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Creative & DIY Sesame Street First Birthday

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♫ Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Zayne’s Street? I am awfully fond of this Creative & DIY Sesame Street Birthday by Aurora Mejico of Everything but the “I Do”, which she lovingly planned for her son Zayne’s first birthday. This party features tons of super cute DIY details, like the dessert table backdrop featuring Elmo’s World and the iconic Sesame Street lamppost sign. With Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch and the rest of the Sesame Street crew, this birthday was sure to be a success! Be sure to check out all of Aurora’s DIY details below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Oscar the Grouch chocolate dirt & ‘trash’ dessert push up pops, complete with {gummy} worms
  • Cookie Monster & Elmo furry party hats + goldfish cracker and cookie filled fishbowls
  • Clever Oscar the Grouch trash can centerpieces created from big green tissue poms
  • Super cute Big Bird, Elmo & Cookie Monster cupcake display + adorable Sesame Street party printables

oscar the grouch table decor and centerpieces

furry muppet lollipop holder

cookie monster party favors and cupcakes

sesame street themed dessert table

oscar the grouch trashcan desserts

sesame street cupcake display and table decor

elmo and sesame street birthday party decor

sesame street themed first birthday party

elmo tin box party favors


PARTY DETAILS as told by Aurora

This Sesame Street first birthday party was inspired by my son’s love of the Sesame Street show and his favorite characters, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch. The focus of the party was to feature these characters throughout (plush and paper) and also the Sesame Street famous symbol, the lamppost.

The table decor featured 2 main centerpieces and 2 small decor items. The first main centerpiece was the Sesame Street lamppost which I made from a wooden box, wood chair leg, styrofoam ball, and printable paper from the Sesame Street printable package. It actually had “Sunny days sweeping clouds away” going around the wood box. The 2nd main centerpiece was Oscar the grouch in a metal trashcan with a Pom Pom Oscar and Large Oscar party circle printable. The smaller decor on each table featured a Sesame Street bus with party circles from the printable package, and either a fishbowl with goldfish crackers and an Elmo plush character, or a cookie jar with Cookie Monster. I wanted the kids table to be really fun! I made furry party hats that resembled Elmo and Cookie monster out of $1 tree party hats and fur fabric. The table also had bubbles, Sesame Street coloring books, crayons, and playdough.

My favorite aspect of the party decor was the sweets/favor table area. My son loves Elmo’s world so I knew I had to represent that somehow. I decided to make a backdrop that was a replica of Elmo’s world. I used a twin white sheet from Ana’s linens and used spray paint to draw Elmo’s room door, window, and stand with fishbowl. On the actual table I made a Cookie Monster lollipop stand with 2″ party circles from the printables package attached to each lollipop. The Elmo and Cookie monster foam buckets (Kimberly’s foam part on Etsy) held the utensils that were wrapped in napkins and sealed with the water bottle labels from the printable package. My favorite sweet treats featured were the Elmo and Cookie Monster fudge pops made by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Oscar’s Trashy Treats (push up dirt cups)! The cake was a cupcake cake designed by Polka Tots of Pasadena, CA my favorite cupcakery!

The favors for the kids under 5 were Elmo lunch boxes, a Sesame Street book, cup, and pencil wrapped and tied with a favor tag featuring Oscar the grouch that said “Thanks for trashing my party!” The favors for the older kids were cookie jars I created out of glass fishbowls, plastic floral plates, and wood knobs. They also featured a vinyl sticker designed by A&E designs. To go with the cookie jars I found mini plastic trashcans that were only $1 and were filled with candy. They were wrapped and tagged with Cookie Monster custom created favor tags that said “Me want cookies.”

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By |2018-02-13T06:15:40+00:00January 27th, 2014|First Birthday, Parties for Boys|

About the Author:

Hi, I’m Dayna, the newest team member here at Hostess with the Mostess, where, as the Editorial & Design Assistant, I have been introduced to this amazing world of events for the first time. I’ve absolutely loved meeting and getting to know all of you and seeing the amazing work you guys do! Here are a few fun facts to get to know me a bit better…

– I love to cook and bake, the more chocolate the better!

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– I am a huge typography geek

– I’m one of those lucky people that gets to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah :)

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  1. Ruth Anna Fish January 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    And this child was one?

  2. Thad James January 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    These ideas are simply fantastic! I love the furry party hats.The Oscar trash can is too cute and the "Zayne St" signs made the decorations very personalized. And lots of cookies from Cookie Monster! Excellent party theme.

  3. @AllAboutNuptial January 28, 2014 at 12:52 am

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  4. Gina May 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Love it! Where did you get the trash cans?

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  6. Kortnie Brewer August 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Omgosh! I came across this page looking for ideas for my twin girls that will be 2 this month. But my son's name is Zayne spelled exactly like that. :)

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