These will probably be my paper pride and joy for many years to come. I created an invitation to resemble a Dr. Seuss book with a red cover and then four pages (2 front and back) on the inside with the actual invitation information on the back cover. I titled it "The Baby Bump By Drs. Ruths" (who knew that Ruths would actually rhyme with something useful!). I espeically enjoyed this b/c both parents are doctors. The four pages of the book each used the rhyming scheme, keywords and overall rhythm of a different book. My husband and I camped out in the children's area of a Barnes and Nobles to write the following:
Page 1 (Cat in the Hat):
"We would like you to know,
Baby 1 is on the way,
And Oh! What a bump!
Mitali has today."
Page 2 (Green Eggs and Ham):
"Would you, could you, come to play?
Would you, could you, on the 9th of May?
Will you, won't you come to talk,
Will you, won't you at 4 o'clock?"
Page 3 (Sneetches):
"When you come to this Happity Hop,
Go stop at a local thneed shop.
Instead of a card, pick out a story to read,
For a growing book nook is needed indeed!"
Page 4 (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish):
"It started out slow,
But the glow is starting to show,
So go get in tow,
For this slow grow glow show."
As you can hopefully tell from the invitation, we asked guests to bring a book instead of a card. Granted, it took a small lifetime to make 80 of these...but they turned out so cute, it was worth it. I mailed them in red envelopes with stickers labeled "Baby 1" (mimicing Thing 1). And I bought some Dr. Seuss stamps on eBay for a 15 cent premium (for the whole sheet...not per stamp) so 25 special people got an even bigger Dr. Seuss experience.
I bought a collection of Dr. Seuss stuffed animals on eBay for pretty cheap. These were great decorations and also served as a special present for the baby.
To give some height, I bought red and white paper laterns at Hobby Lobby and then online for about $1.50/each. We hung 16 of them around the house. They were great b/c they spread the color and polka dot theme.
Ivy (the other Ruths aunt to baby Sonya!) has a cousin in Houston who makes GORGEOUS cakes. So, we snatched up the amazing Edet to make our "Cat in the Hat" cake creation. He did a fabulous job, but I don't need to explain - you can see for yourself.
Since the party was at 4 o'clock, we just served light foods and tried to make them as Dr. Seuss themed as possible. So a couple of things we served:
-Oreo "mud pudding" - we served it in individual terracotta flower pots with "Truffala Trees" (The Lorax) made out of green pipe cleaners and tissue paper
-Sneetch Starfruit salad
-Sandwiches with "Who Roast Beast"
Below is a small collage I showing other parts of the shower - it was tons of fun and I loved experimenting with this great theme!