The table is set
We are ready to eat,
Come party with us
You can pick your own seat.
It's the good Dr.'s birthday
we have reason to smile,
With our fun party table
we are in style!
With dots and stripes
and puzzles and games
You'll have fun at the party
and be glad you came.
It all started when I found this giant "floor" puzzle at the book store.
I bought The Cat In The Hat, but there were all kinds.
I thought it would be the perfect base
for a great Seussimagical tablescape.
As an English teacher, I love Dr. Seuss.
I'll be glad to celebrate his birthday every year!
To the puzzle base I added stripes and dots
I found around the house.
Because I love red so much, it was
not hard to find
red happiness for the table.
What child does not like a straw?
Not only are they fun, but
their red and white stripes
make them a perfect table top piece.
I used simple cloth napkins as
placemats for my tablescape.
They are easy to clean up after the party
by just tossing them into the washer.
There is no harm that can come to them!
I collected suckers and lollipops after both
Christmas and Valentines Day.
They look perfect mixed together.
I plan to keep them for next
Christmas as well.
See Thing 2 peeking out from the puzzle?
The mixture of fun plates
make the table fun
We can't have a Cat In The Hat party
without the striped hat!
When I was looking for table decor,
I found the peppermint rings
on clearance from Christmas
at Oriental Trading (online).
I immediately thought they would
be perfect Cat In The Hat tophats.
I snipped the back of each plastic ring
and they fit perfectly as a napkin ring.
Don't they look like a perfect hat from the story?
Each year Target has fun Seuss things
in their dollar bin
right around this time.
I got these bowls last year.
The other plates are from Target as well,
although from different times
and not from the dollar bin.
Each place setting was just the same,
but slightly different
because of the different bowls.
I got the cute namecards from
Oriental Trading as well.
They were originally meant
as bulletin board material.
A close up of each of the plates.
Little Caroline asked me if she really got to
keep her name tag.
She was so excited!
Children love a fun table as much
as adults do!
I turned one set of bowls upside
and put another set of bowls
of them last year as well.
The pattern combinations make
Can't you just hear Dr. Seuss writing about that?
I found a cute striped Christmas tree
I had bought at the
after Christmas clearance
and added a top hat to it and
used it on the table.
Part of the fun of doing a children's table
is thinking outside the box.
Or winter scarves!
How fun to use our imaginations
and get childlike when decorating
a fun birthday table.
It is even more fun to scour the house
for what we already have
and make the tablescape
A good view of the Cat In The Hat
puzzle that started it all.
One last thing.......
I wanted the napkins to be cute enough to go on the special tophat napkin rings, but yet productive enough to do their job with little children!!
Enter........a new package of dishcloths! There were eight in this package for minimal price.
I added ribbon to the edge of the washcloths.
Again, each are the same ribbon,
but slightly different.
That keeps the kids from
getting their napkins mixed up,
as well as keeping germs to a minimum!
Here is a view of the finished products.
It probably took 15 minutes total to do these.
Quick and easy, but oh so cute on the table!
It is the little things in life
that kids remember.
My kids always remember when I
took the time to make simple things
out of the ordinary.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
(I think he is pure genius by the way!)
I am linking to Susan's Between Naps On The Porch. Go by and visit! Also Show and Tell Friday and Be Different Act Normal and of course the wonderful Tablescaper.
For a view of last years Seussical table go here!
And totally unplanned, my cat Boomer jumped up on the table and sat down. He had to be in the middle of the action. What is funny, is how he sat, he looks just like he was The Cat In The Hat!! THIS picture was not staged!