Emma's First Birthday

When my daughter was about 4 months old I was already planning her first birthday!  I was on the vast world of pinterest pinning every night on a Sesame Street themed party.  The only negative thing about planning a birthday that earlier is that the future is unknown.  My daughter's birthday is at the in of January and we ended up moving to Arizona at the beginning of November.  Which meant that our Texas friends and family wouldn't be able to attend. Also our budget on the party greatly decreased because we were saving all we could for our down payment on our first house.  Nevertheless the show must go on.  I am proud of the turn out of her party.  

    If you like to do a fun and cost friendly Sesame Street themed party here is how:

     

     

    I made my eat in kitchen area and as my daughter's party area.  Again since she was turning 1 there really wasn't to much effort on my end to decorate the whole house.  However stay tuned for her 2nd birthday. 

       

      Party City Shopping List:

      • Plastic Table Cloth (I choose yellow but any primary color would look awesome)
        • You can get this anywhere (I got it here because I was already there) but a great place to save some extra cash is at your local dollar store. 
      • Reusable Sesame Street Birthday Banner
        • I used this as my food runner and invested in it in case we do another sesame street themed party down the road or a family or friend wants to borrow it. click here
      • Baby's 1st birthday Sesame Street Banner (the large one) click here
      • Baby's 1st birthday Sesame Street Party Starter click here
      • Baby's 1st birthday high chair decor kit click here
      • Baby's 1st birthday Sesame Street Balloons (I then requested them to tie with primary colors) click here

      It seems like a lot but I was lucky enough to go when most of these were on clearance, I can not guarantee that you will find these on clearance when you go but look.  You can also find all these on amazon as well, but just keep in my you do not get the free helium from purchase. 

      Food:

      Again I had to keep in mind that I was throwing a party for my 1 year old.  I didn't want to go overboard but I did want to make it fun.  I knew that her cousin, Skylar (being 8 months older), was going to be coming down for the party and would be the only other kid present.  

      First I needed to come up with a menu, haha yes a menu for two toddlers, for me if I make a menu I can actually see how much food I will be preparing which goes back to the "don't go overboard Ashly she's only turning 1" insight.

      My Menu:

      • Sesame Street Characters Cupcakes
      • Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
      • "Dorothy" Crackers
      • Oscar the Grouch Trashy Cups
      • Pizza
        • I just order pizza and had it delivered, I ordered it the day before for a scheduled time so I wouldn't have to think about it the day of the party.

      Sesame Street Characters Cupcakes

      First the most important thing is to pick the characters you want to make.  You can either pick the easiest characters or you can pick your child's favorite.  For me I did a little of both.  I knew that Elmo was a MUST, any parent can tell you that Elmo is like crack to a our children.  I can accidentally hit an Elmo toy and the moment he starts talking my daughter will whip around so fast and automatically walk to him and pick him up.  Okay back to party planning... I choose Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Grover (habba what?)

      These may look intimating but let me tell you there are SUPER DUPER easy to make.  However, you must of patience so ask someone you trust to watch you little one so that you can focus on decorating your cupcakes.

      Easy enough bake you favorite cupcake recipe, if you don't have one you can use a box cake from your local grocery store.  You can look to see if I have any on my recipe link, or comment below/email me to ask for a recipe that you may want to try.  I baked my in white cups and a vanilla box cake (since I was running out of time and these were going to be for the guest).  My plan was to do red velvet for Elmo and Blue Velez for Cookie Monster and Grover and bake them in red and blue cups.  

      For the decorating you will need:

      For the Mouth

      1. chocolate cookie sandwiches ie Oreos

      2. Twist the cookies apart

      3. Scrap off cream filing
      4. Break or Cut in half
      • Chocolate Chip Cookies ie Chips Ahoy (Only for ones making Cookie Monster
      1. Cut Cookies in half

      For the Nose

      • Assorted Jelly Beans 

      For the Eyes

      • Mini Marshmallows
      • Black Gel (You get it in the baking aisle next to food coloring)
        • Take the black gel and make a dot on one of the circles of the marshmallow

      For the Fur

      • Tubes of colored frosting
        • This will vary depending on what character you choose, the color should be the same color of the characters fur and you should get 2 tubes per 12 cupcakes baked.

      Here are some pictures of how my cupcakes turned out:

       

      To the right you will see a front facing photo of Elmo.

       

       

       

      To the left you will see all three of my characters.  Grover and Elmo are  basically the same just different color noses and fur.  The difference with Cookie Monster is that you use the chocolate chip cookie to make him look like he is eating it and he has no nose.

       

       

       

      Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

      Again I wanted to keep with the primary colors theme to go along with Sesame Street.  Plus I wanted to something healthy to counter act the surgery goodness of all the other foods.  

      Please note that this is not my picture I found with a google image search.  I forgot to take a picture of mine but they did come out almost exactly like this one.  I just used more fruit.

      Please note that this is not my picture I found with a google image search.  I forgot to take a picture of mine but they did come out almost exactly like this one.  I just used more fruit.

       

      For this item you will need:

      • Fruit, Fruit, and more Fruit!
      • You will need a Fruit for each color of the Rainbow
      • ROY G BIV (I didn't do Indigo)
      • Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Kiwi, Blueberries, and Purple/Red Grapes

       

       

      "Dorothy" Crackers

      "...Elmo loves his goldfish..." is it weird that I'm still singing the rest of the theme song while I'm typing this? Probably not because I'm sure you're doing the same thing! "...THAT'S ELMO'S WORLD"

        Photo Courtesy of http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Elmo's_World:_Hands

        Photo Courtesy of http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Elmo's_World:_Hands

        So for those of you that don't know what I'm talking about, in the Sesame Street skit Elmo's World, Dorothy is Elmo's pet goldfish.  She's basically his co host who is amazing and very inquisitive.  

        So I bought a bag of Goldfish crackers, a fish bowl, and some blue tissue paper.

        Place the tissue paper in the fish bowl and the crackers on top.  Viola "Dorothy" Crackers!

         

        Oscar The Grouch Trashy Cups

        When I was growing up I had "Dirt Cups" for treats.  I remember my mom made them, I made them in school and I enjoyed them at my friends birthday parties.  So I thought that my daughter may like this since she didn't have teeth so the pudding would be easy for her to have.

        Kraft Dirt Cups Reicpe 

        Click here to see the reicpe 

        • Follow the recipe for the bowl/cup to scoop you "dirty" creation I bought sliver/gray snack cups from Walmart and I took a black sharpie to make lines to resemble a trash can.

          Then I bought some popsicle sticks to make a Oscar the Grouch out of contraction paper and googly eyes.  I make a caption that read "scram!".  I do advice that you make his head more like a football shape rather then my circle shape.  I think mine looks more like a surprised ninja turtle lol.

         

        Final Touches!

        My final touches were just to wrap her "big" presents from us as Sesame Street Characters!

         

         

        • Solid color bags (really cheap at Walmart)
        • Solid color wrapping paper
        • Solid color tissue paper
        • Use the bags/tissue paper and wrapping paper for the body
        • construction paper
        • Use for the eyes, nose, and mouth

         

         

         

         

        Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, and Cookie Monster

         

         

         

        That will "wrap" up my daughter's first birthday.  I hope this help or inspired some of you!.  Please feel free to like and/or comment below.  If you would like to contact me please feel free to at thegoodthebadandthepoopy@outlook.com

         

         

        Enjoy an Elmo's Birthday Clip!

         

         

        Oh the weird and joyus things we can find on the internet.