Dr. Seuss Birthday Party! Dr. Seuss Party Food Ideas, Games, Decor, Favors & More!

This weekend we celebrated Carson’s 1st Birthday as I shared with you yesterday. I went ALL OUT with the Dr. Suess theme! It was so much fun I just couldn’t resist going a little over the top. There are SO many ideas that you can do with it that they just kept coming to me! Here are a TON of Dr. Suess Birthday party ideas and Dr. Seuss party food ideas for you to pull from 🙂 I even have printables for you! Keep checking back this week as I post the food recipes too!

I wanted the Dr. Seuss theme to emulate through to my guests from the moment they walked in the door so I set up this brightly colored table full of Dr. Suess inspired goodies! It was so bright and colorful! From the moment you entered the door you felt the theme of the party.

I thought the Chinese lantern flowers looked “Seussical” so I used them, along with Dr. Seuss books, to decorate each table. I also added some jars of WhoFoo Fluff on a Stick to add to the fun!

Dr. Seuss party table

I went with a red and turquoise blue color scheme which I just LOVED. I was able to find the table cloths, napkins, plates, cutlery, balloons, etc all at Walmart for very inexpensive prices (most at 99 cents!). I used blown up balloons with matching curling ribbon and hung them from the ceiling above each table to create a balloon chandelier. I also added in paper lanterns in the red and turquoise colors which looked great.

Dr Seuss red and blue color scheme

There wasn’t any food on the table that wasn’t Dr. Seuss inspired. Everything had a theme and followed the books of Dr. Seuss. My guests just loved it and it was a huge hit! I created my own food labels using Dr. Seuss fonts and graphics and printed them off and glued them to card stock on picks so I could put them in the food. Get my free Dr. Seuss food sign printables, fonts and more by clicking the link! Then print them off, add a Dr. Seuss character sticker and tape them on to cardstock. You can also get all of my Dr. Seuss party food recipes by clicking the link.

Dr Seuss food table for party

Of course we had to have green eggs and ham! They turned out great and I was surprised to see all 48 deviled eggs gone in just an hour! They were a big hit. I was worried no one would eat them because they were green but people loved them!

I made a ten pound pineapple ham and cooked it in a bag (which worked great!). It was SO good but apparently too good because we ran out!

Sticking with the Dr. Suess theme we had One Fish, Two Fish, Gold Fish!

The Hop On Pop Popcorn was also a huge hit and was gone!

hop on pop popcorn

One of my favorite ideas was the Cat’s Hat banana and strawberry skewers!

 Stink, Stank, Stunk Pretzels are always a big hit!

Dr Seuss party food ideas

I made my favorite Wacky Wild Rice Soup recipe which is SO delicious!

 It wouldn’t have been a party without One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Jello!

One fish Two fish blue jello

The Beezlenut Splash was a big hit too! We had to refill it several times. Get my Beezlenut Splash recipe!

Dr Seuss drink idea

 I was glad to see the WhoFoo Fluf on A Stick disappear along with all of the other food.

WooHoo Fluff on a stick

Carson’s party was at 4pm and I had baked four 8” cakes the night before and didn’t start assembling his Cat in the Hat smash cake until 2pm! It came together quickly though and looked pretty good considering I’m no cake artist!

I loved the idea of having all of the guests sign Carson’s Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday to You! book and the accompanying rhyme instructing them to sign it was really cute! You can get the free Dr. Seuss Birthday rhyme printable here!

Seuss first birthday

The kids loved the Dr. Seuss party favors which were just a pack of either Swedish Fish or Goldfish with the free printable favor label stapled to them.

Dr Seuss party favors

The  Pin the Hat on the Cat game was a favorite of all the kids and they couldn’t wait to do it! My awesome sister pulled out her art skills to create this amazing cat in the hat with accompanying hats to pin on. We then blindfolded and spun the kids around so they could each take a turn trying to get the hat on the cat. It was a lot of fun! Not feeling artistic? Grab a Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Pinata Kit instead!

DIY cat in the hat game

I made Carson his little matching red and turquoise Birthday shirt! I also made his siblings matching shirts with their initials on them. Find my DIY appliqued Birthday shirt tutorial for instructions on how to easily make one yourself!

The Dr. Suess party was SO much fun and I highly recommend the theme simply because there is so much you can do with it and so many different ways you can go with it.

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  1. Sarah I love your pictures!!!! I am so amazed at what you do 🙂 Glad to see everything is going well for you and your family 🙂

    1. Hi Joy,

      The Beezlenut splash is water, oranges, lemons and limes and is just a spa water recipe. It was really yummy! Just make sure you have more oranges than you do lemons and just a few limes. Add ice and keep refilling with water as you run out.


  2. Looks like Carson had a wonderful first birthday. The decorations and food match the theme so well. I especially like the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Jello idea.

    1. Love this idea/theme! What’s in the party favors? Also, any ideas how to incorporate ice cream or sundaes with a Seuss theme? Thanks!!

      1. Michelle you could do root beer floats and call them WhoFoo Fluff Floats. The foam that the float creates would look like WhoFoo Fluff 🙂 If you did sundaes you could top them with Sweedish fish or put a stick of cotton candy in them and use the WhoFoo Fluff idea with that.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas for the party. You have made it easy for us moms with the same party theme:)

  4. You did such a great job. Love it all. This may sound silly but how did you cook the pineapple ham? Did you use a certain recipe? It looks amazing. 🙂

    1. It was a large ham, maybe 12 lbs and I cooked it in a turkey bag and topped it with pineapple and cherries stuck into the ham with toothpicks and added brown sugar. Just follow the cooking instructions on the turkey bag (they have instructions for ham as well). It was a great way to cook it and it was SO moist. It was gone before everyone even had a chance to get some because it was just SO yummy!

  5. THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing these. 🙂 🙂 I am super excited the labels were free 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! I’m glad they are useful to you! I figured if I had to create them for myself anyway then I may as well share the love right? 🙂

  6. Sarah thank you for your wonderful ideas, we are planning a Dr.Seuss party at work and I can’t find your recipes:(
    Please Help
    Thank You

  7. Thanks so much for all of these great ideas! You did such a wonderful job with all of them! I will be using some of them for my daughter’s birthday party in a few weeks! What did you use for the Cat’s Hat cake icing? Particularly the red??

    1. Hi Jamie,

      Sorry I didn’t see your question sooner. I just used regular frosting tinted with GEL food coloring. The gel is key! Then I used pull ‘n peel licorice to separate the layers.

  8. This is AMAZING! thanks so much for sharing. Do you have the printable for the Happy Birthday book? I am a mom of 3 boys and you have saved me sooo much time. thank you, this website is a blessing 🙂

  9. I was wondering, The Hop On Pop Popcorn, exactly what is that and how do you make it? It looks so good and I want to make it for my sons 1st birthday in August.

  10. I love your ideas! I’m having a cat in the hat theme for my son’s 1st birthday also. Where did you find the individual bags of Swedish fish? I can only seem to find the big bags.

  11. These are all amazing ideas! Thank you so much! One question though, how did you make the Happy Birthday book? I would love to do that but can’t think of a way to make it!

  12. Where did you get the place cards for food? Do you by chance have a template your sister used on cat in hat game? Is the popcorn, popcorn chicken and how did you prepare it.Thanx for sharing

    1. Sorry I missed your comment earlier. You can click the link above to print off my free food labels. My sister drew the cat in the hat game free hand. Yes, she’s uber talented lol. The hop on pop popcorn is actually caramel puff corn which I will be sharing the recipe for shortly!

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