Amber Housley

Dr. Seuss First Birthday Invitation

When we started dreaming up possible theme’s for Colin’s first birthday party, I knew I wanted something fun, colorful, and not your average theme. I think that is common in just about everything I do. ;)

My wonderful hubby (who really is a hidden creative person himself) came up with the Dr. Seuss theme and I really ran with it. For the invitation, I thought a pocketfold style invitation was a wee bit formal for a 1st birthday, but I knew I wanted to incorporate a picture of the little guy and didn’t want just another card in an envelope…so here is what I came up with:

First, the photo shoot…
I found an online retailer that sold toddler Cat-in-the-hat hats…and with some help with B (who helped with the silly faces) we plopped him down in front of the kitchen wall. B only let me subject our child to modeling/child labor for a max of 3 minutes, so I had to be quick! Instead of just one photo, I ended up loving the idea of a series of shots made into a collage…




Next, bold red boxes from Paper Source and some fun crinkly blue paper stuffing – a la Thing 1 and Thing 2…



Then, with the Dr. Seuss invitation I designed (with a cute Dr. Seuss birthday poem I found online), I stacked the photo on top and tied the two together with some cute polka dot ribbon, and finished each invitation with a tag personalized for the recipient. In this case, one of Colin’s buddies is named Sam. Perfect for Sam I Am! :)




Lastly, each box was covered in a fun mailing label sticker (also from Paper Source). For local friends I hand delivered, and for the family I sent each one in a bubble mailer.



Click here for the inspiration board and pictures from Colin’s 1st birthday!

I received many inquiries for this party/invitation. The invitation wording and hat links can be found on a later blog post featuring the party details. If you are interested in me recreating these invitations for your party, they are available for $10 each plus shipping. There is a 3 week lead time, so please plan accordingly for your mail date. You may email me with your order. Thanks!