Here’s what Julia said about planning the party- “I was very excited when I was asked to plan and style this Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 birthday party for adorable twins Brock and Brooke. I met Michele, mom of the twins, almost a year and half prior when she hired me to plan and style her older daughter Kaylee’s 3rd birthday party (and was still pregnant with the twins). Michele and her family live several states away on the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, and I live in the mountains of east Tennessee, so planning a party from such a long distance away can definitely be tricky. Despite the many miles between us, the party came together so perfectly! Believe it or not, basically all of my custom party décor, centerpieces, linens, and props flew from Tennessee to Louisiana in only one suitcase! I even had 2.5 pounds to spare in my 1 checked piece of luggage, which I dubbed my “party in a bag”.
Colors and Prints:
The colors we chose were aqua blue, red, black, and white, and the prints used were chevron and polka dots. I designed the invitations using these colors and prints, as well as the rest of the custom paper party details such as my candy, food, and drink labels, the signage, and also the paper I used to make the paper fans. I also chose fabrics to coordinate which I used for the candy table backdrop, tablecloths, and runners.
Cake and Sweets Table:
The sweets table is always my favorite part of the party to plan. I used aqua chevron fabric as well as red polka dot fabric for the backdrop and table linens. I painted a pair of custom frames I own in red to hang on the aqua chevron and placed photos of each baby in each frame. I accented each frame with a large “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” tag. For the center backdrop, and on the table, I made a red polka dot ruffled runner and placed it there since the cake was to be primarily in the blue. I found the custom fondant “Cat in the Hat”, “thing 1 & 2”, and “1” topper for sale on Etsy by an amazingly talented seller, Maria Paola, of “Paolascreations”. She even included (for free) the super cute custom fondant book which the “1” sat upon! Michele purchased the custom cake stand on etsy as well. The cupcakes were made with blue icing Thing 1 and Thing 2 styled “hair” then placed in red cupcake liners. I then attached my custom made “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” tags to the front of the cupcake liners. The smash cakes were simple and cute and were made by a friend of mine, Lisa Krause, who flew down and helped me set up the party. Maria Paola of Paolascreations also made the fondant letters to spell each baby’s name which were placed on each smash cake with a red “1” candle. I created 2 custom whimsical arrangements for the table which I placed on each side of the cake. I created red paper fans to attach behind my custom chevron candy labels. Gumballs, sixlets, rock candy, and swizzle sticks were placed in glass candy jars. I made white with red and aqua polka dot chocolate covered oreos as well as marshmallow pops to complete the table. I accented the marshmallow pops sticks with the hat cutouts from “Cat in the Hat” as well as ribbons. The last touch on the table were framed quotes from Dr. Seuss books. Balloons were then set on each side of the table.
Food and Drinks Table:
I created custom bi-fold tent cards for labeling each food. Michele served a veggie tray, “Truffula Fruit” tray, Goldfish crackers, sandwiches, cheese cubes, and chips and salsa. Drinks served were “New Blue Goo” aka Blue Hawaiian Punch and “Beezlenut Splash” aka Red Hawaiian Punch. I accented this table with chevron runners, custom toppers, framed quotes, framed photos of the babies, a custom centerpiece, and then hung a fabric covered “1” which I cut from a sheet of Styrofoam.
I covered each highchair with aqua chevron fabric and then hung my custom “I am 1” birthday banners on the front of the trays. I created personalized cardstock birthday banners for each baby and hung them above the highchairs on the fence. There was a large paper fan topped with a large “B” hanging in between the two banners. I placed an accent table between each highchair with a framed sign and custom centerpiece to add more interest.
For the tables for guests to sit at, I placed red tablecloths with aqua chevron runners. Two of these tables had centerpieces which I created out of candlesticks which I had spray painted red then attached “thing 1” and “thing 2” tags onto. I then attached a blue tissue pom onto the top of the candlesticks as these reminded me to the crazy hair of each of the “Things”. On the third table, I topped it with one of my custom whimsical centerpieces. Each chair was covered with a white chair cover. I also tied red and blue ribbons around the chairs to add color.
I hung paper lanterns under the covered patio and tied various red and blue ribbons from them. I created a pretty paper fan garland in the reds and aqua prints and hung it on the fence. I also created some fun “Seussville” arrow signs which I attached to a flag post and placed in the yard.
Games and Activities:
I created a “One fish, two fish, red fish, Let’s catch a fish!” game using Dr Seuss fish that I printed and cut out and attached paper clips too. We then made fishing poles out of wooden dowels and ribbon and attached a magnet to the end.
The kids also enjoyed playing on the swing set in the yard as well as the playhouse.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Dr Seuss Stand Up Thing 1 & Thing 2 Party Supplies Dr Seuss Party Supplies Popcorn / Treat Boxes Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks Gumballs Apothecary Jars Lollipop / Treat Sticks Striped Paper Straws Tissue Pom Poms Balloons #1 Candle Paper Lanterns
This precious GENDER NEUTRAL SPRING SOIREE FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Belinda Blackwood of Littlechair.
I love the simplicity and all of the delicate components of this party! It has so many sweet ideas that would be perfect for both boy and girl parties, as well as baby and bridal showers. A few of my favorite elements of this gender neutral spring soiree are:
The mini ribbon banner cake topper
The painted wooden spoon and water balloon activity
This is what Belinda said about planning the party- “When we shared our news of a new baby due to arrive in September with our 2 children aged 6 and 3, there was much discussion about what ‘Season’ this baby would be born in! It was decided that we should put flowers into the garden to welcome our baby in spring…and so in April we lovingly placed Freesia bulbs deep into the ground around our home. During the weeks that led to Baby’s arrival we noticed with much excitement one by one the freesias start to appear randomly in our garden beds. Each Beautiful Freesia seemed to take us another step closer to our baby’s arrival and we all welcomed the distraction while we waited.
Our Baby Boy arrived on a beautiful spring day in September last year, and as I walked to the car on the way to the hospital I could smell freesias in the air, and see the cheerful dots of color throughout our garden beds. Of course our 2 excited children greeted us in hospital after baby’s arrival bearing a beautiful bunch of hand-picked Freesias which sat in a vase beside our bed for our stay.
I did not remove the bulbs from the garden after they had flowered as ‘they’ say you are supposed to do….and to our surprise, one by one our Freesias have flowered again this spring…just in time for our Baby Boys first birthday.
We decided on a “Spring theme” for Ned’s 1st Birthday Celebration using bright yellow and orange to complement the freesia’s we had in our garden. We set up the party table in our nearby “parklands” and enjoyed a morning of fun with close family and friends.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Jute Twine Striped Paper Straws Ribbon Clear Cellophane Bags Honeycomb Flowers Tissue Balls Balloons Milk Bottles