Seven’s Birthday-palooza!

I will be the first to admit it: I went overboard.  Waaaaay overboard.  But it’s my baby’s first birthday and it had to be celebrated BIG!  Even more than that, this was a celebration of his life, his being here, and our family having finally gotten to this place.  Besides, it has been a while since I’ve done anything crafty, and I’ve been wanting to sculpt as of late, so with that and our “go big or go home” attitude, you had to know this was going to get out of hand…

Months of planning, a morning and evening party for crowd control, and a baby hopped up on sugar who loves a crowd – this might be the most images in one blog post on this site ever so get ready! ;0)

Seven has been enamored with the sound of Dr. Seuss books since he was only days old.  I think it’s the rhythmic sound of the phrases.  I’ve even memorized the first 1/3 of Cat in the Hat and recite it to him to settle him on airplanes.  Dr. Seuss was a natural pick for his birthday theme!




Our friend Jessica is an amazing culinary artist and she did the most incredible job putting together the Seuss themed food for the party!  She worked tirelessly for us, in planning, preparation, and just keeping things well put together on the day, and did I mention she is also in her first trimester of pregnancy?  What a friend!  We inhaled copious amounts of food coloring and it tasted glorious!  Jessica thank you SOOOOO much!!












You may have heard me mentioning on twitter about making trees.  Here they are – Truffula Trees from The Lorax to frame up my crazy-over-the-top cake focal point. (More to come on that in a bit…)


We had a Photo Booth set up in the back for fun photos of our guests – and Sean. ;0)



I’ve been seeing these cute month-by-month photo collages at first birthdays, but our favorite photos weren’t usually taken exactly at one month intervals and I couldn’t narrow them down so I went with a general progression of Seven’s life instead.



With a birthday right after Valentine’s Day, Seven will probably always have a candy bar at his party — at least until he starts to complain about all the pink!



So the cake…

I knew I wanted to try to make it myself so I took at Fondant I class at Sweetwise (which I highly recommend by the way!).  I figured the only right way to do a Dr. Seuss cake would be for it to be a topsy-turvy cake and since I didn’t have time to take a class on that too, I watched a youtube video instead.  The cat on top I sculpted out of clay because, as I mentioned earlier, clay has been seeming like a lot of fun lately so this was a good excuse to try it.  The cake definitely had it’s flaws, but over all, I thought it turned out pretty nicely – especially for my second time ever laying fondant and my first ever tiered cake!



So those were the details. I had this secret fear that I would plan all of this stuff and in the end, what seemed so elaborate to me would end up looking like a few well decorated tables sitting in my house instead of a Seuss wonderland.  In the end though, I was really happy with the results.  What made us so much more happy though was the great turn-out!  We really do have the best friends and family anyone could ever ask for!  It warmed our hearts to have them all here to celebrate with us.  Seven was thrilled too.  He loves people – big and small alike – and a bunch of people at his house just to see him was perfect. :0)


If you can believe it, I used to be these kids’ (on the left) nanny, starting with when the oldest was 5 months old. She’s 12 now and carries my son around like a little lady.  How time flies!



We completely lucked out with the weather and got the one nice day of the week for Seven’s birthday.  The little girls all played outside with sidewalk chalk and each made Seven birthday cakes. :0)


Happy Birthday!







Seven and Violet are little buddies!  When they were a little younger, Seven was constantly grabbing at her and now it’s her turn to return the favor. Here she is giving him a sweet kiss – right before she tried to take his ears off. ;o)






Seven talking to his very-soon-to-be new friend Baby Crafton.  It’s about time we got some more boys around here!



That’s a wrap!  Happy Birthday My Love! You are the best thing that has every happened to us and no celebration if any size could ever fully express our joy! We love you SO MUCH!


59 comments
Sarahbrooks
Sarahbrooks

Love how colorful everything is!! How did you get your tv hook up to your photo booth?

