Coolest 1st Cat in the Hat Birthday Party
The day finally arrived for our twin girls’ first birthday party. I wanted them to be Thing 1 and Thing 2 and go with a Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat) theme, and their big brother to be the Cat in the Hat. I couldn’t find any party supplies or decorations in the stores, so I created my own.
Our girls, Brooke and Paige, were Thing 1 and Thing 2, and their big brother, Brady, was the Cat in the Hat, complete with whiskers. We went with a red, white, and blue color theme. I made the girls’ costumes, as well as their blue fur hair, with a little red and white striped bow on each one. Working with the fur was pretty messy, but it was real easy to just hot glue it together.
With twins, you get a lot of empty formula containers, so I used a few of those for the table centerpieces. I created striped paper on the computer and taped that around the canister, then added a white paper hat rim, filled the hat with red and white carnations and a blue balloon, and added some crinkled paper for the fill. I think they turned out adorable… and fairly cheap, as I already had the carnations, which I’ve used for a couple other parties.
Many of the decorations were party printables that I created, including the high chair banners, hats, mantle banner, cotton candy cones, napkin wraps, cupcake embellishments, thank you favor box and sign, and other themed decorations. I created the coordinating cupcake stand out of Styrofoam and matching ribbon – that was really fun! I made coordinating table confetti with my printables as well. Even the Hershey’s kisses had coordinating stickers on them, which turned out to be a fun project for Brady to help with. We had a lot of green Grinches to donate this Christmas, so we scattered him around the rooms too.
The food consisted of lots of, what else, but green eggs… deviled eggs with green filling, almond bark with a green M & M, and a few green Jello jiggler eggs. And of course we had to have ham, and lots of red, white, and blue candy and treats, red Swedish fish, fish crackers, white yogurt raisins and pretzels, red cherry balls, red and blue licorice, and marbled red, white, and blue almond bark with red hots. I also made some Cat in the Hat hats pops out of marshmallows dipped in red almond bark.
I made a Cat in the Hat hat cake (a little shorter than it should have been, and frosted with buttercream, then used red fruit roll-ups for the red stripes, which was very easy to put on. Just be sure to keep it fairly distant from kitchen island lights, or it could melt a bit! The cupcakes were made to look like Thing 1 and Thing 2, and little Cat in the Hat hats, which were just white and red Lifesavers over a toothpick.
The favors were made to look like the Cat in the Hat hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2. For games, I had a green (boiled) egg race game. I also printed some photos of the girls for a guessing game, and had the correct name of the baby on the back. We didn’t have a lot of games, as most of my nieces and nephews are older now.
I was very happy with how everything turned out and I’m looking forward to creating the next party for our son’s fourth birthday.