Sunday, October 5, 2008

Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

It was a success! And a LOAD of fun! We started decorating at about 1 p.m. and took our time making sure things looked great! We started with making sure the food prep was well on its way.
We (well, my mother-in-law) made the blue jell-o sky desserts {recipe to follow} the night before so we didn't have to worry about those the day of. Also parts of the food were pre-made like the salad was just a delicious Costco-made chicken salad and we added lettuce.
A close up of the centerpieces, they were fish bowls from Michael's Crafts Store with red and white carnations, and those twigs that are swirled at the top with sparkles on them in red and silver. We used this blue fuzz that was found at the DOLLAR store!!! We also put some blue rocks at the bottom of the fish bowls. To create interest we took the middle bowl and put in on a cake stand and wrapped the bottom of it with a red feather boa. It just looked so cute!

The red polka dots were just pieces of red felt (you could use paper too) that we traced three different sizes of circles.
Here are a few of our guests enjoying the food! My sister-in-law's mom made some YUMMY cocktail meatballs.
Now for the fun stuff - the dessert table side of the table!! To the left - some way yummy and WAY easy Brownie pops! I was inspired by Amy with Amy Atlas Events ( - sorry, for whatever reason I am having a hard time getting my html to work correctly.)

Basically what we did was use the pre-made brownie bites from Costco with those cookie/candy sticks inserted into the middle. We then melted some Almond Bark vanilla flavored and either dipped the entire brownie or just drizzled the brownie with the chocolate. While the chocolate was still soft I sprinkled them with various colors of sprinkles - or you could leave them just plain. Either way they look ADORABLE - and don't forget how good they taste. My mother-in-law said they taste like an inside-out Oreo. Just make sure to let the chocolate harden before you serve them or I am sure you would be left with a huge mess.

We wanted to stick with the bright colors and so we found these giant lollipops at Wall-greens for $1!!! We had to have the "red fish" aka swedish fish. I just wish they made them in all blue too so we could have done, "red fish, blue fish!"

Licorice added a nice touch because of the texture and length. The skittles were fun too because the colors matched perfectly! Way before the party started I had certainly had my fill of candy. It was so hard not to because it all looked so good in those big jars and it was so accessible.

My Mother-in-law also found these little key chains that were bright colors and little spikey rubber balls. They were really cute and were supposed to be the favors but not many people remembered to take one.

Ok, now for the blue desserts - my mom found this idea on this lady's blog:
I LOVED this idea so here are the basic directions. We, of course, had to double this recipe and we didn't fill the glass quite as high so we could stretch the recipe a little more but here it is -
- 2 pkg Berry Blue Jello
- 2 cups Heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups of ice (make sure the pieces of ice aren't too small or they will melt too quickly)
- Parfait glasses or some sort of clear container.

Place whipping cream in a large bowl and beat on high speed until just starting to thicken. As you continue to whip the cream slowly pour in your sugar, continue whipping cream until it forms super stiff peaks. You want to make sure that it is good and stiff so that it will hold it's shape later in the jello. Keep chilled in fridge until needed.
For the jello, pour 2 cups of boiling water into a large bowl and add both boxes of berry blue jello powder. Stir until all of the sugar has dissolved. Now you are going to add your 2 cups of ice, this is going to set your jello nice and quick. Stir the ice around in the bowl for about 5 minutes until the jello has thickened and remove any left over ice that didn't melt. (My mother-in-law had ice that was too small so she would just place it in the freezer for a few minutes until it became glopy.) Your jello won't be super thick like after it has set in the fridge, but it will be jelled enough to scoop out on a spoon in a blobby form.
Start placing a few spoonfuls of jello in the bottom of your parfait glass, then take your whipped cream from the fridge and drop in a spoonful or two and press it against the side of the glass. This is going to form your cloud in the sky. Try not to smear any of the whipped cream where you don't want a cloud, it will show up as streaks when you put more jello in, so wipe away any unwanted marks.
Continue layering the jello and whip cream, alternating where you place your cream clouds so that you get a nice staggered effect.
Voila! You've created a little chunk of sky in a glass and guess what... it tastes WONDERFUL!
{if you are having trouble making these, I would suggest going to her website - she has wonderful step by step picture directions to help you make your sky desserts perfect!}
For an added touch, we made "green eggs!" All we did was hard boil some eggs then cut them in half spooning out the yolk. We whipped the yolk, mayo, mustard, a little garlic, salt, pepper and a tiny bit of Worcestershire sauce with some green food coloring! Then I piped them back into the whites and sprinkled them with paprika. Those were a hot item!

