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Andrew's Second Birthday Party

Andrew turned two a couple of weeks ago.  Um, what?  How is that possible?  It’s truly amazing how time has flown since we were blessed with our little man.  It’s also mind boggling to see how much he has changed in that short time, and how quickly he is learning.  It’s impossible to describe what a lively boy he is and what a huge personality he has, but I’ll just say we feel unbelievably lucky to have him as our son.

Of course, being the planner and party thrower I am, I was very excited to plan this event.  This year I went with a Dr. Seuss theme because Andrew really likes a lot of the Seuss books and he loves the movie “Horton Hears a Who!”  Here are some pictures from our very fun day!


As always, I feel the invitations really set the tone for an event.  These were easy to make and I loved how they turned out!


I printed out some of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss books and hung them in the entryway with red and blue streamers to help set the fun atmosphere of the party as soon as guests walked in.


I couldn’t get a good shot with all of the quotes in the same picture, but there were seven of them.  It was tough to narrow it down!


I’ve seen this birthday banner idea popping up all over the place.  I just couldn’t resist making one myself!  It was fun and easy to make and guests loved looking at it.  So did Andrew!


So, I’ve been positively dying to create a sweet table or dessert buffet, and I thought the red and blue colors would really pop.  Boy, did they!  It was difficult to get a good shot of the whole table so I took a few different pictures.   Here is what was included on the sweet table:
Red velvet whoopie pies
Oreo truffles with blue candy coating
Marshmallow pops with blue candy coating
Sour cherry candies and berry blue Jelly Bellys
Pretzel rods dipped in red and blue candy melts with sprinkles
Red and blue rock candy
Strawberry pops
Caramel corn (you know I can’t resist it)
Coke in glass bottles with red and blue striped straws (I love Coke in glass bottles – it’s an obsession)



I made this little banner to hang above the sweet table.


Instead of making a birthday cake large enough to feed our 30-some guests, I opted for cupcakes with a small 6-inch cake at the top of the tower.  Turns out, making a cupcake tower is easy as can be and it makes for a really nice presentation.


I made “Thing 2″ cupcakes using red velvet cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, and blue cotton candy for the “hair”.  I thought these looked really cute and everyone seemed to get a kick out of them.  One thing to watch out for with the cotton candy topping is, as you probably know, cotton candy dissolves in contact with liquid – and frosting.  Thank goodness I did a test run early in the day and found that it dissolved after 30-60 minutes, so the topping was the very last thing I did before guests arrived.


Of course I just could not resist doing green eggs and ham for the food, so I went with green deviled eggs and ham and cheese sliders.  People loved it!


Wow!  These sliders were so awesome.  I loved them and I’m not usually much of a ham person.  They were devoured quickly.  I’ll be sure to share this recipe in the future!


I kept the non-sweet food table pretty simple.  Other than the green eggs and ham, we did a veggie tray, fruit skewers, and potato salad (not pictured).


The birthday boy had a fantastic time, and really loved the cake (can you tell?)  I had ordered him a cute “Thing 2″ t-shirt to wear but the Etsy seller I ordered from shipped it the day before the party (despite assuring me she had shipped it one week prior.)  Fail.  This shirt seemed to work though!


Our living room was positively covered in toys, wrapping paper, boxes, etc.  Andrew dove right in.


Of course I had to make some favor cookies for the guests.  I made the little “thank you” tags with a stamp and red embossing power – cute and easy!


Oh, how I love this boy.

Vendor Information
Bake It Pretty – red cupcake wrappers, red and blue striped straws
Paper Source – thank you stamp, red and blue polka dot papers
Oh! Nuts – red and blue rock candy, blue cotton candy

  • http://brennahawley.blogspot.com Brenna

    I love this idea! Everything is so adorable. The cupcake tower is cute, I made one of those for my college graduation cupcakes.

  • http://scratchwithlove.wordpress.com poperatzii

    Oh my god so cute! I love your mad decorating skills. I lack them completely.

  • http://passionfoodie.blogspot.com/ dyan

    This looks awesome! I love your creativity and detail to everything

  • http://schnitzelandthetrout.blogspot.com Susan

    That wonderful birthday party is more professional looking than what professionals do. This has to be your business!! How great and such wonderful ideas for all your readers. You two make a great mom/son pair!!

  • susan in the uk

    It all looks totally amazing- well done!! I have ‘Thing 1′ and ‘Thing 2′ t-shirts for my twin boys- I would love to do a themed party like this for them!

  • Jen

    Absolutely adorable! How did you make the cupcake stand?

  • http://www.wannabechefmysti.blogspot.com Mysti

    absolutly adorable. You did such a good job!!

  • http://thatwinsomegirl.blogspot.com Amy Kelly

    Everything looks fun, festive and delicious! You did a great job working with the theme.

  • http://jennabruning.blogspot.com Jenna Bruning

    Wow! That party looks absolutely amazing. Andrew is one lucky guy! Dr. Seuss is such a great theme because there is just so much you can do with it. I am thinking about doing a Dr. Seuss theme for my nursery when we have our first in November! Thanks for this website. I love recreating the recipes on here!

  • Carolin

    Wow, you did an amazing job. Congratulations on your son’s birthday and blessings for the years to come.

  • Kate

    My little one’s first is coming up quick (2 months) and I’ve been scouring the web for Dr. Seuss ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • http://momsmagic.blogspot.com RLR

    Wow – this is beautiful! The cupcakes are my favorite!

  • Amberli

    You are the best mom ever! Adorable! My little guy turns two in October, you have given me lots of inspiration. Happy Birthday Andrew!

  • Lisa

    This is seriously the CUTEST party I’ve ever seen….and I’m a party planner!! Just darling.

  • http://MrsHardingCooks.blogspot.com Angie

    Are you serious?!?! This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!! I love it. I want to do something like this when I have kids but I’m sure it would never turn out as amazing. You deserve major props, girl. You are superwoman!!

