Mmmmmm…. mmmmmm…. The party food!
When it came to planning the food, I let Dr Seuss be my guide! Pretty much everything was inspired by the stories. I made sign labels for most of the food! (available here)
I have been LOVING the striped straws, so I just had to include these in the party! You might be seeing them again, because I have about a zillion of them. I also made the stickers for the swirl pops. The swirl pops were given out after Pin the Hat on the Cat and after cake and I think it kinda sent a few of the kids into a sugar coma… But they bounced right back!
All the paper products and plastic ware were purchase at a local Dollar store. The perfect colors! I made the mini pops using this tutorial via The Baker’s Twine. I used my fingers instead of a fork. Super easy! And then they came in handy for our Halloween Costume!
You might be wondering about the cake…. wellllll…. Everyone has these amazing cake pictures of their Children’s birthday cakes. Mine didn’t turn out well at all. I had such HIGH hopes for the cake. I knew exactly how I was going to make my Dr Seuss topsy turvy cake… The problem was I waited until the last minute. I mean last minute. Kids were already starting to get here! So my husband took over the mess that I had started. Did I say mess? I meant cake… Well, he took over and I gave up my control issues (barely) and the cake tasted fantastic… But….. It didn’t look sooo good! (And I’m not saying that was my husband’s fault! He did great with what he was given to work with!) Hence the reason the picture of the cake is a very small one!
And Horton’s specks? They were only the hit of the day! These cookies are called Forgotten Cookies. They didn’t get quite as round as I was envisioning, but I forgot that with these cookies, you don’t really get perfectly round cookies. I know one friend went home with a copy of the recipe and others were asking for it to be emailed.
I have to give a shout out to my mother who helped with soooo much of the food! And these cookies were all her. I’ve tried a couple of times to make them, but have not had much success…. But when she makes them…. They get gobbled up by everyone SUPER FAST! Including the birthday boy. My mom agreed to share the recipe she uses and I hope you have better success than I do. (I think at Christmas I might just have to have her give me a lesson on these!)
from my Mother, via MARY KAY (yes, of Mary Kay Cosmetics)
2 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1 small (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips, optional
1/2 to 1 cup pecans, chopped, optional
dash of salt
pre heat oven to 350
beat egg whites ’til stiff. I like to use a bowl with a narrow base===copper is great.
Add sugar gradually
Beat a high speed for about 5 minutes, til peaks form
Add food color, if desired.
Fold in vanilla, chocolate chips and pecans.
Line a cookie sheet or 2 with foil or parchment paper
Drop from teaspoon onto cookie sheets.
Put in oven and TURN OVEN OFF!
Leave overnight (at least 8 hours) (do not peek!)
Makes about 3 dozen meringue-like cookies.
and party credits:
All fabric came from JoAnn’s
Striped Straws via Modern Lola
Swirl Pops via Oriental Trading Company
Red and White Boxes via Oriental Trading Company
Birthday Cake Candle via Modern Lola
Update…. The food labels are now available on my etsy site!
Shared with these link parties!