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Celebrate with Seuss

These Things will not bite you.
They want to have fun.

Then, out of the box came Thing Two and Thing One!

-Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat

Or in this case… out of a cupcake box.

And we’re pretty sure that you’re going to want to bite THEM!


Since today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we are reminded of this Dr. Seuss baby shower- One of the first dessert tables we ever put together.

The menu consisted of:

  • Vanilla and chocolate Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes
  • Oreo and peanut butter truffle pops
  • Blue cotton candy
  • And trays of homemade Italian cookies (courtesy Jessica’s lovely grandmother, Nonna)

The cupcakes were a mix of chocolate and vanilla topped with bright turquoise buttercream.


To make these you will need:

  • Cupcakes.  Either homemade from your favorite recipe, made from a cake mix following the instructions on the box or store bought.
  • Cupcake liners in your choice of matching colors
  • Icing. Can be either homemade from your favorite recipe or your favorite store brand.
  • Wilton Teal icing color
  • Toothpicks
  • A decorating bag and your choice of tip or a large Ziplock or other plastic storage bag.
  • This printable from DigitalDesignsByA
  • Red Tulip baking cups from Paper Mart
  • Glue if not using label paper for your design

Bake the cupcakes in the regular cupcake wrappers following the recipe on the box, or whatever recipe you have decided to use.

While your cupcakes are cooling, work on your decorative cupcake wrappers.

The design can be printed on whatever type of paper that you prefer- cardstock, full-sheet sticky labels or plain, old copy paper.  We used plain, old copy paper. Then cut around the outside edge.

Once they are all cut out, (or, if you’re lucky enough to have a craft punch of the same size- you can punch them out instead of cutting them), stick (if you printed them on labels), or glue them onto your red tulip cups.

When your cupcakes are cool, you can get them ready to ice.

Start by coloring your icing.  When using the gel type of food coloring remember- less is more.  We like to start with a small amount, stir and then add more if we think it’s necessary.  Using one of the toothpicks, scoop out a small amount of gel and add it to your icing.  Use a spoon to give it a good stir and distribute the color.

We want these to be bright teal, so you may need to repeat the process again (and possibly more than that.) with a new toothpick or the other side of your original one.  You never want to put a toothpick that has icing on it back into your gel.

Easily Entertained tip: If you are going to be serving them soon- we find it easier to put the cupcakes into the red wrappers before icing them.  Or if you are making them in advance- you can ice them, put them into the fridge to set up and then drop them into the wrappers before serving.  The point here is, that its harder… and messier to try and get just frosted and squishy cupcakes neatly into the tulip cups.

You can use any decorating tip you prefer.  The main idea here is to pipe the icing nice and high so that you can see it above the red wrapper.

They’ll look nice on a platter, cake pedestal or cupcake stand.

Dr. Seuss cupcakes
Once they are finished you can eat them any way you like- in a house, with a mouse, on a boat, with a goat, on a train, in the rain… well, you get the idea.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!

 

 

 

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Seuss Birthday Party ideas

Since Dr. Seuss’ birthday is coming up on March 2 we wanted to share a great idea for a kids birthday party. This particular party was for my twins first birthday.  Because when finding out you are having twins wouldn’t the first thought be of thing 1 and thing 2? I know it was for me.


For decorations we decided to display a few books from the Seuss library. We figured, why not go with the original?  The other decorations that were used throughout the room were all purchased through Birthday Express and Etsy .

decorations


cake table

To make the cake we found these amazing Thing 1 and Thing 2 Edible fondant cake toppers from Etsy and built the cakes around them. For the smash cakes we found red and white striped candle stick holders from Gold Canyon Co. and topped them with white 8 inch square dinner plates.

Easily Entertained tip: If you can’t find the exact candle stick holders you can take plain white candle sticks and either paint red stripes or use red Duct tape.

close up of cake


To tie the theme together we came up with unique names for each food item:

  • Sausage & Peppers–Yot in a Pot (There’s a Wocket in my Pocket)
  • Rolls–Schlott’s Knotts (Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?)
  • Eggplant Parmesan–Horton Hatches an Egg(plant parm)
  • Meatballs–Biggle Balls (Dr. Seuss Sleep Book)
  • Penne with marinara–Poodles Eating Noodles (Fox in Socks)
  • Penne Vodka–Poodles Eating Drunken Noodles (Fox in Socks)
  • Roast Beast Deli Platter (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
  • Chinese Coleslaw–Prairies of Prax (The Sneetches and Other Stories)
  • Pasta Salad–Poodles Eating Cold Noodles (Fox in Socks)
  • Potato Salad–Pomplamoose Pass the Potatoes (I Had Trouble Getting to Solla Sollew)
  • Garden Salad–Grickle Grass Salad (The Lorax)
  • There’s a Wocket in my PB&J pocket
  • Sangria–Grown Up Seuss Juice
  • Hop on Soda Pop
  • Iced Tea–Beezlenut Splash

The most fun was finding infant size Converse. I just wished they were in my size!

little buddy

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