Dr Seuss Birthday Party

Cooking and party-planning are two of my favourite things and, luckily, they go well together. Because of his current favourite books, we decided to put a Dr Seuss spin on Simon's 2nd birthday party.

Here's the whimsical Seussical spread

 Green Eggs (no ham): sugar cookies with this icing
Where does one get a cookie cutter shaped like a fried egg? Just bend a round coockie cutter until it looks right!

There's a Wocket in my (pita) Pocket: broccoli slaw with this dressing in mini-pitas

Hop on Pop(corn): popcorn with this seasoning
 Three Cheese Trees (from Fox in Socks): cubes of marble cheddar on styrofoam trees (I swear this looked better in person!)
Yertle the (caramel) Turtle: pretzel rolo turtles, with topped with M&M's instead of pecans to be nut-free

One Fish. Two Fish, (not all) Red Fish, (or) Blue Fish: naturally coloured Goldfish crackers

Yink's Pink Ink Drink: pink lemonade

No clever name, but these treats just looked so fun and silly. Similar to Rice Krispie squares but made using Trix cereal and rolled into balls, the bright colours and abnormal shapes were a hit with the kids!

Rainbow Fruit Tray

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with this icing, and this filling (+ 3 TBSP raspberry jam) & homemade toppers
My take on Truffula Trees was really simple, but they had a big impact with the high-ceilings in our living room and kitchen. They were each just made out of two pieces of bristol board: one for the top, and one cut into wiggly strips to make the trunk. (And having picked up the bristol board at 3 for $1, making each tree for $0.66 is pretty great bang for your buck!)

Thing One and Thing Two were positioned running up the stairs from our entryway, greeting Simon's guests. I projected an image found online, traced it on to bristol board, coloured it, and cut them out. I loved the "coming to life" effect that the third dimension of the ribbon and balloon gave them.

I made these pom poms in alternating red and white tissue paper that were hung with fishing line from the ceiling, but they were somehow missed in our photos.

We sent this invitation to his friends to invite them (and their parents) to join us.

Our kids' birthday parties are always donation parties, where we ask that our guest bring a donation of non-perishable food for our nearest food bank in lieu of a gift. For our donation box this year, I used a quote from The Lorax that got people talking: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." One person even asked if they could have the sign - and of course, I obliged!

I had quite a few other ideas for food and decorations that just didn't come into fruition in time for the party (chasing two toddlers at 8 months pregnant will do that to you), but I'd be happy to share some ideas if you'd like to leave a comment.

I'm linking this up with  What's Cooking with Ruthie's Super Saturday Show & Tell , and  Thirty Handmade Days Linky Party !