Our sweet & crazy, one and only girly girl turned three and she chose an Elmo/Sesame Street party as her theme. This was our first party to host in the new house… less than one month after we moved in. Stressful? A bit.
I made her invites and printed them on Shutterfly. I love how they turned out.
There were no shortage of ideas for Elmo parties on Pinterest, so this was an easy party to plan. I went with a primary color scheme for the actual party and used some things I already had around the house as well as lots of printables. This was, by far, the least prepared that I was for a party. I was still sewing her dress less than hour before go time. I also owed my family an apology for my host-zilla-ness that morning. Regardless, they rallied around me and helped me pull it off and we all had a great time!
Happy Birthday, Gracie!
Welcome to my party!
All ready to play host!
The indoor set-up
These character bags were fun to make. The kids used them for the Piñata candy.
The wall sign was a last minute purchase from Party City the night before the party. It was too cute to pass up!
The party table:
Elmo Cake & Cupcakes
Elmo fruit tray
The cups were filled with crayons, a little notebook, and a sesame street crazy straw.
This party is brought to you by
the letter G and the number 3!
Outside, we had plenty of space for the kids to run around and play ~ yay for the new backyard! We also had a few games & activities set up. The first stop was “Cookie Monster’s Cookie Creation Station.”
Ben making some play-doh cookies with Cole & Elise
We also had “Oscar’s Trash Toss.”
At first, I just had the kids line up and take turns tossing their trash. I soon found out that I had grossly overestimated their trash tossing skills and abilities. We quickly abandoned this method and moved on to…
…boys versus girls trash pick-up race! Racing and a crazy mama yelling “Go! Go! Go!” makes everything more fun, right?! :)
P.S. The girls won!
Gracie requested a Piñata, so we brought this little guy home. I will say there was something not quite right about beating this sweet Elmo until he fell apart and spilled his candy.
Take that, Elmo. And that. And that.
Patiently waiting for their turn to bring the hurt.
You ain't got no legs, Elmo.
(Read that last sentence in your best Forrest Gump voice).
Get your candy, folks!
Group shot – post candy mayhem!
Cake time! This picture cracks me up - Carter especially!
Singing to the birthday girl
Bri trying to get Noah to sing… he wasn’t interested.
Blowing out her candles!
Enjoying some cakey goodness with Mommy!
Taking a minute to recap the festivities with Grandad.
Despite all of the moving craziness and party planning craziness and all around “I’m naturally a little crazy” craziness, the kids had a blast at the party. I will, of course, do it all again because how can I not celebrate these three precious kiddos!
Courtesy of Sweetie, Elmo actually showed up at the party!
Thanks for coming, everyone!
If my kids had a rap CD, this photo would be on the cover… Ben is so gangsta
Noah says, “I’m outta here, crazies. Word to your mother… I mean my mother… I mean our mother… you know what I mean.”**
**To be technical and historically accurate… Noah only says “ball”.