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Andrew’s Third Birthday Party

My sweet baby boy is no longer a baby at all.  He turned three this past weekend.  He’s technically a toddler and really is already turning into a little man.  Celebrating his birthday is absolutely one of the most special occasions for our family, as we mark another year that he has filled our lives with joy.

Now that he is at the age where he kinda sorta understands birthdays, I wanted to plan a party that he would really love and I didn’t need to look much further than a show we watch together and enjoy often, Sesame Street.  We love Sesame Street for its fun characters and inventive educational messages, so I thought it would be a great inspiration for a toddler birthday.  I decorated in a bright color palette of red, yellow, green and blue with some orange thrown in, and tried to incorporate some of the characters from the Street into the decor as well as the games we played.  Ben and I did most of the decorating for the party very late the night before the party while he was still sleeping, so when he woke up in the morning the house was mostly set up and ready to go.  Watching the excitement on his face as he walked from room to room discovering all the party games and decor was the best part of the day for me.  His smile just kept getting bigger and bigger – so adorable!

I think the invitations really help set the tone for any event, so I wanted something bright and fun in keeping with the Sesame Street theme.  I enlisted the help of my amazingly wonderful graphic designer Ryan and this is what he came up with.  I love love love his addition of the googly eyes in “noon”!  I thought my addition of “This party brought to you by the letter A and the number 3” was very clever – that is, until I did some internet searching and found that pretty much all Sesame Street parties before have done the same thing.  Ah, well, the idea was new to me :)

The front door was decorated with a “Sunny Days” sign, and there were numerous bright yellow tissue poms in the entryway to greet guests and recall the famous Sesame Street theme song.

The centerpiece of the main food/dessert table was the DIY cupcake tower with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch cupcakes.  I also made a 6-inch smash cake for the top tier so Andrew could blow out his candles :)  These cupcakes were so much fun to make and everyone loved them.  (I’ll post a tutorial for decorating the cupcakes in the future.)  The cake flavor was vanilla bean with vanilla buttercream frosting.

Since Sesame Street definitely makes a point to emphasize healthy eating, “Eat Your Veggies” cups and “Fun Fruit Pops” were a fun way to incorporate that concept while also providing some more nutritious fare.  I was a bit worried about kids eating the fruit skewers so I made sure to cut off the pointy ends.  The kids loved them, and I think they were Andrew’s favorite food at the party.

Any kid or parent who watches much Sesame Street these days knows the theme song to the Elmo’s World segment very well.  I made a play on that and Elmo’s pet goldfish by serving goldfish crackers in cute little party cups.  This ever-popular kiddo snack was a huge hit and kids kept grabbing a cup here and there throughout the party.

Cookie Monster is a puppet after my own heart so of course I had to do a “C is for Cookie” platter.  The cookies included were homemade Oreos, soft frosted sugar cookies (recipe to come), and thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies.  This was definitely one of my favorite things about the party :)

The other goodies on this table included “magic banana wands” (a nod to the Fairy School segment of Sesame Street), caramel corn, brightly colored lollipops and red, yellow, green and blue bottles of Izze with fun striped straws.

Since the party was during lunchtime, I served additional food to make sure everyone was able to have a full meal.  The spread included caprese pasta salad, spinach feta dip with pita chips, pineapple chicken salad with honey wheat and brioche buns, and a veggie tray.  (I didn’t really use a recipe for the pasta salad, just sort of threw it together.  I’ll post the recipe later if people are interested.)

My best friend Amanda helped me brainstorm a lot of fun ideas for party games that the kids could play.  She is brilliant, I tell you!  Since the kids attending the party were mostly Andrew’s age or younger we kept the games very easy, simple and fun.   Oscar’s Trash Toss was incredibly easy to set up – just a metal trash can with crumpled up junk mail for kids to toss into the bucket.  It was such fun to watch them play this game!

A bowl full of water and some little rubber ducks made up Ernie’s Rubber Ducky Pond.  Each duck had a number labeled on its belly that corresponded to three different prizes.  Kids could match up the number duck they chose and claim a prize.  I remember playing a game similar to this at the school carnival when I was a kid and I loved it.

Count with the Count was a quick little display board I whipped up with not much more than wrapping paper and stickers.  Kids could count the various shapes and look under the flap to see the answer.  (I think this would also be great in a kindergarten classroom!)

Bubbles with Big Bird was definitely the most popular game with the kids because it involved playing outside.  This wasn’t really a game at all – just a couple bubble buckets and a bubble generator.

