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Dr. Seuss New York bar mitzvah

One fish, two fish, red fish, Jew fish

for The Brooklyn Paper

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Cake pops is one way to get around the kosher dilemma of “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Decorate each table with a different beloved Seussville character.
DIY Truffula Trees give a party’s decor a personalized touch.
Mini-mustache cupcakes in honor of a little hero like “The Lorax.”
One picture, a few great ideas.
If you have green deviled eggs, who needs the ham?
A towering Dr. Seuss cake that incorporates aspects from all of the author’s most popular books.
A water bottle label idea.
A fun “Cat in the Hat” or “One, Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” centerpiece idea. No water needed!
Use different colored Swedish fish as a favor idea.
Get crafty: Have guests make Dr. Seuss finger puppets out of pipe cleaners and easy-to-find art supplies.
Add flags to red-and-white-striped straws that have fun quotes from the books.
very realistic looking Lorax cake that almost looks too good to eat.

Imagine a typical banquet hall. Then add a cat in a hat that’s so very tall. The Lorax will be there, upon his stump, while Thing One and Thing Two plan give him a bump. Horton is smiling with all of his Whos. They’re in all a flutter about your big news! “It’s a mitzvah!” they say, in their suits and gowns. “And everyone’s here, too! Everyone from town!” They shower you with their “mazels” and their “tovs,” love makes your head twirl like Baryshnikov. A Dr. Seuss bar mitzvah can be quite a ball, follow our tips to have one above all:


Start off your party with food that’s fun and hearty. Set out Crummies in Tummies (bowls of chips and snacks), Beezelnut Stew (chicken soup), and Hunches of Bunches (fruits and veggies with dip). Create green deviled eggs with (or without) ham. Make red fish and blue fish Jell-O using a fish-shaped Jell-O mold. Give your guests Schlott’s Knotts by making yummy pigs in a blanket and serve Poodles’ Noodles (a pasta salad dish). Adults can enjoy the slightly more sophisticated Cat in the Hat tomato and mozzarella stacks.

For desert, give your friends a drink that is as mean as it is green, yet sweet in between. Grinch punch will be sure to make everyone’s hearts grow three times its size. Make an eye-catching display of cupcakes by combining Truffula Tree, Grinch, and Thing One and Thing Two cupcakes. You can also add simple, yet adorable Lorax Nutter Butters and Horton Hatches the Egg pops. Bake “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” cookies using multicolored dyes and rainbow sprinkles. You can even bake your own “Seussical” cake by making this multi-layered cake with all of the fun, beautiful Truffula tree colors or this “Green Eggs and Ham” cake.


Have direction signs that looks like the ones in a few of Dr. Seuss’s books that direct guests to different areas, such as a large arrow directing guests to “Whoville,” which can be a place card table and a large finger pointing to “Green Eggs and Ham Buffet.” Name each table in your party hall after your favorite Seuss characters. Give Horton’s table a centerpiece with him hatching his egg, and cover the Lorax’s table with colorful Truffula trees. Print famous Seuss-isms like “A person’s a person no matter how small” and “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your Mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” on napkins, menus, and other paper items. Make a large paper window that shows it is raining outside like the one in “Cat in the Hat.” Create fish centerpieces that resemble the ones in “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” or the wise fish in “Cat in the Hat.” Make your party room a forest with green grass along the walls and 3D Truffula trees. Hang up Thing One’s and Thing Two’s kites and toys. Make a book cover banner and string it from the ceiling of your party hall. Put glasses with goldfish in them like the fish from “Cat in the Hat” on the tables. Create a Lorax drink dispenser, as well as jars, and other decorations. For your invitations, you can write a rhyming short story inviting your guests to the bar or bat mitzvah in a small book.


You can have your party on a boat, or you can party with a goat — though we wouldn’t suggest the latter. Have a cutout of Thing One and Thing Two for pictures and have a professional photographer snap pictures. You can also have props available to make the photos even more fun, like the Lorax’s mustache, the Cat’s hat, and the Things’ hair for people to wear. Have Hop on Pop-corn bar and give out bags of whimsical popcorn that you can dye all different colors. You can also have a cotton candy hair booth where guests can get blue cotton candy that looks like Thing One’s and Thing Two’s hair.


Send guests home with something great, like a bag with your kid’s name, face, and the date. And a candy bar with goodies and snacks, and let your guests have fun filling their sacks.

We mean what we say and say what we mean, follow these tips to fulfill a Seuss fan’s dream!

For more ideas, check out our above slide show!

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