Karen Tschirn Sablich
Karen Tschirn Sablich

WOW! What an AMAZING party for your little man! I LOVE it! I have to ask - what kind of roll-up (food) was that? It looked delicious and so unique with the blue inside. I liked how you put them on sticks and they looked like perfect little truffula trees! And speaking of your trees - WOW! They are amazing! What kind of material did you use for them? I am planning my son's 2nd birthday party and plan to do Dr. Seuss and so you have inspired me to think outside the box. I don't think my trees will come close to looking as artistic as yours!

Erika Schlenkerman
Erika Schlenkerman

I am trying to use the same concept of making the cake topper out of clay, however I have not worked with it since like high school and I am struggling a bit. How did you get it all to balance? What kind of clay did you use? Did you use anything other than clay?

Kayti Elizabeth Young
Kayti Elizabeth Young

Stunning! Just stunning! I've been researching parties for my son's 3rd birthday (March 2013--I know, I know) and this is by far the most beautiful Seuss party I've seen (perhaps it has something to do with the exquisit photos?). Thank you for sharing! I must ask though, how in the world did you pull all of this off? I've planned two big birthday parties and I never have enough time to prepare food in the last few days. The cake always takes up the night before (even though I bake it in advance). I NEVER make party food that needs to be hot (any tips to share here?). You seem to have a lot of last-minute pieces of your party.... so please, share your secret!

Kayti Elizabeth Young
Kayti Elizabeth Young

Stunning! Just stunning! I've been researching parties for my son's 3rd birthday (March 2013--I know, I know) and this is by far the most beautiful Seuss party I've seen (perhaps it has something to do with the exquisit photos?). Thank you for sharing! I must ask though, how in the world did you pull all of this off? I've planned two big birthday parties and I never have enough time to prepare food in the last few days. The cake always takes up the night before (even though I bake it in advance). I NEVER make party food that needs to be hot (any tips to share here?). You seem to have a lot of last-minute pieces of your party.... so please, share your secret!

Mel
Mel

Thank you all so much! Amber - the pizzas were made using small sections of pizza dough and strips of pepperoni and cheese. Cassie and Paige - the truffula tree pops are minced veggies rolled up with with a cream sauce that has been dyed in colorful tortillas. You just slice up the rolls and stick a sucker stick in them. Brooke - I can't remember for sure where the stickers came from, but I want to say Birthday Express or something like that. It was an online store. I'm sure if you googled for dr seuss wall decals they would pull up.

Paige
Paige

This is amazing! We've been planning on a Dr. Seuss party for my son for a couple months now, and came across your blog via Pinterest. Would you mind sharing your secret on how you made the Truffula Trees? They're fantastic!

brooke
brooke

I love your party! where did you get the cut outs for the walls?? I love them. Your party is so beautiful and inspiring.

Cassie
Cassie

Everything is so cute and you thought of every detail. Love it!! What is in the truffula tree pops?

Amber
Amber

How were the Cat in the Hat pizzas made?

Mel
Mel

Thanks Silvana! The schlopp was made by my friend so I'm not completely sure, but I'm fairly certain it is made with pound cake dyed different colors with food coloring and vanilla pudding that was also colored with food coloring.

Silvana Rivero
Silvana Rivero

Love your decor...as may other has said, I'm also using it for inspiration for my kids b-day party...would mind haring what you use to make the schlopp?

Mel
Mel

Patty - thank you so much! The invitations were made by me using photoshop. I can't remember exactly where I got the font, but I think I just googled "free Dr Seuss font" or something like that. I seems like the font name might even be "grinched". Best of Luck!

Patty
Patty

Hi I am so inspired by your party. Can you tell me where you got your party invites? and also where you got the Dr. seuss font for the signs you made? THanks-Patty

Mel
Mel

Thanks Kacey! We have a wiry berry garland on our mantle and the green stuff is tissue paper shoved into that and piled on to cover the garland. I cut it into little stacked squares, fanned them out, scrunched them up, and taped them into little flower shapes. Best of luck with your party!