As you can see, the birthday boy thoroughly enjoyed himself.   We lucked out with really great weather on the day of the party – mid 70’s and sunny.  Can’t beat that!

He got so excited about blowing out his candles that he blew them out before we were even finished singing “Happy Birthday”!  It was hilarious.

Watching him “eat” his smash cake was equally hilarious.  He really didn’t eat much of it at all, mostly just smeared icing all over his face.  Classic.

Of course I can’t resist any opportunity to decorate sugar cookies so I made some as party favors from our sponsors, the letter A and the number 3.

His real cake time came after all the guests had left, and then he chose to enjoy an Oscar cupcake.  Oh, how I love this boy!

Vendor Information
Invitation design: Second Street Creative
Custom party printables: TomKat Studio (birthday banner, game signs, food labels, favor tags)
Party decor: Shop Sweet Lulu (yellow tissue globes, drinking straws, popcorn boxes, plates, napkins, utensils)
Party decor: Target (tablecloths, polka dot wrapping paper, rubber ducky bowl)
Party decor: Card and Party Factory Outlet (rubber duckies, balloons, streamers)
Veggie cups: Smarty Had a Party
Green and yellow goldfish cups: Wilton (found at Joann’s with the spring line)
Sesame Street stuffed characters: Target and Amazon
C is for Cookie t-shirt: Sesame Street Store

  • Lou

    are you kidding? did you make all that yourself? all the cookies and cupcakes? you are an amazing mother. i’m sure your boy loves you very much, as much as you love him. i can’t imagine my mom ever doing that for me, never. it’s amazing. i kept saying OMG while i scrolled down. there were more and more amazing treats and ideas that appeared. how long did it take you to make all those? a week? youre a super mom, really. im still gobsmacked. it looks like he had a lot of fun and i wish him a happy birthday, and all the health and happiness to your sweet boy.

  • Hind

    Great party and amazing treats..Happy Birthday :)
    how did you manage to make all the foodies without being pressured? my son’s 2nd birthday is coming up and i am planning to host a party. so how do I pre-schedule the time and food??

  • Annie

    Aw, how sweet of you to say :) It’s true, my kids have my heart and I am completely nutso about them! I started on the party prep about a week in advance so I just did a little bit every day. It actually made it pretty stress free at the end because everything was all made and I just had to set it out.

  • Emily

    Annie, you make me want to have kids so I can create birthday parties like this. You are such a cool mom, I would’ve died if I had one as cool as you growing up!

  • http://www.clairekcreations.com Claire @ Claire K Creations

    Wow! What a fantastic Birthday party. You did a fantastic job. Those cupcakes are adorable.

  • http://www.catelinden.com Cate

    What an AWESOME party! It looks like Andrew had a great time. I am also in shock that you made all of that yourself. Do you by any chance have the recipe for the soft frosted sugar cookies? They look fantastic.

  • http://www.dublinwithfoodallergies.blogspot.com/ Aurea

    maybe the theme has been done before but i bet that they rarely looked as amazing as Andrew’s party! WOW! ..and i thought i themed… you rock!

  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    That is so lovely. Even at my age I’d like someone to throw a party like that for me.

  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I think that is the cutest birthday party ever and Andrew is adorable!

  • Annie

    Yes, I’ll be posting them in the next few weeks. They are SO good, I am excited to share them!

  • Lindsey

    Your parties are always gorgeous and detailed! Everything is so inspiring. I can’t wait to see what you do with Caroline’s 1st birthday!

  • http://afeitar.blogspot.com Helen

    This looks like the best kids party ever! I love it. What a fab Mum you are.

  • Lauren

    You are unbelievable!! What a great party

  • Kristin

    What a fabulous party! Do you suppose either my 14 or my 16 year old would let me copy it for their next birthday? I really don’t know how you have so much energy left after your everyday career & family demands! You’re an inspiration.

  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Ok, it’s official… when my husband and I have kids of birthday party age, I am flying you up to Boston to help with the planning :). You are so talented! Everything looks perfect – truly a 3 year old’s dream. Happy Belated Birthday to Andrew!

  • http://www.fromapples2zucchini.com Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini

    Happy Birthday to Andrew and amazing job on his party! All of his friends are going to call you the cool Mom. : )

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen @ What’s Baking in the Barbershop?!

    What an amazing party for an adorable little boy! I can’t believe you did all that yourself. Fabulous!!

