A couple of years ago I hosted an Elmo-themed birthday party for my kids. Even though there were unlimited supplies of packaged Elmo party kits, I thought it would be more fun to do it myself. But I have to admit that while it was great to flex my creative muscle, by the end I had become a little obsessed with that little red monster!
What would an Elmo party be without Elmo there? My goal was to decorate the party space with a ton of Elmo dolls. The only problem was that kids love Elmo, a fact that is not lost on retailers who charge ridiculous amounts for those dolls. However, one day I ended up at a consignment sale and came face-to-face with a bunch of inexpensive, barely-used Elmo dolls. So, definitely check out consignment sales and thrift stores if you are looking for these guys.
For the invitation I used red enclosure folders from one of my favorite paper stores - the Paper Source, and embellished them with a big picture of Elmo (the addition of the googly eyes was my son's idea and the kids loved it). I then inserted a flat card that contained all of the party info inside the folder.
Instead of using traditional birthday party hats, each guest received Elmo visors. These were so easy to make - you can purchase foam visors at any craft store and then just cut out the eyes and nose using white, black and orange foam paper. And two years later, my kids are still wearing them...
As a parting gift I just bought red pails, put a red ribbon on them and filled them with Elmo-themed stuff...simple.
Of course no child's birthday party would be complete without food or games. Here are some of the things I did for this one:
Serve Elmo-inspired food, like pizza (Elmo's favorite food), bananas (Elmo's favorite fruit) and goldfish crackers (in honor of Dorothy, Elmo's beloved pet).
Play Elmo-inspired games, like pin-the-nose on Elmo, guess the number of goldfish in the fishbowl and Elmo trivia.
Hope this helps anyone who might be planning a similar party...I'll be posting more do-it-yourself party ideas soon!