Cat in the Hat Birthday Party

Cat in the Hat party ideas

You would not, could not, want to miss, a celebration such as this!

Love Dr. Seuss? Check out these Cat in the Hat birthday party ideas to help you host an amazing celebration. Find suggestions for invitations, decorations, games, food and lots more!

Cat in the Hat Party Invitations

Cat in the Hat Party Invitations
Sending great invitations by mail can make your guests feel special before the party even starts. You can either make your own invitations or send pre-made cards. Here are some ideas for both options:

Whimsical Photo Invitations — Take a picture of your guest of honor wearing big striped hat like the famous cat. Make your card on red or blue cardstock and write your party information inside

Fishbowl Invitations — Cut your card in the shape of a fishbowl and attach a picture of the famous fish from the book onto the front. Then add a Dr. Seuss inspired rhyming headline, such as:

      • I’m having a party
    • It’s plain as can be
    • I’d love you to come
    • Celebrate with me!


**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own Cat in the Hat birthday party invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your event. It’s also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.

Cat in the Hat Birthday Party Decorations

Red, white, and blue make a great color scheme for a Cat in the Hat birthday party. If you start your decorating by using these colors in your balloons, streamers, and tableware, you’ll be well on your way to creating a classic Dr. Seuss atmosphere.

Welcome your guests with lots of balloons in your entry.

Let the Cat Greet Your Guests — Make or buy a large Cat in the Hat stand up. Set him up as a special guest to greet your party guests.

Patriotic Hurricane Glass with Beads

A fun party cup!

Think Whimsical! — Talking animals, truffula trees, twists, swirls and polka dots! The most prominent element in all Dr. Seuss books is whimsy. Add some unexpected touches to your party decorations. Here are a few ideas:

 Hang colorful tissue paper pom poms from fishing wire at different heights from your ceiling to look like the truffula trees in The Lorax. You could also hang some red, white, and blue twirly whirlys.

Brighten your party table settings with red and white plastic popcorn boxes filled with a variety of things such as rainbow swirl lollipops, colorful pinwheels, twisty crazy straws, a variety of candies, and some twisty ribbons hanging over the sides.

Use Some Elements from the Book — Be sure to incorporate a fishbowl with a real or fun plush goldfish. You might even add a cardboard comic bubble so the fish can share some words of wisdom with your guests. Also, be sure to leave the cat’s umbrella standing somewhere in your party area.

Scatter Some Beach Balls — Use beach balls as 3-D polka dots for your party décor. You might add them to your table centerpiece or scatter them around the party area for a decoration and activity all in one.

Make a Special Centerpiece — An idea for a Cat in the Hat centerpiece is to anchor a balloon bouquet in a glass jar full of red, white, and blue candies. Add to this some pictures (you can download these from your computer) of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Set a Cat in the Hat plush toy or big striped hat near the balloons to anchor your centerpiece.

Here are some complete Cat in the Hat birthday party supply kits that can be a great addition to your decorations:

Dr. Seuss Party Supplies

Whimsical Polka Dot Party Supplies


**NOTE — The Cat in the Hat makes a great 1st birthday party theme. The above party supplies are also available for a 1st birthday party.

Cat in the Hat Birthday Games and Activities

Cat in the Hat Ring Toss — Cover a small round trash can with red and white striped construction paper to resemble the cat’s famous hat. Turn it upside down and have children take turns trying to ring the hat with hula hoops.

Cat, Cat, Hat — Play a traditional game of duck, duck, goose, renaming it to fit with a Cat in the Hat party theme.

Goldfish Toss — Divide your group into two teams. Set up two fish bowls or glass serving bowls on a table. Line each team up a certain distance from a bowl. Hand each child five small rubber fish toys or beanbags. See which team can get the most fish into their fishbowl.

Plastic Cup Balancing Game — The object of this game is to see how high of a stack of plates and cups your party guests can carry without it toppling over. Go for a record! To play, divide your party guests in two groups and line them up with half at one end of the room and half at the other. Set a stack of plastic plates and cups in front of both groups. The first person in line should pick up a plate with a cup on top and carry it across the room to the person waiting on the opposite side. Then that person adds a plate and cup and caries it back. Keep going until the tower topples to see how many levels your group can carry. For a more competitive version of this game, you can create two teams and see which can successfully carry the tallest tower.

Cat in the Hat Game — For a fun, ready made Cat in the Hat birthday party activity, check out the Parents’ Choice Award winning game called the Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game. In this game children draw three cards and try to complete the challenges written on each. This activity is fun for all ages.

Clean Up the House Relay — Divide children into two groups and have them line up relay style. Give the first person in each group a broom. That person must use the broom to sweep three beach balls or balloons to the end of the designated race area and hand the broom to the next waiting person, who races to sweep the balls back to the start. The first group with all of its members back and seated wins.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck — Share the Dr. Seuss classic, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and then let your party guests make and play with this amazing substance. To make oobleck, mix 1 1/2 cups of cornstarch, 1 cup of water, and a few drops of green food coloring. Blend this together for a few minutes to get the right consistency. **If you store your oobleck in a ziplock bag or airtight container, it will last for a long time of post-party play.

Jelly Bean Estimation jar — A fun independent party activity that also makes a great party decoration is a jellybean estimation jar. Fill a large glass jar with red, white and blue jelly beans (counting them so you know how many you’ve added). Set this out with a piece of paper beside it so your guests can write their name and their guess as to how many jelly beans are in the jar. The person who comes the closest gets to take home the jelly beans as a prize!

Show the Cat in the Hat Movie — Need to quiet things down? Throw down some blankets and pillows and have a viewing of the family hit movie, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat .


Cat in the Hat Birthday Party Foods

Every great Dr. Seuss fan knows that the staple of a great menu is, of course, green eggs and ham! Here are some ideas to help you plan a menu for your Cat in the Hat birthday party:

Green Eggs — Make your favorite recipe of deviled eggs, adding a few drops of green food coloring to fit your theme.

…and Ham! — Serve some ham sandwiches, cutting them in the shape of the cat’s hat using a fun top hat cookie cutter

A Bowl of Fish — Fill a glass fishbowl with Goldfish crackers or swedish fish candies for a fun party snack.

Marshmallow Cat Hats — Here’s how to make a whimsical treat: Start with an Oreo base. On top of this spread some vanilla icing, then stack a marshmallow, icing and another marshmallow on top. Wrap a 3″ piece of froot by the foot around your hat where the marshmallows meet to look like the hat’s red stripe.

Seussed Up Party Punch — Serve a choice of red and blue punch in glass pitchers to fit your party decor, and when pouring it for your party guests, be sure to add a colorful umbrella straw or a drink umbrella holding small pieces of fruit.


Hope you’ve found some helpful Cat in the Hat birthday ideas on this page. Enjoy the party!

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