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Sesame Street Birthday Party


At a tender age of not quite 2, it was obvious that my daughter loved three things: my cell phone, my high heels, and SESAME STREET. I think I can officially state for the record that Elmo was the first love of her life. So, picking her party theme was a no-brainer. I was on a budget, and her party included a lot of DIY projects to save money, but it still turned out cute as could be, very colorful, and an event to remember.

Design Inspiration

Elmo. Color. Sesame Street. Color. Bright. Color.

Project Details

Invitations: Designed by Me

Photography: Me and Misti Ready

The Crepe Paper Chandeliers: Made by Me... I loved the impact  they made for less than $4 a piece. An easy DIY project. The crepe paper was purchased from Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. They were cut in to strips and attached to large hula-hoops with tape. I found the idea on Pinterest from

Food: Pizza (which is Elmo's favorite food), Cookies for Cookie Monster, Dirt Pudding for Oscar the Grouch with a Wormy garnish, Mr. Noodle's Cheese Noodle's, Dorthy's Goldfish, and Elmo Fruit Punch Juice Boxes

Oscar's Dirt Pudding Cups: Made by Me... I bought a six-pack of these little green cups at The Dollar Tree for $1 and used paint pens to paint Oscar's face on them. Dirt Pudding was served in each cup with a "Wormy" gummy worm.

Food Bowls and Platters: Dollar General

Utensil Bowl:  I got the green bin from The Dollar Tree and I tied some scrap pink polka dot ribbon to the handles. I got some plastic silverware and napkins from Wal-Mart and wrapped each set of silverware using curly ribbon to fancy them up a bit.

Cake: Made by Me

Cake Stand: Made by Me... I found pink candle holders for 1/2 off at hobby lobby and screwed a $1 pizza plate into the top of it.

Cake Topper: Made by Me... I free hand cut the Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch character faces from several different color craft foam sheets that came with adhesive on the back and pieced them together.  I hot glued a thin balsa wood stick to the back that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Cupcakes: Made by Me

Cupcake Toppers: I bought a few pieces of scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby and used a 2" hole punch (also from Hobby Lobby) to punch out the toppers. The "2's" were cut out of a piece of cute scrapbook paper I found at Hobby Lobby, and I printed the S's off  from my computer and cut them out. I assembled them with tape and added them to a sucker stick. The sucker sticks can be found in the cake decorating/ wedding section at most Wal-Marts.

Table Cloths: Party City

Red and White Polka Dot Fabric: Hobby Lobby

Green Curtain Back Drop {behind food table and in photo booth}: The green curtain is a curtain I found on on the clearance isle in Wal-Mart. I hung the curtain from the siding by using non-damaging command hooks that held up both ends of a "dollar store" curtain rod.

Photo Booth Dialogue Bubbles: Made by Me... I found the dialogue bubble stickers in the party section at Wal-Mart. I adhered them to sheet of gator foam and used an Exacto knife to cut the shapes out. Then, I glued a thin stick from the wood section at Hobby Lobby to the back.

Centerpieces: Made by Me... The table runners were handkerchiefs from Wal-Mart for $1 each. The centerpiece itself was a little tin for $1 from The Dollar Tree, filled with a piece of foam, red paper curls, and lollipops, all from the Dollar Store as well. It was topped off with a large rainbow Whirly lollipop from Cracker Barrel and left over ribbon tied around the handle.

The Favor Table: The table cloth is from Party City, and the pink fabric is from Hobby Lobby. I bought three clear plastic frames from Wal-Mart and printed out a little a 4x6 to highlight each party gift: "Elmo loves his goldfish and crayons too" featured edible Goldfish snack packs and box of crayons, "Sidney loves her bubbles and all of you" featured bubbles from The Dollar Tree that I hand painted with paint markers and Sesame Street coloring books from the $1 isle at Target, and "Thank you for coming! {Brought to you by the letter "S" and the number "2"} featured an Elmo inspired crochet hat that I made for her.

Sesame Street Bubbles: I bought an assorted color, 3 pack of bubbles for $1 from The Dollar Tree and painted on each character's face using paint pens.

Crochet Elmo Hat: Made by Me... to order visit my shop at:

Favorite Items

The Crochet hat!!! www.hullabaloubaby.blogspot to order. :)

The Crepe Paper Chandeliers were the most bang for the buck!


Don't try to make everything the evening before the party. #partyfoul #procrastinator

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May Mosley

Sunday 9th of June 2013

Elmo was also my girl's first love! Love the part and the details!

Ross Neytiri

Thursday 6th of June 2013

You did an amazing job! Everything looks so fun and colorful!

Hettie Lynn Tynes

Friday 31st of May 2013

What a fun creative party, Nina! Every two year old loves Elmo and you nailed it.

Nina Strother

Monday 3rd of June 2013

Thank you so much!