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« on: March 02, 2011 12:01:18 PM »


Ahh, I'm hooked on book themes!  baby.sweets4ever's first birthday party was based on the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  This time, I themed around Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.

Not only is one of his favorite activities hopping on his Daddy, but he loves sharing a bowl of popcorn with him in the evening.  I thought it was the perfect opportunity to blend his favorites into one fab party!  We had it at an indoor inflatable bounce center (HOP!) and served a popcorn buffet (POP!).

I linked to supplies and resources where applicable -- I hope they help someone!

We bounced and played for an hour & a half and then we chowed in the party/food room:


We bought plain kernels (very inexpensive!) and prepared plain, chocolate with M&Ms and caramel corn.  Then we provide a variety of flavorings for people to mix & match to their own preferences.  We offered chocolates & candy pearls, sugar & cinnamon, Fat Rat (spicy seasoning) and cheddar cheese flavoring.




I bought the scoops from Oriental Trading Company, the bags were probably left over from holiday treats the year previous and the glass containers are from my stash & I think one new one from Marshall's.

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We got cake POPS from an indie seller in Michigan, Petunias in November.  YUMMY!

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I designed the cake on Photoshop and had a local bakery, Bakery Gingham, bring it to life.  Highly recommend them!  It was Cookie Monster (buttery yellow cake with homemade chocolate chip cookie dough baked into the batter) with cream cheese buttercream icing, and one layer of Haute Chocolate (chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing).  Then we covered the whole thing in a fondant [that was perfectly sweetened & not heavy at all -- AMAZING!]

I bought a Hallmark ornament from Ebay to use as the cake topper.  It winds up and the little bears hop on pop, teehee.

I ordered an adorable custom bib from Fresh Vintage.  She also did Camden's 1-year bib.  I think I'm hooked on her and she's part of our birthday tradition now!


I created favors for the kids from stove pipe hats from Oriental Trading Company.  I thought they were very fun & Seuss-like!  I got many of the goodies from Target Dollar Spot, including pins, pencils, rhyming flash cards and some other random goodies.  I really wanted them focused around reading & learning.  I scoured yard sales all summer collecting Seuss books, new & old.  I attached a card inside each book "from Camden" to his friends thanking them for coming to his party, and to please pass on the love of reading to a friend when they are finished with their gently-used book.  The books I found at sales that had pages torn out, scribbled throughout and otherwise heavily damaged were repurposed into pennant decorations that hung from the ceiling! Smiley








We did buy one brand new Hop on Pop book and it was just for Camden. Smiley  We had all of his guests sign it.  We now read the book AND all of the little notes very often.  It's one of his favorites!



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My little love with bib in action. Smiley

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Oh!  And I bought his party shirt from Etsy seller littleoneboutique.

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011 12:07:58 PM »

How awesome and fitting to post today, since today (March 2) is Dr. Seuss's Birthday!!!!! (He would have been 107!!)
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011 12:09:05 PM »

How awesome and fitting to post today, since today (March 2) is Dr. Seuss's Birthday!!!!! (He would have been 107!!)

Thanks!  That is actually what inspired me to post it!  I had been procrastinating, but just HAD to in honor of his birthday!
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011 12:11:55 PM »

As the most fabulous of party planners, my big stripey hat is off to you sweets!  I love the picture of Camden eating his cake Cheesy  Everything was just perfect and looks like so much fun!!

and I really want a Dr Seuss party of my own now....
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011 12:21:16 PM »

As the most fabulous of party planners, my big stripey hat is off to you sweets!  I love the picture of Camden eating his cake Cheesy  Everything was just perfect and looks like so much fun!!

and I really want a Dr Seuss party of my own now....

Cheesy!  Thanks!  It was such a fun time.  I loved seeing all of the kids faces light up when they opened their goodie hats & books.  And, of course, chocolate cake is always a good time. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2011 12:46:03 PM »

This is the best thing ever. Will you be my mommy?!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011 12:47:24 PM »

This is the best thing ever. Will you be my mommy?!!

Oh my!  I just snorted. Cheesy  I'd be happy to throw a party for you, lol!
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2011 12:52:37 PM »

Can you adopt me and throw my 31st birthday party?  Grin

ETA: Blueandred beat me to it but I know you better! Tongue
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Can you adopt me and throw my 31st birthday party?  Grin

ETA: Blueandred beat me to it but I know you better! Tongue

No reason she can't adopt us both!!! Who wouldn't magically want a brand new 31 and 22 year old?!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2011 01:26:40 PM »

All right, I'll adopt both of you, but you have to craft to earn your keep around here.  I make Camden do the same, so it's only fair.
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2011 04:05:40 PM »

I love everything about this! I'm bookmarking this so I can steal the ideas for my little ones! <3
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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2011 05:06:21 PM »

Wow, all the details are incredible.  Great job on everything (especially the very cute birthday boy).
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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2011 06:18:06 PM »

You did such an incredible job with this party! WOW! What a clever play on hopping and popping. I'm definitely going to swipe the popcorn bar idea for a grown-up party Smiley.
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2011 06:51:38 PM »

I love everything about this! I'm bookmarking this so I can steal the ideas for my little ones! <3

Aww, thanks!  Please post your party(ies)!  I love ideas for morrrre.

