Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears A Who”, featuring the voice of Jim Carey, opened in theaters on March 17th. The movie grossed $45.1 million earnings in its first week making it the fourth highest grossing movie of all-time for the month of March behind “Ice Age”.
Kids love this movie so many of them may be requesting a Horton party theme for their next birthday. If you are planning on hosting a birthday party with Horton as the guest of honor, you will find some fun ideas here.
Start your Horton party planning off with a custom, personalized birthday invitation. There a few different designs to chose from.
Horton Hears A Who Basic Party Pack comes with invitations, dinner plates, cups, forks, spoons, napkins, solid-color tablecover, balloons, crepe paper rolls and star confetti. There are many other items you can add-on to your basic pack including a personalized birthday banner, magnifying glass pinata, and premade party favor kits. There are also custom pinatas available that would be perfect for your Horton birthday party.
Looking for birthday cake ideas for your favorite pachyderm? I have two fun Elephant cakes listed on my Kid’s Birthday Cakes page. These cake designs include complete recipe instructions, too. Yummy!
For a fun party craft, DLTK has an easy and fun Elephant toilet paper roll craft with full instructions.
The plot for the film is that Horton is trying to protect the Whos in Whoville so he trecks across the jungle to get them to the top of Mt. Nool, the safest place in the jungle. For your birthday party, you could create a jungle atmosphere with large animal cutouts and green streamers. The kids could play in the “jungle”.
There are many party favors available including custom mini pinata favors, candy wrappers, stickers, and CD favor labels. You also have the option of purchasing a a Horton Hears A Who Favor Box. It comes complete with a 6 elephant bean bag, candy necklace, glitter bounce ball, Horton Hears a Who sticker sheet and blowout all in a fun blue gable box with white stars.
- For a great outside activity, you could play a game where the kids try to get the Whos across the jungle to Mt. Nool. Print out images of the Whos and matte them on cardstock paper. Give one Who to each child. Set up the jungle scene as described above. You can just stick the large animal cutouts into the ground and wrap the green streamers around them. Set up Mt. Nool on one side of the jungle by sticking a large poster board into the ground with ‘Mt. Nool’ written on it. One of the kids is it and all the others go to one side of the jungle. By playing ‘Mother May I’ or ‘Red Light, Green Light’, the kids can try to make there way across the jungle. The first one to get their Who to Mt. Nool wins! The kids can take turns being it. If you have a large open room inside, a similar game could be adjusted to be played indoors as well.
- Play Hot Potato with a stuffed Elephant.
- Pin the tail on the Elephant. Draw a large elephant on a poster board and have the kids try to pin a tail on it.
- Take off on the Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Draw a picture on a poster board of a large mountain with a sign on top saying ‘Mt. Nool’. Give each child a print out of a Who and they can try to pin the Who onto Mt. Nool.
Finish your Horton party planning off with one of these adorable birthday shirts for the guest of honor.
Hope this helps with your party planning. Have fun hosting your “Horton Hears A Who”Hullabaloo!