A Vegan Birthday Party For A Little Dr. Seuss Lover
I don’t know about you, but I love planning birthday parties! Okay, I love planning the menu for any event, but when it comes to birthday parties, especially for kids, I love doing the whole thing. When Little Man chose a Cat in the Hat themed party, I got to work on the details. It morphed into a Dr. Seuss theme rather than just Cat in the Hat, but since we read several Seuss books a night, he was excited to see all the characters. Actually, he was excited to see the whole party because it was a total surprise to him! Daddy kept him away all morning while I baked and decorated the cake and my parents and I put up the decorations. And he had no idea his whole family (including his 3 out of grandparents, aunt, and uncle) was waiting to party with him! It’s very easy to surprise a 3 year old, so I figure I should do it while I can still get away with it. Alright, on to the photos!
Little Man was greeted by a 5 and a half foot Cat in the Hat. I found the giant cat printed on bulletin board paper at a craft store and then we glued it to cardboard and the husband cut it out and made it stand on it’s own with a cardboard leg in back.
Oh, and it’s pretty hard to wait to open presents when Grandpa left this sitting right in the middle of the living room.
For the kids, I put together these favor boxes filled with Dr. Seuss goodies: a pen, pencil, sharpener, erasers that looked like Seuss books, a bouncy ball, stickers, a party horn, a mini notebook, a sucker, and a Cat in the Hat watch. I think that’s it… They were so cute!
The table had fun place mats with coloring activities on the back so the kids could multi-task with their coloring and cake-eating.
My dad even lined up the balloons by color on the ceiling!
Okay, on to the best part: food! Of course, the plates and napkins had to have the Cat in the Hat on them.
As always, there were fruits and veggies.
Since we were feeding non-vegans, I went with Gardein vegan tenders to snack on. Everyone, vegan or not, always seems to love them!
My mom made two kinds of vegan cookies: peanut butter and oatmeal raisin. I used the Cat in the Hat pinata as a center piece for the treats, and then after everyone ate, the kids broke it open. Luckily, it was a pull string pinata so there were no toddlers swinging sticks around the house. It was filled with fun little toys like magnifying glasses, horns, yo-yos, prism kaleidoscopes, and a few suckers.
As I said I was going to, I made Noelle’s vegan cake truffles once again. I really didn’t do much differently this time, other than sprinkling them with red sugar and using raspberry chocolate to drizzle.
For my Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes, I used the Vanilla Cupcake recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking. With a little Vegan Buttercream from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, I “glued” on the blue cotton candy “hair”. I got the idea for Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes from the link left by Sarah on a previous post, and just had to make them!
Finally, there’s the cake. Little Man has been talking about his birthday cake for, I kid you not, at least 6 months. The cake itself is 3 layers of vanilla cake, also using the Vanilla Cupcake recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking, and dirty iced with the same buttercream frosting from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World as the cupcakes. To be honest, this cake isn’t what I was planning. I was planning on either making the cat’s hat or a red and white striped cake, but to make a long story short, I ran down to an hour before the party to decorate and I didn’t have time to measure and cut my stripes as precisely as I would need. So I ditched that plan at the last minute and went with this primary colored, funky, 3D print design. I think it still fit the Dr. Seuss theme with it’s bright colors and fun shapes, so I was happy and the birthday boy was thrilled with it!
And it passed the birthday boy taste test too!
Well, that’s the party! I know Little Man had a great time and hopefully everyone else did too!