  • http://pufftobuff.wordpress.com Amelia

    Annie, you are absolutely super mom! You can truly tell how much you love your family and how happy your kids make you (you glow). The party looks like a blast and Andrew just gets more adorable with every picture you post! I’m glad the party was a hit. :)

    I am also envious of the temperatures in the 70’s up there. Charleston, SC has been well into the 100’s + with the heat index lately. Very hard to breathe with the humidity.

  • http://cookingonwhim.blogspot.com/ Erin

    That looks amazing! Want to throw a birthday party for me next month? haha :)

  • http://lessonsinfood.wordpress.com thecookingteacher

    Out of ALL the blogs out there you take the cake. HOW do you do this all and work full-time? As a doctor no less! I’m a teacher, no kids yet of my own, who used to cater as a personal chef and I dont think I could have pulled this with out my staff and you do it all by yourself with a toddler and a new baby. You do amazing things and inspire us all that this kind of stuff is possible!

  • Andrea

    Adorable!!! You are so creative! Your son is so lucky to have such a great mom like you!

  • http://sarahkoller.com Sarah

    Your party looks amazing- so inspiring!

  • Jessica

    AMAZING! Is there anything you DON’T do?? :)

  • http://emptyarmsfilled.blogspot.com Katherine S.

    Wow, you are so talented! The party looked great, awesome job!

  • http://sherrilynnpuz.blogspot.com/ sherri lynn

    This is the most impressive birthday party I’ve ever seen! I loved Sesame Street as a kid and kind of wish I had had this party! I loved that Sesame Street was so easy to incorporate into both the food and games (not to mention great, bright colors for the decorations!). I am definitely going to use this as a reference later down the road. And I can’t wait for that recipe for the soft frosted sugar cookies. Those cookies are the best!

  • http://www.fatcontrolfreak.blogspot.com Gia

    Annie, your parties (the food, decor, EVERYTHING) are always so impressive. I absolutely love looking at the pictures and have been waiting for this recap!

  • Mattie Pontecorvo

    Thank you for sharing this amazing event. You did an excellent job-totally awe inspiring!

  • http://johnsjournal-maria.blogspot.com Maria

    wow, you’ve outdone yourself….amazing. Loving all the colors, I bet your kiddo was in heaven. what a fun party!!

  • Kelly

    This is amazing!!!! I can’t believe you did all this yourself. Everything looks so professional and fantastic. I want this to be my birthday party and I am way to old for a Sesame Street theme! Ha. Looks fabulous!

  • http://www.peanutblossom.com Tiffany | Peanut Blossom

    I would absolutely love to see you post about how you broke down the party work over the week ahead. That is something I really struggle with. This is one of the most awesome birthday parties I’ve seen and I’m dying to know how you pulled it off! I’m starting to think it is from sacrificing any sleep at all because I’m not sure where else you’re getting all the time to do what you do!

  • Maria K.

    What an amazing party! Your son (and daughter) are lucky to have you as parents!!
    Could you please tell me where you got the veggie sticks cups/glasses and the cups that you put the goldfish in? Thanks so much!!

  • Kathi B

    Annie, what an adorable party! You did an amazing job with the decorations and food. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://katiebirdflies.blogspot.com Kate Thompson

    My son just turned four. The enjoyment of the birthday song was incredible; looks like his was too. Wonderful party planning!

  • Shauna

    Annie, this is amazing! I can’t wait to use some of these ideas for Maya’s birthday!

  • http://www.hezzi-dsbooksandcooks.blogspot.com Hezzi-D

    You are amazing! As a kid I would have loved a party like this. Everything was so colorful and fun. I especially like the A and 3 party favors-what a cute idea. I can’t beleive you did this all on your own. I bet Andrew loved it! He looks adorable eating his smash cake.

  • http://ryanbakes.com Ryan

    Oh my goodness, what a fantastic party! The thought and detail you put into this is just beautiful! I know everyone had a wonderful time.

    I would love to see the recipe for caprese pasta salad. I was actually looking for a recipe for that recently and yours looks delicious!

  • http://www.chileanflavor.blogspot.com Mohana

    Amazed again! I was so looking forward to your post, and it was so worth the wait! You did it again, girl! It looks divine and I bet it tasted even better! My favorite pic of all is the one you are feeding Andrew a cupcake. The look in your face speaks for a billion words!

  • http://palegirlinthecity.tumblr.com (Another) Annie

    What an awesome party! I love all the simple yet creative details, like Elmo’s goldfish and Count with the Count. It’s proof that you don’t need a ton of expensive, fancy items to have a ridiculously adorable kid’s birthday party. Happy 3rd birthday to Andrew!

