I knew I wanted to have a fun first birthday party, but I could not decide on a theme. I was in Target in September and found a plethora of Dr. Seuss back-to-school materials in the dollar bins and the party developed from there.
I wanted to stick to a budget for the party, so I tried to make as much as I could from materials I had or from Dollar Store items.
The Invitations - Abigail's Aunt Janine made the Amazing invitations, which was a big help.
Balloon Wreath - DIY: Based on a tutorial from Pinterest.
Letter A - DIY: I found two beat up Dr. Seuss books at a yard sale and used the images to decoupage a wooden letter A after I painted it white.
Large Truffula Trees - DIY: I purchased pool noodles at the Dollar Store, used colored duck tape for the stripes, and made all of the paper poofs myself for the top.
Paper Poofs - DIY: I had packages of tissue paper left over from a previous party, so I used them to make the poofs throughout the party using a tutorial from Pinterest.
Large Cat in The Hat Cardboard Cut Out - Amazon.
Welcome Sign with Dr. Seuss Characters - Amazon.
Welcome Table - Goody bags were filled with items from the Target dollar bin (Dr. Seuss pencils, stickers, crayons, hats, and a printable coloring book I found online). The Happy Birthday To You sign was found online and I personalized it. The book was used as a guest book and that was a gift from her grandparents.
Photo Booth - DIY: I used two plastic tablecloths as a backdrop, cut-out a few Dr. Seuss images that I found online and printed, and purchased bulletin board Dr. Seuss letters (Amazon) to write "Abigail's First Birthday." For the props, I found free printable photo props online and the glasses and boas were from the Dollar Store.
Truffula Tree Centerpieces - DIY: I painted kabob skewers white, used a black sharpie to make the stripes, made yarn poofs from yarn I already had, and hot glued the yarn to the skewers. For the base, I found the red tins at the dollar store along with floral styrofoam. I placed the floral styrofoam in the red tin and positioned the "tree" in the styrofoam. I covered the styrofoam with the green paper grass.
Dr. Seuss Table Runner - DIY: The fabric was found at Joann's Fabric, and Abigail's grandmother made the runners.
High Chair Skirt- DIY: I wrapped tulle around a piece of ribbon.
The Grinch Quote Sign- I purchased it from HandleWithLuv and can use it for Christmas as well.
The Grinch Bulletin Board- DIY: The fabric was found at Joann's Fabric, and I made it with materials that I already had using a pinterest tutorial.
Banners - DIY: I found a free printable banner online for the "Happy Birthday Abby" banner. I punched holes in the Dr. Seuss flashcards that I found in the Target dollar bin, and used them as banners throughout. I taped each of her monthly photos to Dr. Seuss notecards I also found in the Target dollar bin.
Dr. Seuss Educational Signs- On clearance from Michael's.
The Lorax Drink Dispenser- DIY: I found a Lorax pumpkin carving design online and just colored it in.
Cake: The amazing cake was made by Amphora Bakery in Vienna, VA.
Green Eggs- Deviled eggs with green food dye made by her Aunt Lindsey.
Grinch Dip - Spinach Dip
One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish, Gold Fish- Multi-colored Goldfish.
Truffula Seeds- Baked Beans
Poodles Noodles- Macaroni and Cheese
Roast Beast Sandwiches- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Prairies of Prax- Coleslaw
Water From the Pool of the Jungle of Nool- Water with Lemon
Seuss Juice - Orange Punch
Attire: The Adult t-shirts were purchased on Amazon. Abigail's dress was handmade and purchased from Hot Tots Cool Kids2.
Abigail's dress was my favorite item as it was beautifully made. The designer was very helpful in making sure that the dress fit perfectly.
You don't have to break the bank to have a great party. If you plan in advance and do a little leg work yourself, you'll be surprised with what you come up with.