Monday, February 20, 2012

Munchkin's Elmo Themed 2nd Birthday Party w/ Rubber Ducky Punch


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 really hope you enjoyed this sneak peak.  We will be sharing recipes and more party details tomorrow!!!  Hope to see you back.

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.

29 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, what an adorable party! Can I just say I am jealous of your beautiful weather! I could not imagine holding an outside party in Feb in Iowa! I am starting to plan our little misses 1st b-day for March 25th - thinking a caterpillar theme!

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  2. Fun pictures, Donna. The kids had a great time!

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  3. What a beautiful party!!!
    I´m sure children enjoyed it!
    Love from Spain
    Marialuisa

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  4. Happy Birthday to your little one! What a cute party. I'm totally jealous of the people who are in shorts due to your warm weather!

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  5. W O W, you did a great job seriously!

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  6. Those were the days...and it looks as if you are thoroughly enjoying them!

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  7. Simply adorable!!!

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  8. Hi there! Adorable decorations, I was wondering where you found the Elmo Graphic for the Bounce House? :)

    Thank yOU!!

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    1. Jennifer, the graphic came with the bounce house. It is a banner that the company offered as a choice.

      The other signs were designed by my husband. Thank you.

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  9. blue hawiian punch, pina colada mix frozen and sprite with a few scoops of ice cream a lot easier and is very good

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  10. Hello, I am in love with this party..So much attention to detail! I am wondering were you got your die cuts (the Dorthy and the buffet tags) they are so cute and would love to incorporate them into my daughters birthday
    thanks allot for posting so many great ideas.

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  11. Hi Meghan, thanks for stopping by. My husband actually designed them. You can email him at tsri@beyora.com to get details.

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  12. What an amazing party- what a lucky child!

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  13. I love these ideas! What did you use to dip the bananas?

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    1. I used chocolate almond bark. Cut the bananas, put a lollipop stick in and freeze them. Dip in melted but cooled chocolate and then dip in sprinkles. Store in freezer until ready to serve. Hope that helps.

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  14. I love these ideas! What did you use to dip the bananas?

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    1. Oh and the white chocolate is Nestles white chocolate chips.

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  15. I love, love, love this! I couldn't decide what I wanted to do for my daughter's 2nd birthday and I am completly sold! She loves Elmo and will love her party in October! Thank you for your great ideas!

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    1. Thanks Jenn! It was absolutely the most fun party I have ever thrown! Have a wonderful party and let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to help!

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  16. Aww! I wish I could have seen Abby Cadabby, Zoe, and Dorothy. :D Anyway, this birthday party is awesome! I’m sure your little munchkin enjoyed seeing his favorite cartoon characters on his special day. The activities you prepared for him and your visitors were really fun and the food and desserts really looked appetizing. I bet your guests really enjoyed the party!

    Nita Digirolamo

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  17. Please Please Please tell me how you made all the signs for the food. :)))

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  18. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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  19. How cute you did a great Job! Im planning my daughters birthday a Butterfly theme party! Hope i can come up with some great ideas :)

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  20. Parties for kids will surely be a memorable and enjoyable one when it has something unique to offer like that rubber ducky punch. Cheers for a job well done on that Elmo party theme.

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  21. I love how you decorated everything. I'm planning on a Abby Cadabby and Elmo theme birthday for my daughter this May and was wondering how you went about printing the big Elmo signs? Please do share any ideas or suggestions if you can. Thank you so much

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    1. How exciting! We printed everything out on our personal printer and taped the sheets together if necessary. (On the back side of of course). Enjoy and have a great party!

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  22. Do you sell or give away the printables for your party?? I am also doing an elmo party and doing a bounce house and a ball station. Let me know!! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Allison, I am sorry but we don't the party was about 2 years ago.

      I am so happy that you love it, good luck with your party!

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