  • Annie

    Jen, it’s actually very easy but not so easy to explain in a quick comment. I’ll try to do a post about it sometime!

  • Erin K.

    Wow. This is amazing. How long did it take you to prepare for this?!

  • jenniebites

    This looks absolutely amazing. Glad you had fun and time to enjoy it as well. :)

  • HB

    Love it! I’m dying to make my first dessert buffet too! Love Amy Atlas for those! Happy happy birthday to your Andrew — I’m sure he’ll love his lifetime of fun bdays from you:) I vivdly remember each bday for my kids (and all the lovely painstaking details & no sleep too:))) Everything looks awesome — question … did you just free hand the “2″ on all the cookies? They look great! Love cupcake towers too!

  • http://www.melissaheartsfood.blogspot.com Melissa

    Amazing job! I am turning 30 this year and I could only wish to have a party that wonderful.

  • http://www.blueeyedbakers.com The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    Adorable! This is absolutely amazing…the colors, the sweets table…the green eggs and ham!? Gah it’s so fabulous. What a lucky boy!

  • Nancy

    A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E….the party and your 2 year old!

  • http://wifeonabudget.blogspot.com Ashley @ Wife on a Budget

    Absolutely adorable. I am so in love with this party.

  • http://www.gograhamgo.com Felicia

    Umm.. I have a new favorite blog!! You are awesome!

  • Angela

    You are just too amazing! Everything is so cute and perfect. How in the world did you find the time?? Congrats on the great bday.

  • http://fieryirishangel.wordpress.com Dani

    Annie, this is absolutely amazing! What a wonderful birthday party – I’m in awe. I can’t wait to see the recipes and, hopefully, a how-to for the cupcake stand. The photo of you and Andrew at the end is a beautiful one. Happy Birthday little one, and congrats on a great party Mom!

  • jaimeleben

    Oh my gosh Annie, everything turned out adorably. This reminds me that I have to start planning and plotting for Carter’s 2nd birthday coming up in October.

  • Natasha

    Oh you’d love Europe — we pretty much only drink Coke in glass bottles! :)

    The party looks amazing, great job Annie.

  • http://skinnyfoodbyamy.wordpress.com/ Amy

    Oh my gosh, Annie! How adorable is that dessert table?! Great looking party, as always!

  • http://lesliewebber.wordpress.com lwebber76

    What a great mom you are! Andrew is a very lucky little boy! Everything is ADORABLE! I love the birthday banner idea!

  • Heather T

    You’re party looks amazing! I’m 30 and would love a Dr Suess themed party lol. Great job, although now i’ll be thinking i have to go 2 extra miles when i’m throwing a party because you went ALL OUT for your 2 year olds bday celebration. Now that I’m having a Toga Party, i’ll be brainstorming foods and decor.

  • Kelly

    On a strange note, we are nearly neighbors. We live in Monrovia (near Plainfield). I thought it was funny that I have been reading this blog for so long and had no idea!

  • http://www.beantownbaker.com Jen @ BeantownBaker.com

    Looks like a great party. Love the sweets table!

  • http://confessionsofacookbookqueen.blogspot.com/ kristan roland

    How cute?! LOVE it!! I wish you could and come my little boy’s 6th Bday party for me, you’d probably do a lot better than I could!!

  • http://www.koreanamericanmommy.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    Nice job mama! I love it. What a lucky boy. I love Dr. Seuss!

  • http://www.bonappetitbeantown.com Christina @ Bon Appetit Beantown

    WOW!!! This is incredible! Nice job!

  • http://www.heidisfullplate.com Heidi

    LOVE IT! As a mom of four/lover of birthday party planning, I can truly say, “Great job!” Wonder if I can convince my soon-t–be-11 yo son to have a Dr. Seuss theme?:)

  • Shauna

    Annie, I can’t get over your awesomeness. Amazing job!

  • http://smells-like-home.com Tara @ Smells Like Home

    LOVE!! Annie…seriously…your photos of the dessert table look like they popped out of a Martha Stewart magazine! so glad to see what a great time Andrew had – i know you don’t want to hear this but he’s starting to lose his baby face! such a big boy already!! :)

  • http://imperfectlyhealthy.com Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy

    Wow! What an awesome party – it looks professional! So creative and cute!

  • Deanna

    Annie,

    What a great looking party you threw! Truely awesome! But I know this is pressing my luck, I need to get directions on how to make the cupcake tower. Any suggestions or webpages?

    thanks!

  • Gwyn

    I love it!!! You had great ideas!!! I am getting hungry looking at all the good food,

  • http://tbfankhauserfamily.blogspot.com BreeAnn

    Your party looks awesome! Good job!

  • Julie

    Absolutely Amazing!! Love it all, you did such a great job!!

  • http://amysnewkitchen.blogspot.com/ AmyO

    Wow, this is amazing! What a great 2nd birthday party! The birthday banner is great. What a cute idea.

  • http://www.ameliefille.blogspot.com Noelle

    Wow! This is a lot for a 2 year old! :)

  • http://trainingtable.blogspot.com/ 12th Man

    You just set the standard for 2nd B-day parties!

  • Annie

    Yep, just freehand on the 2′s :)

  • http://www.justinandkarlarausch.blogspot.com Karla

    Annie! What an amazing party!! Everything looked so wonderful! My husband loves Dr. Seuss, and now he wants a birthday party like this!

  • Annie

    I’m sure webpages exist but I just made mine on my own, with no guidelines. It was easy, I’ll do a post on it soon!

  • Sarah

    You are amazing! This is so cute! Great work…as always.

  • http://fallonscucina.blogspot.com/ Fallon

    WOW what an amazing spread.

  • Julia

    Amazing Annie! Love it all! I will be taking a lot of your ideas for future birthday parties for our little girl – she LOVES Horton the Elephant Hatches an Egg!

