When our daughter was turning one, I went through the long and arduous process of trying to figure out how decorate, what to cook, and if we’re being completely honest…how to impress those who came to our home for the occasion… To say I’m a wee bit of a perfectionist would be an understatement!
I knew I wasn’t a big fan of the pre-made decoration packs, you know, the cheesy plates and napkins plastered with cartoon characters my daughter wouldn’t even recognize. I was adamant that I do as much of it myself with the aid of a few awesome things I found online.
The theme I settled on was Sesame Street, largely due to the fact that that’s all we really let her watch and since she’s just started really following along and clapping to the “Word of the Day” song, if you’re picturing how cute this would be – rest assured – it’s just a cute as you’d imagine 😍
Obviously everything had to follow the theme and I was dead set on making food that I could give funny and silly names, thanks to a bit of help online and a minor amount of ingenuity, this is what I settled on:
1. OSCAR’S STINKY CHEESE & CRACKERS
2. COUNT’S CHIPS AND SALSA
3. GROVER’S SUPER FOODS (Veggies and Dip)
4. COOKIE MONSTER’S “NOM NOM” COOKIES
5. BIG BIRD’S DEVILED EGGS
6. BERT’S BERRIES & FRUIT
7. ELMO’S RED FRUIT PUNCH
8. ERNIE PALMER (Arnold Palmer – ICED Tea and Lemonade)
*** I used these awesome templates I found here, on Etsy: Sesame Street Templates ***
I also was able to download this Free Sesame Street Font which I used for a MILLION different signs for the party – you can download the font for free and load it on to your computer. I used Photoshop’s “paint bucket” to color it in.
Throw in a few balloons, some cute cups and tablecloth from my favorite boutique (Target), some delicious cupcakes and you’re all set!!!
As a side note, we hit a bit of a snag with the balloons I ordered as they weren’t quite ready, the awesome clerk threw in the Elmo balloon for free but only after telling me you could buy them at the Dollar Store and she had to give me a deal from one momma to another! SO… if you want to save some moolah, go to the Dollar Store apparently 😆