Monday, March 22, 2010

celebrating with dr. seuss and the abc's

My little boy turned one on Saturday, and I wanted to celebrate in style!  So I decided on a theme based on this book...

It was kind of a joint Dr. Seuss & ABC's theme. When I found a seller on Etsy who could create a custom t-shirt for my little man to wear, that's when I knew I could take this theme and run with it. So I did. (I'll show you the t-shirt a little further down in this post.)

The special cupcake reserved for my little guy.

Each cupcake topper either said "A is for Angel" or "B is for Boy" or "C is for Caleb". This time I tried making Red Velvet cupcakes and boy...they were good (if I do say so myself). I used this recipe and the cupcakes and frosting were just about the best I've ever made.

Balloons are always cheap but add so much color. Love 'em.

It was impossible to find Dr. Seuss-themed decor so I realized I'd have to make it myself. I think this guy is one of the things I'm most proud of. I found foamboard at the Dollar Tree. Who knew? Usually that stuff is fairly expensive at the craft store. So, on one of them I re-created this guy from the front of my inspiration book (Dr. Suess' ABC). I honestly didn't know if I could do it...but I guess I could. My girls obviously thought I did an okay job because they were petting him and "feeding" him once I got it completed!

Trays from Target's spring-themed dollar section. These were the $2.50 variety, but still...perfect! And the napkins were all from Target too.
These napkins kinda reminded me of the Cat in the Hat's hat, so I had to get them.

All the little buckets with flowers, utensils, and candy in them...Targets $1 section again. This little tree is from Dollar Tree.

I used foam stickers from the kids' section of Michaels for the cupcake toppers.
Scrapbook paper on foamboard is the background for this display of the invitation. Oh how I love thee, Scrapbook Paper.
Bunting made of scrapbook paper again. Have I mentioned that I love scrapbook paper? So cheap, so easy.
Normally I would be morally opposed to blue flowers. But if you can't have blue flowers at a Dr. Seuss party, when can you?

I cut the ABC's out of foamboard as well. Hard to tell in this photo, but they're a good 18 inches tall.
And here's my little man, in his custom t-shirt by dzns4ubyme  Didn't she do an AMAZING job? (And great to work with, too!) The shirt's folds hide this in the photo, but it says "Angel Boy Caleb". One of his nicknames is Angel Boy ('cause he really is!) and so that's how we personalized the ABC's for this party.

And a great time was had by all, including the guest of honor. He very much enjoyed his first frosting ever, thankyouverymuch.


  1. Absolutely fantastic! Loved all the details and I'm guessing by the cake face, he loved it too!

  2. terribly cute! he looks like one happy little man!

  3. oh wow! you are so creative! love the theme, the t-shirt, the colors, the cupcakes, the buckets, the blue flowers, the blocks... love it all! great job=)

  4. What a fabulous party!!! If those pics don't make a person smile, he is the grumpiest person on the planet. I can tell you really had fun putting it all together. :)

    Thank you for stopping by the new Painted House today! I appreciate your visit and comment so much.

  5. So sweet! What a great job! A perfect first birthday party and a perfectly handsome baby boy.

  6. This has to be one of my all time favorite party themes. It's almost enough to make me want to have another baby right away! He's adorable.

    I have to ask, what is with Red Velvet Cake? Does it have it's own unique flavor, or does it just taste like other cake, but dyed red? I've never figured it out. It looks yummy, but that much red coloring and my new dining room rug makes my head hurt!

  7. What a doll baby! Happy Birthday, Caleb! We did a rainbow theme for Bella's party and I gotta tell ya - I sooo agree about the balloons! You did a wonderful job with Caleb's party! I especially liked the cupcakes with the flags.

  8. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. You are so sweet. I am now a happy follower of your blog!
    Can't wait to see your future posts. You are one talented girl.
    Take Care,
    p.s. I can't wait to add you to my blog roll.
    Isn't Sarah the best!!!

  9. Courtney - thanks for stopping by Never Without. I've admired your work for a long time! The Dr. Seuss birthday is absolutely wonderful. My baby girl's birthday is the first weekend in April - I'd love to throw a party like this but it seems so intimidating. Thanks for your inspiration.
    xoxo MMW

  10. Soooo Darling! I was actually thinking about Caleb on Saturday and that he was turning one! Glad you had a fun party! XOXO

  11. You did an awsome job with this! So cute, creative, and fun! What would this world be without Target's dollar section... a very sad place indeed! Great use of the little buckets and trays.
    And I really laughed when you said "normally I'd be morally opposed to blue flowers", and I agree with you on that point, but I also agree that in this case the fit the bill perfectly!!

  12. What a lucky little boy! The party decor was fab!

  13. What an amazing party! I love how it pops against the white background of the room! And I heart those foam letters, I have a big bucket of them and use them for everything. I would love to share with my readers.

  14. What a fantastic concept, and you have brought it together brilliantly. I love all the little details - well done!

  15. People in this country go NUTS when it's their kid's first birthday party. Some parents book big reception venues (even hotel ballrooms!) and really go all out with food stands and entertainment. Caleb's is exactly the kind of first-birthday party I would throw my kid (er, once I have one...gimme a year)! It looked really intimate, personal, and so incredibly cute!

  16. My 13 month old's name is Caleb too! Great name!

  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the party! I am throwing a cat in the hat party for my little one and the main colors are red and aqua - the balloons that you have are the perfect color and have been evading me... where were the blue ones from and what was the color name if you do not mind telling me! :) Thank you!

  18. Thanks Anonymous...the balloons came from Party City here in my neck of the woods (Clackamas, OR). Just chose a turquoise and lime green color along with the red.

  19. I love your party little ones 1st birthday is in March too!
    Looking forward to planning my little ones party, great ideas :D

  20. You did such a great job on the party! I love all the details. BTW, Your fireplace rocks!!

    Yanet of 3 SKBs

  21. Where did you get your invitations

  22. Cloud 9, I designed the invitations myself. :-)

  23. I want to do a Dr Seuss party for my twins 4th bday. Was thinking Cat In The Hat, but this looks great!

    I love the fresh, garden feel with the green. Hmmm...maybe I can combine with ABC! Any ideas on elements of the two to include?


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