It seems like just yesterday that my younger daughter turned two and had a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party. Now I have a three-year-old and we celebrated her birthday in Sesame Street Style. My mother-in-law is simply the best and helped tremendously with the party. It is so easy to have a great inexpensive birthday party when you use a little creativity….and have a little bit of help!
I recently realized that I would be completely lost without my Circle Cutters. I use them all.the.time. Notice how many circles you see in the this post.
For invitations I made a circular, folded Elmo with eyes that peeked from the top. Inside was a circular piece of paper with all the details. The girls loved the invitations so much that I made them little notecards that did not fold.
We made the party favor bags out of primary colored bags from Party City. With a few (circular) eyes, noses, and mouths we achieved perfection in the forms of Cookie Monster, Elmo, Bert, and Oscar. The purple monster was supposed to be Abby Cadabby. I didn’t realize she was pink! So we turned her in to our own version of a monster and she was the birthday girl’s favorite.
Each morning when the girls wake up on their birthday I have their presents displayed on the mantel with a birthday banner. This is by far my favorite birthday banner. The extra ribbons were the wow factor.
This party was brought to you by the Letter A and the Number 3. The “A” stencil was easy with my Sizzix machine (yep, totally old school). I do not have a number die cut so we used some black gel I had on hand. In hindsight, that was a bad idea. The gel stuck to the bags and had to be peeled off.
While at Michael’s we found bags of white gum balls on clearance for 20¢. We immediately knew that they would be eyes for Elmo. Aren’t these cupcakes adorable?
Inside the party bags the favors included: Goldfish (Elmo’s loves his goldfish), a homemade Sesame Street scarf, the cookies, and some play-doh.
For the birthday party game we played “Pin the Nose on Elmo.” My husband bought a wall sticker Elmo a long time ago and I put it on thick poster board. I covered the kids’ eyes with a sesame street scarf. They had fun!
A birthday wouldn’t be complete without a special birthday outfit. This year Grandma made the outfit and it was absolutely adorable! The pants had a white ruffle at the bottom while the top had an Elmo patch.
Every birthday at our house means we get out the “Special Plate.” This year I used some of the cupcake toppers (purchased from Etsy and printed at home) and decorated the birthday plate before breakfast. It was a hit!
I love making birthdays special for the girls. With a little bit of creativity anything is possible!