Wow, all the details are incredible.  Great job on everything (especially the very cute birthday boy).

Thank you so much, kjlutz!

You did such an incredible job with this party! WOW! What a clever play on hopping and popping. I'm definitely going to swipe the popcorn bar idea for a grown-up party Smiley.

Popcorn bar was a huge hit!  I'm definitely going to use it again for grown-up parties, too.
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2011 08:25:02 PM »

Wonderful everything Sweets.  Happy Bday wishes to Camden.  He's adorable!!
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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2011 10:04:27 PM »

Absolutely adorable! The popcorn bar looks super tasty... and I just love your interpretation. Too cute!!
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Oh my god,so cute, I love the party favors! and the popcorn idea!
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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2011 02:41:57 AM »

A-ma-zing! You clearly put so much love, thought and effort into this - what a great mum! Every element is just beautiful, or cool, or extremely tasty-looking. I especially like the work you put into finding old books (my favourite shopping activity is checking out old bookshops/charity shops!) and the way you used the beaten up ones to make the banner. Great idea with the special copy for Camden, too.
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« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2011 06:13:49 AM »

Wonderful everything Sweets.  Happy Bday wishes to Camden.  He's adorable!!

Thanks, atsuko!!  He's crafting right now as I type this! Grin

Absolutely adorable! The popcorn bar looks super tasty... and I just love your interpretation. Too cute!!

Thank you so much!  But all of this popcorn talk is really making me crave it the last two days. Cheesy

I really need to start thinking about this year's theme!  I start verrrry early, so I can use coupons and save as much money as possible throughout the year.

Oh my god,so cute, I love the party favors! and the popcorn idea!

Thank you!  I loved those little hats & seeing all of the kids (and some adults Cheesy) running around with them.
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« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2011 06:14:56 AM »

A-ma-zing! You clearly put so much love, thought and effort into this - what a great mum! Every element is just beautiful, or cool, or extremely tasty-looking. I especially like the work you put into finding old books (my favourite shopping activity is checking out old bookshops/charity shops!) and the way you used the beaten up ones to make the banner. Great idea with the special copy for Camden, too.

You're so so kind.  Thank you!  These replies are making my morning fabulous. Smiley Smiley

We definitely share a favorite activity!  It was a great little mission to find all of them and rescue them.
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Darn you, Sweets! You've got me planning my baby's first birthday party before I even have a baby! Smiley Looks great
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« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2011 08:20:15 PM »

Darn you, Sweets! You've got me planning my baby's first birthday party before I even have a baby! Smiley Looks great

Hehe, that's what I like to hear!  I miss planning with you!
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Adopt me, please! That's the coolest party EVAH!
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This is a kids' dream party come true! It's amazing!
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That is incredible! The coolest party ever.  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2011 10:32:05 PM »

Adopt me, please! That's the coolest party EVAH!

Move on in!  I have a room waiting for random Craftster adoptions. Cheesy

This is a kids' dream party come true! It's amazing!

Aww, that's so sweet!!  Thank you.

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« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2011 05:29:59 AM »

Did you make or buy that caramel popcorn? And if you made it, How? It looks soooo good!
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I so love you...I mean it, the party.  Cheesy  At 28, Dr. Seuss is still my favorite author (and artist) and I've been deeply saddened by Hollywood's distortion of the purity that is Dr. Seuss. This so made my day that you kept it so true to what Ted was really about, using whimsy to encourage in children a love of reading. It's freaking awesome.
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« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2012 04:42:17 PM »

I so love you...I mean it, the party.  Cheesy  At 28, Dr. Seuss is still my favorite author (and artist) and I've been deeply saddened by Hollywood's distortion of the purity that is Dr. Seuss. This so made my day that you kept it so true to what Ted was really about, using whimsy to encourage in children a love of reading. It's freaking awesome.

Aww, thank you so much!

oh wow best party ever!!

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Wow, that looks like a fantastic party! The attention to the detail is amazing. Great Job!
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« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2012 07:26:03 PM »

Wow, that looks like a fantastic party! The attention to the detail is amazing. Great Job!

Thanks so much! Smiley
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