  • http://ourgoodfoodlife.blogspot.com Jen

    You could have a party planning business with how professional this party for Andrew looked! Great job!

  • http://www.captivapix.com heather

    Awesome as always! Care to share how you made the cupcake tower? :)

  • http://dbsdessertbites.blogspot.com Darcey

    How cute and fun! I’m pregnant with my first but I’m bookmarking this for the future! ;) Love the cotton candy idea on the cupcakes – so very Dr. Seuss!

  • http://ourhappyhomeblog.blogspot.com Hannah

    WOW, what an amazing party! I loved everything! What a lucky little man!

  • jolene

    I never comment, but I couldn’t resist. You are amazing and really throw one heck of a party. What a lucky (and loved) boy. Feel free to adopt me! Really, just wow!

  • Christine

    Wow! How are you going to top this for birthday #3? I think the cookies at the end would be about all I could accomplish. Again, wow!

  • Julie

    Fun theme and gorgeous decor! You pulled this together beautifully.

    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
    http://willowbirdbaking.wordpress.com

  • http://www.behindthebyline.com Mindy

    Holy smokes, how amazing! Looks like a blast and what an incredibly adorable idea, with outstanding follow-through. Best mom ever, ha.

  • amy

    so cute! i love all your recipes and photos of your food creations, you should enter your little guy’s party over at http://www.ohdeedoh.com.

    fun thanks for sharing.

  • http://cakebatterandbowl.com Kerstin

    Aww, everything is adorable – I’m so impressed! I love the idea of doing a little cake on top and then lots of cute cupcakes too – I may steal it for an upcoming cake I’m doing for a friend’s baby shower :)

  • Cindy

    I have never seen such a more wonderful party put together than this one! You are incredibly creative and you can tell the love you put into the planning for such a special occasion…I love reading your blog and have it in my faves! I cannot wait to read how you made the cupcake stand. I want one! Can’t wait to read what you post next.

  • http://hotpolkadot.com Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot

    Omg, you’re super mom! Amazing party and I love your attention to detail!

  • Christina

    Great job! Are you Superwoman!?

    Can you please post a tutorial on how you made the cupcake tower? Thanks!

  • http://www.meettheblochers.blogspot.com Chrissie

    Wow! What an amazing party!

  • Liz

    You are the veritable Martha Stewart! How do you do it all?! I love your creativity. How long did it take you get all of it done? The invites are simply darling. Andrew is one lucky little boy! I’m sure all this future birthdays will be just as amazing.

  • http://www.browneyedbaker.com Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

    What a fun party! Happy 2nd Birthday to Andrew!

  • http://www.themessyapron.com shannon abdollmohammadi

    Please plan my birthday party!!! I love the spread and all the goodies. I like the twist on cake pops by doing marshmallows. Great!!!

  • http://redvelvetgirls.typepad.com/emma emma

    that is the cutest dessert table ever!!!!!!! you did such an amazing job-i wish i could hire you for my birthdays:)

  • Tristi

    Amazing party! And I can’t wait for the ham sliders recipe…would be perfect for my DD’s Sesame Street party in October!

  • Whitney Bennett

    I found your site recently and I absolutely LOVE it. I love your recipes, and this party is just too cute. My sons birthday is 9 months away…so now I have 9 months to plan it. Hahaha!

    Those sugar cookies look so amazing. Is that a recipe you share? I am looking for a really good recipe and haven’t found one yet. I would love to try yours! Also, you should do a tutorial on how you did that cake plate. People will love it (especially me!)

  • http://www.loveyourmotherearth.blogspot.com Mara

    Seriously fantastic setup and goodie table and everything else!!! I love the colors you picked and everything looked wonderful. Congrats to you and your sweet little 2 year old!!!

  • http://www.thedoctortakesawife.com Anne @ the doctor takes a wife

    This is adorable :) I have it marked to use as a party idea sometime soon I hope!! My favorite detail is the “Thing 2″ cupcakes for turning 2. awesome.

  • http://sweetmemoriescakeryndesigns.blogspot.com Crystal

    So adorable Annie! You did an awesome job. Love the clean lines and cuteness and that you know how to do all this other crafty stuff too! Gotta love the crafty mommas.

    My daughter turns 2 this year in September. Her first birthday party, i did outside at a park and it got rained out. Made me sad because i worked so hard on the details. This year INSIDE!

    I would love to hear some tips on getting everything to go smoothly.

  • http://www.squirrelbakes.com/ Debbie

    WOW, you have really out done yourself! You can tell your heart went into every little detail of your little guy’s party, awesome job!

  • http://www.katelynlikesthis.blogspot.com Katelyn Likes This

    Wow! What a great mom!

    Love it, love everything! Especially the green eggs and ham!

  • http://centralcooking.blogspot.com Kayla

    Everything looks so incredible! I feel like I could easily see this spread in a magazine or cookbook, it is so amazing!
    And I can’t believe he’s 2 already! It feels like you just did your “I’m pregnant!” cookie post.

  • http://appetiteforconversation.blogspot.com Appetite for Conversation

    Beautiful party! My 4-year-old loves Horton Hears a Who, too. Great theme idea!

  • Christina

    What a beautiful party you put together–bravo! I am so impressed with all your details!

  • Melissa

    Amazing!! I loved the theme and everything you did!
    How many days in advance can I make sugar cookies? I’m wanting to offer them as favors for my dd’s first birthday party on sunday!

  • http://adorkable-me.blogspot.com/ Melanie:::Adorkable

    wow, Annie! You really know how to throw a beautiful party. It’s elegant and fun, but not overdone. I’m so impressed with how you pull everything together so perfectly. Wonderful, job, and happy 2nd birthday to your great little man!

  • Annie

    I usually make them up to a week before they are needed, and as long as they are kept airtight, they keep extremely well.

