My little girl adores Elmo. So it was only right to throw her an Elmo-themed birthday party! However, finding Elmo décor with a girly twist was slim to none.
Months prior to the party, I combed through Pinterest in hopes to find some inspiration. To my avail, there were a few creative mothers that hosted Elmo-themed parties for their little girls – thanks moms! Given my experience finding a limited amount of girly Elmo parties, I want to share my party plans with you!
The basic color scheme consisted of red (for obvious reasons), pink and orange. These colors were reflected throughout the decorations, flatware, my daughter’s dress, and even my fiancé and I’s party outfits. Along with the color scheme, adding polka dots created girlish flare as seen on the banner, plates, balloons, and signage. My mantra for the decorations was “simple yet cute.” Keeping with the basic colors, disposable tablecloths covered tabletops and pre-constructed pom-poms dangled from the ceiling. Red, pink, orange and white twisted streamers hung from balloons, creating the parties focal point. To draw more attention to that part of the room, I had painted a Sesame Street-themed sign. Fortunately, my mother-in-law grew pink and orange zinnias. So we placed these flowers in corresponding colored mason jars, using them for centerpieces and added décor. Alongside the centerpieces sat the letter J and number 2.
Aside from the basics, I like to add small details as well. Written in chalk, the message “sunny days this way” greeted guests walking into the party. Scattered amongst the basic decorations were large crayons – one of Elmo’s favorite things. Throughout the rooms, red, pink and orange picture frames displayed photos of my daughter with Elmo.
I prefer cupcakes over birthday cake because they’re easier to distribute. This year, 30 cupcakes were colored and arranged to look like Elmo’s face. The fruit tray was also arranged to look like Elmo. Cut strawberries, blueberries, an orange, and fruit dip created his smiling face. Also on the dessert table, pink chocolate covered pretzels and cookies – which Cookie Monster stood guard over. I like to give guests small gifts to take home. I made chocolate covered pretzel rods coated in rainbow sprinkles and sealed with a note and pink ribbon. The final touch was to dress the birthday girl to theme. In order to do that, I purchased the most perfect Elmo dress from Whaley Cute Baby.
For this party, I designed the invitations, party signage and thank you notes. With experience in design and knowing a cost efficient printer, creating these items saved me time and money. Following the basic color scheme and polka dot theme, invitations, party signage and thank you notes were added flare to the party.
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I am an advocator for involving guests during parties. Sticking to the Elmo-theme, party goers took a guess at how many of Dorothy’s friends were in a fish bowl (shout out to my fiancé for counting them all). Adult or child, the winner received crayons and a coloring book. Another thing I like to do, especially for little ones, is to have a memento from the birthday party. I purchased the Sesame Street book, Just One You, for guests to sign with a little note. My daughter will always have this as a souvenir from her birthday.
At the end of the day, this party was a success! My daughter enjoyed being surrounded by her favorite character, and I was happy to have created a girly Elmo party for her. Suggestions from other crafting mothers helped me get a jump on this party. I hope my suggestions can do the same for you!