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 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.
Decorating was super easy when you reuse the same things for each decoration. The party hats I bought at Walmart and then simply glued the faces on. I did the same with the goody bags, buckets (I used to tape so I could reuse the buckets), and balloons.
The photo booth props were super simple – just glue some signs and faces to popsicle sticks. 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!
Last, the pom-poms were a mix of dollar store finds with homemade ones – and then again, I simply glued the faces on.
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, 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.
Sesame Street Themed Food
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?!”
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, 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 😉
Sesame Street Party Games
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. 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 my tutorial to make your own – it’s so, so easy!
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 props I made. Some of them were character cut-outs, and others I threw together. This was also a last minute activity 🙂
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 entrance to the Sesame Street party:
It definitely was a party to remember!
Just one last picture that has left me laughing – my party decorating helpers, pretending to float away 🙂
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!