How to Throw the Best DIY Sesame Street Party
This post will show you how to throw an amazing Sesame Street party. There are tons of great ideas for DIY Sesame Street decor and games.
Three things I love are planning, making, and decorating.
And of course, seeing my son smile.
This summer, I achieved all of those things by 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 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.
Sesame Street Party Decorations
I love efficiency almost as much as I love a good theme party, so I had planned to make the decorating as easy as possible, without compromising my extravagant plans.
You see, I used the same Sesame Street faces to make seven awesome party decorations.
I used the same character face cut-outs on the pennant banner, party hats, goody bags, balloons, party buckets, pom-poms, and photo booth props.
This is one of my best party tricks – using the same templates for everything I can! I also recently did this planning a puzzle party!
Decorating was super easy when you reuse the same things for each decoration.
Sesame Party Hats, Goody Bags, Balloons, And Buckets
The party hats I bought at Walmart (you could use these party hats too) and then simply glued the faces on.
This was so simple to do!
So simple that I did the same with the goody bags, buckets (I used to tape so I could reuse the buckets), and balloons.
Sesame Birthday Pennant Banner
For the triangular pennant banner, I cut the pennants out of brightly colored cardstock (a combination of this pack and this pack), and then used fishing line and hot glue to connect.
Sesame Photo Booth Props
The photo booth props were super simple – I just glued some signs and faces to popsicle sticks.
Sesame Tissue Paper Pom Pom Decor
Last, the tissue paper pom-poms were a mix of dollar store finds with homemade ones – and then again, I simply glued the faces on.
Making your own pom-poms is super easy. Here’s a great tutorial on how to make tissue paper pom-poms.
Also, if you check your Dollar Tree, you might get lucky and find a 2-pack at the dollar store. This is a great set of tissue paper pom-poms too because they are Sesame colors.
I made the party hats using the same character cut-outs from above.
Sesame Street Homemade Desserts
Let’s move on to my favorite part of the Sesame Street party (and well, every party) – the desserts!
I made a 12″ two-layer vanilla cake with 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 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.
Sesame Street Themed Food
Making the snacks into character faces was so fun! 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?!”
Sesame Birthday Banner
Here you can see more of the table, the amazing DIY birthday sign (so easy to make), the party hats, and the goody bags.
Below is a close-up of the DIY sign as it was still in the making. I actually couldn’t find any free, printable letters that worked well, so I created my own.
In doing so, I created free banner letters for you (just the letters – no characters).
The best thing about these is that you can customize the letters and just print what you need. Four letters fit per page too!
I love the way it turned out! Zeus did too – even though his face isn’t showing his excitement 😉
I googled pictures of the characters and cut them out to look like they were holding the sign (see pic further down).
Sesame Street Party Games
Now, onto games! We had quite a few at the party.
Cookie Monster’s Cookie Toss
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.
Pin-The-Nose On Elmo
We also did “Pin the Nose On Elmo” made of felt on felt.
Felt sticks to felt, so this is a really simple activity to make.
I hot glued the felt to the foam board (all except the noses!)
Count With The Count Activity Board
…as well as “Count with the Count” made with card stock, wrapping paper, and 3D stickers. I found the Sesame wrapping paper at the dollar store!
In the background, you can see this Sesame Street banner on our shed!
Abby’s Magical Shapes Activity Board
There’s also Abby’s Magical Shapes, which was my son’s favorite. He learned these shapes in just days by playing around with this board prior to the party.
Felt Hopscotch Mat – Hoppin’ With Zoe
And, last but not least, we can’t forget “Hoppin’ with Zoe,” an indoor/outdoor hopscotch rug made entirely from felt!
Check out my tutorial to make your own – it’s so, so easy and completely no-sew.
Sesame Party Photo Booth
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 the computer app that Ash made!
Here are the Sesame Street props I made. Some of them were character cut-outs, and others I threw together.
This was also a last-minute activity 🙂
Sesame Street T-Shirts
I made homemade shirts for everyone in our families.
Each one was a character, and it turned out so cute!
I used shirts from Shirts In Bulk – they have great prices and a large variety of colors, which made it easy to get all the character colors accurate. We made iron transfers, but I didn’t write a post on it because the iron transfers fell off after one wash!
Yet, they still looked cute for the big day!
Can I Reuse Any Of These Sesame Decorations?
Yes! You can reuse the pennant banners, the pom-poms, and some of the photo booth props for a different party theme next year. Just take off the character faces and next year, replace them with the new theme.
You can save the activity boards for rainy day activities.
You can also sell your party-themed things at an online yard sale. The person who buys it will have their whole party planned!
What Sesame Street Party Supplies And Decorations Can I Get At The Dollar Store?
Depending on your dollar store, you can get the balloons, party hats, tissue paper pom-poms, foam boards (just a savings!), and paper products/tablecloths at the dollar store.
I always have the best luck at the Dollar Tree! And if you have a few in the area, go to a few!
They have different things at different locations.
I Don’t Have Time To DIY All These Things. What Can I Buy Already Made?
DIYing the decorations didn’t take too long! If you can get someone to help with all the cutting, that would be really helpful.
However, if you are looking for some quick Sesame Street decorations, there are pre-made Sesame character pom-poms, pre-printed Sesame face balloons, and swirly Sesame decorations. Here is a fun photo booth background with the Sesame Street characters.
Sometimes if I’m in a pinch, I buy some things and DIY other things.
Overall, I put a lot of time into planning and creating. However, I detailed the steps for you to make it easy.
Your Sesame Street party should be a breeze!
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How colorful and fun! My favorite were the felt and beans cookies! And how you did those DIY cut-outs for everything, I’ll never know. Magic scissors!!!! Spectacular job, Eileen! (And I seriously couldn’t think of any SS puns, darn it!)
Haha thank you so much, Zal! I’m glad you liked the felt and bean cookies:) They were easy to make and so was all the cutting:)
Did you make these shirts or buy them somewhere?
Hi Holly, we made the shirts ourselves with transfer paper and an iron:)
Where did you find the images for the faces? We’re having a Sesame Street party for my son’s first birthday and I LOVE all of your ideas!
Thanks Holly! We googled them:) We also found some dollar store books that we cut out too!
Hi Eileen I love what you did. But I did have a question where did you get the transfer paper for the shirts?
Hi Nelly, thanks! I got it from Amazon. The link is in the article:)
Where did you get the chracter shirts?? Wonderful party!!!
Thanks! We made them with transfer paper:)
Great job! We’re already planning for our daughters June party and we’re only in March! I really would love to make the Cookie Monster game, do you have a tutorial on how you did it? I’m not sure on how the frame was made? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you so so much!!!!
Hi Sandra! It was really easy – it’s just a foam poster board from the dollar store. I drew cookie monster’s head and then cut out the mouth with an Xacto knife. Just make sure there’s enough space in the mouth to throw the bean bags:) Have a great time with the party!
Where did you get the blank tee shirts, I’m trying to plan to make them but don’t know where to get the solid shirts,…..and the right colors too!!!
Hi Melissa! We got them from Shirt In Bulk.com! So many colors to choose from so I just clicked around until I found a good match. Every color ended up being perfect. They’re really inexpensive too- some shirts were only a few dollars!
These games are creative and great! On the felt on felt games how do you get the noses and shapes to stick on?
Thanks Eboni! Felt can stick to felt – so I just did that! It’s not the best stick but it works 🙂