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The Lorax Birthday Party!
Hi everyone! I have been missing from blogland…basically this whole year! There just seems to be too much on my plate lately.
But I wanted to share some easy, free printables I created inspired by the Lorax Party I had for my daughter not too long ago. Um, whhaaat? Actually the party was in January, so I guess “not too long ago” is already 6 months ago….yikes! Ok, time lapse aside, I’ll also give you some more details about what I did during the party and how.
First of all, here is a PDF portfolio (i.e. collection of PDFs) that has all of the free printables you will see in this post. Some of them are premade and ready print, others have editable fields that you can fill out to customize and then print. This whole “editable PDF” thing was a new project for me – so hopefully it will all work out ok!
Also, feel free to check out my pinterest board for Lorax Party ideas.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are having a hard time seeing this PDF in your browser, please save it, then open it in Acrobat Reader.
UPDATE: Since people have been having problems with the PDF portfolio above, I have linked each separate file below:
(NOT for commercial use. ONLY for personal use. Please do not repost, however you may link to this post to refer people to my downloads. Thank you!)
I made the following invitation using images I found online, and putting them together as you see here. I also made up the rhyme on the invitation (that is a big deal for me!).
The PDF download has a editable version of this, where you can put in your child’s name, age, party location and date information so you can have your own customized version!
I printed the invitations at home, and bought green envelopes to go with them. I slacked this year and didn’t make matching return address labels!
For the decorations during the party, I made some fun, multi-colored streamers per Dana Made It’s directions:
Out front, I put a regular old “celebrate” pendant banner that I think I got from Target years ago (still looks good!) and some home made truffula trees:
I also made a sign for the door with my very own Seuss-like rhyme (this is in the PDF portfolio):
Here is the editable PDF version:
I made a banner for inside the house as well, that said “Happy Birthday Radha”
The happy birthday part is available in the PDF download as well.
I also made tent cards to label the food, drinks and activities, trying to come up with creative names for each. The PDF portfolio has the prefilled tent cards with the names I used, as well as blank ones that you can add text to.
I can’t stomach using plastic straws any more, now that I found out how bad they are for the environment and animals. So I bought these cute paper straws from Amazon.
I also made cupcake toppers for the cupcakes, lollipops and cups. They are very useful! (all included in the PDF download)
Food and drinks
Below is a fruit punch…aka Groovy Guava Punch! It is just guava juice, lime flavored club soda and mint leaves mixed together. And maybe some pineapple juice too…? …it has been 6 months…sorry!
The mason jars i kinda fell in love with after I saw them a couple of times on Pinterest. Especially the daisy cut out on the tops. Since they are glass jars, we reserved these punch drinks for the adults. The mason jars can be really expensive, but I found the jars and the lids separate at the following places and it was MUCH MUCH MUCH less expensive than most places you will find. The only downside is there was no insert with the lids, so you can’t really use them as sealable jars. That being said, you can easily buy those inserts from canning supply places!
By the way, it looks like the Jar Store, where I bought the mason jars, now sells the daisy cut lid as well. They are a steal!
For the food tables, I had tons of fruits, veggies, cheese and crackers. Tank goodness for wholesale places like Sams, Costco, BJs etc!
The rest of the drinks were basically sodas, milk (Butterfly’s Milk), orange juice (fits the color scheme), and water
The water labels are also part of the PDF download above or as a separate PDF below (the link has all three labels included).
And here is a PDF of 2 papers of the same color scheme that can be used to decorate random things. I used these on the bottoms of dessert plates etc…
Then of course, there is the desert table. Sadly, I don’t think I have a great picture of the entire dessert table…but here are a few to give you an idea of what it was like:
The main focus of the table was…of course…the cupcakes. I got them from a local cupcake parlor, and they made some really cute Lorax toppers for the cupcakes. The icing colors were kept pastel to go with the theme of the truffula trees
Since I couldn’t afford to get the fancy Lorax toppers for all of the cupcakes, I made cupcake toppers for the rest.
I bought these candy jars from Homegoods/Marshalls and filled them with marshmellows (they happened to have a bag of pink, orange and yellow ones!) and orange slices. We are STILL eating those orange slices…yeesh!
