Ella loves Elmo and I wanted her to enjoy her birthday party more this year thank she did her first birthday, so I decided to run with the little red monster theme. We had an Elmo performer (her dad), Elmo cakes pops and even a red carpet for guests to have their photo taken on; each family got a professional photo as the party favor. I also set up a craft table with some tactile and sensory activities for the really young kids (we had kids from 6-mos-6-years attending).
Elmo was the inspiration, but I also wanted it to be a party that went beyond Sesame Street plates and cups. Ella had eye surgery in December 2011 and her eye no longer crossed so I also wanted some professional photos of the family now that her eye was better. That's when I decided to go with the "monster red carpet" idea.
I love colorful, modern and classy.
Red Carpet: Partycheap.com
Backdrop: Sign Art Etc
Invitations: Anders Ruff - Etsy
Decor: Party City
Photographer: Toki Lee Photography
Elmo Cake Pops: Christine Oppenheim - Veggie Fixation
Fruit Cups: Pinterest
The Step & Repeat Backdrop for the photos and the fruit cups in the ice cream cones
Look on Pinterest for ideas and buy a bouncy house -- we use ours for any party (including SuperBowl) where people bring their kids. I also bought a dozen children's aprons for the craft table - they were pretty inexpensive (came in a pack) from Amazon, and this way my craft table wasn't responsible for any ruined clothing.