Baby B just turned the big two. Correction! I mean, Big Boy B just turned two. He reminds me daily that he is no longer a baby! To celebrate we hosted a Sesame Street themed party in our backyard. One of the things I love most about planning birthday parties for my children is getting wrapped up in whatever imaginary world the theme offers and adding little details to really make it special and personalized. The kids and I have been watching the classic episodes of Sesame Street (starting with the very first one) through Amazon Prime, and we were thrilled to celebrate B’s day with all our favorite characters. Here are some highlights from the day.
My daughter L and I had some special nights, once little brother was in bed, creating some of the decorations for his party. His birthday banner was simply made out of some card stock, Sesame Street illustrations from some vintage storybooks we got from my mom, pre-cut letters from the dollar store, and yarn. The pom-poms were constructed out of tissue paper via this tutorial and the faces printed out from this free template. L and I had a grand old time pretending to do our own YouTube tutorial videos. I think the laughs we shared over “teaching” our imaginary audiences will be a memory I reflect back on often. Other notable items were some pinwheels made out of Sesame Street book pages and the classic street lamp/sign with B’s name on it. We also made good use out of our many Sesame paraphernalia collected over the years.
The party games and activities were designed especially with Big Boy B in mind. He is constantly trying to keep up with big sister when attending various activities not necessarily meant for toddlers. I wanted this party to be filled with age appropriate fun just for him. My favorite idea was creating Hooper’s Store out of a section of our play set. A simple sign made out of poster board and construction paper, our toy cash register with colorful Sesame money inside, and a toy shopping cart allowed for some much loved free play as guests arrived. The games were also a big hit offering prizes at every station to add to the excitement. We had mixed ages at the party, so prizes kept everyone happy!
How could it be a Sesame Street party without the essential veggie and fruit plates made to look like everyone’s favorite monsters? I also scored an Elmo sandwich cutter for super cheap at Walmart for lunch for the kids and served grinders (made by my husband) for the adults. Adam and Eve juice boxes with the character’s faces were an easy find. Instead of a cake, I opted to make cupcakes with an Elmo face. To make the Elmo face, I dipped a chocolate chip cookie in red chocolate melts, added some candy eyes, orange jelly bean for the nose, and candy gel formed the mouth. The cookie was then just placed on traditionally made cupcakes. Cake decorating doesn’t come easy to me so I came up with these as an alternative. They actually came out better than expected.
THE PHOTO PROPS
I have to admit, I kind of fell in love with using photo props after this party. I can’t believe that I never thought to include them before. They were super easy to make – printed off the computer on cardstock and attached to a dowel. I also included our letter of the day – B and number of the day – 2, as well as various other Sesame Street type accessories we had on hand. The backdrop was ordered off of Amazon and really made the pics come alive.
B is big into chalkboards right now, so I had this bright idea that they would make a great favor for any age; plus, they fit well into our theme. As I began the project, I commented to my husband that maybe I could start selling them on my Etsy shop. 18 homemade chalkboards later, I never care to see another can of chalkboard paint for a very long time. They came out super cute, but definitely weren’t the easiest task to complete on the nights leading up to the party. I used some colorful plastic picture frames from Ikea and standard chalkboard paint with a brush if anyone is up for the challenge!
As you can tell, we had a blast! A nice sunny day helped complete the party. I hope our ideas inspired you for some DIY party planning of your own.