My son just recently turned two and has been all about Elmo and Sesame Street (not to mention Thomas the Train!!). To combine these two “loves” of his, I decided to have a party theme of “All Aboard the Elmo Express”. With baby #2 on the way in just a couple of weeks, sometimes I think I tend to bite off more than I can chew. Party planning took over many nap times and late nights, but I really DO enjoy
DIY projects and crafting….especially for my little guy.
Last year, for this SPORTS THEMED 1st Birthday Party, he still was a bit unaware of what was going on. This year, he really got into opening presents, playing with his cousins and friends, and got excited at all of the decorations, especially the big balloons!! To see his face light up makes all of the prep work worth it…every single second!
Many of you know that my nephew is roughly 5 hours apart from E, but they have birthdays a day apart. What a coincidence, huh? Well, he lives out of town, but came in for the party to celebrate with all of us. So, the party was for BOTH boys!
This year’s SESAME STREET theme highlighted Elmo & friends, along with a few train touches added within. Come take a peek at all of the party flare and the many FREEBIES/PRINTABLES included at the end of the post!! I hope this helps you plan the perfect party for your little and saves you some time, energy, and money!
First up on the agenda was making his party invitations. Last year, I created Sports Themed game ticket invites, and I kind of wanted to stick with the ticket theme again. So, I created these customized train passes in the “All Aboard the Elmo Express” theme. Obviously, we don’t live on Sesame Street. The info is changed for privacy reasons.
If you’re going to send out a fun and colorful invite, you have to make sure to fancy up the envelope as well. Creating return address labels, mailing labels, and sticker enclosures didn’t take much time at all and motivated me for more party planning.
To download these cute Cookie Monster stickers, go to the end of the post for the file!
The food table display that I put together included character food tent cards, my son and nephew’s customized stat posters (one on each side), a “Sunny Day’s backdrop with white/blue balloons as clouds, grassy green tablecloth, and 3D TWO Blocks.
My uber talented and super thoughtful aunt made these ELMO treats. They were beyond adorable and delicious. Who doesn’t love rice crispy treats?
To have them resemble Elmo…even better!
To add some pop of color and dimension to the food table, I wanted something to accompany the food tent cards. So, I created the faces of Sesame Street characters, printed them out, and placed them on the paper rosettes. Finally, I glued each on a wooden skewer and stuffed a small jar with colorful pom poms to match. It really was super simple and easy, but added that special touch to the table!
After scouring Pinterest and ETSY for cute shirts and something personalized for my son to wear, I realized that I could make one for a lot less money. So, I decided to make his birthday shirt and one for me to wear, too. I know…I’m the dorky mom who matches her kid, but hey….ya can’t take yourself too seriously. It’s all in good fun!
Being that I was just over 8 months pregnant, I thought it would be cute to have a picture of cookie monster on my belly, with the words saying cookie MOMster instead. Oh, the play on words….love me a good pun every once in awhile 😉
I made the shirt below for my son and nephew to wear on the day of the party. I wanted it to coordinate with the invitations and highlight the party theme. I simply printed out the design and ironed it on with special heat transfer paper. It’s as easy as that! To download the t-shirt files for FREE, click on the link at the end of this post!
Ever since my son turned one, it has been harder and harder to keep up with his baby book. I’d like to think I would have been able to keep on top of things like this, but life can become so hectic! So, to remember some of the important things throughout the year, I started making him stat posters for each birthday like THESE. I made my nephew one as well, so they had similar designed posters.
It’s a fun keepsake to hold onto and look back at over time!
This fabulous cake was made by my cousin, who also made his smash cake for his first birthday party! She is super talented and generous. How awesome did it turn out?!
The food table was my favorite to put together. Here was the spread that was offered:
Oscar’s Trash = Peanut Butter/Chocolate Muddy Buddies.
Abby’s Fairy Wands – Chocolate covered pretzels & pink/purple sprinkles
Cookie Monster’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Elmo’s Goldfish Crackers
Murray Monster’s Mixed Fruit
Snuffleupagus Pasta Salad
Big Bird’s HB eggs
Choo Choo Cheese Tray = An assortment of cheese and crackers
Grover’s Guacamole and Chips (I’m ashamed to discover the typo on the card. Yikes….you think I would have caught this error prior to printing. Oh well!)
Another fun element to the party planning was creating the favor bags! As I used with the St. Patrick’s Day Bags and Easter Goodies, these favors fit perfectly into the
Wilton brand 50 count 3×4 treat bags. All you do is buy the travel size goldfish pouches and a box of crayola crayons (8 count) and close the bag shut with your double sided bag topper. On the front, I had my son and nephew’s names. On the back, it says a thank you message. If you would like to download a general version saying, “Elmo…” instead of a child’s name, see the end of this post! There are 3 templates of the bag topper offered (first, second, and third birthday).
While the food table was the primary focus, I didn’t want the rest of the room to look bare and empty. So, I created these posters below to hang on doors and cabinets. You can enlarge them to any size you’d like! They helped make the room feel more cohesive and complete 🙂 Each one can be downloaded for free below!
The party came and went in a flash of a second. I still can’t believe my baby is TWO already. We had a terrific time with family and friends. He is so lucky to have been surrounded by so much love. It was now time to send out thank you’s to family and friends for helping us celebrate this special guy. Here are the Thank You cards I created, with a special note written on the back of each one.
I sure hope you find many of the party decorations useful. Please feel free to download any or all of the prints you’d like. Attribution back to my page is always appreciated when using my work.
Thank you and enjoy!
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