Last month we celebrated Noah’s second birthday with a Sesame Street Birthday party bash and it was a blast! Ever since the party, life has not slowed down long enough for me to get this post together. Finally here are all the details of the special day. For further party details and sources please visit my Sesame Street birthday party pinterest board.
Sesame Street Birthday Party Invitations
I’m a big believer in homemade birthday party invitations. Since Sesame Street has so many characters and themes, I could have gone in several different directions with the invites. Instead I chose to keep it simple, using the iconic Sesame Street sign as the main theme of the invitation.
I purchased the card stock in 8 x 10 sheets and then cut them to the size of a long envelope, using my paper cutter. I also purchased long blank envelopes and the die cut Sesame Street characters at the craft store.
Sesame Street Birthday Party Decorations
When I begin planning a birthday party, I usually start with the birthday banner. In the past, I have created the party banner’s using card stock, including a first birthday owl banner, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle banner, and a Very Hungry Caterpillar banner. For this party, I wanted to sew a pennant banner, which could be reused as a playroom decoration after the party. Thanks to the very easy to follow fabric banner tutorial by Craftaholics Anonymous, I created a colorful Sesame Street banner in 2 nights.
I mixed Sesame Street patterns with bold and bright colors and patterns for a festive yet eye catching banner. The first banner hung in the dining room, where presents were opened.
I created a second banner for the entry way.
The entry way was also decorated with 8 inch paper lanterns purchased from Luna Bazzar. I decorated each of the lanterns as a different character from Sesame Street, using card stock and a hot glue gun.
On the entry way table, I displayed one of Noah’s favorite Sesame Street characters, Big Bird, with a large letter N (found at Michael’s craft store). I ordered the fantastic Sesame Street party street lamp from Madison Party Boutique.
My favorite simple party decoration in the entry way were the footprints of Big Bird and Cookie Monster. The kids loved walking on the footprints into the party and some even created designs out of them. My original plan was to put the footprints outside, leading to each of the activity stations. Since the wind was pretty rough that day, I moved the prints inside and it worked out just as well.
I placed the Elmo footprints in the kitchen leading to the backyard activities.
Lastly I filled the entryway and kitchen with store bought Sesame Street party decorations from Party City. The large character poster made for a fun backdrop for photos.
Sesame Street Party Activities and Favors
I’m a big fan of combining the party activities with party favors and more importantly making the party favors worth saving. Since the weather actually cooperated with us, I set up two of the activity stations outside.
Blowing Bubbles with Big Bird
I once again ravaged my local craft store for different size bubble contraptions. The kids loved the large bubble wand, which made huge bubbles. Bubbles kept the kids entertained until the bubble solution ran out.
Growing Flowers with Grover
For the second outdoor activity, the adults helped the kids plant marigold flowers in pre-painted terra cotta flower pots. I painted the flower pots using acrylic paints and then sealed them with two coats of acrylic spray sealer. We set up a large pot of potting soil for the kids to dig in and they were content.
Each guest went home with a planted flower and a duck watering can (dollar bin at Target).
Cookies with the Monster
Once all the bubbles were popped and the flowers planted, we headed inside for the final activity, feeding cookie monster his chocolate chip cookies. I made three cookie monster sock puppets using Alpha Mom’s easy tutorial. I then turned a cardboard box into a cookie jar using wrapping paper and felt. The kids loved this activity and it gave the adults enough time to set up for cake.
I went relatively light on the food, since it was right after lunch. The food consisted of homemade chocolate chip and M & M cookies, an elmo fruit platter (inspired from Pinterest) with yogurt dip, my favorite Skinny Taco Dip and chips, and a fruit bowl.
For Noah’s birthday cake, I baked a devil chocolate food cake and topped it with marshmallow fondant. This was my first attempt at fondant and it was a lot easier than I was expecting. A quick search on YouTube led me to this video on How to Wrap a Round Cake with Fondant. The cake was decorated with Cookie Monster from Creamy Speciality Cakes and Noah’s name from Sugar and Stripes Company.
We also special ordered a dozen Sesame Street cupcakes from Wegmans. I just love these little guys and so did the kids!
Overall the party was a success and Noah had a blast. That wraps up my birthday party adventures for the year. Next year I’ll have three parties to plan, which will be so much fun!