The recipe for the cocktail meatballs are as follows -
- 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
- 3/4 cup chili sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- bag of frozen mini meatballs, thawed {you can also use mini franks}
Place in a crock pot and simmer until soft and delicious!
We scattered actual books around on the food table as well as other places in the house which we ended up giving as gifts to our guest of honor and in the large living room we hung Chinese lanterns from the ceiling to add another element of fun to the large room.

The giant cardboard books turned out great too! The Cat in the Hat book is pictured below and if you look hard you can see the Oh the Places You'll Go book in the bottom right picture.

Again, thanks to Amy at Stem Parties for the fabulous inspiration! Also a HUGE thanks to my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law's mom and sister, they were all HUGE helps!

And a congrats to my cute Sister-in-law, we can't wait to meet little Oscar!


Half of the Style Sisters said...



Half of the Style Sisters said...

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Love ya

michelle @ sweet mady's said...

i love it! i see some ideas that would be perfect for my daughters birthday party.

Liz said...

What adorable shower ideas! I'm so impressed. I love to decorate,but when it comes to baby/wedding showers I just blank out.

Ms. Tee said...

I just followed a link over here from the style sisters blog and had to tell you how cute your shower is. So creative! :)

michelle @ sweet mady's said...

hey there! i have a blog award for you over on my blog on monday morning :)

Kristin said...

Maddy! This is Krissy, yes, high school-volley-ball-I-love-and-miss-you-Krissy! I'm so glad I found you! My blog address is: Yay! Congrats on expecting, I am so excited for you!

Rachel said...

You win the cool award again! Love it! Kenna is lucky to have you guys plan such a fun shower for her. I hope you get a big, fun cute one too! Do you know if it's a boy or girl yet?

Pink & Green Mama said...

LOVE love this post!! So much I've got a surprise for you at my blog! Have a great weekend!

Chris and Marissa said...

So when are we going to here the gender of you baby??? I want answers! : )

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Hey Mad,
I just left you an award on my blog. I know you don't have the internet yet but once you get it up and going check it out.

Lindsey Wintch said...

Wow! That baby shower rocked! Good job that seirously is impressive!

amy * stem * said...

You did such a great job on this!

I am so happy that I could inspire you to go for this theme. Wasn't it fun? I am sure your guests loved at as much as ours did.

And, yes, that fur from the Dollar Tree is the best. I about died when I found that stuff to use. Perfection.

So fun to see this. Awesome job!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Just gorgeous! Love all of the detail.

Isn't it great when you find the perfect deal? I'm going to Walgreens to get those lollipops!

lisalyn said...

OH I LOVE this and I must post about it on my party blog! :) It's just so fun so creative and just perfect. My daughter (she's 26) loves Dr. Seuss and someday when she is married and has her first baby, this will be the theme! :)

Jess Jinn said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful baby shower!!

Kelly said...

This is awesome! How did you make the cardboard book covers? I'd love to know for a shower I'm helping out with this weekend! Thanks!

lilQTangel said...

I also was wondering how you made the giant book covers they are incredible. I'm planning a baby shower for my sister in-law this december and would love to make similar ones for her party. She's due on Christmas so I thought it would be cute to make one of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Also did you make the cute fish hanging over the table? Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration throwing a Dr. Seuss party is going to be a blast, I would have never thought of this cute theme without your blog.

prashant said...

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Kim @ said...

Very cute! Love all the details!


Jim and April said...

thanks SO much for showing us all these pics and ideas, thanks to it, my friends were inspired and gave us an AMAZING Dr. Seuss baby shower for our check out pics here is the link to our blog...

Amber said...

Just an idea for future Dr. Seuss parties... the mini caprese bites featured in your December "Cookie Exchange Party Success" blog would make perfect appetizers they remind me of the cat in the hat.

Madeline & Peter said...

Wow, Amber thanks for the suggestion! That is a great idea. I hadn't even made that connection but it is so perfect!

Victoria ObSEUSSed said...

What a Whimsical party! You did an amzaing job with all the details. I love all the bright colors. I’m adding a link to this on my children’s book blog where I collect Dr. Seuss ideas.