We had so much fun last night celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. I know that we were 4 days late. Ricky reminded each of us every time we said it was his birthday that his REAL birthday was on Sunday, Sunday, March 2nd. I didn’t have my act together enough to celebrate on Sunday and this was the first night of the week that I had open so we celebrated last night. Sorry. Happy belated, Dr. Seuss.
Years ago, I started buying Dr. Seuss books, bags and stuffed animals thinking that one day I would plan a Dr. Seuss birthday party for my boys. Years have gone by and my stash has sat high up in the shelves of my closet. After being reminded of Dr. Seuss’ birthday this past weekend, I started thinking about my hypothetical party and decided now was the time. Nolan is currently obsessed with stuffed animals and Ricky is on the brink of an age where it will no longer be cool to be excited about stuffed animals. So, being that I had a stuffed animal to go with every Dr. Seuss book that I had purchased, I jumped at opportunity this year.
I sent a couple of texts, inviting some friends over whom I haven’t seen in awhile and the boys and I spent the afternoon preparing to celebrate Dr. Seuss. At one point Nolan wanted to know if Dr. Seuss was coming to his birthday party. When I explained that he had died, (because you know if he was still alive, he would SO be at our birthday party) they both wanted to know how he died. I answered with the easy answer that he was old. “Old” could have been the end of the conversation and I could have continued blowing up Cat in the Hat colored balloons without having to talk after each exhale, but I have some curious four year olds and not a day goes by where I don’t feel like I need to look up the answer to some random question. My boys are going to surpass my knowledge of things in about 6 months! Anyway, with the knowledge that he was old, they next wanted to know if he was married (apparently you’re old if you’re married)! And then they wanted to know who he married. Having no time for google or Siri, I again, took the easy way out…. “Oh, he married Mrs. Seuss,” I answered. But Benny, who is a little bit of a know it all lately, looked at me with a confused expression and defiantly stated, “No, Mom. Mrs. Seuss is his MOM!” Touche’ buddy, touche’.
We did a couple of easy, fun things to make the party a little more Dr. Seussy than just ordering pizza and having some plain ice cream. First we made our own Thing 1 and Thing 2 Ice Cream by using food coloring to dye some vanilla ice cream red and then layered white and red in clear cups. We topped them off with turquoise sprinkles.
We put red Swedish fish into blue Gatorades for a little “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish” action and added some red and white striped straws, which make any drink more fun!
And then we decorated the table with our various Dr. Suess books, my go-to Halloween costume Cat in the Hat Hat and extra Red Fish.
Oh and I also printed Cat in the Hat name cards. I can’t resist, no matter how few people we have at a get-together, having name cards. I just love ‘em!
And, the piece that made the night the most fun? Our friends who we haven’t seen in months that were able to celebrate with us.
Two peas in a pod.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Now, I’m kind of in spring cleaning mode. I wonder what party I’ll have next? I know I’ve got party supplies stashed in other closets too!