  • http://cookingwithlt.blogspot.com Laura

    Annie, I LOVE when you post your party recaps. You are so creative and talented. I want you to come throw me a birthday party this summer! It looks like your birthday boy had a fabulous time!

  • http://nicandkier.blogspot.com Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa

    Wow – I never knew I wanted a Sesame Street themed birthday party until this moment. Do you think it would be weird if I pulled out all the stops for my 28th???

    Maybe I should just have a kid so I can do this. Everything is absolutely beautiful!

  • http://fromtheheartsof.blogspot.com Amber @FromTheHeartsOf

    Wow! I had no idea you were in Avon, I work near Avon and live on the eastside of Indianapolis. That party is too cute! And the cupcakes are to die for!!

  • Bridget

    That is so creative! What a fun party idea. So much better than Chuck E Cheese etc… reminds me of the parties we had when I was growing up.

  • http://www.twotinybirds.blogspot.com Ricki

    What a fantastic party! Every last detail looks amazing!

  • Annie

    I just added that to the vendor list at the bottom of the post. Sorry, I knew I would forget something!

  • Annie

    Hi Tiffany,
    If you look up the posts I did about planning for Thanksgiving, I used basically the same method for this party. I just do a few tasks every day for about a week prior to the party so that I’m not spending the entire day before with preparations. My planning may seem a bit crazy/OCD to some, but I swear it makes everything go so smoothly once it’s party time!

  • Jen M O

    You are so talented. What a great party theme!

  • http://www.cakesinacupbycindy.com Cakes in a Cup by Cindy

    Your son’s party was AMAZING!!!
    Great work :)

  • http://masquesoporfavor.tumblr.com Alison of a Gun

    Annie! Are you a robot?! How is this even possible?! You’re a doctor and a wife and a mom and a blogger and you pulled off the most incredible party I’ve ever seen?! WHAT IS HAPPENING??? Whatever you inject yourself with at work, send me some. I promise I’ll send you some of whatever I end up making! ;-)

  • http://www.foodiebride.com Shawnda

    We love Sesame Street! Thanks for sharing your fun party ideas!

  • fleur

    Bonjour Annie,

    Je suis tombé par hasard sur ton blog et j’avoue que j’en suis très contente, il est magnifique, j’ai feuilleter chaque page les une après les autres et j’ai découvert des merveilleuses recettes!
    Bravo pour tout le travail que tu fais, tu as des doigts de fées.
    Tu as une magnifique famille, félicitation.
    A bientôt je vais pas manquer de te suivre même si c’est en Anglais ;)
    Bye

    Fleur

  • Kristen

    Annie the party looks just incredible!!! I am SO excited about the sugar cookies, they are just about the only store bought dessert I enjoy, I can’t wait to have a homemade version!!!

  • http://madeinsonoma.blogspot.com/ Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    Andrews is so lucky to have you as a mom! Your parties always look absolutely amazing! You’re a miracle worker! ha!

  • http://ellysaysopa.com elly

    Annie, you are amazing – but you already knew that. :) Seriously, this party is incredible, all the food looks great, and the details look even better. I’d say I’m in awe, but really this is not surprising at all coming from you. :)

  • Jackie Gonzales

    AMAZING PARTY! I love party planning and I’m always looking for great ideas; how did I know I would find such good ones here? Annie, I just love your blog! I love every recipe I’ve tried and I appreciate you putting so much time into it. I would love your caprese pasta salad recipe; I’m planning on making something like that this weekend and would like to try yours :)

    Thanks again!

  • Paula B.

    Oh my! Andrew sure had a fun birthday party. Annie, I think you outdid even your esteemed and oh so capable self – from the invitationa to the desserts, everything was a “Wow”! Well done, parents.

  • http://www.kitchen-concoctions.com Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    You have the BEST parties! Can’t wait for the cupcake tutorial!

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    This is unbelievable! You thought of every adorable detail! Love all of it :)

  • Sallt

    Dude, I never cry, like never. But these something about these pictures got me chocked up and next thing I know, tears are streaming down my face. What an amazing, amazing party. Your little boy must’ve had an absolute blast.
    Thank you for sharing with us. I’m stealing a bunch of your ideas!

  • Kristi

    Wow, I can’t believe you did ALL of that! Impressive! I’d love to know the details of the Caprese salad!