  • http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com Glory

    I came following a link from Ohnuts FB page..
    You did a really awsome job!! I’m sure there are several party sites that would love to show this off!!
    The cupcakes and the cookies are really extra special! And the green eggs, and ham sandwiches were awesome ideas too!

  • Haejin

    Wow! What a beautiful birthday party! You did such a fabulous job – so much inspiration. Wish I had a baby to throw a party like this for! :-)

  • http://reciperhapsody.wordpress.com Veronica

    That is majorly impressive. I’m interested in a tutorial or just directions, or even a link, for how to make a cupcake stand. I think you did a fabulous job on everything and loved all the bright colors. Your little man is adorable!

  • Kristi

    That is awesome! I love aqua blue with red and white. I also like that it is a different theme than just the traditional boy theme – very creative :)

  • Marie

    Absolutely darling!

  • http://mykitchenaidmixerandme.blogspot.com Farrah

    You did a terrific job!! It looked like something that should be in a magazine! The colors were spectacular and I absolutely loved the THING2 cupcakes!!

  • http://asweetpeachef.com Sweet Pea Chef

    Wow, how very impressive. You must really love your little guy! I have a 14-month old girl…I bet her 2 year b-day party will come by way too quickly! :)

  • Sara

    Whatever kind of buns those ham sliders are on look DELICIOUS! Did you smear your (homemade) hamburger buns with a mustard sauce or what!? You must share :)

  • http://bittersweetbaker.wordpress.com bittersweetbaker

    Hi Annie,

    Everything – especially the sugar cookies- looks so perfect! Andrew is so cute too! I was wondering if you could share the red velvet cupcake recipe/link to recipe with me. I’m thinking of making some for the 4th of July, but I haven’t found a good recipe yet. I’ve tried some of your cupcake recipes and they were great.

    Thank you!
    Adriana

  • http://www.carieapperson.blogspot.com Carie

    That is toooo cute! You did a great job!!

  • Renea

    Very cute as always Annie! I can’t believe we’re getting ready for Drew’s 1st birthday party!

  • http://www.elizabeth-kentuckymama.blogspot.com elizabeth

    i’ve never commented before, but just had to see this party is awesome! i love the color palette you used and i love the simplicity of it. a lot of parties that i see are so over the top…..like the food table and dessert table is so full of things it’s just distracting. i think yours is perfect!

  • http://bakeitafterall.blogspot.com Meghan

    Wow- such an amazing party! I can’t believe how grown up Andrew looks with his little boy haircut! So cute! I can’t wait to make a dessert table too, I have so many ideas. I love coke in bottles as well – so good. Everything you did for this party is incredible – love it all!

  • http://baseballbakingandbooks.com/ ingrid

    Happy Birthday, Andrew!
    ~ingrid

  • Kelly

    That has to be one of the cutest parties I have seen. I love the colors, you really thought of everything! And the pictures are wonderful. My daughter just turned two in May and we did the Wizard of Oz theme, I made witch cupcakes and we painted a yellow brick road into the house. I must say, its so fun to throw them parties.

    You really did a great job, so creative and the food looks fabulous.

  • http://sweetssuccessbaking.blogspot.com/ Mary Abbott

    Outstanding job! What a darling son you have!

  • Annie

    Hi Adriana,
    I plan on posting the recipe soon because I’m actually using it for a wedding cake and cupcake order later this week, but that won’t be until after July 4th. I used the “winner” from this red velvet cake comparison. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.cookiesleuth.com Cookie Sleuth

    What a cute party! I want to turn 2 again!

  • http://whataboutpie.blogspot.com/ Bonnie

    wow! i am thoroughly impressed! your decor was fabulous! i loved the signs with the dr. suess quotes hanging from the ceiling! so neat! the sweets table was to die for! you are very talented! what a great, great party!

  • http://www.madiganmade.blogspot.com Madigan @ madiganmade

    Adorable! The colors and details are fabulous.

  • http://www.alwayzbakin.blogspot.com Michele

    WOW! Your favors, cake, decorations are absolutely spectacular. Your little boy is precious.

  • http://ellysaysopa.com elly

    Everything looks absolutely awesome, Annie – not that that’s surprising! Happy birthday, Andrew!

  • http://apinchofthisandadashofthat.blogspot.com CaSaundra

    WOW! Will you host my 20th birthday party!? Haha, and yes, it can be Dr. Seuss as well :-)

  • Andrea R.

    That was an awesome party! Great job!

  • http://itsmeangie621.wordpress.com itsmeangie621

    How beautiful! You did such a wonderful job :)

  • Jessica

    Fan-Flippin-Tastic!!!! Amazing!!!

  • Jessica C

    wow. your a cool mom!!
    that looks like so much work! i’m tired just looking at it. but it turned out fantastic. all I ever do is pizza/ plain cake and invite some kids over for video games. :-p

  • Shanon

    I turn 30 on October 19th. FYI. I’ll send you my invite list, ok?

  • Kristin Brown

    Wow! Everything from the invitations to the decorations, and of course the food, is amazing! It makes me want to plan a party too! Do you have a program you use to make your invitations, or do you just use scrapbook paper?

  • Danielle

    You are the best mom/party planner ever. Hands down.

  • http://penniesonaplatter.wordpress.com Pennies on a Platter

    Girl, quit your job and do this full time. I’m telling you, you have a gift! :)

    Happy birthday little guy! You have an amazing mom!

  • http://www.veryculinary.com/ Amy

    Outstanding. All of it.

  • Annie

    Just scrapbook paper and Word. I am not very fancy when it comes to things like this!

  • http://mrsregueiro.blogspot.com Krystal

    Wow….just wow…you are amazing. Andrew is so lucky to have you as his mama! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next year. Such a beautiful and wonderful birthday, loved the theme!!

