I really wanted to pick a theme that my son would enjoy. He really loved Elmo and Sesame Street, and I thought he would respond well to the characters he loved so much.
One thing I didn't think about when I chose the theme, is that all the Sesame Street characters are licensed, and the costs for the stuffed animals and other decorations started to add up quickly. So I decided to stick mainly with bold colors: red, yellow, green, and blue, and I added touches of Sesame Street to remind people there was a theme. I also rented a large bounce house that came decorated with Sesame Street characters.
One of the best decorations I got was the these easy peel off wall stickers and these ones of different Sesame Street characters. I placed a couple on the front door to greet guests, and scattered the rest of them around the walls in my house. I even backed one of the Oscar stickers with a thick piece of foam board, and stuck it to the ice bucket to make it look like Oscar and his trash bin.
These were a very affordable way to decorate. I spent more on some of the stuffed animals then I spent on all the stickers. The best part is that after the party, I removed the stickers from the various places I put them, and I used them to decorate a wall in my son's playroom.
I got inexpensive large outdoor blankets in blue and green (which we still use all the time) and spread toys all around them, to create a large play area for the babies. I made a similar play area in our living room because the weather forecast was on the colder side (with a chance of rain), but the weather ended up being so nice, that we moved the entire play area outside. We also had the bouncy house. I was going to do an Elmo coloring station, but I ran out of time. We really didn't need it though.
|Play area mid-set-up|
I ordered 100 balloons (for delivery!) and I spread them around the edge of our yard, and used them for centerpieces (I tied the balloons to fish bowls full of goldfish snacks and I tied little Elmo balloon weights to the tops of the bowls). I also left some loose balloons floating around inside our house and the kids were excited to play with them and be able to take one home.
The party was in the afternoon, but I figured that a lot of the guests (especially the ones with babies of their own) would head to the party without having lunch, so I went ahead and did a lunch buffet, and I also had tables with snack foods (for adults and for kids).
- I did a sandwich bar, so that everyone could maker their own sandwich. I had assorted breads, cheeses, condiments, cold cuts, and various toppings. I even put out a toaster for those that preferred their bread toasted. I decorated the buffet with Sesame Street characters (which now live in our playroom), and I also made special labels for the condiments that used a picture of my son sitting on Sesame Street with Big Bird and Elmo (I also used the image on the invitation):
- Side Dishes - I also made a bunch of different salads, including Pasta Salad with Olives and Broccoli, Israeli Couscous Salad with Apples and Dried Cherries, Fruit Salad, Israeli Salad, Garden Salad, and Pear Pepita Salad.
I'm still not sure why, but we ran out of the fruit salad quick! (and I refilled it three times). It was just mango, strawberries, grapes, and blueberries.
For the kids snack table I filled plastic buckets in primary colors with puffs, mum-mums, string cheese, and goldfish. I also had a snack table for adults with my tomato lentil dip with crackers, assorted trail mixes, and other snacks that were easy to put together.
I had sippy cups for the kids, as well as straws and lids for the cups.