  • Laura

    Wow! I love seeing how people celebrate their kids’ special days. What a beautiful expression of your love. I’m sure he’ll never settle for the overpriced party places now … they just won’t compare to what you give him at home! :)

  • Danielle

    Awww, I LOVE this post!!!!! You did an amazing job on your son’s party, right down to the teeny-tiny details!!! He is so blessed to have such an awesome mommy! And I bet you feel pretty blessed yourself, huh?! :)

  • http://thenailaholic.blogspot.com thenailaholic

    I think I like this even more than last year’s party. How in the world do you find the time??! You make me feel like a bad mom and I don’t even have kids yet! lol Can’t wait to see the first birthday party you’ll have planned for the littlest little one!

  • http://centralcooking.blogspot.com Kayla

    Everything looks incredible! Your kids as so lucky :D

  • Annie

    There really are no words for how blessed I feel to have such wonderful children. I am so lucky!!

  • Cheryl

    You are amazing !! I would love your recipe for the pasta salad !!

  • http://bakeitafterall.blogspot.com Meghan

    I love everything about the party!!! Andrew is such a lucky little boy :)

  • http://ameliagrazia.blogspot.com Amy

    This is so adorable! Great job. Maybe you should be a party planner!!! So, so cute!

  • http://www.sweetflours.blogspot.com Alli

    Seriously AMAZING! All the details are just insane but, what really caught my eye was how brave you were to let Andrew eat that grouch cupcake on your beautiful couch!

  • Laurel

    WOW! This belongs in Martha Stewart Magazine. Simply beautiful. I feel sorry for the moms of Andrew’s future classmates. You will blow them out of the water when it comes time for birthday treats and class parties.

    I am continually inspired by how you can juggle so many things. You are super woman. Way to go, Annie!

  • http://thegirlwriter.blogspot.com Jamie-Lee

    WOW I’m SO impressed! I wish my birthday parties as a kid were even half as awesome!

  • http://www.katieemrich.blogspot.com katie

    So cute! What great game ideas!

  • http://itsthecookiemonster.wordpress.com/ Connie the Cookie Monster

    andrew is such a lucky boy, look at the parties you throw him!! great job annie! i think you should think about being an event planner too! :)

  • Annie

    Hahaha, that’s why I’m holding it :) But, the couch is microfiber so it wipes up pretty easily. He makes a giant mess on it every single day! Just part of having kids, I guess.

  • patty jimenez

    amazing party! love all the creativity. I did an elmo theme for my daughter’s 2nd birthday, it was nothing like yours. love it! i gotta keep all this in mind for next time..

  • Jani

    Wonderful – as perfect as all your parties seem to be! And of course, we’d love the caprese pasta salad recipe . . . sounds so yummy. :)

  • Kathy

    WOW! Love it! Would love the “recipe” for Caprese Salad!!!

  • http://agiltnutmeg.wordpress.com/ Emily

    What a BRILLIANT job, Annie!! Can’t wait till I have kids so that I can try and be just as great a Super-Mom as you :D

  • http://emilialiveslife.blogspot.com/ Emilia

    I really cannot get over how absolutely adorable everything is! You must have one happy kid on your hands :) Love all the different “stations” brilliant idea

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    I could not stop smiling while I read this post. It is so touching to see how much thought and care you put into that party.

  • Alicia

    What a fantastic party! Andrew is such lucky little boy. I can’t wait until I have kids so I can plan parties like this.

  • http://karisann.com Karis’ Kitchen

    Wow, I am amazed. You did such a wonderful job with each element of the party!!

  • http://www.maggiecooks.wordpress.com Maggie @MaggieCooks

    WOW I can’t believe your baby boy is now 3!!!
    How time flies! He looks a lot like you! so cute!
    I’m planning on making a cupcake tower for my nephew first birthday! I’m looking forward for your next posts! Thank you for sharing your recipes :)

  • Laura

    Wow, I can’t believe he’s 3 already! I remember when you were KU with him! (I used to be on WC). Happy birthday Andrew! Looks like you did a fabulous job! = )

  • http://hyethymecafe.blogspot.com/ Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

    Wow! What an awesome party! Very colorful and clever! The only thing that would make me nervous would be the fruit skewers with little kids. I still remember getting a big box of Sesame Street goodies on my 3rd birthday. I can still remember sitting on the kitchen floor opening the box and pulling out a big poster and all kinds of books, etc. I still have the books somewhere. There was one about shapes, another was counting with the count, etc. I wonder if they still make those?? I’m sure your party was a HUGE hit!! :)

  • Rachel

    OMG. This party is sooo stinkin’ cute. I love all of the details – from the food (Elmo & his goldfish – easy & genius!) to the games (the Oscar game? love it! the Rubber Ducky game? Amazing!) to the decor. Job WELL done! Kudos on the simply adorable party!!!

