My sister has beautiful twin girls who just turned one. Props to her for surviving their first year! The girls have oodles of loving family and friends, all of whom my sister wanted around to celebrate their big day. I gave her suggestion boards of all the ideas I’d put together and she whittled it down to one: Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
Now, in all fairness, I’m not the first person to use this theme. Several party planners had rocked it and showed off their images. But I was so excited she picked this theme because I am loving the combination of light blue and red in all contexts – parties, weddings, clothing, etc.
My sister tackled the invites all on her own. Using Mama Judd’s scrapbook tools, she created the invitation.
Pardon the poor quality of this iPhone photo.
The girls, of course, had to be dressed to kill. I used iron-on fabric paper to create a Thing 1 and Thing 2 logo for the front of basic white onesies. My sister decided that Thing 1 would be the first baby out – so as to prevent any arguing when they were older. (Thinking ahead, that one!) I ordered iron-on appliques of the Cat in the Hat for a little flair on the buttocks. The tutus I made during a long road trip. They weren’t as pretty as they could have been – oh, if I could only sew! – but they definitely had an impact. Those stinkin’ kids are adorable.
Sewing would have also helped me create those crowns. I can embroider, which was sufficient for this project, but I can see how a sewing machine could really go above and beyond. I created the crowns using two pieces of felt, ironed together with fusible backing, and stitched around the edges. I also used that fusible backing for the letters on the front. You can find a template here.
Apparently the girls didn’t think the crowns were as fabulous as I did. We couldn’t keep them on their heads.
I wanted to make an impact from the moment the guests arrived so I created pinwheels for the entrance to the party. There are several tutorials out there but I chose the easy way out. I didn’t drill a hole through a dowel or anything fancy like that. I just wrapped the pin around the dowel. Voila. The pinwheels didn’t spin but I was more concerned that they were pretty. It wasn’t windy that day anyway, so it must have been meant to be.
In the foyer we displayed a memory board of pictures of the girls’ first year. I bought an old cork board at the thrift store for $4 and covered it with fabric. Around the board we displayed photos of the girls’ first birthday professional photo shoot.
I covered the tables in aqua blue cloths and adorned them with red spots of all different sizes. Mama Judd really comes in handy with her scrapbook tools for anything using paper.
I did different centerpieces for each table. One used ostrich feathers and another used fake Gerber daisies.
I found some unique inspiration for the third centerpiece. These hip-looking orbs are actually Christmas tree ornaments that were 75 percent off at a closing Roberts’ store. I balanced them (poorly) on Ikea candle holders.
Sprinkled throughout the ceiling were clumps of tissue paper pom poms. We also had a banner we made using Mama Judd’s Cricut. It said: “We are 1!”
On the fireplace we displayed a hat I created from poster board and wooden letters of the girls’ initials from the craft store that we painted to match our color scheme.
In the corner we played the original movie version of Cat in the Hat. (Doug’s technological brilliance is also key to my party planning success.) If you haven’t watched the original film before, sit down and enjoy. It’s 20 minutes of pure hilarity.
Each of the cousins received party favors. I wrapped kites in aqua blue paper with red initials for their names. The kites were inspired by the part of the book where Thing 1 and Thing 2 fly their kites throughout the house and make a big mess.
I placed a lollipop display near the food spread. This cool red vase was also a Christmas section discount item. Score!
Guests ate pretty cookies, but the birthday girls needed cake! Each got her very own cupcake, which was topped with cotton candy to resemble the crazy blue hair of Thing 1 and Thing 2.
To date, this is the party I’m most pleased with. It is also, however, the party on which I’ve had the most time to plan.
Which is better: the original or Mike Myers Cat in the Hat film?