Children’s author and innovator Dr. Seuss would have turned 112 on March 2, 1904. Theodor Seuss Geisel, the man behind the pen name, was first an illustrator and cartoonist for several magazines and also worked on ad campaigns and political cartoons before turning to children’s books after World War II. He wrote many classic children’s books that remain the cornerstone of children’s book collections today. Dr. Seuss published a total of sixty children’s books in his lifetime and has a children’s book award named after him, the Theodor Seuss Geisel award, which honors the authors and illustrators of beginner children’s books of merit. To commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday every year, March 2nd has been named the official date for Read Across America Day, which celebrates reading and promotes reading motivation and awareness for children.
In honor of this wonderfully wacky author and his beloved books, I decided to throw a birthday party for Dr. Seuss this past Saturday, and all the children in Montauk were invited! We had Cat in the Hat party hats for each child, as well as Lorax mustaches and a chance to play Pin the Hat on the Cat. But what’s a birthday party without dessert? The main event of the birthday party was decorating Seussational Seuss-themed cookies!
First, everyone made one Cat in the Hat cookie using a chocolate cookie and red velvet oreos stacked on top of it secured by vanilla frosting. This created a replica of the Cat in the Hat’s famous hat. The second cookie we made channeled Sam, Sam I am, from Green Eggs and Ham! We frosted sugar cookies with green frosting and topped it with a Nilla Wafer cookie and sprinkles to create our own green eggs and ham! Our final two cookies were made to look like a red fish and a blue fish from Seuss’ classic story One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Using red and blue frosting, we frosted the cookies and decorated them with m&ms to make them look like fish. Children got to take home their treats in a treat box to enjoy.
We all had a great time honoring Dr. Seuss and getting creative with delicious desserts. Check out the photos below! Interested in attending our programs? See what’s coming up in the month of March here.