Hosting an Elmo Themed Birthday Party
Here are tips for designing your invitations, decorations, music, activities, and food to resemble Elmo's World.
It's hard to believe Sesame Street has been around for over 40 years. That means it's possible your parents watched Sesame Street when they were young, then you viewed it, and now your children love it, too!
One of the most endearing characters to come out of the show's long history is Elmo. If your child is soon going to be celebrating a first or second (or beyond) birthday, then he or she is the perfect age for an Elmo themed birthday party.
Inviting Your Guests
The first step in planning your theme party will be creating invitations for your guests. Websites such as Evite make email invites easy. However, mailed invitations are still a time- honored tradition. Whichever route you choose, think of what you will write.
In Elmo's World, this furry little Muppet always refers to himself in the third person. So your invites should do the very same. For example, they may read:
"Elmo invites you to (your child's name)'s Birthday Party!" or
"Dorothy says, 'Come celebrate (your child's name)'s Birthday with Elmo!'"
"(Your child's name) and Elmo would love you to come to a party!"
Decorations are one of the best tools you have to create an atmosphere that resembles his television show. Each 10-minute segment of Elmo's World focuses on a specific theme, such as shoes, water, dogs, or babies. So you may wish to pick just one specific theme for your décor.
An Elmo birthday theme is filled with bright, cheery and primary crayon colors. A great way to replicate this is with large bunches of helium filled balloons in primary colors, or big playground balls. Geometric shapes can be cut out of colored poster board and taped to your walls. Or, you can cover a table with long strips of white paper and allow the guests to decorate it themselves in crayon, then hang this on a wall to resemble the walls of Elmo's home. Now, if you are lucky, perhaps you saved a whole variety of Sesame Street albums from your own childhood. These include "Sesame Street Fever" and "Oscar's Greatest Hits." If you are not the proud bearer of these vintage albums, you can find Sesame Street tunes at the store of their official website. These include "Groovy Music" and "Music from the 80s." Move to the beat!
Each episode of Elmo's World ends with Elmo singing a song about his show. He loves music, and he loves to dance, too. Play cheery songs such as the Bunny Hop, Hokey Pokey, and Mexican Hat dance so that the children can sing along and dance.
When it comes to planning activities, take into account how many parental chaperones you will have present, as well as how much mess you may wish to clean up, (or not have to clean up!) If you'd like to incorporate a craft with a game, provide paper lunch sacks or cotton socks, and art supplies such as poof balls, googley eyes, yarn, and crayons or paints. Have each child create his or her own Muppet, then put on a puppet show. For a more mess-free activity, turn a traditional game of "Simon Says" into "Elmo Says." You can also turn "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" into "Pin the Nose on Elmo."
Elmo is all about learning shapes and colors, so for a terrific tactile activity, provide children with colored dough and plastic cookie cutters in various shapes. Then, provide a list of instructions that have been "written by Elmo." For example, the instructions may read, "First, make a blue triangle. Next, make two green squares," and so forth.
Food and Drink
Elmo's cheerful smiling face certainly presents a great opportunity for an adorable and easy cake. Simply create one large cake and two smaller ones for his eyes. After baking, assemble into his face and decorate with red, yellow, white and black icing.
Another option would be cupcakes. Top each cupcake with light blue icing and an orange gummy fish, to resemble Elmo's goldfish Dorothy.
A fantastic main dish that everyone will gobble up is Monster Meatball Sandwiches. Here's how to make it:
- 1 and 1/2 pounds of ground pork or beef
- 1/4 cup of crushed cornflakes
Use about 2 tablespoons of meat for each meatball, rolling it in your hands to form a ball shape. Sauté the meatballs in olive oil for about 5 minutes each, until they are nice and brown. Drain off the excess oil on paper towels. Then, serve the meatballs on a soft roll, (with optional marinara sauce and provolone cheese.) This recipe is kid friendly, as it uses mild flavors of ketchup and cornflakes.
Another easy and delicious main dish can be served up with pasta salad made with mini wagon wheels or tri-colored spirals, along with colorful add-ins such as green peas, finely chopped carrots, and yellow corn kernels. Remember that small children have sensitive taste buds, so create a mild dressing for the pasta salad. Avoid pungent add-ins such as tuna fish and red onion.
If you wish to stick with light snacks, cheddar goldfish crackers make great finger food, and fruits such as watermelon and cantaloupe can be made into perfectly pretty, colorful round balls with a melon baller. You can even make pretty yellow stars with star fruit slices.