Here are the long-awaited photos from my son's Lorax-inspired 5th birthday party! Since there are just too many details to share, this first post only highlights the dessert table, and food and drinks, so stay tuned for additional posts about the party decorations, games, favors etc., and see below for a link to the post about the invitation.
The tops of the truffula trees for the backdrop where made from feather boas pinned onto styrofoam disc. The trunks were made from foam pipe-insulation, which I spray painted yellow. I used green corrugated cardboard for the hills and bulletin board paper for the sky.
(I tried to recycle as many materials as I could for this party and I'll note which items were "earth-friendly" in keeping with the theme. :-) For the backdrop, I used old pipe insulation and the sky backdrop was reused from our Toy Story Party.)
I made double-chocolate "Lorax" and "Truffula Tree" cake pops, using Bakerella's awesome online tutorial. Granted, they took me 3 evenings to make, but they were totally worth it...and they were gobbled up in a matter of minutes once I let the children loose on them!
I was especially proud of how the cake turned out. I had no trouble in thinking up the cake design, but I had a hard time finding a bakery willing to make it for me (without charging a small fortune for it), so I decided to get creative! I had a local bakery make the basic blue and green tiered cake, then I decorated it with 3D Lorax, Barbaloot, and Humming Fish cake toppers from MJ Taboush.
I made the truffula trees and clouds myself!
Although I made a lot of the desserts myself, I ordered the truffula tree cookies and Lorax cookies from Hummingbird Baker.
Hummingbird Baker also supplied the "Thneed" cookies, which I displayed in a "Oncler Wagon" that I made from lollipop sticks and ribbon spools, with a sign saying "Thneed Cookies for Sale! Only $3.98".
I topped the homemade lemon-coconut cupcakes with fondant toppers from MJ Taboush. The detail on the toppers was fantastic, and I especially loved that they matched the cake toppers EXACTLY!
I also made the lemon marshmallows (a Barbaloot favorite!) Click here for a tutorial on how to make marshmallows. Homemade marshmallows taste a hundred times better than the store-bought variety and they are fairly easy to make.
I supplied treat bags, so the children could take home treats from the dessert table as well. I used printables from Bird's Party, googly eyes and orange pom-poms to decorate the bags.
In addition to all the sweet treats, we served up a dinner of "miff-muffered-moof" pasta, "grickle grass" salad and "truffula tree trunk" sausages.
The magical "butterfly milk" was also a hit. I served plain-old 2% milk--the magical element was brought by the Got Milk? Magical Milk Straws. I also embellished the bottle labels with butterflies cut with a Martha Stewart craft punch.
The "Seuss Juice" (for adults only) was also a hit.
During the Lorax "show (more on that later), we served popcorn in Lorax popcorn boxes.
Decadent dipped strawberries and fruit kebabs were served up as "truffula fruit".
For details about decorations, games and activities, click here.
For details about the Lorax "show" and party favors, click here.