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Abigail’s Dr. Seuss Themed First Birthday Party


Abigail's Dr. Seuss Themed First Birthday Party

Design Inspiration

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.

Project Details

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.

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 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.

The Lorax Drink Dispenser- DIY: I found a Lorax pumpkin carving design online and just colored it in.

The Food:

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


Favorite Items

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.

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Sunday 29th of June 2014

I Was Wondering What Online Website You Used For The Happy Birthday Sign Right Next To The Happy birthday Book. Thank You:)


Monday 10th of March 2014

I agree with exactly what the previous person wrote!!! The party was well thought out and looked amazing! I am actually in the midst of planning my sons 1st birthday and decided on this theme.. I was wondering if you would not mind sharing some of the websites that you used to get your printables?


Tuesday 31st of December 2013

I'm so in love with what you did! My favorites were the wreath, the chair skirt and the dress. Amazing! Hope the party was fun and she had a good time :-)


Thursday 2nd of January 2014

Thank you very much! It really was alot of fun to do, and many of the projects were pretty simple. I agree, the dress was fantastic and she wore it again for holiday events. Let me know if you have any questions, I'd be glad to help!

Vote: December Party Finalists - Project Nursery

Wednesday 18th of December 2013

[…] Abigail’s Dr. Seuss-Themed First Birthday Party by kt5782 Sabrina, of Project Nursery, says, “This party really is DIY magic at its best. All the homemade details were created with so much love and talent, but I especially dig that photo booth. What a fun idea for all Dr. Seuss fans!” […]