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Three things I love are planning, making, and decorating. And of course, seeing my son smile. This summer, I achieved all of those things through throwing a fantastic summer Sesame Street theme party. Almost every guest made a kind comment on how wonderful everything was - from the decorations to the party games to the themed food and homemade desserts.
How did I do it without going too crazy? I spent a lot of time scouring the Internet (Happy 25th Birthday today, Internet), compiling ideas, and crafting my own.
I made so many templates and carefully documented my techniques to make it even easier for you!
Without further ado, here are some highlights from the cutest, do-it-yourself Sesame Street party.
My sister made this Sesame Street lamp from planters, PVC, and spray paint! It also lights up! Pretty cool, right?!
The front side of the pennants that are hanging around the patio have Sesame Street faces. Here's a closer shot:
I used the same character cut-outs on the pennants and the pom-poms as well as the balloons, the bins, the goody bags, and several other things too. Check out how I made seven decorationswith the same character cut-outs. I posted free printables.
Here's a close-up of my favorite:
Here's a few more pom-poms. They turned out so cute and were so easy to make! I made some from tissue paper, and I bought some at the dollar store and unfolded them.
It was the same amount of work, so if I decide to decorate with pom-poms again, I will definitely make them from scratch.
I made the party hats using the same character cut-outs from above - free printables are here!
These are party hats from Walmart that were about a dollar or two per pack. I simply hot glued the faces on, in the same run that I did the pom-poms.
Let's move on to my favorite part of the party (and well, every party) - the desserts!
I made a 12" two layer, gluten free vanilla cake with my sister's delicious chocolate icing. I used red sprinkles on the sides, and the eyes/nose are actually sugar cookie cut-outs that are dipped in chocolate melts. For step-by-step, instructions, see my cake post.
I loved this cake so much that I was actually a little sad cutting into it.
The pretzels - labeled Abby's Magical Wands - were the easiest to make. Just dipped in melted pink chocolate!
The cupcakes were the most fun to make! They are simply dipped in sprinkles and decorated. To show you just how simple it was, I wrote a step-by-step tutorial on exactly how to make these cute Sesame cupcakes.
Making the snacks into character faces came totally from Pinterest! Look how cute Oscar turned out!
We also made a Big Bird out of cheese and crackers along with a watermelon Elmo.
With the menu not finalized until a few days before the party, I almost nixed labeling the food to coordinate with the theme of the party.
However, I'm so glad I didn't because who doesn't get a good laugh out of "Oscar's Scram-burgers" and "Ernie's Rubber Doggies?!"
Check out our full menu ofcreatively-labeled food.
Here you can see more of the table, the amazing DIY birthday sign (so easy to make), the party hats, and the goody bags.
The goody bags had the character faces on one side, and on the other side, the party guest child's name was in place of the word Sesame in the Sesame Street sign (i.e. Allison Street).
Here's a close-up of the DIY sign as it was still in the making. I actually couldn't find any free, printable letters, so I created my own. In doing so, I created free printables for you! The best thing about these is that you can customize the letters and just print what you need. Four letters fit per page too! (free alphabet banner printables are here!)
I love the way it turned out! Zeus did too - even though his face isn't showing his excitement ;).
Now, onto games! We had quite a few at the party. This was my favorite - Cookie Monster's Cookie Toss.
I painted Cookie's face on a piece of foam board from the Dollar Store, and Ash gave it a nice wooden frame.
The cookies are homemade from felt and beans. I have a post on the DIY cookie toss coming soon :)
We also did "Pin the Nose On Elmo" made of felt on felt...
...as well as "Count with the Count" made with card stock, wrapping paper, and 3D stickers.
There's also Abby's Magical Shapes, which was my son's favorite. He learned these shapes in just days playing around with this board prior to the party.
And, last but not least, we can't forget "Hoppin' with Zoe," an indoor/outdoor hopscotch rug made entirely from felt! Check out mytutorial to make your own - it's so, so easy!
We also had a Sesame photo booth at the party. On our deck, we set up this sheet of felt (you could also use a blanket as a backdrop), along with a computer app that Ash made!
Here are the props I made. Some of them were character cut-outs, and others I threw together. This was also a last minute activity :)
Interestingly, my whole family and Ash's whole family decided to dress in character. I found cute character t-shirts online, but the price was too high.
Therefore, I decided to make them on my own with blank shirts (Shirts in Bulk had the perfect colors) and iron transfers. I made over a dozen, and they turned out great.
Here's a few characters posing :)
Here I am, Ernie, cutting the cake. My sister, PK, is the Count, and seems to be concentrating pretty hard on holding that plate:
Here's the Count again with Bert and Zoe.
And, last, here was our entry to the party. Another Pinterest inspired idea, thrown together with a few pieces of sidewalk chalk and some pre-cut Sesame footprints.
It definitely was a party to remember!
And I made the work so much easier for you because I made instructions and printables for everything that I did :)
Just one last picture that has left me laughing - my party decorating helpers, pretending to float away :)
Have a Sesame Street party idea that you want to share? Or are you planning a different theme party? Leave me a comment :) I love hearing from you!
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