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Since I was due with baby #2 within days of Brielle’s actual 2nd birthday, we planned to have a party for her a few weeks earlier so she could have her special day. Elmo was the theme due to her recent obsession with the red haired monster. (Is he considered a “monster”?)
As previously shared, I was able to quickly whip up these Elmo themed invites for the party using my collection of paper punches from my days at EK Success.
It was a rather small party so no need for crazy amounts of centerpieces or decorations. I was, however, finally able to use these red tissue pom poms I’ve been holding onto for a while and turn them into Elmo designs to decorate and hang in our backyard space.
Like any Pinterest fan, I craved to have a cute coordinated dessert table for our party with a yellow, orange and red color palette. I used the high countertop space in our kitchen for my stage. Two Elmo pom poms hung from our pendant lights, which I turned into “party hats” with some wrapping paper. Again, my toddler LOVED that they were wearing hats.
In between I strung a “TWO” banner which was repurposed from the “One” high chair banner I used in last year’s Pinwheel First Birthday party.
Food and Drink:
The main meal consisted of the typical summer BBQ meal: hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad and baked beans. But dessert was where I got a little creative.
I did my best to make Elmo themed cupcakes, inspired by this design from Make it & Love It. They brought about our love of Oreos used in desserts and a different size of those Wilton Large Candy Eyeballs I had previously used for my Monster Pretzel Rods last Halloween! (Tip: I decorated these the night before and the black part of the sugar eyes bled a little bit, I think because they soaked up the dampness of the icing overnight! When I use these eyes in the future, I’ll apply them the morning of the party!)
The kids LOVED them, not only for their likeness to Elmo, but also because they are made of CAKE!
With a summer birthday it can be expected that water play would be a big activity. This year I set up “Brielle’s water park” aka her Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Sprinkler, Step 2 Water Table and many of the other accessories already showcased in my Favorite Backyard Toys for Toddlers post. The older boy cousins especially loved running around in the sprinkler.
Since we’re a crafty family I also made time for a quick and easy craft for the kids. I picked up these paint with water books from the dollar store and manned the table with little cups of water. Once they completed their “paintings” we hung them on the string to display their Elmo art. They were very proud. 🙂
Knowing that all of these kids love ice and seeing what happens when you throw it in water (based on previous hang outs this summer), I picked up two cheap ice cube trays from the dollar store and made a few batches of colored ice for another party activity.
We brought out this color ice array and let them have fun with plastic cups and serving utensils in and out of the water table and little pool. It was a HIT!
Only our immediate family members were invited which gave a manageable total of 5 kids in attendance. AC Moore had these red beach buckets on sale which were easily turned into Elmo themed favor containers for all her first cousins using the same punch art technique I did on the invite. I designed Sesame Street sign inspired tags which included each child’s name (of course making sure Brielle got an “Elmo bucket” for herself). Each bucket included items like an Elmo coloring book and rainbow sidewalk chalk for the big kids and a pack of Happy Family Yogurt Melts for my four month old nephew.
Needless to say Brielle had a GREAT time with all her cousins and family in attendance and I was glad to squeeze in a celebration all about her before I popped with number two!