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27 Dr. Seuss Inspired Ideas for Staff Appreciation Week

A week of Dr. Seuss themed Appreciation events is the perfect way to celebrate school teachers, staff and administrators that help your school run.

It’s such a flexible theme because just about anything goes- crazy color combinations, weird and wacky decorations and anything and everything fun is the name of the game!


The first place to go off the wall with a Seussian theme is with the decorations!

Circus Carnival Red Blue Tinsel Foil Fringe Curtains - Dr Seuss Birthday Dr. Suess Cat in The Hat Theme Party Indoor Outdoor Decoration Photo Props Backdrops Nurse Graduation Party Supplies

If a wall covered with sparkly tinsel foil doesn’t scream party, then I don’t know what does!

Snowpa Cartoon Window Kite Photography Backdrop Kids Birthday Cat Hat Illustration Red White Stripes Background Banner 5Wx3H Feet Baby Shower Children Decoration Celebration Props Photo Shoot Table

For a less in your face decoration, try this whimsical window wall hanging.

It’ll cover up a very large part of a teacher’s lounge wall, if not the whole thing!

55 Pieces Party Balloon Polka Dot Latex Balloons, Includes 20 Pieces Red Balloons 20 Pieces White Balloons and 15 Pieces Blue and White Dot Balloons for Wedding Birthday Party Festival Decoration

Balloons add an instant pop of brightness to every space. 

Plus they’re pretty inexpensive, so being budget friendly is such a plus when planning a week of appreciation events that can be a big part of your PTO’s annual budget.

Dr Seuss Cat in The Hat Birthday Decorations Thing 1 and Thing 2 Decorations/Cat in The Hat Baby Shower Decorations/Turquoise Red Tissue Paper Fans for Circus Carnival Birthday Party Decorations

Another eye popping decorations are theme red, white and blue paper fans.

Extremely versatile, you can also use them with a Super Hero, Circus or Carnival theme too.

Dr Seuss Party Decorations Thing 1 and Thing 2 Birthday Party Decorations Cat in the Hat Birthday Party/Dr Seuss Baby Shower Decorations Turquoise White Red Tissue Pom Pom

This trio of decor pieces can be used to brighten any wall or table space.

amscan Party Hanging Swirls | Rainbow | Party Decor

Don’t forget about adding some whimsy to the ceiling! Hang a few of the fun swirl ceiling decorations to really deck out the teacher’s lounge or event space!

Daily Ideas

Start the week off strong with a luscious luncheon!


Beistle Red & White Stripes Tablecover, 54” x 108” – Plastic Table Cloth, Carnival Theme Party Decorations, Circus Decorations, Carnival Table Cloths, Independence Day Decorations

But make sure you cover the tables for easy clean up, and a Seussian themed tablecloth is perfect.

168Pcs Red Party Decorations Red Plates and Napkins Party Supplies Silver Dot Disposable Party Dinnerware for Birthday Chinese New Year Valentines Wedding,Christmas, Decoration Serves 24 Guests

This red and white polka dot flatware set is perfect for adults, yet also very on point with a Dr. Seuss theme.


Set up a decadent dessert table and either pick some tasty treats up from a local bakery, so enlist the help of parent volunteer bakers.

The bonus aspect of baking the cupcakes yourself if the ability to completely customize every aspect.

Webake Tulip Cupcake Liners, 100pcs Paper Baking Cups Muffin Liners, Standard Size Muffin Tins Red Striped Wrappers for Father's Day, 4th of July, Party, Wedding

These cupcake liners are an easy way to make several batches of themed cupcakes.

Sweets Indeed Sprinkles, Edible Sprinkle Mix, Red Blue Gold, Perfect for Cake Decorations, Baking, Ice Cream, Cookies, Cupcake Topper, 6.5 ounces (Marvelous)

And topping each treat with this colorful sprinkle mix is the chef’s kiss.

Need a source for a cupcake recipe? Check out Sally’s Baking Addiction. She’s become a go to spruce for all things baked for me.


Pop a stress relief treat bag into each staff members mailbox for this day’s goody for the teachers and school staff.

Plastic Party Favor Bags Assorted Colors 50 pcs (Cute Dots)

Load up these cute polka dot bags with donated or purchased treats and thoughtful bits.

66 Pieces Mini Bubble Wands,Bubble Party Favors Assortment Toys for Kids,Themed Birthday, Halloween, Goodie Bags, Carnival Prizes, Wedding,Outdoor Gifts for Girls & Boys

Blowing bubbles is a surprising and incredibly easy way to release stress, and the teachers will surely appreciate having a little bottle of bubbles on hand when the mood strikes.