Kacey
Kacey

Hello! I'm using your incredibly fabulous party as inspiration for my daughter's first birthday. Love your decorations, how did you do the fireplace mantle? What is the green puffy material made from? Also, where did you and your husband get your t-shirts? Thanks for your help & advice! Great party, what a lucky boy you have.

Mel
Mel

Thank you! :) I spray painted the tree tops - after sectioning off the pieces and pinning them to the styrofoam head, but before attaching them to the trunks.

chris
chris

LOVE everything about your party!

Can you tell me how you colored your Truffala tops? They are amazing!

Mel
Mel

Thank you all so much! :) To answer a couple of the questions, Maggie - the trees were made from chicken wire, pvs pipe, and paper mache for the trunks. The tops are polyfill pinned to styrofoam. Susan - the circles are just cut from felt rectangles. You can buy a multi-color package of them in your local store's craft department. They were secured using fabric glue.

susan
susan

wow. i LOVE your party! i am having a seuss party in 2 weeks for my 2 year old and I love those tablecloths? did you make them, where did you get the circles? I would love to make them for our party!

Maggie
Maggie

Love the overall theme especially the cake and the Trees! How was the trees created?

Mary
Mary

Amazing. In my next life I wanta to a McLellan baby!! So sweet he is! Happy Birthday 7!!!

Ally
Ally

OMG! 1. Your cake owned!!!! and 2. Seven and Violet must get married someday. Cutest. Thing. EVER.

Laurie Noblit
Laurie Noblit

OH MY GOSH!! I love everything about his b-day party! You are so creative and crafty! Looks like you guys had a great day with little man!

Mel
Mel

Thanks you guys!! :) And Steph - I do have step by step photos of how I made the trees. I thought maybe a children's party blog might want them so keep an eye out on our twitter feed for if and when we send them off for publication! :)

Vancouver family portrait photographer Tamea Burd
Vancouver family portrait photographer Tamea Burd

Incredible! Seriously, the decorations and food are just amazing, amazing, amazing. This looks like the sort of party that any Dr. Seuss fan would love, no matter if they're one year old or ninety!

Steph Owens
Steph Owens

OMG.. this is fab.. I remember when my daughter turned 1~ we had a 4 pc quartet surprise me and it just added to everything and made it even more special! So you totally didn't go overboard~ I think it is all perfect! I have to ask about the trees~ did you make them~ and if so please (pretty please) do share! These are incredible!

Kayla
Kayla

He is so cute and sweet! I can't belive he is 1 already! The decorations were so cute! You and Sean are SOOOO creative! Love you and hope to see you again soon! :)

Evan Hurst
Evan Hurst

Ok now this is my kind of birthday party!!

anna
anna

gah! AMAZING!!! love this to bits, love him, love you. this party was to die for! thank you for letting us be a part of such a truly special day. :o))

Mel
Mel

Thank you all so much! I had way too much fun putting this all together and the party turned out better than I could have hoped! Too much fun! :)

Renata Walczuk
Renata Walczuk

What a Sweet Heaven you two created for Seven's First Birthday! Parent's love has no limits for a child. Have fun raising you son and enjoy the ride!

staci dunn
staci dunn

Adorable! Looks like he wants the only person who had a blast at the party. Love all your ideas and decor.

Bradford Watson
Bradford Watson

This is one of the most incredible things I've ever seen. Miss you guys.

ting
ting

That's one lucky child! Great job with everything! No detail left untouched. I LOVE the cake! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEVEN!

Rachael Earl
Rachael Earl

As a fellow Seuss fan, this is incredible!!! Just love it so much! Bravo on the cake, Mel!

Emily
Emily

Happy birthday to Seven! I am a huge Dr. Seuss fan, and I am SO IMPRESSED with all the details! Mel, you did a FABULOUS job!!!!! What a fun party!

esm
esm

A day that will be remembered forever!! The planning, the work the finished product, incredible!!! It was so wonderful to be a prt of it. Thank you, Sean, Mel and Seven. I love you with all my heart!!