  • http://www.stuffgrowing.blogspot.com EG

    You’re so clever and I can’t WAIT for the soft frosted sugar cookies recipe! Those chocolate chip cookies are the best ever!

  • http://southernbellejm.blogspot.com SouthernBelleJM

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!! I don’t even have kids yet, but I starred this post in my reader:)

  • Waheeda

    wow! everything looks amazing! would you mind sharing about how much it cost to put together?

  • http://whatscookinchicago.com Joelen

    Annie, you did a fabulous job! I’ve been bookmarking party ideas, one of which is for a Sesame Street party, and I *love* how you executed it for Andrew’s bday. I love the games you incorporated and the food/treats/setup looks fantastic as always. Great job and happy belated bday to Andrew!

  • Amy

    WOW! All of the food, decor and games make me wish I was at that party! You are truly fantastic!

  • http://cookingbride.wordpress.com Lisa @ The Cooking Bride

    Oh my gosh, that is the cutest party ever! I did love the invitations and the googly eyes in the word noon.

  • Stephanie

    You always have the best birthday ideas! I love your blog and am constantly amazed by the quality of your work and always wonder how you have the time to do it all. You are one organized woman. And, your kids are totally adorable! Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.renaewest.com Jessica

    WOW! He’s lucky to have an amazing mom like you. You are so creative, the party looks amazing, and the food looks delicious!

  • Neera

    Just amazing!!!

  • Sally

    Can you point me to the direction of the clear veggie cups? I see you provided the website but I’m having a hard time finding your exact cups.

  • http://www.thecurvycarrot.com Shanon

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com/ Katrina

    Annie, you are absolutely amazing. Clearly a lot of work went into this party and it paid off! Everything is so beautiful. Great job!

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    What a wonderful day!

  • http://www.momonamission.me Jackie Brown

    Oh wow, I’m so impressed with your “at home” party. You blow me away with your decor and food. I’d love to do a party like that some day, but my excuse if four kids. Maybe some day, I’ll get my ducks in a row. I’ve got another chance. My little one just turned one so I’ll be referring to this post on her next birthday:)

  • Annie
  • http://everydayreading.blogspot.com Janssen

    This is SO darling – you really are wonderwoman. The people you invited must wonder how they got lucky enough to be on your list of friends.

  • Amy (Sing For Your Supper)

    Oh Annie!! Just when I thought nothing could top the Dr. Seuss party!! Everything looks perfect and adorable!!!! Andrew is a very lucky kid!!!

  • http://apronappeal.com Apron Appeal

    I’ve learned that although there is LOT to do in throwing a themed party, it leaves you with blog posts to last you A LONG TIME. And I must say, when I saw that you had soft sugar cookies w/ frosting I was a little stunned…no RI?…then I kept reading….and there they were. :)

  • http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com Ellen

    Wow everything looks amazing! What a super cute birthday party.

    I LOVE those little veggie cups too, I just ordered them for myself too. Now I need to think of a creative way to use them.

    Ellen

  • Shandy

    I’m 2 weeks from giving birth to my second child and my first child will also be 3 in August. I would LOVE it if you could post how you decorated the Sesame Street cupcakes. So cute! I want to copy your theme right down to the fruit pops.

  • Jessie

    His parties look so fun I want to come! Nice job!

  • http://tessascolors.blogspot.com/ Tessa

    Wow! You are a true artist! Loved the idea! Great job!

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com Urban Wife

    Annie, I am in complete AWE at your party throwing skills! Holy goodness…and especially with a newborn in the house. :) I can (somewhat) relate as I just threw a surprise ‘Superhero/Comic Book’ themed party for my hubbie’s 30th. I was prepping for what felt like days on end (I like the DIY down to every last detail route) but isn’t it just worth it, seeing all the fruits of your labor?! :) You certainly made wayyy more stuff than I did but again, wow. I am still smiling. That pasta salad looks great – I would love to see a recipe for it. Again, fantastic job! I’m sure your son will appreciate this as the years go by. :)

  • Kelly

    Simply amazing!! You are one talented Momma!! Oh, and I love the carrots & celery cups!! As a kid, that was one of my favorite Sesame Street songs. Three cheers for Captain Vegetable!!

