I’ll start with the bad news. I’m sad to say I don’t have any pictures to share of Jacob’s graduation or our time at Great Wolf Lodge and I won’t be sharing detailed tutorials of Lily’s birthday decorations as planned because my husband accidentally deleted 1900 pictures off the camera to make room for Lily’s birthday photos!!! Yes, I cried – literally!! It doesn’t help that I’m pregnant and hormonal.
Some of the pictures are on the blog but I had several of the kids being silly and cute, hundreds of before and after photos of all the birthday crafts, diy projects and recent updates we have been doing over the last 3 weeks (all the furniture I’ve painted and the furniture reupholstered) – they are all gone!!
The good news is I have several pictures from Lily’s Sesame Street themed party to share!
If you recall these photos were my inspiration.
I can’t say the party went off without a hitch. The party started at 3 pm and at 2:30 decorations were still not hung! After 3 weeks of preparing, all the DIY crafts were made but I didn’t account for was being 8 months pregnant and unable to climb and hang the decorations myself. And Walt was running around getting food, ice and balloons so several of my “great” ideas went out the window. I know the kids could care less about the decorative paper fans or if their M&M jars had ribbons on it but I was still bummed because I thought I planned well but I still ran out of time!
Let’s start with the party decorations.
I didn’t want a lot of Sesame Street stuff I would never use again so I used a primary color scheme – red, yellow, blue (which ended up being a softer blue) and green. I started with the invitations (which were purchased from Precious Pixel for $5.00) and carried the color scheme throughout the party.
To avoid this already long post going on forever and ever, I’ll share more on how to make the decorations (minus the “in progress” photos that were mistakingly deleted) in an upcoming post. UPDATE: Click here to see tutorials on how to create the decorations.
I debated between a balloon wreath, a ribbon wreath and a present bow wreath. I couldn’t decide so I let my husband select and he and Jacob voted for the balloon wreath.
I’d planned on the paper lanters being spread out over the deck but this is what happens when you put a guy in charge. I shared my vision with him but he said he ran out of ribbon. That said Jacob was a big help in getting this set up to be hung.
While my husband and son picked the balloon wreath, I couldn’t let go of the ribbon idea so I decided to incorporate a ribbon ball as a centerpiece.
Thanks to Britt for hanging the decorations garland and helping set up the food! The paper fans didn’t make it up for the party. We ran out of tape and time. I added them for picture purposes.
The pom poms were made from tissue paper.
The circle punch garland is another tutorial I’ll share soon. I’m thinking about reusing this in the baby’s temporary nursery somehow.
By the way, did you notice the lone streamer? That was not the plan. I envisioned the whole ceiling be covered with streamers but when I started hanging the streamers, Walt scolded me and said he would take care of it. He got so busy that he never got around to it. So that one streamer is all that got hung.
I was actually impressed by the Sesame Street scene setter. It was $5.99 from Party City. It would have been a great backdrop for photos!
Guests arrived on time, however, Lily was still napping and we were still setting up. Pre-babies I was the host ready to go at least 2 hours before the party sitting around wondering when someone was going to show up – boy how times have changed!
Once Lily was up and dressed in her party attire, it was only 10 minutes before her daddy was bringing her back in screaming with a bloody nose. As I was calming her down and cleaning her up, a classmate of hers arrived and Lily was shouting her name through the washcloth pinching her nose and telling me she was ready to go back outside – she is a tough cookie!
We relied on a bounce house/slide to entertain the kids which proved to be a hit! I considered getting a pinata but I struggled with what to fill it with so we stuck with the bounce house. We placed Lily’s dry erase/chalkboard outside. We had a roll of art paper on a table (that doubled as a “tablecloth”) with a tin filled with crayons for kids to color on (which turned out to be a great keepsake for Lily). I also scattered several Sesame Street tattoos for the kids put on.
Lily showing me her Elmo tatoo.