Grace Lightner
Grace Lightner

(Oops meant to leave this here!) Wow... just wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW! Oh my goodness the details of every beautiful little & big thing. A ton of love, time and effort was obviously put into this. I can't even begin to imagine how you brough everything together so deliciously. You deserve parents & party planner of the year! And of course gorgeous coverage, I felt I could taste each morsel of food through your yummy photos! Happy 1st Birthday to your little 7!

diana
diana

how cool is this?! you did such a great job with everything!!

Kristyn Hogan
Kristyn Hogan

Great job on the decorating, Mel, so cute! Looks like you all had so much fun! Happy Birthday Seven :)

Melanie McLellan
Melanie McLellan

Kayti Elizabeth Young Oh too bad! Maybe you can find some friend? Trade for childcare or something like that? And the truffula trees - those were quite the undertaking. They start with a plywood base and some pvc pipe screwed into it to create something for the rest to hold onto. I then started shaping chicken wire as desired for the trunks and layered on paper mache. In hindsight, I should have done a few more layers of the paper mache (I did two) and it probably would have helped to put something sturdy down through the center before beginning as well (I ended up sticking mop polls down in them afterward). I spray painted them after they were done. For the tops, that's polyfil pinned to styrofoam and spray painted. It was ridiculous, but I justified it by turning my boy's room into a Dr. Seuss room after the party so the decor had dual purpose. :)

Kayti Elizabeth Young
Kayti Elizabeth Young

Thanks for your response, Melanie! Well, I guess that's both good and bad. I was kind of hoping to get some guidance. On the other hand, it's good to know it's not that I'm just a completely inadequate party planner--haha! I live overseas, so unfortunately, I don't have my family to enlist for help. Guess I'll just keep cramming those last couple of days! Thanks! Oh, one more thing. Your Truffula trees in your cake area, how in the world...? They're beautiful!

Kayti Elizabeth Young
Kayti Elizabeth Young

Thanks for your response, Melanie! Well, I guess that's both good and bad. I was kind of hoping to get some guidance. On the other hand, it's good to know it's not that I'm just a completely inadequate party planner--haha! I live overseas, so unfortunately, I don't have my family to enlist for help. Guess I'll just keep cramming those last couple of days! Thanks! Oh, one more thing. Your Truffula trees in your cake area, how in the world...? They're beautiful!

Kayti Elizabeth Young
Kayti Elizabeth Young

Thanks for your response, Melanie! Well, I guess that's both good and bad. I was kind of hoping to get some guidance. On the other hand, it's good to know it's not that I'm just a completely inadequate party planner--haha! I live overseas, so unfortunately, I don't have my family to enlist for help. Guess I'll just keep cramming those last couple of days! Thanks! Oh, one more thing. Your Truffula trees in your cake area, how in the world...? They're beautiful!

Kayti Elizabeth Young
Kayti Elizabeth Young

Thanks for your response, Melanie! Well, I guess that's both good and bad. I was kind of hoping to get some guidance. On the other hand, it's good to know it's not that I'm just a completely inadequate party planner--haha! I live overseas, so unfortunately, I don't have my family to enlist for help. Guess I'll just keep cramming those last couple of days! Thanks! Oh, one more thing. Your Truffula trees in your cake area, how in the world...? They're beautiful!

Melanie McLellan
Melanie McLellan

Hey Kayti! First - thank you so much! I'm terribly flattered. :) As for the food, I had help! I would never have been able to pull this off on my own. The decor I was able to handle by starting far enough in advance (I don't see anything wrong with your preplanning! ;P). I devoted my last minute time to the cake (the last two days actually - phew!). For the food, my wonderful friend Jessica made it all in exchange for family photos. :) She and I researched food ideas and came up with the menu and she took it from there. She even stuck around and restocked things as needed. She is amazing. :) So that's my secret - enlist help!

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65 Responses to Seven’s Birthday-palooza!

  1. Oh my goodness Mel! It is everything you told me and more! It looks fabulous and Seven looks like he had the time of his life! Well done!!

