Place a picture from one of D. Seuss’ books. Add this poem: We’re having a party! It’s plain as can be! I want you to come celebrate with me! The Cat will be there along with the fish, Horton & Sam and the Grinch, and I would like you to come, that is my wish.
Purchase balloons and streamers in Dr. Seuss colors of red, blue and yellow. Make a sign for the door, hang a picture of the Cat in the Hat and make a large hat out of red and white strips of paper.
For the table, use red, blue and yellow tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins and plasticware. Use Dr. Seuss toys and books for the centerpieces. For the Cat in the Hat, stack red and white cups and taping them in place so each layer shows. For Green Eggs and Ham, put chocolates in green plastic Easter eggs and put the eggs in bowls on the table. For One Fish, Two Fish, place fish crackers in bowls on the table.
Games and Activities
Here is a list of Dr. Seuss book themed activities that will kids will enjoy at the party.
The Foot Book—Have the kids make foot, hand or fingerprint art. Place paint in a tray. Have the kids place their feet, hands or fingers in the paint and then let them make art on paper.
Green Eggs and Ham Egg Hunt—Take plastic easter eggs and place individually wrapped chocolates in them. Hide them around the party area so the children can search for them.
Green Eggs and Ham Egg and Spoon Relay—Give all the kids a plastic spoon and a plastic Easter egg. Divide the kids into two teams and have them race to the finish line with their egg and spoon, drop the egg in a container, run back to their team and tag the next player to go. If a player drops their egg, they have to star over.
Red Fish, Blue Fish Go Fishing Game—Make paper fish from construction paper and attach paper clips to them. Place them in a kiddie pool or large container. Make a fishing pole from a dowel and a string and tie a small magnet to the end of the string. Have the kids stand alongside the pool and see how many fish they can catch.
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book—Have the kids lie down, close their eyes and stay quiet for as long as they can. The child who stays the quiet the longest wins.
Horton Hears a Who!—Play different animal sounds and ask he kids if they can name the animal. Play Simon Says by asking them to imitate different animals.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go—Give them balloons that they release at the same time. It’s best to release them indoors since they are harmful to animals and the environment. Or, if you have a wagon, tie balloons to the handle and pull them around.
The Lorax Balloon Stomp—Tie balloons with curling ribbon about 20” long and tie to the children’s ankles. Let them dance around and try and stomp their feet to bust each other’s balloons while preventing their own from being busted. The one with their balloon left receives a prize.
Oh Say Can You Say?—Print some tongue twisters and see how many the kids can say. As the kids get the hang of them, see if they can say them faster. You can make copies of them and hand them out.
500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins—Have them decorate party hats with markers or crayons and stickers.
Fox in Socks Relay—Make a starting line and a finish line. Gather 2 piles of socks at the finish line. Divide the kids into two teams and have them line up at the starting line. The players have to run to the pile of socks, place the pairs of socks on their feet, run back to their teams, remove the socks and hand them to the next players. The next players run to the finish line, put on the socks, then back to their teams to hand over the socks to the next players. Have 1 to 3 pairs of socks for each player to put on, depending on their ages. Younger ones may have more difficulty, so you may have them put 1 pair on. The first team that finishes wins.
Fox in Socks Decorating—Give out plain white socks and fabric markers to decorate them with.
And, of course, Pin the Hat on the Cat.
Ham sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, pasta salad.
For the cat’s hat, make banana and strawberry skewers.
Make cookies and Jell-O with fish cookie cutters.
Cat in the Hat Birthday Cake
For the cake, make a round cake and decorate it like the Cat in the Hat. Then, make a square cake, and decorate half with vanilla icing and the other half with red icing, cut the cake in slices and place them on top of the round cake for the hat.
Hand out favors such as Cat in the Hat plush toys, Dr. Seuss coloring books or coloring pages, crayons, pair of fun socks (Fox in Socks), blue cotton candy (for One Thing, Thing Two), goldfish crackers or Swedish fish (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish), plastic Easter eggs with chocolates (Green Eggs and Ham)