One of the things I wasn’t able to make was this Cookie Monster bean toss. This may have been fun for the kids that didn’t want to get in the bounce house.Indulgy
I feel like I may have gone overboard on sweets because I didn’t have a cake. Instead, I had cupcakes and cookies. I attempted cake pops but they didn’t look much like my inspiration so I was hesitant to put them out.
A picture of Lily listing her favorite things was the centerpiece of the dessert table (see tutorial here). We had several cookies since Cookie Monster loves cookies.
For Lily’s cake, I used a small pre-made cake from Target. With my sister-in-law’s help, we added a street sign and an Elmo candle to personalize it. (I just noticed Elmo’s party hat broke off.)
Lily wasn’t sure what to think about the lit candle or singing. She just sank in her chair with shyness.
The above photo is her attempt to blow out her candle but she wasn’t even coming close. The other children are dying to help her.
With a litle lift, she managed to blow out her candle – thankfully there was only one.
Lily and Josie – awww
Lily eating an Elmo cake pop.
Josie, eating a messy cupcake.
I’m so appreciative that my friend, Alison, captured all the cake photos!
Then the kids were back off to play.
Lily needed assistance to get in. I didn’t realize this until late in the party or I would have added a step stool.
I knew I lost control when the kids took it upon themselves to bring Lily gifts to open. I hadn’t planned on opening presents but I was outnumbered.
Erin, I just noticed Barrett and Lily match!
Jacob helping Lily with her new shoes.
More Party Pics
A few more photos to wrap up the event!
I gave Lily two balloons since she is turning two. Tuck is two and wanted two balloons too. He tried to jump with them in the bounce house. You can guess what happened next.
I’m pretty sure it should be one at a time and she shouldn’t be wearing those shoes
Lily had an absolute blast!!
I love Shep’s expression in this photo!
Jacob was a great big brother and I think he even enjoyed the party himself!
Lily going back for seconds. If you look closely you can see Elmo in there.
The skirt that I made Lily that she refused to wear.
It worked out though! I love her party dress soo much more!
Thank You gifts
I had to sneak away to finish the thank you gifts. I’d forgotten all about putting the goodies in the bags.
With the thank you bags came a jar of M&Ms. They went perfectly with the color scheme!
I wanted to do a Sesame Street themed thank you bag of Lily’s favorite things but I couldn’t not find the Elmo fruit chews anywhere!! I’m convinced they stopped making them.
The party favors included a swiral drink cup that the kids could use during the party, bubbles (I glued a Sesame Street character to a plain pack of bubbles), an Elmo book, Sesame Street stickers, a Sesame Street character necklace (I loved working with this Etsy store owner), fruit chews and a jar of M&Ms. The dot bag is Spritz from Target (I glued a thank you sign to them to further the Sesame Street theme).
After Party Pics
We couldn’t get it together. Lily didn’t want to stop playing to take a photo. I gave her a kiss, then daddy gave her a kiss, then I looked at her then he looked at me then Lily looked away. Oh well!
The next day Walt woke up and said he had the post party blues. He was actually sad her party was over. I’m actually ready to move on and focus on the nursery but I think that’s because Lily isn’t 2 yet. She has 5 more weeks and we plan to celebrate again as a family of 5 so I feel like I have a little more time before I have to really put it behind me. I’m not ready for my little princess to age another year.
Thanks to everyone that made Lily’s birthday celebration so successful! She had a wonderful time!!
Click here to check out the tutorials on how to make these party decorations.
Sources: The Sesame Street scene setter, Sesame Street tattoos, Elmo candle, Elmo Icing Decorations for the cupcakes, red swirl cups with straws and paper lanterns (here is a less expensive alternative) were from Party City. The circle dot bags, the Elmo book (from the dollar bins) and bubbles are from Target. The stickers are from Walmart, the M&M jars are from Ikea, the necklaces I found on Etsy. The printables (the Sesame Street street signs, birthday banner and round/scalloped thank you or sesame street characters) were free. I won a gift card to an Etsy store that is no longer in business. My only feedback on purchasing printables from Etsy is be prepared to use a lot of ink. I went through a whole cartridge printing the paper products.