A baby shower inspired by the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
This Dr. Seuss baby shower is extra special because it was for my own baby! My husband, Warren, and I both loved Dr. Seuss books growing up and we thought it’d be a perfect theme for the celebration of our first child. Without wanting to be too kitschy or overdone with red Cat-In-The-Hat stripes, we opted for a gender neutral pastel theme inspired by “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” From there, “Oh, The Baby You’ll Grow!” was born!
Since we don’t know the baby’s gender, it was important for us to have a neutral theme with colors that could work for either a boy or girl. The pastels of lavender, light greens, muted pinks, and aqua, all worked perfectly!
The Invitation: I was able to custom design these graphics and input our wording to match the book’s font. In true Dr. Seuss style, the invitation followed a fun rhyming style.
“The baby in Amber’s belly – It sure grew! – Join the happy parents – Before they are due.
We’ll have snacks, sweets, and drinks – Plus fun games to play – While we celebrate – Their little baby on the way!
The baby’s gender – Will remain a surprise – This party is for – The girls AND the guys
One small request – From your shelf or your nook – Instead of a card – Please bring a book
Whether it’s new – Or pre-loved and worn – We’ll read it all the time – Once the baby is born
The Card Cottage graciously printed these invites on a thick weighted paper that brought out all the vibrant colors.
The Venue: The Confidante Miami Beach was the perfect location for this “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” baby shower. Their newly built Carmen Miranda ballroom has a soft aesthetic and gold modern accents, with colors that worked perfectly for our baby shower theme. The fun patterns and fixtures made the room feel even more Seuss-y!
The Sign-In: Guests signed a copy of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” and left their well wishes for baby.
The Entertainment: Event Factor came through with the best emcee and photo booth to add all sorts of fun elements to our wedding. The fun photo booth had so many baby-related props and the prints incorporated our invitation theme to tie everything together!
The Linens: Contempo Linens provided the satin linens for our guest tables. Manu helped us pick the perfect matching colors: lilac, tiffany, celery, and blush satins which accented our centerpieces perfectly.
The Decor: I wanted something delicate, yet Seuss-y for this “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” baby shower. To me, that meant having whimsical, loose, and wild centerpieces balanced with playful colors and words that fit our Dr. Seuss theme. Xquisite Events created the most dreamy decor: from the custom wrapped boxes that used our invitation images and designs from the book, to the funky and fun styrene balls that topped the white pedestals. And talk about funky flowers! Todd, the designer, put together all sorts of wild flowers that were straight out of a Dr. Seuss book!
The Yummies: Wanting a casual feel as if we had our closest friends and family over for a brunch, we served an assortment of sandwiches and wraps, with chips, fruit platter, and tons of delicious desserts! My Favorite Sweets Favors made the most scrumptious melted chocolate covered Oreos cookies with our corresponding baby shower colors! They looked almost too pretty to eat… but rest assured, they were all devoured! Along with those sweets, there were brownie bites, sugar cookies, and more.
The Games: So if you know me, you know I love a good excuse to get any party completely themed out. This meant our games had to be fun for a co-ed group, but also stay true to our “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” baby shower. Of course, the games all had rhymes and fun songs to match!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, New Fish The first game was an ode to Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”. Instead, we swapped “blue” for “new” and included a Dr. Seuss character baby fish. The goal was for guests to guess how many Swedish Fish were in the bowl and the tricky part was that they were assorted sizes from mini to jumbo. The actual count: 532!
Yum or Yuck: The next game had guests guessing what the mystery flavors of baby food were.
“Take a whiff, or a taste if you’re braver! Have a look at what’s in the jars and guess the baby food flavor!”
Most of the guests opted to try the flavors that were far from norm (kiwi-carrot-pear) and the vast majority decided to only smell some “unique”-smelling jars (turkey). We played Weird Al Yankovich’s “Eat it!” song which garnered lots of laughs. As a tie-breaker for correct answers, the guests had to eat the remaining baby food in the turkey jar. He was a champ and chugged it! For a fun bonus, Warren and I got to guess the flavors as well.
Bottle Chugging: The DJ asked everyone to participate in a chugging contest to “wash out” the taste of the gross baby foods they just tried. Little did the guests know, they’d be chugging apple juice from a baby’s bottle! Everyone got involved (both young and old), yet some guests decided to cheat the system and unscrew their bottle top… which led to a very short contest! We had the DJ play a not-so-child-friendly version of a song that included the lyrics “shots”.
Baby Booty or Boobs & Beer Belly or Pregnant Belly: Again, we promised our guests some fun games. This involved thumbnail images of either a baby booty or a woman’s breasts and the next card was either a pregnant belly or a beer belly. Our guests could not stop laughing at how ridiculous (and difficult) this game was to figure out. Can you guess what songs we selected for the background music of this game? “Baby Got Back” and “My Humps”!
Dad I Am or Mom I Am: Playing off the Green Eggs & Ham verbiage of “Sam I Am”, this game was a trivia sheet for guests to guess whether the question pertained to the Mom to be or Dad to be. Justin Bieber’s infamous song, “Baby” played during this game.
Horton Smells A Poo: The book, “Horton Hears a Who” helped us come up with this fun game name. This baby shower game brought 5 diapers to each table, all with melted candies inside to look like “poo”.
“Open the diaper, have your sniffer handy, don’t worry it’s not real… guess the melted candy!”
Some guests were brave and decided to taste the melted chocolates, but others relied on their noses to decipher what was inside. The diapers contained everything from dark chocolate KitKats to Heath Bars. The tie breaker diaper was a melted Butterfinger and the brave guess-er got it right… by tasting it! The song played was “Hollaback Girl”, because… well… there’s a chorus that talks about, you know. ($*%T)
The Belly: Playing off of “The Lorax”, The Belly game had guests guessing how big my belly was. It was a lot of fun walking around and looking at all the answers (I didn’t know my own measurement until all the guesses were in!) My sister-in-law guessed the exact amount – 40 inches! The DJ played “I’m Too Sexy” as I walked around rubbing my belly to assist with guesses.
The Fun Stuff: We loved that we could incorporate guest favors as a practical use during the wedding. These custom koozies were printed by Delcast Designs and they were SO adorable!
The Photographer: I trusted the oh-so-fabulous and fun photographer, Naomi, with Sweet Memories Photography to capture our special day. She got photos of some seriously hilarious and moments, along with some really special portraits so we can remember this day forever!
The Look: My gorgeous pastel dress was custom designed by Dora Sasu. It matched our invitations perfectly and was super comfy, which is a total must for any preggo! My hair and makeup stylist was Tashy Marie Makeup and I could not have felt any more beautiful than I did that day! She gave a whole new meaning to “pregnancy glow”.
Photographer: Sweet Memories Photography • Venue: The Confidante Miami Beach • Florals: Xquisite Events • Planning & Design: Oh My Occasions • Hair & Makeup: Tashy Marie • Entertainment & Photo Booth: Event Factor • Desserts: My Favorite Sweets Favors • Drink Koozie Printing: Delcast Designs • Invitation Printing: The Card Cottage