Last month we celebrated Adeline’s 2nd birthday with an adorable Sesame Street birthday party.
It was so much fun to plan and host. Get ready for LOTS of photos, details and links (some are affiliate links). I’d love for you to pin this post on Pinterest!
I looked at hundreds of Sesame Street invitations on Etsy before landing on this one from Lani’s Party Designs.
Isn’t it adorable?
I had them printed at Walgreens.
As you might have noticed, Adeline’s dress was handmade. I love, love, love the story of her dress. You see, the Big Bird portion (including the straps) was part of a set of overalls that was my sister’s in 1985. My mom kept the outfit all these years. I removed the pants portion and Angie helped me sew on a skirt with ruffle. It turned out so perfect.
I went a little crazy with decorations. They were all so fun! 🙂
The big and small Elmo baskets that you’ll see in a few pictures are from when we had Elias’s Elmo birthday party. They are Easter baskets that I scored 90% off a few years ago! I was SO proud of myself.
We used the large ones for napkins and silverware and the small one pictured here for Sesame Street tattoos. I think by the end of the party Adeline had every Sesame Street character up her arms.
I also made the most adorable Sesame Street pinwheels out of used books I bought at McKays (the best used bookstore ever). I found that older books worked better because the paperstock was thicker. (See this tutorial for how to make pinwheels. I made pinwheels for Adeline’s party last year too… it might be becoming a tradition.) I used these pinwheels in centerpieces for the tables as well as along the walk outside.
I also used the used books to make a Sesame Street paper chain garland, which we hung on the bar outside. The dispensers are from Zulily, and I was so excited to use them for the first time.
For the dining room, Matthew and I did a rainbow crepe paper wall, which was so bright and fun. I also made tissue paper pom poms, which we hung in the doorways going into the dining room.
The table was covered in a Sesame Street tablecloth. The centerpiece was a Tickle Me Elmo and some flowers with pinwheels. (More about the food below.)
For the fireplace, I made a banner using chipboard pennants that I had in my stash forever, Sesame Street paper (found at Archivers) and letter stickers. I also cut out a big letter A and number 2 out of cardboard, then covered them in Sesame Street wrapping paper from the Dollar Store. Sesame Street puppets and balloons completed the scene. (We bought a Balloon Time Helium Tank to blow up the balloons because it was way cheaper and more convenient than getting balloons at the store.)
I even worked a little Sesame Street into the bathroom with some Elmo hand soap from The Dollar Store.
Sesame Street photo backdrop
Originally I was going to do colored fabric, but when I saw this Sesame Street Background on Amazon, I just had to have it. The reviews were fabulous and I totally agree with them all. Definitely worth the $7. (The background comes in 5 plastic pieces. We only used the two big ones.) I didn’t get any wide-shots of the whole background, but thankfully Matthew snapped this one with his iphone. (You can find a new similar style Sesame Street scene setter here.)
After the party was over I realized we didn’t assemble a shot of all the kids, but still got tons of other cute photos, like this one of Adeline and Elias blowing bubbles after the party (Elias’s shirt is from Old Navy).
Sesame Street Visors
I made an assortment of Big Bird, Grover, Elmo and Rosita. All the pieces were hand cut. The foam pieces were attached with Aileen’s craft glue and the feathers for Big Bird and the pipe cleaner eyebrows were hot glued.
My favorite was Rosita’s glittery bow. I also liked that her visor style was scalloped. (I bought the visors at Michaels.)
They are more time-consuming than you would expect, but I worked on them a little at a time over a few weeks, so it wasn’t so bad.
Sesame Street Games
We had just a few simple games for the kids to enjoy – and boy did they enjoy them! The Big Bird and Oscar game had signs that I painted on cardboard. I simply projected an image from online onto the cardboard, traced it and painted it. I did all the outlining with puffy paint, which really made a huge difference. Loved these signs!
Big Bird’s Seed Search
This sensory activity was the hit of the party. We filled our water table with sunflower seed (some bird seed has peanut particles in it, so be careful if you have anyone with peanut allergies). I then buried Sesame Street rings and small bubbles in the seed.
We instructed the kids that they should find one ring and one bottle of bubbles.
Cookie Monster Cookie Toss
I saw several cookie tosses on Pinterest using a cookie monster face. Originally I thought I could paint a cookie monster and make the toss, but I lucked out at Goodwill when I found this broken Elmo table at Goodwill for 2.99 (the legs were missing). It has a hole cut in the center, which made for a perfect mouth.
I spray painted the whole thing blue, added eyes and a mouth, Matthew added hooks to each side and we were set! I also sewed a few cookie shaped bean bags. The kids loved tossing the cookies in Cookie Monster’s mouth.
We also created an Oscar trash can toss using some tin cans + bean bags. I used my Xyron 510 to add adhesive to some Oscars from some Sesame Street wrapping paper in my stash. The kids loved the game.
I also made fruit trays that looked like characters from Sesame Street (Burt, Ernie and Elmo). I used cantelope and strawberries for Ernie, pineapple and oranges for Burt and watermelon and oranges for Elmo. The black was raisins and the eyes were lemons.
Cake and cupcakes
I found a vintage Cookie Monster cake pan on Ebay that I ordered to make Adeline a Cookie Monster cake. It even came with plastic eyes and a mouth. (I still have nightmares about the red frosting from Elias’s Elmo cake and didn’t want to make it again). The Cookie Monster cake turned out adorable and Adeline loved it.
All week when we would ask what kind of party she was going to have, she would say, “Cookie Monter cake!!”
Unfortunately, when we lit the candle and started singing, she reached out her finger to touch the flame. Everyone yelled “NOOOO!” and then she cried and wouldn’t have anything to do with that cake. Poor thing.
Here’s a little 20-second video from the singing/crying 🙂
Since the cake was just 9 inches, I also made Sesame Street cupcakes using papers and toppers that I bought on clearance at Williams-Sonoma.
Remember my post about party planning in advance?.
These Sesame Street bags were adorable and perfect for favor bags.
Inside I put a Sesame Street toy (I bought two packs and broke them apart), goldfish crackers, a small Sesame Street board book (The Dollar Store had small board books 2 for $1).
I had so much fun planning Adeline’s party and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Hopefully this post helps inspire you if you are planning a Sesame Street party. 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions!