Justin’s 1st Dr. Seuss Birthday!

I think one of the coolest things about making cakes is being a part of events that I otherwise wouldn’t get to experience, two of my favorites being weddings (not married) and kid’s birthdays (no kids).

This past weekend I was able to get super hands on with my friend Donna on her son Justin’s Dr. Seuss themed birthday.  She came up with some great ideas to really get into the spirit of Dr. Seuss!  It was exciting to see everything come alive, from idea to reality, to celebrate Justin’s first birthday.

I made him a personal 6″ vegan chocolate cake, with chocolate ganache filling and fresh strawberries.  The cake was inspired by the one on the cover of the book Happy Birthday To You! with the white on top.  The Birthday Bird, holding a cake with 1 candle, tops the cake and the entire thing is finished off a number 1 and red and white Dr. Seuss stripes on the cake board.

The Birthday Bird is made of gumpaste and fondant and details were painted on in black food coloring to give it the same sketchy look it had in the book.  (Scroll down for pics of Justin digging into his cake– literally!)

For the guests, 100 One Fish Two Fish themed cupcakes were made.  Some were vegan chocolate, some were vegan funfetti, and all were topped with blue waves of water and colored goldfish (which you can learn to make a vegan version here).  I also made the cupcake stand, which consists of boxes wrapped in blue paper, stacked, covered in fish cut outs, and topped with the little sweets.

I found One Fish Two Fish coloring pages online and printed them out on colored paper which helped cut down on ink use and no need to color!

Here are more pictures and decorations from the party– it kind of made me want to have a Dr. Seuss party of my own!

Happy 1st Birthday Justin!

These Truffula trees were so fun to make! It was my first time making tissue paper pom poms and I followed this great tutorial by Beehive and Birdnest.  I also really loved this tutorial that makes beautiful flowers out of IKEA napkins by Going Home To Roost!  The tree trunks are made from large construction paper and the black is drawn in with markers.

All the food was inspired by Dr. Seuss books– like the oodles of noodles above from Fox in Socks!

Donna had this great idea of hanging cards of Dr. Seuss quotes from their patio!  I copied pages from the books then printed quotes onto those pages and attached them to colored paper.  The cards are hung with fishing line to give it more of a floating look.   She also found these great spirals to dangle from the patio as well!

This quote card is my favorite :)

A fun Dr. Seuss style outdoor table with activities for the kids!  The great striped fabric was found at IKEA and the Cat in the Hat crowns can be found on Etsy.

This was Justin’s guestbook, made with the Happy Birthday To You! book.

The poem inside was inspired by the one seen on  Little Pumpkin Grace…And Hudson Too! We changed it up a bit to personalize it to fit what happened when Justin entered the world!  Dr. Seuss scrapbook paper can be found at Scrampers and Jo-Ann’s.

It was a very fun day and I can’t wait for Justin to look back on his 1st birthday years from now and see what a great party his parents threw him!

As Dr. Seuss would say,

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

{Photos of Justin eating his cake are courtesy of Mike Brown of Brownstone Photography}


  1. What a cutie! You did a fantastic job! Thank you for sharing your photos- they are inspirational! Every element is fantastic! Perfect :)


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