  • http://www.the-baker-chick.com Audra@The-Baker-Chick

    I am going to add to the other hundred comments and express how in awe I am of this party. You are DOCTOR too? I feel like such an under-achiever. :)

  • http://www.myfudo.com Marisa

    I loved ever bit of this, it must have taken a long time with the planning. This is amazing, the games, everything from the dessert table.

  • Sharon

    Oh wow! When I read this, the only thing I can think is: Did she made that all alone? and Oh she is so an amazing mother!

    You really have to be a briliant mom! I’m shure your boy will get a handsome man with a mom like this :)

  • Ria

    What an incredible party! Wonderful, wonderful job. :)

  • http://suppersatsunset.blogspot.com/ Sue

    I would love to see your take on this cake- would fit well with the kids theme!! I know you’d Annie it up somehow special!

    http://whisk-kid.blogspot.com/2009/08/say-it-with-cake.html

    my infiinitely uglier but still yummy version here:
    http://suppersatsunset.blogspot.com/2011/03/rainbow-cake-lightly-lemon.html

    this part is great- I hope you think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, cause someone’s turning 2 in september…

  • Annie

    Yes, I’ve seen that cake all over the internets. Very cute!

  • Ann Richter

    Awesome!

  • http://alibquarterlifecrisis.blogspot.com/ Ali B

    Oh my gosh I love this party theme so much. Andrew looks just like you. 3 is a wonderful age, I’ve been working with 3-year-olds since I was 12. It’s amazing to watch their personality develop as they begin to discover the world around them and learn how to articulate their feelings into words. Also my brother bought a box of those soft sugar cookies just the other day, can’t wait to see the recipe!!

  • Sarah

    What an awesomely creative party! My favorite was Oscar’s Trash game!

  • http://MybeautifulDisasters.wordpress.com Casey

    These are too cute!!! what a lucky little guy

  • http://www.nathanandrachelatwood.blogspot.com Rachel

    This is the most darling birthday party I’ve ever seen! Thank you for letting us see your creativity :) Great job!

  • http://www.ourfamilyfoodadventures.com Kristy

    You should be in party planning! This is amazing!

  • dixie

    OMG how fabulous was that birthday spread! I can’t believe you did al that, amazing. It all looked so beautiful and yummy. The whole Sesame theme was done perfectly. You should be a party planner, I’d hire you. Makes me feel like a horrid mother. Next year I will have to try something.

  • http://zippycustomcakes.com Ruth

    Happy birthday Andrew! He and I nearly share a birthday, and hopefully his will far surpass my years! Beautiful party, and happy birthday to your boy! My daughter turns 3 in August, and has her eye set on a Lightening McQueen Cake!

  • http://spice-is-nice.com Jacqueline

    You never cease to amaze me! Thanks so much for being such an inspiration – I seriously can’t tell you how much I look up to you.

  • http://theblissfulbaker.wordpress.com Justeen @ Blissful Baking

    Wow, what an awesome birthday party! You amaze me, Annie!

  • http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com teri@thefreshmancook

    Absolutely adorable! You are very inspiring!! Thanks!

  • Nicksmom

    I don’t know if this was already mentioned, but the way to get away from pointy tip issues with fruit skewers is to put the fruit on a drinking straw. I used fluorescent straws for my son’s 3rd birhtday (which coincidentally was the same day as your son’s).

  • http://www.bakerspiece.wordpress.com Kristin

    Wow, Annie! Your parties are always so incredible between the food and the decor, you are very talented! How early do you start planning and making food that can be frozen, etc?

  • Annie

    I didn’t really freeze any food for this party, just made things in advance that could be made in advance like the cookies, cupcakes, etc.

  • Crystal Power

    Annie, I know I should not ever be surprised at anything I see on your blog, but you still catch me off guard sometimes. :) It is unbelievable how perfect and complete this party looks, down to every detail. Impressive and inspiring… Yay, Annie! We need to throw you a party for all of your great posts. :)

  • http://www.blunderconstruction.com Halley (Blunder Construction)

    This is absolutely perfect and is precisely the reason why I love Annie’s Eats! I can’t believe the creativity and attention to detail, what an amazing birthday party.

  • http://raediathummingbirdhollow.com RaeDi

    Thank you, I was wondering the same thing, I served celery sticks with Chicken Buffalo Subs the other day and was looking around for something like this… now I know. What a lovely Birthday Party for Andrew, you are above the top….RaeDi

  • Jen

    Thanks for posting! I am doing an Elmo party in Sept. and love all of the ideas! Would love to see more ideas on party planning!

