened. Break up into small pieces and toss with M&M’s then serve or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Source: The Way to His Heart Blog
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – next time I’d add 1.5 tsp.
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling
Directions: In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar until it dissolves and the mixture starts to bubble. Stir in vanilla and set aside to cool.
In a separate bowl, cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar together for 60 seconds. With the mixer on low speed, add in brown sugar and butter mixture, then the salt. Mix until combined. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
Garnish with additional mini chocolate chips. Serve with animal crackers, Nilla wafers, salty pretzel crackers, or graham crackers. I found that this tasted better the colder it got.
We had so much fun with this theme. I hope these ideas inspire you to revisit the exciting world of Dr. Seuss and to create wonderful memories for your family and friends. We used this theme for a baby shower but it could easily be adapted to any type of party at all. If you have any questions about what we did or how we did it, please feel free to ask!
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss