For decorations we went to the local party supply store, but they didn't have any specific Dr. Seuss things. We found a hot air balloon decoration that we got (Oh The Places You'll Go), balloons, and streamers, but went to a teacher supply store for the rest of the things. This was the jackpot. We found cut-outs, banners, posters, etc.
We put out the Dr. Seuss books we have on display for decorations and for people to look at if they wanted. I also bought Dr. Seuss's Happy Birthday To You and had it out for everyone to sign as a gift for the birthday girl.
Another part of the decorations and also a fun activity we had was a photo booth. We used a red table cover as the backdrop, put Dr. Seuss character cut outs around it, and put star stickers & Dr. Seuss happy birthday banners and ballons on it. We also had fun props like a red & white beaded necklace, Cat in the Hat hats, and stick-on mustaches. This looked great, was fun, and left us with some great pics for memories!
For every event and food of the party I had a quote from a Dr. Seuss book to go with it. Our friend plays a french horn so I asked her to bring it. I gathered everyone together so we could officially start the party and read this quote from Happy Birthday To You- "“In Katroo, every year, on the day you were born they start the day right in the bright early morn when the Birthday Honk-Honker hikes high up Mr. Zorn and let loose a big blast on the Big Birthday Horn. And the voice of the horn calls out loud as it plays: ‘Wake Up! For today is your Day of all Days!’” And then our friend let out a big birthday blast on her french horn & the party was officially started.
I then read a quote from The Sneetches- “When the Star-Belly children went out to play ball, could a Plain Belly get in the game…? Not at all. When the Star-Belly sneetches had frankfurter roasts or picnics or parties or marshmallow toasts, they never invited the Plain-Belly Sneetches. They left them out cold, in the dark of the beaches.” I then gave everyone a green star sticker and we had a cookout and played volleyball.
Inside a table was set up with all the themed goodies I had made. This is what took the most time and work, but was probably the coolest part (at least in my opinion).
I made "Oh The Places You'll Go" cookies. These are actually called rainbow pinwheel cookies, but are the colors from that book and remind me of the cover of it. I used this as the recipe- http://www.soudersstudios.com/recipes/rainbow-pinwheel-cookies.php.
I made up the bag Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, divided the dough up evenly in 5 sections, and used neon food coloring (I didn't know there was such a thing!) to dye each section.
With each food I made, I made a place card with a picture and quote with the story it was from. I used index cards & folded them to stand up on their own. For the "Oh The Places You'll Go" cookies the quote was "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So..get on your way!"
Another food I made was turtles for Yertle the Turtle. This was the simplest thing I made, but what everyone ate the most of. Simply take mini pretzels, put a rolo on top of each, put them in an oven preheated at 300 degrees, bake for 4 minutes. As soon as you take them out of the oven press a pecan half down on them. I then put them in the fridge to cool and harden.
I got the ideas for these from here http://www.lydiabakes.com/2011/09/how-to-make-dr-seuss-dessert-table.html. However, she says she mixed blueberry and lemon jell-o and got the perfect color she was looking for. For me however this turned the jell-o green. A nice sea green, but I wanted the lighter blue which is what shows in her pictures, but didn't work for me (common sense would tell me blue & yellow make green, but I trusted what I read). Just using blueberry jell-o gave me the perfect color. This person also says she put fish "lollies" in some of them. I don't know what she meant by lollies, but maybe that would have worked better than the Swedish fish. I suggest making these the day of if possible because the fish got a bit slimy the next day from the jell-o. Still tasted fine but didn't look as good. The quote from McElligot's Pool for this one was “If I wait long enough; if I’m patient and cool, who knows what I’ll catch in McElligot’s Pool! I might catch a thin fish, I might catch a stout fish, I might catch a short or a long, long drawn-out fish!”
I made up the pink lemonade mix and labeled it Pink Yink Ink with a quote from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish- "The thing he likes to drink is ink. The ink he likes to drink is pink. He likes to wink and drink pink ink."
And here is a pic of the entire spread-