My Toddler’s The Lorax Inspired Birthday Party

When I started pulling the elements together for my toddler’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax inspired birthday party, I knew that I wanted to focus in on The Lorax’s theme around the environment. Therefore, I used a bunch of natural elements such as bamboo plates, serving bowls, spoons and matching serving tray, slices of birch trunks, faux grass/moss and real plants, fallen tree branches, and upcycled glass bottles. And any party supplies that I didn’t reuse in the process of this party will be reused in the future!

I had so much fun planning for this party, but I learned something about myself in the process this time…I realized during my party planning this time is that one of my favorite parts of party prep is the curation of ideas! To check out all of my inspiration, here is a link to my Pinterest board entitled, {“Oh, the Places He’ll Go!”}

The Lorax Theme

The Lorax theme for this party actually evolved from my search on the world-renowned Dr. Seuss book; in fact, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an adaptation of Oh, The Places You’ll Go. To quote a blog post I referenced when learning about the story and movie background, “Although the story was written back in the seventies, it is still on time…[it] is spreading [a] sadly very true ecological message and warning […]

‘UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ “

My Unless Stone in my Succulent Garden - {My Life Space Moments}
My Unless Stone in My Succulent Garden – {My Life Space Moments}

And now for images of my party projects:

Allow me to break down the projects for anyone who may want to replicate the efforts:

  1. My DIY Truffela Tree was made from a pool noodle, painter’s tape and a DIY tissue pom pom. I love how fitting the quote on this garden sign is because in The Lorax, The Once-ler challenges Ted to plant the last Truffula seed.
  2. The Globe Key Chains are from U.S. Toy and lend themselves to the environmentally friendly theme.
  3. Shrinking Plant Grow Kits make great party favors! These are sensitive plants that react to the touch, so they are great fun for kids and they support The Lorax theme which is about caring for nature. I found these in the dollar bin at Target!
  4. My DIY Truffela Tree Wreath can be made by first applying faux grass or moss around a foam wreath form as a base. To make the trees, gather lollipop sticks, felt balls, toothpicks and a Sharpie. Take the Sharpie and make horizontal lines up and down the lollipop sticks. Then break the toothpicks and shove them in the top end of the lollipop sticks with the pointy end up. Push the felt balls (*homemade or store-bought) down on the toothpicks to secure them in place. Voila! * Years ago, I handmade the yellow felt ball from wool roving while creating felt craspedia or “Billy Buttons” for another project”. Then I used store-bought felt balls for the larger felt balls.
  5. My Truffela Tree Tops, Humming Fish & Truffela Seeds were simply sugar-coated snowflake marshmallows, Swedish Fish and SweeTarts Mini Chewies.
  6. My Bar-ba-loot Loot, Truffela Tree Cotton Candy Cupcakes, The Lorax Punch were fun and very simple to make! The Bar-ba-loot Loot is just chocolate Teddy Grahams and mini-marshmallows [see movie scene for connection to the movie]. The Truffela Tree Cotton Candy Cupcakes were just store-bought mini-cupcakes (for convenience!) dressed up with cotton candy swirls atop lollipop sticks cut in half. And here is where I found the recipe for the party punch – or 3 Ingredient Pineapple Orange Spritzer. Note that I used orange sparkling water instead of unflavored sparkling water and I think it was a nice touch! Also, here is a link to The Lorax template I used for the face cut-outs.
  7. My DIY Truffela Tree Centerpiece was a fun project I started with my friend “S”.You can see more photos of this centerpiece below for better detail. Here is the tutorial for the Truffela Tree Centerpiece.
  8. The Lorax Mustache Printable was a fun touch for the kids to use as a photo prop (as pictured below)!

Here are some images from the fun gathering of friends, new neighbors and family:

Still there? Here are just a few more shots of My DIY Truffela Tree Centerpiece for any DIYers out there who are planning a similar party:

Lastly, here are my tips on creating My DIY Truffela Tree Centerpiece:

  1. Plan ahead when shopping for your feathered boas. They can be quite pricey at $8-10 if you’re shopping at U.S. Toy or Party City, so you may consider ordering them online.
  2. Since the “trees” are top-heavy, make a plan to anchor them so they can stand vertically. I used a floral foam to support the piece horizontally in the terrarium; then I found a thick Y-shaped twig that I could wedge into the back of the foam to hold the floral foam upright.
  3. If you want your “tree trunks” to look more like birch or be lighter in appearance, perhaps you could rub chalk on them?

Special Notes: The terrarium used for the centerpiece and the religious garden sign about planting a seed were both my Grandma Helen’s. “Miss you, your well-nurtured plants and your crafty creations, Grandma. Love you, Ashley Camber.”

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Comments

  1. Love all the ideas! and the photographs are beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley!

  2. Ashley Renee says:

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the compliment and I love the ideas I see on your blog as well!

  3. Ashley Renee says:

    Hello again! After seeing more of your blog posts, I see that you make wreaths and use felt as one of your materials. You may enjoy my last post entitled {My DIY Felt Flower Wreath}. I love making wreaths too, though kudos to you for turning it into a revenue stream! Your “nests” look finely crafted!

  4. Oh my.. I LOVE this! I had a Seuss baby shower. ? that centerpiece is perfection! Can’t wait to follow more of your creations! – Holly @paperplanelaneboutique

    1. Ashley Renee says:

      Thanks SO much, Holly! I’m so pleased to hear you think the centerpiece is “perfection”! 🙂 I’ll be following more of your creations as well! And I bet your Seuss baby shower was so cute like your fashion line! – Ashley @lifespacemoment

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