  • Dr. Sue

    Annie this looks amazing!!!!
    I don’t know how you do it!!!!
    The next time you have an event, could you please post your schedule? I would love to learn how to manage time!!! Thanks!!!!
    Love your blog!!!

  • Annie

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve actually done a post about my party planning process before, but I don’t intend to do it for each party I throw. You can see it here.

  • Laurel Miller

    Incredible! This belongs in Martha Stewart Living Magazine! You’re an incredible woman and mom!

  • Dr. Sue

    Thank you Annie!!! I truly love and admire your work!!!

  • http://thetimmyboytimes.blogspot.com Caroline C.

    Incredible!! I love planning a good party myself, but you really take the cake here! Andrew is a lucky boy! If you have any Thomas the Tank Engine party ideas feel free to send them my way!!! :)

  • Annie

    Caroline,
    Yeah, Andrew is in love with Thomas (or “Tommy”) as he’s known around our house, but I don’t want to do any TV or movie-themed parties since we try to encourage reading instead. Hence the Seuss theme. Sorry!

  • http://foodfindswithrobin.blogspot.com robin

    what an AMAZING party! love all the gorgeous & sweet details. i am totally stealing your ideas. ;)

    happy 2nd birthday to your little guy!

  • http://yumsiliciousbakes.blogspot.com Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    Happy Birthday, Andrew!! You threw him an awesome party, I must say!

  • http://yourkindofsalad.wordpress.com Anne @ Your Kind of Salad

    Oh my!
    This is QUITE the spread!! I can’t believe you did all this and have the actual 2-year old to contend with! Way to go, Mom; it looks like a beautiful table! And think like the birthday boy had a blast too!

  • Liv

    Few days ago I found your website and I just love it!! I am a truly big fan of you!! As others have pointed it out, you’re really a superwoman. I’d love to see a post about how you manage your time, not a party planning schedule, but a regular day of yours. I mean, I’ve read some of your blogs when you were studying, you have a lovely kid, a husband and still make time for baking what always look yummy things, present them in a nice way, take them photographs and write in your blog??? REALLY, how can you do it? PLEASE, share it a post, I’m really curious!

  • http://www.tokenandtracie.blogspot.com TracieB

    Oooh! Great party! I would love the recipe for those ham sandwiches. I’m deep in the throes of b-day party planning, and those look awesome!

  • Nicole

    Hi Annie… Great party! I would also love the directions on how to make the cupcake tower. I am making cupcakes for a party next weekend and would like to try to make the tower this week. I know you are very busy so if you can’t post the directions by then I will absolutely understand. Just thought I would give it a shot. Thanks so much! Nicole

  • Annie

    Nicole, unfortunately I won’t get to it before next weekend. I have my posts scheduled out a few weeks in advance and that one is not ready to go. I’ll get to it as soon as I can!

  • http://www.ilovemealplans.com Victoria

    My little boy turns 2 right at the end of August. I remembered your baby was 2 soon and I’m pleased to see the pictures, it gives me a few ideas. Well done it looked like a great party – bet you were tired at the end! We are having a Thomas the Tank Engine themed party. He is Thomas mad!

  • http://Www.loveduckie.org Katy

    Wow. That is one amazing birthday feast! I’d better not show my soon to be four year old! You’re putting me to shame!

  • Nicole

    No problem. I still look forward to seeing your post on how to make the cupcake tower once it’s ready. Thanks for your response.

  • http://www.mytreasuredcreations.blogspot.com dana J

    My first time visiting! Love this! Where (or how did you make) did you get the cupcake stand???

  • Annie

    Dana,
    As mentioned in the comments above, I will do a post about how to make a cupcake tower.

  • Bridgette

    This is beautiful. Do you know about how much the whole thing cost to put together?

  • Annie

    Maybe $200-250?

  • http://twomoreseconds.com Erin

    Great party! Filing this one away in my “someday” folder ;)

  • Laura Beth

    WOW!!! What an amazing party planner/mom you are!!! I wish I could do something like this for my little boy! He’s only 6 months right now, maybe by the time he’s 2 I can perfect something like this!!!

  • http://AHousewifesWeeklyJournal.blogspot.com Lindsey Cartes

    I just recently started a blog about being a housewife and a new mother. I love cooking, baking, decorating, and throwing parties. One of my friends turned me on to your blog, and to be honest I was a little offended at first. Then, I went to your page and understood exactly why she sent me here. If you can’t take advice and then you can’t grow…right?!
    You have a beautiful page and I love your topics! But your son’s 2nd birthday tops all! It was amazing and your little boy is going to be so appreciative for all of your hard work, one day! It was such a precious party and I loved your theme! Bravo Mama!

  • http://raleysgrowingroots.blogspot.com/ Jamie R

    I absolutely LOVE your invitations. Did you use the polka dot paper from paper source for them or different scrapbooking paper?

  • Annie

    Yep, it’s from Paper Source.

  • http://dukeshouse.wordpress.com Brit

    This is awesome! You did a great job with this party. I love the Dr. Seuss theme.

  • http://partylikeakid Jill @PartyLikeaKid

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! You did such a fantastic job. Would love to feature you over on PartyLikeaKid.com. Shoot me an email if you’re okay with that.

  • Annie

    Jill, that would be great! I would be honored :)

  • JacqueBL

    Simply amazing!! I am so impressed by all you did for his party. Really I have to say, I love reading your blog and I cannot thank you enough for sharing all your goodies.

  • Renea

    I know a lot of people criticize you for your attention to detail and how perfect everything always looks, but I just wanted to say again that I think the party looked so fun. Why not put time and effort into your child’s party. He’ll only turn 2 once and you’ll always have the memories! Don’t pay any attention to those who are critical and jealous.

  • Kelly

    Did you use the dark blue or light blue when you chose the straws, paper, etc.? The colors really POP!

    You did such an amazing job!! You’re sooooo talented!!

