My little one recently turned one, and I couldn't stop myself from going all out for his birthday party - decorations, a yummy menu, specialty drinks and the most adorable outfit.
I've always felt that a successful party starts with a theme. It could be a simple theme of Italian food for a dinner party or potluck brunch recipes for a gathering of friends. It could be an in-your-face theme like princesses or, in our case, Dr. Seuss. Whatever it is, the theme gives you an easy jumping off point, narrows down options and makes for a cohesive party atmosphere.
Once you have your theme set, you can look for corresponding decorations (easily found at Party City and online at Amazon.com) and favors. We found cute Dr. Seuss favor boxes online at BirthdayExpress.com and filled them with goldfish. Super easy and cheap!
Then, comes the hard part - deciding on a menu. Being a food blogger, I get REALLY into my menus. I thought it would be beyond cute (and it was!!) to have all the food correspond to a different Dr. Seuss book. Green eggs and ham (avocado deviled eggs and ham and cheese biscuits) was a given but we had to get a little creative with the rest! In addition to "Hop on Pop" Popcorn and "One Fish, Two Fish," Goldish, we had Roast "Beast" Sandwiches and "Who" Hash Cups (thanks, Mr. Grinch!) and many other delectable bites.
You can find the full menu and party blog post on my food blog, Healthy Recipe Ecstasy.