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My son, Gavin, loves The Cat in The Hat. For his entire 4th year of his life he said he wanted a Cat in the Hat party for his 5th birthday. When I started planning I found that it was hard to find Cat in the Hat mainstream party supplies...so crafting I did go. I had a lot of fun planning his party and Gavin absolutely loved it.
My favorite moment of the day was when my son, Gavin, walked in the the party room and said, "Wow Mommy, you did all this for me!" What an awesome little man I have for a son...I could have cried.
The older kids at the party thought for sure they would win the Pin Another Hat on the Cat game. There was lots of giggles when they ended up being the farthest away from winning.
Gavin ruled the party with his Cat in the Hat hat.
What People Ate
I themed the food after items found in Dr. Suess books. Here was the menu: Cat in the Hat Bowties (Bowtie Pasta); Yot in the Pot (Meatballs); Thing 1 and Thing 2's Sauces for You! (Marinara & Alfredo); Schlotts Knotts (Rolls); Green Eggs and Ham & Cheese Slidders; Grinch Spinach Onion Dip; Tuffula Sticks (Strawberry & Blueberry Fruit Skewers); A little of this and a little of that (Carrots, Chips & Crackers).
What People Drank
The drinks were themed also--- Hop on (Soda) Pop; Beezlenut Splash (Apple Juice); Mr. Brown Can MOO Milk (Skim White Milk); Pink Ink Drink (Strawberry Pink Lemonade)
For dessert we had a dessert buffet with lots of red and blue treats, such as blueberry gummy bears, red swedish fish, strawberry licorice, blueberry rock candy, red and white mints, red and white chocolates, blue cotton candy, red and white watermelon rings and cat in the hat chocolate and marshmallow pops. Of course, we also had Gavin's Cat in the Hat hat cake and Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes with strawberry swirl ice cream.
Activities / Games
Guests were greeted by a Dr. Suess inspired poem, enlarged and on an easel. This poem was the itinerary for the day. The children started their party experience by finding their name at the craft table, at each child's place setting was age appropriate Dr. Suess worksheets and a Cat in the Hat project. Using a red foam " can hug" and some paper, the kids made a Cat in the Hat pencil holder hat. If they completed their fun coloring/activity sheets the kids got to pick out a Cat in the Hat pencil. After lunch, they then played "I can Catch Thing One and Thing Two with my Net I Bet", using their own favor net and red balloons with Thing One and Thing Two written on them. If each team caught Thing One and Thing Two, the kids each received their main favor, a Dr. Suess age appropriate book, or DVD. The next game was Pin Another Hat on the Cat. They all won Cat in the Hat stickers for this game.
On each table there was a Cat in the Hat tote bag with a family's name tag on it. This was used make it easier for the parents to collect all the children's fun take home items that the kids "won" from the games. Families also received a Chinese take home box or Popcorn box that I customized with each families names and thank you note attached. These were used to take home goodies from the candy buffet.