    Kelly

  • Annie

    I’m not sure, I don’t remember choosing. I thought it was just “blue”.

  • Nikki

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog, and this party looked amazing…you have a lucky little boy :) This post inspired me to do a dessert table for my parents’ upcoming anniversary party…but I was wondering what you used as the “sticks” for the strawberry pops and marshmallows and where I could find them?

  • Annie

    They are lollipop sticks and you can find them in baking supply areas (Wilton, etc.)

  • Nicole

    So cute! I just finished throwing my little guys 1st birthday, but now you have me thinking about birthday #2! Such a cute idea, and I love Dr. Seuss!

    Just one question… how did you do the thank you tags? With embossing power? Never heard of it… I am not crafty at all! But is it something you can buy at JoAnns or AC Moore? I am hosting a bridal shower next weekend and the favors are sugar cookies, and I love the thank you tag idea.

  • Annie

    Yes, you stamp with a watermark stamp pad and then sprinkle with embossing powder. You use an embossing heat tool to melt the powder and get the finished look. It is easy and fun and you will LOVE it! I am a little obsessed with my embosser. And yes, I buy the powders at Michael’s and Joann’s.

  • Meridith

    So cute – are there guideline/instructions on the photo banner you did showing each month of the first year? I would love to do this but I am not very creative so some guidelines would help. Thanks!

  • Annie

    No instructions. All I did was stick photos onto colored card stock and use a hole punch to tie onto the main ribbon. Pretty simple.

  • Jill

    Annie,

    Where did you get the Cat in the Hat image for your invitations? Is that a stamp? I’m doing a Dr. Seuss theme for my son’s 1st birthday in October, and I’m dying to use your invitation idea. Thanks.

  • Annie

    I just found it on the internet somewhere, copied and pasted.

  • Jill

    Sorry to bother you again. But where did you get the cotton candy that matches the hair of Thing 2 so well? The blue cotton candy I’ve seen is more of a baby blue color.

    Also, what is the blue and white polka dot covering the sweets table and the box that the marshmallow pops are stuck in? If it’s wrapping paper, where did you get it?

  • Annie

    Jill, I have listed all my vendors at the bottom of the post.

  • Gina

    I am having a Dr. Seuss party for my son’s 1st birthday next week. I am in the process of making a cupcake tower but can not find the right thing to put between the layers to separate them. What did you use? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Annie

    You can use anything. A cardboard tube, a piece of styrofoam (like me), a can of vegetables. Be creative!

  • Jaime

    Wow I only wish to be as creative as you. I love it. What an amazing job!!

  • morgan

    oops, that was …

    WHERE will I find the directions when you post them?

  • Annie

    Here on my blog.

  • norma

    hi where can i get those invitations i love them ! my daughters birthday is sept 1st and i would need them soon please let me know asap!

  • Annie

    I made them myself.

  • Michelle

    Annie, I’d like to “chat” with you about how you made your invites. If you could email me, I’d greatly appreciate it!!
    Thanks :-)

  • Annie

    Michelle, my email address is available on the About Annie page.

  • Kelly

    I made the oreo truffles yesterday and they turned out great [ minus the fact that my choc. was super thick =( ]! What kind of candy coating did you use for yours? Thank you for sharing all of your work and reciepes!!

  • Annie

    For the blue coating I had here, I used blue candy melts. Normally I just use melted white or dark chocolate.

  • Angie

    I loooooove this idea. I am planning my son’s first birthday party and I am using a few of your ideas! Great pictures!!

  • kristi

    Wow, I am so impressed with your pics! wish i could plan parties like you. Question – how did you make the sliders? and for the oreo truffles, did you use vanilla blue candy melts instead of the melted chocolate?

  • Annie

    The slider recipe is posted – use the search bar. Yes, blue candy melts.

  • http://tryityoumightlikeit.wordpress.com tryityoumightlikeit

    That is amazing!!!! What a lucky boy Andrew is! I might have to steal this idea.

  • Kat

    So. Jealous. Of. You.

    I work a regular 9-5 job and can barely find the energy to cook a decent dinner at night. How you do all that you do, I’ll never know (and it looks like I’m not alone from all the comments I skimmed through). You’re like a young Martha Stewart on steroids. If you could learn to bottle the Annie-ness, you’d make a fortune. :) I gave birth to my daughter earlier this month, and you’ve got me already thinking about her first birthday party. So looking forward to continuing inspirations from you!

  • Janel

    Hey Annie–I’m hoping to create a cupcake tower for my daughter’s party–how many cupcakes did yours hold?

  • Annie

    I don’t know exactly. That all depends on the size of tiers you use and how closely you pack them.

  • Jaeleen

    I love Dr. Seuss! My sister actually turned me on to your site with this party theme and I just can’t get enough! I love each idea and plan to use the theme for my son’s second birthday as well. Thanks for the fabulous ideas!! Can you tell me if you have posted the sugar cookie recipe that you used for the favor 2 cookies? Always looking for a great sugar cookie recipe. Thanks.

  • Annie

    Yes, I’ve posted about it many, many times, most recently decorated as Star Wars cookies.

  • Kelly

    Hey Annie! I had a quick question….you are the only professional baker I know so here it is…. When I make the oreo truffles (I mixed the oreos with cream cheese and roll into little balls..no problem) My problem come in when I go to dip the truffles in the candy melts… Mine seems soooo thick so I added oil and it does get thinner but I can never really just dip and pull out a nicely covered truffle…. Do you have any pointers or tips? When you dipped your truffles did you put them on a stick to dip them??

    Thanks in advance!
    Kelly

  • Annie

    I didn’t do anything special to the melts, and I don’t have any great tips. I just dip the balls and try to shake off the excess. And no, I don’t use a skewer or anything to dip.

  • Shelby

    What kind of sticks did you use for the strawberries? What are they suck into?

