Dr. Seuss baby showers seem to be all the rage right now, and March is a great time for them, as the very first day of the month is Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday! But it was no surprise when my book-lovin’ niece requested that theme for her baby shower. What was a surprise, however, was the cost of all things Seuss-related!
Oh my goodness! A quick internet search and a few trips local party stores soon left no doubt that unless some creativity was incorporated the hostesses were going to need a small loan.
But, where there’s a will, there’s a way! And today’s your lucky day…
Dr. Seuss Baby Shower Invitations
My sister used a local office supply store to print invitations. They were super cute and less costly than ordering them from any online or local party store that she found.
Or, you could use card stock to cut out the shape of the Cat’s Hat, color one side with red and white strips and fill in the details on the other.
With a computer, you could create your own by using a picture of a few fish (similar to the above invitation) or the Cat in the Hat and come up with our own rhyme.
Since it’s a Dr. Seuss party, why not use Dr. Seuss books as the central theme for your decorating? These can be books that you’ve borrowed from the library and friends or, better yet, purchased to be given as a gift to the mama-to-be for an excellent head start on the baby’s library.
For added sentimental value, my sister used some books that were my niece’s when she was a baby. How special is that?!
Table cloths can be of the vinyl variety: red and white stripes, primary colors creatively placed, or something that actually showcases Dr. Seuss-themed wording/pictures (this will probably be a bit more costly).
Print out pictures from Dr. Seuss books onto card stock. Using larger pictures and little double-sided tape will dress up a blank wall or door very inexpensively. Smaller pictures can be hot glued to coffee stirrers or plastic spoons/forks.
Of course, if you have a little money to spend…
Here are some super-cute and creative decorations to make the occasion extra-special!
Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Baby Shower Banner Personalized Party Backdrop DecorationOh, Baby! Go, Baby! (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection)Dirty Diaper Game 24 pack Dr.Seuss cat in the hat baby shower game favorsDr Seuss Wall DecalIt’s A Boy Baby Shower Party Photo Booth Props Kits on Sticks Set of 31pcsDr Seuss Personalized Baby Shower Banner & 30 Balloon Kit Party SuppliesDr Seuss Thing 1 Thing 2 Edible Image Photo 8Personalized Name One Fish-Two Fish-Red Fish-Blue Primitive Country Wood Stacking Sign Blocks12 – Dr. Seuss Thing 1 Thing 2 Twins Baby Shower Cupcake Toppers
Dr. Seuss Baby Shower Games
It really isn’t difficult to take any traditional baby shower game and make it a “Dr. Seuss game” by simply changing the game’s name. Check out these ideas (I bet you’ll recognize them from regular baby showers!):
How much did you say, you’d be willing to pay?
For this game, think: The Price is Right. The hostess purchases 5 – 10 baby related items that can be given to the mama-to-be after the shower (jar of baby food, pacifier, box of cereal, baby wipes, etc.). The guests are asked to view each item and write down their guess for the price of each. The guest who has the most correct (or closest without going over) guesses wins. Be sure to have the receipt on hand for verification.
We need your guess. Will it be more or will it be less?
Fill a baby bottle with small candies such as M & M’s, jelly beans, or Skittles (you can call them Truffula Tree Seeds!), being sure to make note of exactly how many you’re putting in. Ask guests to write down their guess for how many candies are in the bottle. The guest with the closest-without-going-over guess wins!
Horton says, “Who says an elephant never forgets?”
Fill a tray with 15 – 20 small baby related items and cover with a blanket. Place the tray in a central location so that each guest has a good view. Uncover the tray and allow the guests to view the items for 1 minute (no touching allowed!). Remove the tray and give the guests 3 minutes to write down everything they remember seeing. The guest with the most correct answers wins!
Dr. Seuss Baby Shower Menu
Of course, you’ll want some sort of focal point. For my niece’s shower, it was the cake. Using a local bakery can be costly, but if you’re already stretched for time, it can definitely be worth the chunk out of your shower budget.
Cupcakes would be another focal option. You could get really creative with these! And, they’d be a lot less expensive. Cat in the Hat cupcakes could easily be made by using bright red cupcake liners and light blue icing. Small printed card stock “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” labels can be hot glued to toothpicks and placed in the cupcakes. So cute!!!
Other refreshment ideas can come straight from Dr. Seuss books. Placing the corresponding books near the food items will really add some pizzazz to your table!
Green Eggs and Ham placed near deviled eggs with green filling (just add a few drops of green dye when mixing the yolks and mayo).
How ’bout One Fish, Two Fish beside a bowl of Swedish fish?
Three Cheese Trees (spear cheese cubes with a toothpick and stick into cone-shaped Styrofoam that you can pick up at any craft store) and Poodles with Noodles (any pasta salad recipe) from Fox in Socks will be excellent additions to your baby shower.
And don’t forget the Roast Beast (roll up thin-sliced roast beef from the deli, skewer with colorful toothpicks, and place on a pretty platter next to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas) or Truffula Tree Seeds (small candies in a bowl next to The Lorax). Oh, the possibilities are endless!
Visit LollyJane.com for more ideas and free printables. That’s where I got the background for this post’s graphic! Seriously cute stuff!
If you’re combining forces (and budgets) with a friend or friends, you can find many more decorations and supplies on Amazon – or check them out for inspiration, too!
Have you ever thrown a Dr. Seuss-themed baby shower? What cute stuff have you done – we’d love to see pictures, too! Go ahead and share them for us all to enjoy in the comments below…
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