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Incredible Truffula Tree Inspired Lorax Birthday Party

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truffula tree dessert table

From cookies to crafts, this Lorax Birthday Party has no shortage of what everyone needs… Truffula Trees! Mom Smita of The Party Wall crafted an incredibly thoughtful and detailed birthday party for her son, complete with a 12 page Lorax “book” invitation, upcycled decorations and a Lorax play acted out by all the kids in their handmade costumes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY Truffula trees made from recycled PVC piping
  • “Thneed Cookies” displayed in a “Oncler Wagon”
  • Lorax decorated candy jar, popcorn bags & feathered door wreath
  • “Plant A New Truffula” Station, Save the Humming Fish & more themed activities!
  • Lorax “show” complete with costume pieces & backdrop

Lorax party craft decor

Truffula tree planting activity

lorax party signs

lorax inspired cake

truffula tree macaroons

Lorax party drinks and desserts

lorax cookies and cake pops

lorax party activity

truffula tree crayons

Lorax party costume

lorax birthday party favor box

Lorax party favors


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Smita

I made 12-page Lorax “book” invitations, which included my own verses about the party written in Dr. Seuss’ classic poetic meter. To build anticipation for the party, the children were asked to bring 15 cents, a nail, and the shell of a great, great, great grandfather snail (which I provided!) to gain entry to the party. :-)

The backdrop for the dessert table was inspired by one of the pages from the book, with blue sky, green hills and bright, fluffy, truffula trees. The dessert table featured a two-tier birthday cake and lemon-coconut cupcakes adorned with custom toppers from MJ Tabush Sweet Designs, custom sugar-cookies from Hummingbird Baker, orange and lemon French macarons, homemade marshmallows, homemade cake-pops inspired by Bakerella, and homemade chocolate mustache lollipops. The cookies included “thneed cookies” which I displayed in a “Oncler Wagon” that I made out of recycled materials. We also had lots of “truffula fruit” (dipped strawberries) and truffula fruit kebabs. For drinks, we had “butterfly milk” with magical flavored straws. We also had a “Seuss Juice” cocktail for the parents!

We tried to keep the party true to the theme and recycled/reused/repurposed as many items as possible. The truffula tree trunks were made out of recycled PVC piping. The fishing poles had reels made of ribbon reels, broken clothes pegs and corks. I even reused the buildings from my son’s Spiderman party and cut them up and repainted them to make the Oncler’s House and Thneed Factory. We set up a recycling station and asked the guests to bring recyclable items to sort into the recycling bins. We also had the children make crafts out of the recycled items. We set up a planting station outside with Lorax plant pots and seeds. I also put up signs around the room reminding people to recycle their used paper products.

The highlight of the party was definitely the Lorax “show”–I read the book to the children and had some cousins act out the story. I made costumes for all of the cast, which included a humming fish, a barbaloot, a swomee swan, the Oncler and, of course, the Lorax. The birthday boy insisted on being the Lorax and did a great job for his first ever public performance! I was very proud of him. We served popcorn in Lorax-themed boxes during the show and the audience had their own Lorax mustaches to wear. We even incorporated some of the music from the movie. After the show, all the children put on their swomee-swan wings and danced around like swomee-swans to the music from the movie, in a game of swomee-swan musical freeze. The children also enjoyed “saving the humming fish from the gluppity glupp” (a fishing game that I made using inflatable fish in a paddling pool and homemade magnetic fishing poles) and “feeding the barbaloots” (a cornhole game that I repurposed by adding barbaloots to the front; we used fake apples as truffula fruit to feed the barbaloots, rather than the beanbags). We also had a cotton candy “truffula tree” station set up outside. The backdrop from the show also doubled as a photo booth, so the children could dress up in costume and take photos with the Lorax “standee” that I made.

In keeping with the theatrical elements of the party, the children took home Lorax puppets and Lorax CDs, in addition to their Swomee-swan wings and Lorax mustaches, so they could put on their own show at home. The goody bags also included “eco-advocate” certificates, Lorax bookplates and Truffula tree crayons. Finally, to help them remember the message of the Lorax, each child took home a keepsake box with a rock inside, with one word on it…”Unless”…

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By |2017-03-30T16:40:01-07:00November 13th, 2012|Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. AMBER MADDUX November 13, 2012 at 8:39 am


  2. Sanjay November 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

    WOW!! This is the most amazing and inspriational desing that I have ever seen for a kids party!! Well done!! I L-O-V-E it!!

  3. Bird November 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    LOVE it!! Smita always creates the most stunning displays!! Each detail is well thought of, and the creativity just mind-blowing!! ♥

  4. monogrammedeverything! November 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Might be the cutest thing EVERRRRR

  5. casihead January 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Fascinated with the cake… can’t stop trying to figure out how to texture the fondant like that… hints???

  6. kat February 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    were did they get that cake

  7. Lacey March 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Where did you get the printable (or did you create it) for the 15 cents, a nail, and the shell of a great grandfather snail? We’re doing a Lorax party soon, and I’d love to have that!

  8. Lauren April 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I was wondering where you got the picture of the plant a new truffula tree?

  9. Leah April 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I was wondering how you did the sign for the plant a new truffula seed and the entry sign?

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  11. Shasira Olivero July 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    where did you get the mustache cut outs from the goodie bags and popcorn boxes??

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  13. Chanelle Stovall February 28, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Such cute ideas for the lorax

  14. Kristin Wood Prag February 28, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I like the terra cotta pots. :) It's all super cute and it looks easy to do! Yay!

  15. Amarie Medina April 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Where did you get your print outs for the frames? Like the entry frame with the onceler?

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