  2. JoshLi says:

    So happy we were able to be a part of Seven’s first year! Party looked great – I can already see a Star Wars themed one later on… Also good to see Grandpa Jim and Elaine!

  3. Matt Dudley says:

    Luckiest. Child. Ever.

  4. Bekah says:

    Mel! It turned out so wonderful! I was amazed to see how your drawings turn into reality! What a special party for a special little man, so glad to have been apart of it!

  5. Kate Crafton says:

    Baby Crafton is ready to meet him (and you guys) too! Love all of the work you put into the party…it was precious. Thanks for having us!

  6. What a lucky boy! The best kids parties are fun for the children and the adults- this one looks like it fit the bill!

  7. Jane Cato says:

    A feast for my senses! Speechless. Love the little peek into The World of Sean, Mel, & Seven! ♡

  8. Happy, happy birthday, Seven! What a beautiful, fun party! I loved all of the images, and Mel, that cake is insanely awesome. Wish I could have a slice right now. Yum!!

  9. WOW!!! I love this party!! Now this is the type of detail I go ga-ga for! ;) Just amazing!

  10. Great job on the decorating, Mel, so cute! Looks like you all had so much fun! Happy Birthday Seven :)

  11. diana says:

    how cool is this?! you did such a great job with everything!!

  12. (Oops meant to leave this here!) Wow… just wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW! Oh my goodness the details of every beautiful little & big thing. A ton of love, time and effort was obviously put into this. I can’t even begin to imagine how you brough everything together so deliciously. You deserve parents & party planner of the year! And of course gorgeous coverage, I felt I could taste each morsel of food through your yummy photos! Happy 1st Birthday to your little 7!

  13. esm says:

    A day that will be remembered forever!! The planning, the work the finished product, incredible!!! It was so wonderful to be a prt of it. Thank you, Sean, Mel and Seven. I love you with all my heart!!

  14. Emily says:

    Happy birthday to Seven! I am a huge Dr. Seuss fan, and I am SO IMPRESSED with all the details! Mel, you did a FABULOUS job!!!!! What a fun party!

  15. Rachael Earl says:

    As a fellow Seuss fan, this is incredible!!! Just love it so much! Bravo on the cake, Mel!

  16. ting says:

    That’s one lucky child! Great job with everything! No detail left untouched. I LOVE the cake! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEVEN!

  17. This is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. Miss you guys.

  18. staci dunn says:

    Adorable! Looks like he wants the only person who had a blast at the party. Love all your ideas and decor.

  19. What a Sweet Heaven you two created for Seven’s First Birthday! Parent’s love has no limits for a child. Have fun raising you son and enjoy the ride!

  20. Mel says:

    Thank you all so much! I had way too much fun putting this all together and the party turned out better than I could have hoped! Too much fun! :)

  21. anna says:

    gah! AMAZING!!! love this to bits, love him, love you. this party was to die for! thank you for letting us be a part of such a truly special day. :o))

  22. Evan Hurst says:

    Ok now this is my kind of birthday party!!

  23. Kayla says:

    He is so cute and sweet! I can’t belive he is 1 already! The decorations were so cute! You and Sean are SOOOO creative! Love you and hope to see you again soon! :)

  24. Steph Owens says:

    OMG.. this is fab.. I remember when my daughter turned 1~ we had a 4 pc quartet surprise me and it just added to everything and made it even more special! So you totally didn’t go overboard~ I think it is all perfect! I have to ask about the trees~ did you make them~ and if so please (pretty please) do share! These are incredible!

  25. Incredible! Seriously, the decorations and food are just amazing, amazing, amazing. This looks like the sort of party that any Dr. Seuss fan would love, no matter if they’re one year old or ninety!

  26. Mel says:

    Thanks you guys!! :) And Steph – I do have step by step photos of how I made the trees. I thought maybe a children’s party blog might want them so keep an eye out on our twitter feed for if and when we send them off for publication! :)

  27. OH MY GOSH!! I love everything about his b-day party! You are so creative and crafty! Looks like you guys had a great day with little man!