Raymond Geddes Dr. Seuss Breakaway Kids' Lanyard (Pack of 12)

Eliminate any of the stress associated with not being able to find their id badge or keys and give everyone a new Seuss lanyard so everything’s right around their neck.

LEVLO Teacher of All Things Emblem Red Cosmetic Bag Doctor Cat Lover Gift Teacher of All Things Make up Zipper Pouch Bag For New Teacher Teacher Assistant Retired Teacher(Teacher of All Things)

Not being able to find a pen when you need it is annoying and a little stressful too, so bar that possibility for them with a Seuss pencil pouch. They’ll smile when they see the fun print, too.

LOVESTOWN 24 PCS Face Stress Balls, 2.5 Inch Funny Face Squeeze Balls Foam Balls for Hand Wrist Finger Exercise Stress Relief Therapy Squeeze

A stress ball is another thoughtful addition to the treat bag since they take frustrations out on the ball s needed.

No treat bag is complete without some sweet bits!

GHIRARDELLI Premium Assorted Chocolate Squares, Chocolate Assortment, 15.77 Oz Bag

Ghirardelli squares make for the perfect addition to any goodie bag because pretty much everyone loves chocolate!

REESE'S Miniatures Assorted Flavored Peanut Butter Cups, Candy Party Pack, 32.1 oz

Another beloved candy are Reese’s cups.  Pop some mini’s into each bag.


Begin to wrap the week up with a coffee and snack bar.

This post has a comprehensive plan for putting together a spectacular coffee bar.

Here are a bunch of options for a delicious snacks:

100 Pack Red and White Mini Popcorn Boxes for Party, Bulk Paper Popcorn Containers for Movie Night Decorations (3 x 4 In)

Pop a few batches of popcorn and the smell will let staff know you have treats waiting for them to devour. And these red striped popcorn boxes couldn’t be more perfect for serving up the treat oh so stylishly!

Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Cheese Puffs, Gluten Free, Healthy Kids Snacks, 0.5 Ounce (Pack of 24)

Bags of Pirates Booty are a nice staple to center your snack bar on.

SNICKERS, TWIX, MILKY WAY & 3 MUSKETEERS Individually Wrapped Variety Pack Full Size Milk Chocolate Candy Bars Bulk Assortment, 33.31 oz, 18 Bars

And chocolate candy bars are always crowd pleasers.

Stretch Island Fruit Leather Snacks Variety Pack, Cherry, apple, strawberry, apricot, grape, respberry, 0.5 Ounce (Pack of 48)

Having a relatively healthy packaged item like these fruit strips is smart.

Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Straws, Sea Salt & Ranch Multipack, 75 oz Bag, 10 Count

As is this collection of lower fat veggie straws.

That’s it. Crunchables Fruit Snacks for Kids 100% Organic Apple, Deliciously Healthy and Light, Plant-Based,Non-Gmo, Gluten Free, USDA Approved Snacks 24 Packs (8.5 g)

And these crunchy fruit bits, too.

Veratify - Healthy Mixed Snack Box & Snacks Gift Variety Pack - Great for Home, Lunches, Work, Grab and Go, Office, Meetings - Breakfast Bars, Bulk Granola Bars, Snacks (Care Package 66 Count)

This variety of granola bars will surely find more than few fans in the staff lounge.

OREO Original, OREO Golden, CHIPS AHOY! & Nutter Butter Cookie Snacks Variety Pack, Christmas Cookies Stocking Stuffers, 56 Snack Packs (2 Cookies Per Pack)

These packaged cookie duos will too!


End the week with five minute chair massages. Contact local massage therapists to see if they’ll donate their time and services or give a generous discount so all staff members can enjoy the experience.

Watch this!

Give this video a watch for fun Dr. Seuss Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas:

How to Organize Dr Seuss Themed Teacher Appreciation Week

Over to You!

Now you have tons of ideas for a whimsical Dr. Seuss-themed Staff Appreciation Week filled with gratitude and joy.

Just like the pages of a beloved Dr. Seuss book, your school came alive with color, creativity, and a spirit of appreciation for the incredible teachers and staff who make a difference every day.

From the Cat in the Hat-inspired decorations to the heartwarming notes of thanks, celebrate not only the hard work and dedication of the educators but also the sense of camaraderie that defines our school community.

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