Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Guest Post – Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

Written by Patti on January 31st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Today I am handing over the reins to my sweet friend, Arlynn, who loves giving parties as much as I do! She created a baby shower around a Dr. Seuss theme, which I think is just adorable.

Please help me welcome Arlynn! Take it away!

I have a confession to make here on Anatomy of a Dinner Party (ADP)… I am
a party-a-holic. Yes, there may not currently be a support group available for people
in my state of “distress,” and although my husband may wish otherwise, I’m totally
cool with it.  In fact, I’m thrilled to have such an exciting addiction – I mean, who
doesn’t love a party?!? Oh yeah, back to the Hubs. I wouldn’t go so far as to grant
him the title of Party Pooper, but he certainly doesn’t appreciate my panache for all
of the excitement generated by a nicely organized party. Especially one in which
he’s kicked out and  asked to leave our home for a few hours, ha! Lucky for you ADP
readers, sweet Patti does appreciate & that’s why she asked me to share my story of a recent Dr. Seuss themed baby shower I had the pleasure of co-hosting at my house! Lucky for me too, to be able to share with you – thanks a million P!!!

Well, this sordid tale of a Dr. Seuss baby shower fit for a soon-to-be precious
Princess all began when the Hubs and I purchased our first home. We’re OTP’ers
(out of the perimeter of Atlanta) – please don’t hold it against us – and found
ourselves to be living in the midst of lots of families with kids. Well, there was one
couple, right around our age who were, at the time, childless. Score one for crazy-
fun-young neighbors like us! Well, before long they wouldn’t find themselves
childless… Commence immediate party planning – and I’m talking before they even
have time to show us the first sonogram image.

I knew the sweet Momma-to-be is a BIG fan of anything and everything Dr.
Seuss… It’s evident throughout a very whimsically decorated guest bedroom that
features each and every Dr. Seuss book, plush creature and accessory. She, of
course,  mentioned decorating baby’s room Dr. Seuss themed decor. Naturally the
Dr. Seuss party theme was implanted in my mind. Well,  for a few months, party
planning was left to simmer on the back burner until the baby’s gender was
revealed – of course this would affect the direction of the baby shower I’d offered to
help plan along with some other very sweet neighbors and the Mom-to-be’s best
friend from college.

Guys – guess what?!? It’s a GIRL!!! Now enter a tiny wrinkle in my over-the-top Dr.
Seuss party plans… How do you make a primary color Dr. Seuss shower theme
work for a little girl? Through some lucky fabric finds and creative thinking, I believe
we achieved the perfect Dr. Seuss themed shower for a baby girl and Momma!

Buffet table with hand-sewn table cloth & runner.

The buffet space had to be one of my favorites! This is where I got especially
lucky with the fabrics. I found a buttery yellow textile with teeny-tiny pink, blue and
green polka dots. The table runner fabric was a fabulous find from the remnant bin
– crisp white featuring embroidered stripes in the exact same colors as those little
polka dots & butter yellow in the base cloth! This is the kind of thing that gets my boat a rockin’, if you know what I mean. And the types of things the Hubs will
never understand. The polka dots and stripes coordinate perfectly – and I mean
perfectly –with a couple of items that one of the other hostesses located; napkins,
paper plates (not a big proponent of paper goods at showers, but there were almost
40 guests, y’all!) and the fantastic “Baby Shower” banner hanging in the photo

A close up of the buffet table top – food, decor & linens

All of the hostesses contributed to our fabulous spread – each food item was
given a very Dr. Seuss-ish name, written on that fun pink cardstock. For example,
we had “Mini Green Egg & Ham Quiches,” “Grinch Dip” aka spinach dip, “Poodle
Noodles” pasta salad, “Deviled Green Eggs” and more! Naming the foods was so
much fun.  Other than those food items, our very Seuss tablescape featured
an “Enjoy!” pennant banner crafted from extra fabric, candles, a favorite book and
of course, a Dr. Seuss plush animal, many of which were borrowed for this soiree
from the Mom-to-be’s vast collection.

Here are some other favorite details from the Dr. Seuss baby shower:

A detailed shot of some favorite food items:

The “Thing 1 & Thing 2” cupcakes had to be *the* cutest treats ever – my Magician
in the Kitchen Aunt Peggy, made these scrumptious cupcakes (vanilla on vanilla – the
future Mom’s fav flavor) and colored the batter & icing to match the colors of Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 & Thing 2 creatures – I added the blue cotton candy as a topper to represent these little creature’s crazy blue hair!

Our beverage table – the highlights of which were “The Blue Seuss” and “Who-Berry” punches.

