Dr. Seuss may seem like a cliche party idea, but when Target has a bunch of Dr. Seuss goodies in their dollar bin, what’s a thrifty guardian to do?! So in July of last year, my daughter’s 2nd birthday theme was settled….7 months in advance. Yay for being prepared!
My daughter turned two this past weekend and luckily she didn’t care much what her decorations looked like, provided there were cupcakes and balloons. So Dr. Seuss it was. Now when I hopped on Amazon to find some decorations, I immediately had to click away (no matter how much I love to shop online!)
$8 for some Dr. Seuss balloons and $23 for a Thing 1 toddler top?? Errhm. No.
I decided to make use of my thrifty skills – and love for crafting – and make all of our decorations. And OH. MY. GOODNESS. I have never been more pleased with myself. I’d also like to note that every single thing I created was made from goodies purchased at the dollar store. #humblebrag
My first big project was going to be somehow disguising the weight machine we have in our foyer.
Yes, I said in our foyer.
We got it for free and it definitely helped in my mission to get paid to lose weight! The only downside being that the only place it fit was in our entryway.
“Hello, welcome to our home! Mind the barbells…”
Given that the machine is over 6ft tall, I knew I’d either have to just roll with it or figure out something to cover it really well. So decor piece #1 was…
These things were a bit tedious to make but actually a LOT of fun.
- Tissue paper (5 sheets worked well for me)
- Ribbon or twist-ties
- Pool noodle
- Colored duct tape
Simply fold the pieces of tissue paper into an accordion, tie a ribbon around the middle, cut about an inch into each fold, and then fan out! For the “trunk of the tree”, simply wrap tape around the pool noodle and use the last bit to secure the flower to the trunk. Easy to make and a great way to WOW your guests…especially if you have a giant weight set to cover up in the entrance way to your house. (Just me? Weird.)
I had the toddlers paint a few poster boards and used those to make a sort of fort to prop the trees up. The extra trees were placed throughout the house – yes, extra trees. I may have went a bit overboard.
One of my favorite things about this theme is that the look/feel/font of Seuss is always a bit askew. As someone with ZERO artistic talent (seriously, my 3 year old draws better than me), I very much appreciated my lack of talent as a strength here. We live in a VERY old house – like fully expect newspapers mentioning Lincoln when we finally tear out the walls – so there are many spots in which we have wallpaper peeling or plaster crumbling. I.E. Nothing a poster board with an inspirational Dr. Seuss quote couldn’t cover!
Dr. Seuss Food Ideas
One Fish Two Fish… – Multicolored gold fish in a cute little plastic fish bowl.
Go Dog Go – Hot dogs cooked in crescent rolls (also known as pigs in a blanket)
Hop on Pop(corn) – we did a popcorn bar for this one. Giant bowl of hot air popcorn with half a dozen topping options: cinnamon sugar, parmesan, butter, garlic salt, and of course MILK DUDS! Yum.
Green Eggs and Ham – deviled eggs with a bit of blue dye added to the yellow yolks and some rolled deli ham. Easy peasy and delicious!
Lorax – I drew a quick little yellow mustache, a set of eyes, taped them onto a plastic cookie jar, filled it with every child’s favorite snack (CHEESY POOFS!) and VOILA! The Lorax.
My husband – ever the witty man – did contribute one idea: Yerdle the Turtle soup. Luckily, I’m the one who does the party planning.
Dr. Seuss Outfit Idea
Once again, I’d like remind you that ALL of this can be found at The Dollar Store. For my daughter’s outfit, I used a red tutu I’d already made for the 4th of July last year and then I bought a red t-shirt. Grabbed a bit of white fabric paint, made myself a nice little circle, grabbed a black permanent marker, and suddenly…she was THING 2! Forget spending $20+ on an outfit when she looked oh-so-stinkin’ cute in one I made for barely $1.
Overall, throwing a birthday party – no matter your child’s age – shouldn’t break the bank. Honestly, I can’t remember the decorations from ANY of MY birthday parties, but you know what I DO remember?
Playing tag with my cousins in the backyard.
Meeting the newest additions to the family.
Listening to my crazy uncle rant about Reagan.
Ya know – family stuff 🙂
So while I very much encourage you to make use of your own thrifty skills (and hopefully your local dollar store!), don’t ever forget the purpose of these shindigs – to come together and celebrate life and love.