This was my son Ryan's 1st birthday party. He LOVES Cookie Monster, and for the few attempts at sounds and words that he makes, his favorite one is Cookie Monster's voice...it's priceless! We had also gone to Sesame Place for the first time over the summer, and since I had a giant Elmo costume just sitting in my basement (from Emily's first birthday party, and YES, I bought an Elmo costume), I figured what better theme than a Sesame Street one?!
You can see more details of this party on my blog, at: http://theshowerplanner.blogspot.com/2012/02/sesame-street-birthday-party.html
The dessert table was so fun to create! I tried matching desserts with different Sesame Street characters, and we ended up with Oscar the Grouch's Dirt Cake (complete with "Slimy the Worm" gummy worms), Cookie Monster's Cookie Cake, Ernie's Rubber Ducky Cupcakes (from the recipe book "What's New Cupcake?" http://www.hellocupcakebook.com/), and Elmo's "Swedish Fish Dorothy". Elmo was a last minute change...I was originally going to make little "fishbowls" with blue jello and gummy fish swimming in the bowls, but the project totally bombed the night before so I just stuck the fish into cups of ice cream...sometimes things don't always pan out like you think they will. The birthday cake was covered in fondant and the cupcakes were frosted with primary-colored buttercream. Oreo truffles were sprinkled with colored sanding sugar, and Rice Krispie treat "flowers" were dipped in chocolate and finished with an M&M in the middle. We also served strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and green grapes, so EVERYTHING was red, blue, green, and yellow! (Well, and chocolate too, you can't ever leave out chocolate no matter what your color theme is).
Activities / Games
Guests were invited to "Count with the Count", and basically guess how many pieces of candy were in each jar. They also went fishing for rubber duckies with Ernie (the number on the bottom of each duck corresponded to the prize), "Trash Toss" with Oscar (tossing crumpled-up pieces of newspaper into his trash bin), and "Arts and Crafts with Abby Cadabby", where they could make fairy wings, color pictures of Sesame Street characters, and create projects with homemade "play dough" (Sorry, the picture of the arts and crafts table is pretty dark).
I totally forgot to take pictures of the goody bags, but they were red lunch bags that contained Sesame Street themed items...a packet of Goldfish for Elmo, a packet of cookies for Cookie Monster, a puzzle with Abby Cadabby on it, etc. Each bag had a label attached that said "E is for Emily", "C is for Christopher", etc.
Singing happy 1st birthday to my son Ryan, of course! Although, watching all of the kids run over to hug Elmo when he made his big appearance was a close second.