Many of the Mom-to-be’s favorite Dr. Seuss books were on display in sweet little vignettes with their coordinating plush characters.

A favorite detail of many of the guests was our fun “Candy is Dandy!” display, complete with cellophane baggies meant to be filled with all of the sweet treats & tied up with a coordinating ribbon – much thanks to a creative co-host.

Here are some of our youngest guests filling their baggies.

A personal favorite detail of the shower – this fun “photo booth” created with vibrant
fabric, ribbon, colorful frames and Seuss-like accessories.

Here’s the Mom-to-be & me having fun with the photo backdrop & Seuss accessories.

I was especially proud of my mantle decor – featuring two of the future Mom’s favorite Dr. Seuss books and, of course the creatures that are highlighted in them! And this pennant banner was made from fabrics used throughout the party decor – printed letters in a Dr. Seuss font (downloaded for free) and a sweet sonogram picture of baby girl!

Another one of our crafty co-hostesses created these beautiful scrapbook pages to make the perfect stationary for each guest to write a very special note to little baby girl. This was a very popular activity and something that the future Momma will treasure forever.

Finally – the party favors. Earlier on in the day, we all played a shower game – a “baby” music guessing game. We played a CD with about 14 “baby”-themed songs, i.e. Gwen Steffani “Hey Baby,” “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes, etc. and each guest had to guess the correct song title and artist to win a $15 iTunes gift card. At the end of the party, each guest took home a copy of the CD, personalized with these custom Dr. Seuss labels created just for this soiree.

Finally – ending with a favorite photo of mine of the sweet Mom-to-be near the very Dr. Seuss buffet table.

I know she had a wonderful time & she just wouldn’t stop raving about how
perfect the shower was for her – a success!

Thank you SO much for joining me on this little look through one of my favorite parties I’ve ever hosted!!! And many, many thanks to Patti for allowing me to share this post on one of my very favorite blogs…

Thank YOU, Arlynn!! Wasn’t that fun, y’all? I now know exactly who to call to help me brainstorm for those themed parties. And let me tell you, Arlynn is just the sweetest thing ever!!

Have a great day, Darlings! Go out and plan a party!
xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Seussical The Muscial – Oh The Things You Can Think!


16 Comments so far ↓

  1. Melanie says:

    Absolutely adorable!

  2. Kathy says:

    This is super cute!

  3. Kathleen says:

    This is adorable – what good friends the mom-to-be has! 🙂

  4. Patti says:

    Melanie, Kathy & Kathleen – isn’t it the greatest?

    Miss Arylnn – I have a funny feeling this is going to be one of the top posts on ADP…seriously. oxoxox, P

  5. Tina says:

    Wow Arlynn…how wonderfully creative! I hope you continue to find joy in throwing parties for years to come!

  6. Your creative expressions are a wonderful example of how to take a personal favorite and bring it to life. How fun and absolutely perfect for the Mom to be! Love the photo booth!!

    Hope to see more of your events.

  7. Kina says:

    Definitely toooo cute!!! I am using the same thing but you just added to my many ideas thanks so much you did an excellent job 🙂

  8. Patti says:

    Thanks, Kina! Would love to see your photos! xooxox, P

  9. Melissa says:

    I would also love if you could share how to get the cd label. I am doing a thing 1 and thing 2 baby shower and would love to have this

  10. Patti says:

    Hi Melissa,

    This was Arlynn’s response:

    Here’s what I used to create the CD label:

    I actually think I found that image through a Google image search – FYI.

    I actually utilized a free program that came with the Avry CD label stickers to add text, make sure I had the right size, ensure printer format, etc.

    Hope that helps.

  11. MercedezDynasty says:

    I simply can not wait you do my shower! Thank you!

  12. meaghan says:

    hi just wondering if you could help me. i am throwing a dr seuss shower and trying to figure out how to burn a cd for everyone. i tuned will only allow me to burn 7 copies of the same cd of songs i imported into itunes. i hope to hear from you!!

  13. Patti says:

    Hi Meaghan,

    That question would be best asked of Google. I’m afraid I don’t have the answer.

    Would love to see photos of your party!


  14. Jenny says:

    We are doing a Dr. Seuss party in November and I was wondering what your Blue Seuss juice was?

  15. Patti says:

    Hi Jenny!

    Thanks for your question.

    Here is Arlynn’s very simple answer:

    The blue punch was:

    Blue Hawaiian punch + pineapple juice + Sprite zero = easy peasy & super delish blue punch, ha!

    Enjoy your party!


  16. Margie says:

    Very cute. I loves it. I am doing my daughter in law Dr Seuss baby shower for a boy. Can’t wait! Thank you for sharing!