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In throwing my son the best Sesame Street theme party, I spent a lot of time on decorations. I love efficiency almost as much as I love a good theme party, so I had a planned to make the decorating as easy as possible, without compromising my extravagant plans.
You see, I used the same character cut-outs to make seven party decorations.
One Grouchy Collection
In the photo above, you can see how I used the same Oscar face cut-outs on the pom-poms, party hats, balloons, pennant banners, party buckets, goody bags, and photo booth props.
Not only did I use Oscar's face but also Elmo, Bert, and Cookie Monster faces too. It wouldn't be a party without Elmo and Cookie :) , This made the party colors green, yellow, blue and red - which were perfect party colors.
Free Sesame Street Templates
I printed the templates on white card stock. In all honesty, it was a lot of cutting, but you can enlist help from friends or family members, or cut them out yourself while watching mindless television. Starting in advance helps too because you can work when you have a few minutes here and there :)
Also, because I didn't use the character mouths on the party hats and pennants, there were considerably less mouths needed, so a little coloring was not a big deal.
Using the Templates
Here are some close-ups of the character cut-outs. I used them on the party hats...
the decorative pom-poms...
the pennant banners (love a cute pennant banner!)...
some of the photo booth props...
the goody bags, which were a fan favorite...
the buckets, used for various party things...
and, last but not least, the balloons.
The decorations all came together so easily using the same cut-outs for every item! Here are the specifics on how I made the above items.
1. Party Hats
I purchased the party hats already made for a dollar or two per pack at Walmart. I have made party hats before and didn't want to spend the time on it again, especially when they were only a few dollars.
I simply hot glued the character eye cut-out to the party hat, There wasn't room for the character mouth, and it looked just fine without it (plus that meant less mouths to cut out!)
It was so simple! I used one or two drops of glue per cut-out, and they held up great :)
I bought pom-poms from the dollar store, and as I was putting them together, I realized that with all of the unfolding, I could have made them myself with sheets of tissue paper for about the same amount of work.
Since the dollar store didn't have blue for Cookie, I did end up making the blue ones. Not only was it as simple as I thought, but in my opinion, they looked nicer than the store-bought ones. I'll be writing a post soon on how to make these!
Once the pom-poms are made, just hot glue the eyes and mouth to the tissue, and you are good to go!
3. Pennant Banner
I just love the way these turned out! Pennant banners look amazing in pictures as well as in person.
And I'm going to share a little secret - use fishing line to connect the pennants. Not only do the pennants look cleaner without ribbon or string, but they also look great photographed from the front or the back.
So, how do you get fishing line to stay on the individual pennants? With a couple drops of hot glue :)
Wait, let me back up... First, I cut the pennants out of brightly-colored card stock. I used the brightest shades that I could find: yellow (for Bert), green (for Oscar), blue (for Cookie, and red (for Elmo). I used a combination of this pack of cardstock and this pack.
For the pennants, I used this free template from Teachers Pay Teachers. I chose this one because there are three pennants per sheet of paper. I wanted to make the most of my card stock :)
I printed one copy of the template on a regular sheet of printer paper, and then cut out one of the triangles. I used that triangle as a guide as I cut through my card stock.
Then, I took the character cut-outs (just eyes - no room for the mouths), and I used regular glue to stick them on.
Letting my hot glue gun heat up, I lined eight pennants up on my desk, in an order that I liked. I figured eight was a good number per string line - too many and they get tangled.
I then flipped the pennants over and laid out fishing line, along with a few objects to hold the fishing line down.
When gluing, I used two drops per pennant. The drops of glue seemed a little large, but they worked out really well.
I used paper clips in various spots to pin the fishing line to the top of the sun shade - my sister Bridget's idea - so good, right?! (Bert would be proud too!) She thinks of the best things. Tape would have never worked on the fabric, and at this point, we were running out of time :)
I made about four or five strings of eight pennants each, so they used up a lot of my character cut-outs. However, they turned out so pretty that it was totally worth it! I'm going to decorate every future party and event with some type of pennant banners :)
Another idea is that you could buy the pennants already made (like this one), and then you can just glue the cut-outs onto the pre-made banner.
4. Photo Booth Props
The photo booth props were equally as simple as the other decorations. I just took Oscar's eyes, Bert's eyes, Elmo's eyes/nose, Oscar's mouth, and Elmo's mouth and hot glued them each to a thick popsicle stick. I skipped Cookie Monster's because his eyes are separated.
In addition to using the face cut-outs, I also made a few additional props, based on some light Pinteresting. :) I did make the mistake of gluing most of the objects to the left side. Try to remember to glue some on the left and some on the right, so your party guests can hold one prop in each hand.
Once you have the props, you only need two more things for an easy do-it-yourself photo booth - a backdrop and the photo booth app. Ash wrote the app Easy Photo Booth, and you can download it for free!
5. Goody Bags
For the goody bags, using regular glue, I stuck the character eyes and mouths to one side of the goody bag.
On the opposite side of the bag, I used the party guest's name in place of the word "Sesame" on the Sesame Street sign (i.e. Mary Street).
The buckets were the simplest to make. I just bought a few at the dollar store in Cookie, Oscar, and Elmo colors, and then taped the character cut-outs to the items.
I wanted to be able to use the buckets again, so I didn't use hot glue.
I like to do all of my decorating far in advance, but taping the faces to the balloons had to be done the morning of the party. Prior to the morning of, I gathered the materials (pre-cut faces, balloons, and tape), so everything would be ready to go.
As my sisters blew up the balloons, I taped on the faces. It didn't take too long, and the balloons looked really cute :)
Bonus - Sesame Street Footprints
Using these Monster footprint cut-outs, along with some sidewalk chalk, I made a cute entrance to the party.
I simply cut out each footprint and then traced them onto the correctly-colored construction paper. I used packing tape to tape the footprints down to the driveway.
My guests were so impressed with all of the decorations, and they thought it was brilliant when I told them that the same character cut-outs were used for the majority of the decorations.
If you are thinking of a Sesame Street party, I think your decision is made :) With all of these free, awesome templates and ideas, you can easily create an abundance of awesome decorations that will be sure to impress your guests.
Just make sure you have a good pair of scissors for all that cutting. ;)
Even if Sesame Street isn't your theme, you can still use character face cut-outs in a variety of ways using the above decoration ideas.
Be sure to let me know how your party turns out! I love hearing from you :)
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