Saturday, September 15, 2012

Justin's Sesame Street birthday party: part 1.

Last weekend was Justin's 2nd birthday party.  The party was at Bubbles, a local Chicago children's "play" venue, and the theme was Sesame Street.

When I decided to have a Sesame Street theme, I knew that I did not want it to be too overtly Sesame (think Sesame Street party kits), so I decided to focus on bright primary colors and accent with Sesame Street decor.

It turned out great and I'm excited to share with you all a look at the party.  Keep on reading and have a look!


I wanted the invitation to incorporate the Sesame Street theme, but not be too Sesame (think pre-printed character invites). I also wanted to include a picture of the birthday boy.  I designed these with a few touches of Sesame Street - the sign, the "this party is brought to you ...." phrase and of course, Justin's t-shirt.

Birthday Shirt 
It's always fun to have a special birthday t-shirt! I was looking for something that said his age on it and that incorporated Sesame Street, but again, you know....not too much.  I found the perfect shirt on Etsy, from lilthreadzclothing.

Party Room Decor
I used Sesame Street character centerpieces and Sesame Street stuffed animals and placed them throughout the room, on the adults and kids tables, buffet table and snack table.

Centerpieces consisted of individual Sesame Street characters (Elmo, Cookie, Big Bird, Oscar, Ernie, Bert, Abby & Zoe) placed into colorful plastic buckets and adorned with tissue paper. Rainbow colored balloons filled the entire room.

Sesame Street Centerpieces: The Paper Cubby, Etsy
Plastic Pails: Party City
Striped Straw: That's A Wrap2, Etsy

Kids Table
Kid-sized chairs and tables were used, and the colors were green and yellow (the colors of the Sesame Street sign).  Each child's plate had a mini cup filled with goldfish crackers (a la Dorothy, Elmo's goldfish).  The cups were wrapped in Sesame Street wrappers (see below). 

Each chair had a colorful balloon tied to it that each child could take home and each table featured one of the Sesame Street centerpieces.

Cupcake Wrappers: That's A Wrap2, Etsy

Cake & Cake Table
The cake was great, in both presentation and taste. It tied closely to the birthday invitation and had the "Justin's Street sign" as well Justin's picture from the invitation.  To add some decoration, we placed Cookie and Elmo stuffed animals and a big bunch of balloons next to the cake.

And where was the tasty cake from? My favorite go-to cake place - Jewel! They have amazing buttercream frosting and delicious cakes.

Sesame Street themed Goody Bags
I wanted the goody bags to be cute, usable and thematic. I preferred to include a smaller amount of quality items rather than tons of random stuff.  So, with that in mind, each goody bag contained:
  • Sesame Street book
  • Sesame Street stickers
  • Rubber Duckie (a laErnie's rubber duckie)
  • Bag of goldfish (a la Elmo's goldfish Dorothy again)
  • Bag of cookies (a la Cookie Monster)
  • Bubbles (the only non Sesame item, but it was the name of the party venue, so that was my link!)
I ordered fantastic tags from Etsy, and added a personalized thank you message.  All of the items were placed into a colorful bag with tissue paper and adorned with the goody bag tag.

Gift Bag Tags: Twinkle Twinkle Little Crafts, Etsy
Sesame Street Stickers:

In addition to the above, we also had a few other "Sesame Street" themed items; we handed out Sesame Street necklaces to the kids to wear when they arrived. And, we played a great Sesame Street DVD in the background on a loop. Highly recommend this DVD to all Sesame fans, kids and adults alike - Sesame Street Singing with the Stars.

I had such a great time planning and finding items that matched the theme. Everything turned out great and most importantly, the birthday boy loved it and had a great time!  And to see some pictures of the birthday boy enjoying his party (and greeting his friends with bigs hugs & kisses!), visit this post


  1. That turned out so cute! Looks like Justin loved it! I especially loved the invite.

    1. Thanks Justine! It was really fun to plan. And yes, Justin had such a good time - he did not stop running for two hours!