{GWD Parties} Dr. Seuss’ Lorax Inspiration Party

When I heard that a movie was coming out based on The Lorax book by Dr. Seuss (yep, a little barbaloot in the form of Lauren from Baby Lifestyles Magazine whispered it. Thanks, Lauren!), I was super excited. And THEN when I saw the trailer, I squeaked! A bright, beautiful, whimsical world AND a story that really has something wonderful to say…. What an AMAZING idea for a party, right??!

I knew I didn’t want to wait around for a client to come to me with the idea (because who knew if anyone ever would), so I took all my excitement for the idea and pulled together a fun inspiration party. So if you have a little Lorax in your house, who wants to celebrate their birthday AND “speak for the trees” I have a few ideas to help get the ball rollin’ on your Lorax party!

It’s always fun to set the stage for a party with a welcome sign and for this party I made one that was Seussian inspired!
Right off the bat I wanted to pull the kids into Dr. Seuss’ magical world so I created a combo kid’s table/dessert table. I decided that kids are always drawn to dessert tables like moths to a flame and parties are about fun, so why fight it? Give the kids what they want!
This one is laden with brightly colored cupcakes decorated with a fanciful sugar flowers…
…cute Barbaloot and Lorax cookies…
…little milk bottles filled with orange juice and adorn with bows, mustaches and sweet stripey straws…
…not to mention adorable Lorax and Barbaloot cake pops!
I have to mention that I was blown away by the Lorax cake pops! When I first approached Sarah, of Mom’s Killer Cakes and Cookies, a couple months ago about this party I couldn’t even imagine how you would make Lorax cake pops and what one would look like, but I knew I really wanted them on the table. Sarah never batted an eyelash. She just jumped right in (bravely going where no cake pop designer had gone before) and within days these beautiful cake pops arrived at my doorstep!
Keeping the message of the book in the forefront of my mind, I used cloth napkins, bamboo plates and utensils, glass milk bottles, cardboard straws and reusable baking cups as well as an up-cycled nubby rug to help add recyclable, reusable, renewable whimsy to the table.
And of course what Lorax tablescape would be complete without Truffula Trees??! 
I created these by adhering feather boas to a few styrofoam discs with neat pins and sticking them on some birch branches. (tutorial here: http://www.gwynnwassondesigns.com/2012/03/tips-hints-lorax-party-truffula-tree.html)
All parties need activities to keep the good times rollin’, so in the spirit of the Lorax I set up a potting station…
…and came up with a little game idea that I like to call “Recycling Relay”.
For this game each team is presented with a bin of various recyclable and non-recyclable items. (Be sure to mark each teams’ items with a different color.) All the teams are lined up along a homebase line and about 10 feet away a recyclables sorting bin is set up.
After a brief lesson about recycling and how to determine what items are recyclable and which are not, it’s on your mark, get set…. GO!! A single member of each team takes one item at a time and runs it from the homebase line to the sorting bins, puts the item into the correct bin, runs back, and tags the next member of their team to repeat the process. Whichever team finishes first with all their items correctly sorted wins!
Once all the sweets are devoured, games are played and happy birthdays are sung, it’s time for all the little Lorax’s to go home. And what better way to send them off to continue all the earth-lovin’ goodness than with a small pot and packet so that they too can protect “last of the seeds”!
Credits:
– Party Styling & Printables – Gwynn Wasson Designs
– Cookies – All Things Exquisite
– Small Sugar Flowers – Cupcakes by Christy
– Large Sugar Flowers – Wilton
– Stripey Straws – Polka Dot Market
– Pom Pom Fringe and Napkin Fabric – Jo-ann Fabric
– Bamboo Forks and Plates – Party City

38 Responses to {GWD Parties} Dr. Seuss’ Lorax Inspiration Party

  1. Lynlee's Petite Cakes March 1, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous, Gwynn!!! I adore the beautiful bright colors! The mustache straws are THE cutest and love how you incorporated the message of the book/movie. ♥

  2. Party Patisserie March 1, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Gwynn, this party is fantastic. I’m in love with all the color everywhere. Everything is just beautiful!

