Our little Munchkin turned 2!! We had an amazing birthday party for her. She is a huge Elmo fan, and we are huge fans of turning up the volume a little bit. So, it was Elmo polka dot theme. Special appearances by Abby Cadabby and Zoe (Elmo's 2 best friends) as well as his goldfish Dorothy.
Having a party for a 2 year old with attendees that ranged from 10 months to 15 years (as well as many adults) was very fun to prepare for. We wanted to make sure that along with great food, company and music there was a lot to keep everyone occupied and having a great time!
We set up 3 main activity areas for the kids. Elmo's Bounce World, Elmo's Coloring World and Elmo's Ball World.
Elmo's Bounce World was fabulously easy. We simply rented a size appropriate bounce house (13"x13") with an Elmo banner. Chad created great signs to tell you where you were and what each activity was. The energy level was high and no child complained of boredom. Not to mention, after indulging in the sweets, what a great place to burn off the sugar. Bounce away! Bounce they did. Munchkin had an incredible time in the bounce house, she held her own with all the different ages of kids bouncing about like little Tiggers.
Elmo's Coloring World was put together with great attention to detail. All the kids had their own personalized coloring book which Chad created. We set out 2 buckets of crayons and used adjustable tables so they could be set to a child appropriate height. There was a tent over Elmo's Coloring World to keep the artists cool as they created their masterpieces and around the tent we created a beautiful crayon banner. Chad printed crayons on sheets of colored scrapbook paper in very bright primary colors. Those crayons were strung together to create this amazing banner. Our Munchkin as well as most of the other kids spent a great deal of time in Elmo's Coloring World and it may be part of her next party as well!
The final, and I have to say, most brilliant activity was Elmo's Ball World. The younger kids (ages 10 months to 4 years) especially enjoyed this activity. We laid down 2 tarps and taped them and anchored them. Munchkin's baby gates were connected around the play area and we put her little basketball hoop in the play area along with a dozen balls that matched the party colors. It was a great activity and everyone loved it! Along with the Elmo's Ball World sign, that you see off to the left, Chad designed character signs and attached them to the gates.
The guest tables were incredibly fun to decorate. We had 3 types of themed tables, Elmo theme, Abby theme and Zoe theme. Each theme had its own color scheme, polka dot punch outs and signs. We will share more details with you later.
There was a Memory Table set up in the house before you walk out to the fun. It included a memory book to write something in, gift bags for the party goers, along with a print of the party invitation and Munchkin's 2 year photo. 6 inch Elmo, Abby and Zoe dolls also made an appearance.
Out the back door the gift table sat and straight ahead was the fabulous Elmo's Eatery Tent. Three tables set up in a U shape. The beverage table to the left, food table to the right and the dessert table (the star of the show) was in the center.
The beverage table featured Rubber Ducky Punch. It was absolutely amazing. Cool and refreshing. There was not a drop left. Adults and kids alike passed up the soda and lemonade and enjoyed glass after glass of Rubber Ducky Punch.We found these adorable light up rubber duckies at the Dollar Tree and they were so much fun. The clear bowl and ladle were also scooped up at the Dollar Tree, what a find for an outdoor kids party!!!
Recipe adapted from Tidy Mom
Rubber Ducky Punch
1 packet blue berry, unsweetened Kool-Aid
1 (2 liter) bottle 7-Up
1 (64 oz) bottle white grape juice
1 cup sugar
8 scoops pineapple sherbet
2-3 Rubber Duckies (washed well)
Chill 7-Up and grape juice over night. Remove sherbet from freezer about 1/2 hour before serving punch to soften. In a punch bowl, combine Kool-Aid packet, sugar and chilled juice. Stir to blend. Slowly add chilled 7-Up. Float 8 scoops of softened sherbet on top. Add Rubber Duckies and serve!
Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com
We provided reusable plastic cups with crazy straws and lids for all the kids (I found these at Party City for 99 cents each) having cups with lids really saved on spills. Bottled water, lemonade, orange soda, Sprite and Coke were also on the table in adorable metal buckets I found at Target. There are little Sesame Street signs on the beverage and food tables that identify each item.
We decided to go with Elmo's favorites on the food table. Dorothy crackers (goldfish), Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza, Dipped Bananas and Cups of Veggies were the stars and they were all hugely popular and so simple.
The main attraction was of course the dessert table. The center of the dessert table featured a fantastic 3 tier cake (Amaretto filled with Vanilla Custard) With Munchkins name on a Sesame Street style sign. We also enjoyed decorated Elmo Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops, dipped Oreo's and Raspberry Lemonade cupcakes. It was quite the spread. Decorated with some candies and party favors in vases, it all came together beautifully.
We would like to thank Michelle from I Do Invitations by Michelle for the inspiration for this party. Especially for the dessert table and the memory table. It was so much fun to carry through these ideas and create everything ourselves.