  • Shelby

    Disregard last post. I see you used lollipop Sticks. Where do you find those? Does Michaels carry them? Also, did you stick them into a styrofoam cube?

  • Annie

    Yes, Michael’s has them. And yes, it’s a styrofoam cube.

  • em

    im doing a cat in the hat baby shower and have a few quesitons…when you say candy melt do you mean dipping chocolate? Also when you put the cotton candy on does it look bad after 60 minutes. I love the look but dont want an unsightly mess half way through the shower. thanks for the great ideas as always!

  • Annie

    Try Googling candy melts. Not the same as dipping chocolate. I don’t think the cotton candy topper will look good after 60 minutes. It melts fairly quickly.

  • Laura B.

    Hi, I found your blog by searching for Dr. Seuss themed birthdays. I am totally using your idea of the birthday banner and the quotes for my son’s first birthday which is this Saturday. His room is done in Dr. Seuss too! Anyway, loved your ideas and your craftiness! You are very talented! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • jenn

    awesome. where did u get polka dot napkins. thx

  • Annie

    Vendors are listed at the bottom of the post.

  • Alicia

    I don’t usually take the time to comment much, but I just got on your blog and since my son just turned two this post caught my attention. I am so impressed with what u did. And I no there was probably so much more. A person can convey love in many different ways and I’ve always felt like cooking is one of them. You made that such a special party for ur little darling! U must be an incredible mother. I actually got a little teary eyed as i looked at these pics because it’s so sweet how much u obviously love ur son. And I can totally relate. It’s heartbreaking how quickly these little guys grow up. I will certainly be stealing ur ideas for my sons bday party next year, which I no will be here before I no it! U have a remarkable website. Many thanks for all that you do and all that u share!!

  • Amanda

    Can I ask where you ordered the invitations from? LOVE THEM!!!

  • Annie

    I think this question has been answered in the comments above, but I made them myself.

  • Heather

    What a great party! 2 questions: How did you make the cupcake tower? How many packages of cotton candy did you use? Thank you for the great inspiration!!!

  • Annie

    Cupcake tower instructions. As for how much cotton candy, I have no idea.

  • Stacy

    Annie- I would love to make the ham sliders, however, I searched for the recipe using your search bar and have not been able to find it. Can you guide me in the right direction, please? Thank you. Love the party and your recipes!

  • Annie

    Please use the Google search in the sidebar rather than the search at the top.

  • Heather

    Thank you for the tower instructions! They are a huge help and so much better looking than what I have found elsewhere on the internet!

  • paula squires

    First of all, just discovered your site, LOVE IT!
    One question- for Andrew’s party did you order the blue and red polka dot papers in rolls or sheets? Trying to determine how best to use that paper on a table-sheets or roll? Thank you soo much! Working on my Cat in the Hat party now for April!

  • Annie

    Hi Paula,
    I don’t remember – maybe some of each? I definitely used a roll for the part laying over the table, but I may have bought some additional sheets for other party accents and such.

  • paula

    Thank you so much Annie. So kind of you to be willing to share your talent with those of us less equipped. :) I’m inspired!

  • http://mommy23monkeys.com Rhea

    What a FABULOUS birthday theme! I have twins that will be 5 in 2 months, I’m really thinking I might be having a Dr. Seuess party because the Thing 1 and Thing 2 would just be too perfect not to dot.

  • Annie

    Yes! Perfect for twins. You can find cute Thing 1 and Thing 2 t-shirts on Etsy. I actually ordered a Thing 2 shirt for Andrew but the seller messed up and it didn’t come in time for the party. But that would be adorable!

  • http://www.makinglifedelicious.com HeatherS

    You are ridiculous! Everything is so wonderfully coordinated and looks perfectly delicious. Would you consider adopting me before my next birthday party?

  • http://www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com SliceofSouthern

    What a superb job! I’ve never seent a Dr. Seuess theme done do creatively before! Such an adorable boy as well. Hope you post more party ideas in the future! Thanks for sharing…!

  • http://nicolescookingspot.blogspot.com Nicole

    This is so great! I’m doing my sons first birthday in the Dr Seuss theme in August. Thanks for posting!

  • http://taralynn819.blogspot.com/ Tara

    Love everything.

    Our 1-year-old birthday party is next month. This is really helping me think outside the box and come up with ways to either tweak or create new ideas altogether. You can really run wild with a red and blue theme! I found this Seuss Happy Birthday floor puzzle at Borders that I’m going to place on the table with the food.(And would you believe I actually scored a “Thing 1″ shirt at a consignment sale last week?! *squeal*)

    Question – when planning for 30ish guests, how many sliders should I make? (Or cupcakes, for that matter.) I was going to do 36 but then would feel horrible if I ran out and some didn’t get any. But we’re having so much other food that if people filled their plates there’s no way they could eat more than 1 slider. Right??

  • Annie

    You’ll have to estimate the food for yourself. It’s a tough thing to figure out, and for me it’s always just a gestalt feeling. But I will say, people love the sliders. I made way more than I thought we would need, and every last one was eaten. Same thing happened at my holiday party. Definitely err on the side of more, or have supplies to make extra ready in the fridge.

  • mrs sanders

    what a beautiful party! i’m sure you guys had lots of fun. I have a question can you please tell me exactly how you did the polka dot invitation. I am so not creative and would need step by step instructions lol i know its silly but i truly would appreciate it. I see you ordered the paper from paper source but it gives me two options can you advise which one? and did you use anything else to make it strong?

  • Annie

    No, I really can’t. I just made the text/picture part in MS Word and layered it with other paper. Good luck!

  • Catie

    Hi Annie,

    Just wondering if you could use an electric hand mixer on the royal icing for the cookies of you didn’t have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment?

  • Annie

    Please see the FAQ page.

  • Renya

    I was seeing if you have the recipe for the sliders. We are doing a Dr.Seuss party for my lil’ man’s first birthday this coming weekend! You did an amazing job! How blessedly talented you are!

