Elias’s Elmo Birthday Party

by jessicaturner on July 11, 2010

On Saturday, we celebrated Elias’s 2nd birthday with an Elmo party at a local park, and it was a huge success! (Some links in this post are affiliate links.)

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Just a warning, this is a long and photo heavy post, but I am hoping it will help some people who may want to plan an Elmo party someday! :)

The Invite
It all started with this Elmo birthday invite from Photo Card Creations.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Him in an Elmo t-shirt combined with the “brought to you by the letter E and the number 2” copy was the perfect way to present the Elmo theme. Plus, so many options are out there for cute photo invites. I love using photos on invites because they document Elias’s age in a memorable way! I created the card in photoshop.

An Elmo Welcome
We brought Elias’s Hokey Pokey Elmo to the park, and I tied a sign to his neck welcoming the party guests. (This Elmo isn’t available any more, but any Elmo toy would work, such as the Let’s Rock Elmo.)

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

I also bought this giant Elmo on Ebay, thinking he would be a fun photo opp, but the kids were too distracted by everything else at the party. :)

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Elias’s Elmo Gear
Elias’s Aunt Angie made him a special birthday outfit. She made the hat using a pattern from Frog Legs and Pony Tails and then made coordinating shorts. I ordered iron-on Elmo patches from ebay (from a vendor in Korea), and added them to the hat and the little white muscle tee.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Sesame Street Paper Products
I found everything at the Dollar Store! The clerk told me that they don’t usually have the Sesame Street line, so I think I lucked out. :) Since the party was at a park, I used Elmo baskets to keep everything from blowing away.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Yummy Food 
Strawberries, red grapes and watermelon – all red fruit in honor of Elmo’s red color!

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

A big bowl of goldfish crackers (ala Dorothy, Elmo’s fish)

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Water,  milk and juice boxes (no picture, but I covered cheap foam coolers with Elmo decor. They were really cute).

And, of course, an Elmo cake (made with an Elmo Cake Pan)

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Elias LOVED the cake and kept saying “Elmo cake! Elmo cake!” After everyone sang happy birthday, he clapped and cheered. It was SOOO cute.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

A couple details about making this cake: I made two batches of Wilton buttercream frosting- one for the red fur and one for everything else. I also used an entire container of Wilton red no tastecoloring to make the red fur. When I was making it, I was concerned that the red was not red enough, but the red actually gets darker, so it worked out fine. :) And clearly, the kids enjoyed it!

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Elmo Gift Baskets and Elmo Visors
We had a special picnic table, covered in a Sesame Street tablecloth for the Elmo gift baskets and Elmo visors.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

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I found Elmo baskets 90% off at Target after Easter. (They had bunny ears on them, but I cut them off.) I went to three Targets to gather up enough for Elias’s party. (They have these Elmo baskets every year at Target.) In each basket was a coloring book, two Elmo Sesame Street books, and bubbles. Target’s Dollar Spot often has Sesame Street items, so if you are thinking of having an Elmo party, I recommend scouring this area. I bought all the items 75% off several months ago – planning ahead helps!

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

When I saw this design for Abby visors, I just had to make Elmo visors instead of giving out regular birthday hats! They are made of colored foam and I cut everything freehand (as you can probably tell!). I found Aileens Tacky glue to work great on the foam. They were a big hit!

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

 

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Balloons I love balloons at birthday parties, so we used a Balloon Time helium tankto fill lots of brightly colored balloons and tied them to the outside of the picnic area. It was so festive and inviting.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

The kids LOVED blowing up the balloons and carrying them around the park. A few got let go into the clouds, which created much excitement amongst the two year olds. I will definitely get one of these tanks again! (Later this week, I will have a review about this product and a chance for you to win one.)

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Elmo Fun The tables were covered with white paper so the kids could draw on them. I had several red tins filled with crayons. I also had a basket of Elmo board books for the kids to look at.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

One of Elias’s birthday presents was a little Elmo house (similar to this playtent), so we set that up and the kids had fun going in and out of it.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

Of course, being at a park meant lots of swinging and running around.

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

 

Elmo birthday party - fun ideas, elmo party favors, elmo visors

We had the party at 9 am, which worked out great. The kids were all really happy and it wasn’t too terribly hot. All in all it was a really fun party!

 For lots more Sesame Street party inspiration and games, check out my daughter’s Sesame Street party.



{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria June 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Just came across your post while looking for “Elmo” birthday party ideas…found some great ideas to add to our little guys first birthday party — thank you!

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Leslie Maddox June 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

We’re having a Sesame Street birthday party for my son, so I love some of your ideas. We have one of those Elmo baskets and I was trying to think of how to use it. Now I’m thinking it would be great to hold plates or napkins. And I love the goldfish crackers representing Dorothy! Totally stealing those ideas. :-)

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Lauren Johnson January 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm

The Elmo party is adorable too! I loved the invitation reading “brought to you by the letter E and number 2.” So creative! And the favors were amazing! Good find!!! Thanks for sharing this party as well at Happily Mother After! Looking forward to more parties as Elias grows. :)

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Monica May 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Loved all the Elmo ideas!! The visors were me favorite!! I am doing them for my son’s 2nd birthday. All the ideas are so cute and great!

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Tawanna Gandy, Family Outreach Worker July 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hi,

All of the Elmo ideas are great. I really love the Elmo visor idea. Could you tell me how you made them?

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Angie August 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! I will be using a lot of them on my little girls birthday! She will be 2!

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Angie August 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I messed up on my website address. oops

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Erika March 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I love your Elmo birthday party ideas, especially your elmo visor. Can you please tell me how you made them?

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jessicaturner March 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I bought visors at Michaels and then just used adhesive foam to make the faces. :) Very easy.

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Jessica January 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I gave my oldest daughter the Elmo basket for her first Easter, I didn’t think about using it as favor bags. I might have to remember that after Easter this year for my youngest’s birthday. I too like to buy things in advance when they’re on sale. Great Party!

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jessicaturner January 23, 2014 at 5:17 am

Thanks so much!

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Kensmommie February 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

It’s a stretch, but do you have any of the elmo baskets that you would like to sell. I have been searching for them and haven’t been able to find them!

No worries if you don’t!

Thanks!

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jessicaturner February 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Sorry, I don’t! They were used as favors, with the exception of a couple that I kept. My kids still play with them. Easter is just around the corner. I’m sure you will be able to find them then.

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gina September 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Where did u find the baskets

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jessicaturner September 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

The were Easter baskets that I bought at Target on clearance.

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Teresa April 7, 2015 at 8:25 pm

How did you make the cake? Was it easy?

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jessicaturner April 9, 2015 at 5:05 am

I used a Wilton Elmo cake pan and followed the instructions. It wasn’t hard at all!

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Teresa April 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

The bakeries are charging so much for cakes. I love yours. I like the actual shape of Elmo’s face cut out.

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Jennifer Owens May 6, 2016 at 9:55 am

I just ran across your post. Love your ideas. Especially the Elmo visitors. Did you free hand cut the actual visitor or did you buy red visors? If you bought the visors, can you tell me where you got them from?

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jessicaturner May 6, 2016 at 10:23 am

You can get those visors at Jo-Anns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. :)

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