Since my daughter does not really dig cupcakes (go figure!) I also got a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. They did such an AMAZING job with decorating it!
They printed a page from the book, which is what you see to the left with the lorax, then on the sides, they made truffula trees. And all the white dollops on top are supposed to be marshmellows =)
And right before the party started, I baked cookies (the pre-made, pre-cut kind by Nestle). Made the house smell yuuummmmyyyy.
You can also see in the background of this picture that I bought orange m n’ ms which I sed to decorate the plates with the cupcakes as well.
For the main dining table decorations, I used a green, grass like plastic table cloth that I got from the dollar store. Then I used orange and yellow paper ware. But my favorite part was the Truffula forest centerpiece!
To make it, I bought a styrofoam rectangle from AC Moore’s, green border from a teacher supply store (also available online) and a sheet of green moss (bought on Amazon). I then rolled the moss onto the styrofoam and used florist pins to tack the moss and the border to the styrofoam piece. I bought orange and white swirly lollipops from Amazon, put cupcake toppers on one side of them, and then stuck them into the centerpiece like trees. If I would have had more time, I would have colored black stripes onto the lollipop sticks to make them look more like Truffula Trees.
Oh, and don’t forget the mini marshmellows sprinkled around the forest, with some mini cupcakes in between as well!
A certain some body was happy with how it turned out!
I had 3 activities planned, of which we did 2 during the party.
1) Draw the lorax
One of the bonus items on the Lorax DVD is this realy cool feature where one of the animators from the movie takes you through how to draw the lorax, the barbaloots, and the humming fish. It is SO cool!
So for the party, I set out orange construction paper and black crayons (you can buy a box of just black crayons on Amazon), I played that part of the feature, and let the kids draw! I did need to keep pausing it to give them time at each step along the way, but they LOVED it!
2) Save the Trees Art
I got this idea from this blog which I found on Pintrest
We did a modified version of this activity (same thing but without the frame).
I printed “Speak for the trees” on card stock, and precut them to make tents.
Then I folded them all, and put them out with a ball of fuzzy glitter balls, strips of baker’s twine and glue (don’t have a picture of the set up, but you can kind of see it all in the picture below)
I think the result was pretty cute, and the kids enjoyed it =)
Although I WOULD recommend putting something down on the floor first so that you don’t spend hours afterwards cleaning up streaks of glue. I’m just sayin…
3. Last but not least, make your own Lorax mustache
We unfortunately didn’t get to this one, I think there was too much going on. In fact, I’m surprised we got even some of the kids to sit down for two activities!
Since I had everything together though, I did this as a an activity with Radha on another day.
Basically you need popsicle sticks, mustache cutouts (can be downloaded in the set of FREE printables I put together that I found online), wood glue, and glitter glue.
All you do is let the kids decorate their mustaches, then glue a popsicle stick to the back!
And there you have it!
For the party favors, I made several things and ordered an item online from an Etsy seller.
I bought the orange bags from Michaels (that’s where I found them the cheapest), and made the labels to go on the top:
Inside, I put homemade Lorax bookplates, homemade mustache crayons, homemade lorax stickers (couldn’t find any online!), and a lorax crayon roll (bought from Etsy) labeled with a thank note from Radha (also ordered from Etsy) with crayons inside.
For the mustache crayons, I used a mustache crayon mold, then broke up all of Radha’s old, broken crayons, and melted them in the oven into these cook looking mustache crayons!
The crayon rolls were an AWESOME find. They were only $2 each from this etsy seller – which was great since I needed about 30. The rolls are really great quality and came very quickly!
To make the stickers, I used my new sillhouette machine. It was pretty cool. Unfortunately, for all the work I put into them, Radha seems wholly unexcited about them. That was a bummer….
In case any of you want to make them, I am happy to email you my silhouette file that has it all already laid out. Just let me know!
Here is are the bookplates, with an editable field for the name. You can either print them blank and let people write in their own names, or you can print names on them already.
Lastly, Lastly (!) here is a set of free printables that I found online:
Well, I think that about sums it up!
I hope you like what you saw….and please leave comments of other ideas and how you did things in your party!