  3. Dina - Deliciously Darling Events March 1, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Gwynn, I’m blown away! Just amazing! Super cute <3

  4. The Party Animal March 1, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    Amazing – love love love

  5. Courtney {pizzazzerie} March 1, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    I don’t know if my last comment went through but this is AMAZING!!!!

  6. Southern Belle's Charm March 1, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Just adorable! Love every detail — love the mustache straws!

  7. Tini Posh March 1, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Gorgeous! Love all the bright colors and details! Love love love the trees!

  8. Pink Peppermint Paper March 1, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Love. Love. LOVE those trees! Genius!

    Eleanor

  9. Frog Prince Paperie March 1, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    The trees are too precious! I really love the printable design as well–the banner swirls and tie dye in the bright colors are so perfect for the Lorax. Not to mention the cute trees. Again. đŸ™‚ Great job!

  10. Donna @ Party Wishes March 1, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    I LOVE this party! What a fabulous job! I want to use this for an Earth Day party!

  11. one stone events March 1, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    this is so great! i love how it’s both fun AND educational. and those trees!! a definite wow factor!

  12. Brittany Schwaigert March 1, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I know I have told you how much I love this party already, but I LOVE THIS PARTY!!

  13. Chris at Themeaparty.com March 1, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    That is fantastic, especially the Lorax cake pops! I certainly hope a big group of kids gets to enjoy it this summer!

  14. Maddycakes March 1, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    AWESOME!! I LOVE this party! So colorful and stylish!

  15. Gallamore West March 1, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    This is GORGEOUS!!! So bright and fun!
    xo,
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  16. Veila March 1, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Love the detailssssssssss, You rock!

  17. Susan Crabtree March 1, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    so super cute! I adore the trees-you did an amazing job!

  18. Ellen Bessette March 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I LOVE this! Great job!! I’m looking forward to seeing the movie with my girls.

  19. Tonya (Soirée Event Design March 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Sooo CUTE! Those trees are Fabulous!

  20. Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty March 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Amazing!!! I want to decorate my dining room with those truffala trees!!

  21. Party Wagon March 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Gwynn! I am just catching up for the day, and I just LOVE this!! How fun and perfect! What a great party!!!

  22. Anonymous March 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Wow! Amazing!

  23. Kelli March 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    Wow what a great party!!

  24. Nicole (Life's a Batch) March 2, 2012 at 2:19 am #

    So very cool! I’d love to have you come over & link up to my Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, too!

    http://lifesabatch.com/?p=1048

  25. Karo's fun Land March 2, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    What an incredible party!! Love love everything!!

  26. Anonymous March 2, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    So clever & creative & beautiful! Three cheers for you and Dr. Seuss’s Lorax!
    From an Indiana admirer & recycler

  27. Sabrina Kahn March 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Fantastic!!

  28. Special Occasion Design March 3, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    So amazing!

  29. Beverley March 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful party!

  30. Pinkalicious Mommy March 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    LOVE your moustache straws and truffala trees!! Can’t wait for the tutorial on how to make them!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Maggie Moller March 13, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Oh my gosh, I love the trees! You have to get a tutorial up soon, my daughter is having a Lorax birthday party on March 31st and I want to make those trees!

  32. Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Awesome! Love those trees, hope you have the tutorial for them soon!

  33. mtmoller April 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    This idea is so cute. I used your truffula trees on my blog, because I used this for my daughter’s birthday party yesterday. Thanks!!! mtmoller.blogspot.com

  34. flor May 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Where can I buy the milk jars? Let me know or email me at florivy@yahoo.com

  35. Annette May 24, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    I was wondering where you got that awesome tablecloth?

  36. Shaz July 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

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  37. Ivette March 23, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Hi Gwynn, will you be posting a truffula tree tutorial soon?

  38. Anonymous July 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Looking for the tutorial truffula tree as well!

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