  • Annie

    It is posted. Just use the search bar.

  • solenapac

    I found your website searching for ideas for my sons upcoming 3rd birthday – the kid is obsessed with Dr. Seuss, especially cat in the hat! Thank you for the inspiration, such great ideas and so glad I can do most of the work myself. BTW, congrats on the new baby, we’re expecting #2 in July.

  • Tiffany

    Congratulations on your new addition to the family!! I’m sure Andrew loves being a big brother.
    New Question for you! :) I totally read all of the comments to make sure you hadn’t answered yet. I was wondering about the cake if you can recall the details of when you made it last year. Did you use fondant to make the big cake for Andrew? If not, how did you make the cake? Thanks!

  • Annie

    Andrew’s cake was covered in buttercream and I used fondant to make the polka dots.

  • Laura

    HI Annie-
    I was wondering if you posted the recipe for ham sliders yet? And if so what catogory could I find them in? Thanks

  • Annie

    Use the search bar to find them. They are posted.

  • Phon

    Hello, I love this idea. I’ve looked through the post and the blog so I hope I didn’t skip over this answer anywhere, but how did you make the green egg yolks?

  • Annie

    Just added food coloring.

  • http://homeschoolingjungle.blogspot.com/2011/07/introduction Missy

    OK Seriously loving this…my son is about to be two and is IN LOVE with his “go go” as he calls it, we already bought him a stuffed cat for a present…Anyways to get to the point, do you mind if I borrow a few of your ideas as well as the poem you used for the invites (I was just telling hubby I wanted to do cat in the hat for the party)? Please let me know, I left my email above…TIA

  • http://bestinbabies.com Amanda

    The thing one and thing two cupcakes are great! Love them. They are my fav of all the things. But everything together def pulls of the theme. LOVE

  • http://www.happilymotherafter.blogspot.com Lauren Johnson

    This is AH-DORABLE! You did an awesome job with Andrew’s party. I am so impressed! Will you please, please, please link this post up to my new Party Inspiration Page at Happily Mother After?! Please! :)It will only take a minute…promise! http://happilymotherafter.blogspot.com/p/birthday-party-link-up.html
    So cute! Found you from pinterest and I am going to follow you now!

  • Mich

    you are an absolutely amazing mother! that party sounded so fun and so much thought was put in….your son is one lucky boy :)

  • Jenn Cashion

    I wish I could be this creative! I’ve Seen a couple of Dr. Seuss parties but they were pretty over the top and not really something I could do. Your son’s party looks perfect for his age!! Thanks for blogging!

  • Elidemartinez

    how adorable!!!!!!!!!! im doing this for my sons birthday party….

  • Saavedra762

    Question whats your recipe for the sliders???? They look delicious!!!!

  • Anonymous

    They are posted. You can use the search function to find them.

  • Marlithy

    I ‘m planning to do celebrate my son’s second birthday in July and I love the idea of a Dr. Seuss party. I was wondering, the paper that you utilize for the invitations, was it gift wrapping paper? It’s the only polka dot paper that I found on the website Paper Source.

  • annieseats

    They have other sheets of polka dot paper and that is where I got it.

  • Amber Perry

    I am so happy that I stumbled upon your blog! I am doing my youngest daughters birthday in Dr. Seuss (who I absolutely love) and I am just amazed at all of your wonderful ideas! Thank you so much for sharing :-)

  • Justin Munn

    I really like how this party turned out, those were really good ideas! I have to admit I will be borrowing some of those for our Dr. Seuss Celebration at our local Boys and Girls Club!

  • Brittany_bartholomew

    thanks for the ideas. Your party is what i have been dreaming about for my son’s first birthday party. and all of the homemade ideas are great, exactly what i want to do

  • Daphnak

    Hello OMG this is just too cool! I have twin boys barely 3 months but I am using your ideas once they turn 1. Can I emil you with ome questions?
    Daphna

  • madbug

    Hi Annie! You’ve obviously gotten a lot of questions but I read through all of the comments and there was one I didn’t find: Can you give me a tip on how to get that perfect Dr. Suess blue color for the frosting? It looks amazing.

  • annieseats

    Unfortunately there is no exact formula because it depends on the type of frosting you use, how much frosting, and the shade/potency of your icing color. I just add it until it looks right. Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/molly.e.frazier Molly Frazier

    how did you make the cupcake stand? everything looks fantastic!

  • annieseats

    DIY Cupcake Tower – find it via the search bar. Hope that helps!

  • Autumn

    How did you make the deviled eggs? I’ve looked at many different websites and couldn’t find any as good as yours looks. The others look like eggs with guac.

  • annieseats

    Just a regular deviled egg recipe, plus green food coloring.

  • Cathymize

    awesome! i am so gonna copy this!

  • Patricia

    I know you’ve probably gotten this question before but…

    How many cupcakes did one tub of cotton candy make approximately?

  • annieseats

    I honestly have no idea. Sorry!

  • June5223

    Your ideas are amazing and really fitting for a 2 year olds party but I’m doing a sweet 16 party and was wondering if you had any other of your great ideas?? Thanks so much

  • jenilyn young

    I am throwing my son a dr suess party for my son as well and I love all the inspiration I have found on your blog. I am wondering what food coloring you used to get your eggs the perfect shade of green? I have seen these on other blogs as well but none of them look as great as yours did? The tip would be much appreciated thanks!

  • annieseats

    Unfortunately I don’t remember since it was a long time ago and I have quite a collection. However, it shouldn’t be hard to achieve. Just add the color carefully until it is the shade you desire. Have fun!

  • Cindy

    You are AMAZING!!!!! So creative…WOW !!!!!!!

  • Kelsey

    I know this is an old post, but I can’t believe you live in Avon! I live in Brownsburg! Small world!

  • annieseats