Happy birthday, Baby! If your child is like most (except cuter, naturally!), she adores Sesame Street, and will know Elmo by name. So celebrate your sweetie’s first birthday with a Sesame Street 1st birthday party.
This classic children’s show has plenty of characters toddlers adore and readily recognize, including the Muppet Babies, Elmo, Big Bird, Zoe and more.
Easy Ways to Decorate
If you’re the creative type and have time on your hands, print out Sesame Street images and hang them on the walls of the party area at playful angles. Make sure to include plenty of color to appeal to your child and other young attendees.
Also try a Sesame Street theme centerpiece. This quick, inexpensive option decorates a party table in an instant and adds a festive atmosphere.
Your little one will also love a Sesame Street scene backdrop; place this where it will be viewed throughout the party, such as on the wall behind the treats table.
Party Packs: Keeping Things Simple
Try a party pack for your simplest solution. A party pack can be everything you need for your child’s party, or can give you a jumping off point by supplying all the basics, which you can then add to according to your baby’s personality and your creativity level.
Look for a pack that includes paper dinnerware, decorations and a party favor or two. Accessories such as birthday hats are also popular with young children.
Sesame Street Eats
You can dress up a 1st birthday party cake in an instant with candles that follow the party’s theme. (Be sure to put these aside after your youngster has blown out his candles; wash them well and put them in a “Baby’s 1st birthday” time capsule for him to open in a few years.)
Cupcakes are another favorite; they also give parents a way to put the sugar brakes on (“Just one cupcake, sweetie…oh, all done!” rather than the child requesting another, or a bigger, slice).
If you’ll be inviting older children to the party as well, consider a pizza party. Your one-year-old may not be able to eat the fare, but any invited adults will be thrilled, as will preschool and older children.
Be sure to ask parents of your little one’s guests whether any child has a food allergy or intolerance. If so, either make goodies that lack the offending food or have additional options available so everyone can join in the fun.
When It’s Over
Don’t forget to thank your guests for coming—no matter how young they are. Send a thank-you note addressed to the child, care of his or her parents. Three- and four-year-olds will be thrilled to be getting their very own mail, and the parents will be impressed that you think highly of the child. Yes, we know…you can hear Miss Manners in the background. Trust us—this one small step will go a long way and will make the party memorable to the adults as well as the kids.
You can have your child “sign” each thank-you note by dipping his finger in nontoxic paint or nontoxic pad ink and pressing it lightly to the paper. This small step will make the notes a treasure all by themselves…and your little one is guaranteed to love the process!