Friday, May 14, 2010

DIY Elmo Party

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!


Michelle said...

I love your ideas! We are planning an Elmo themed party for our daughters 1st bday :) what did you do for cake?

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Hi Michelle - I ordered a cupcake cake from Sam's's a link that shows what it looked like (it's the cake in the upper left-hand corner of the pic)...

Good luck with your party and thanks for stopping by!

jansary said...

Great Ideas!! I'm planning an elmo themed party for my son's 1st birthday as well and I love your elmo pails. What did you use for the face? I'm planning on making them as centerpieces.

Hatter and Hare Events said...

Jansary - The elmo face pictured behind the pail is actually an easter basket. I used it as a centerpiece as well by tucking the strap of the basket inside and placing a vase of flowers in the base of the basket. You might want to check online like at Amazon or eBay to see if you can get one.

Hope you have a great party!

The Cutes and Scoots Show said...

Thanks for the ideas. Do you mind sending me an image of the invitation wording or telling me what it says. I have a 2 yr old and 4 yr old combo birthday party we are planning as well and was trying to figure out how to put BOTH names on the invite. Looks like you were able to do it but couldn't see the whole thing.

PS I found my Elmo Easter Baskets at Target this year!! Can't wait to use them!

Anonymous said...

SOOOO cute am planning an Elmo party for my daughters first birthday your ideas are very helpful!

Anonymous said...

Love all your idea's so I had to pin you. Next month is my daughters 2nd birthday and Elmo is the theme... LOVED your ideas. I had one question though. What size are the red pails?


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