  28. Ally says:

    OMG! 1. Your cake owned!!!! and 2. Seven and Violet must get married someday. Cutest. Thing. EVER.

  29. Mary says:

    Amazing. In my next life I wanta to a McLellan baby!! So sweet he is! Happy Birthday 7!!!

  30. Maggie says:

    Love the overall theme especially the cake and the Trees! How was the trees created?

  31. susan says:

    wow. i LOVE your party! i am having a seuss party in 2 weeks for my 2 year old and I love those tablecloths? did you make them, where did you get the circles? I would love to make them for our party!

  32. Mel says:

    Thank you all so much! :) To answer a couple of the questions, Maggie – the trees were made from chicken wire, pvs pipe, and paper mache for the trunks. The tops are polyfill pinned to styrofoam. Susan – the circles are just cut from felt rectangles. You can buy a multi-color package of them in your local store’s craft department. They were secured using fabric glue.

  33. chris says:

    LOVE everything about your party!
    Can you tell me how you colored your Truffala tops? They are amazing!

  34. Mel says:

    Thank you! :) I spray painted the tree tops – after sectioning off the pieces and pinning them to the styrofoam head, but before attaching them to the trunks.

  35. Kacey says:

    Hello! I’m using your incredibly fabulous party as inspiration for my daughter’s first birthday. Love your decorations, how did you do the fireplace mantle? What is the green puffy material made from? Also, where did you and your husband get your t-shirts? Thanks for your help & advice! Great party, what a lucky boy you have.

  36. Mel says:

    Thanks Kacey! We have a wiry berry garland on our mantle and the green stuff is tissue paper shoved into that and piled on to cover the garland. I cut it into little stacked squares, fanned them out, scrunched them up, and taped them into little flower shapes. Best of luck with your party!

  37. Patty says:

    Hi I am so inspired by your party. Can you tell me where you got your party invites? and also where you got the Dr. seuss font for the signs you made? THanks-Patty

  38. Mel says:

    Patty – thank you so much! The invitations were made by me using photoshop. I can’t remember exactly where I got the font, but I think I just googled “free Dr Seuss font” or something like that. I seems like the font name might even be “grinched”. Best of Luck!

  39. Love your decor…as may other has said, I’m also using it for inspiration for my kids b-day party…would mind haring what you use to make the schlopp?

  40. Mel says:

    Thanks Silvana! The schlopp was made by my friend so I’m not completely sure, but I’m fairly certain it is made with pound cake dyed different colors with food coloring and vanilla pudding that was also colored with food coloring.

  41. Amber says:

    How were the Cat in the Hat pizzas made?

  42. Cassie says:

    Everything is so cute and you thought of every detail. Love it!! What is in the truffula tree pops?

  43. brooke says:

    I love your party! where did you get the cut outs for the walls?? I love them. Your party is so beautiful and inspiring.

  44. Paige says:

    This is amazing! We’ve been planning on a Dr. Seuss party for my son for a couple months now, and came across your blog via Pinterest. Would you mind sharing your secret on how you made the Truffula Trees? They’re fantastic!

  45. Mel says:

    Thank you all so much! Amber – the pizzas were made using small sections of pizza dough and strips of pepperoni and cheese. Cassie and Paige – the truffula tree pops are minced veggies rolled up with with a cream sauce that has been dyed in colorful tortillas. You just slice up the rolls and stick a sucker stick in them. Brooke – I can’t remember for sure where the stickers came from, but I want to say Birthday Express or something like that. It was an online store. I’m sure if you googled for dr seuss wall decals they would pull up.

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  49. Dr. Seuss is such a great theme for kids birthday parties. There’s just so much you can do with it!

  50. RuthLeslie says:

    beautiful

  51. NATALIE says:

    Could you please email, I came across your blog and am planning my twins 1st birthday and I love your ideas I just wanted to know what was your main menu. Im having trouble planning this.

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  53. Sarahbrooks says:

    Love how colorful everything is!! How did you get your tv hook up to your photo booth?

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