  • http://www.familyspice.com Laura @ Family Spice

    What can I say that no one has already said??!! This is amazing! Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing the links to where you found the beautiful party supplies. And I loved how incorporated the theme everywhere, food, games, decor… Simply gorgeous! I wonder if my 10-year would want this???!!! LOL!

  • http://www.wingedsnail99.blogspot.com Sarah

    This is such a cute party idea!

  • Jessica S.

    Can I hire you for my daughter’s 2nd birthday coming up in August???!!! This is absouletly amazing! I don’t see how you do it all and then find time to share it with us…I am jealous! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Erin

    Amazing Annie! Looks like a wonderful time was had by all including the birthday boy. Love the decorations, theme, games and food. Thanks for sharing!

  • vanessa

    LUV it!!! can’t wait for the pasta recipe

  • Toby

    Oh wow, so adorable! Andrew is a lucky little guy! What a fun party!

  • http://annies-eats.com ami

    Wow, this party looks amazing. all the homemade treats look absolutely delicious. i wish my mom did this for me when i was your son’s age, I’d even like to have a party like this now and I’m 17, lolz. Great Job on all the food and decorations!!!

  • http://www.growingbabyshelton.blogspot.com Taylor

    I am AMAZED that you had time to do all this with a newborn! I made some of your sugar cookies with royal icing for Easter (when my daughter was 5 weeks old) and that was a nightmare. I would start flooding cookies and she’d need to nurse. HAHAHA. Anyway, you did a fabulous job – as usual! You’ve inspired me to try different things when the time comes for my daughter’s first birthday. :)

  • Kaitlin

    The party was adorable! I can’t wait for the soft frosted sugar cookie recipe – I love those!

  • Aliza

    So cute!!! How on earth do you find time to do it all??? Love the ideas, may have to borrow a few of them for my next birthday party… Keep posting, I love your blog!

  • http://mayalaurentphotography.squarespace.com/ Maya Laurent

    What a fun party! Love all the details and it looks like everyone totally enjoyed it!!!

  • http://www.bakewithginger.blogspot.com Stephanie

    Love the party design! You are so talented :) I’m planning a Hello Kitty party for my niece soon, and this is an excellent party example to follow.

  • Danielle

    I know exactly how you feel! :) PS Thank you for sharing where you purchased the veggie cups. I ordered those for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party! I also plan to attempt the butterfly cookies (the ones you posted sometime this past spring) that you decorated with royal icing! I love planning my daughter’s birthday parties! She gives me so much joy!

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/ Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious

    Wow everything is amazing. I just can’t believe you made all that!!! It is absolutely over the top and I hope I can do the same when I have children! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Emily

    You did an amazing job! Have you ever thought about party planning on the side?! I would like to know what you put in your pasta salad…it looks yummy and easy!

  • Diana

    WOW! This is amazing! I loved Sesame Street as a kid and hope our future kids will too. =)

  • Amy

    I totally agree with Kristen! I’ve been stalking the site waiting for the post like it’s my job! :)

  • Lisa

    OK, I so want to come to one of your parties! Everything was absolutely beautiful–loved all the colors.

  • Brandi

    My daughter turns 3 in less than two weeks and I always look forward to seeing what you did for Andrew’s party. I wish she wanted a Sesame Street party now that I have seen the amazing work you have done. You have inspired me to get more creative with her requested princess party.

  • http://www.thecounselormom.com thecounselormom

    I LOVE all of your ideas for his party!! So cute and talented!! It should be featured in a magazine.

  • http://www.cellababee.blogspot.com Marcella

    This is AMAZING. Your son is lucky to have such a wonderful mother!!!

  • http://sweetsugarbelle.blogspot.com sweetsugarbelle

    I REALLY really love all of this. the cupcakes, the toss the trash game, the “grown-up” food, but I DIG those cookies!

  • Amanda Kuelker

    Oh no Annie!! I have just recently (within the past month or two) started following your blog. Mainly for the amazing cake recipes you have. I haven’t really ventured much further into your blog but after seeing this party pop up (which, I’ve already started planning my daughter’s 3rd to be Sesame Street), I had to look thru the rest of your parties. And now I realize that I may have used some of your ideas from Andrew’s 2nd birthday party for my daughter’s 2nd as well!! Everyone loved our Dr Seuss party so I’m sure, using a little inspiration from you, the Sesame Street party will be a big hit. But I promise, next year…we’re doing something as completely opposite from you as we can!!
    The one thing I am known for is planning out our parties way in advance (sadly, I have most of the ideas written down and scheduled for all 5 of my kids until they reach age 10, but I’m open to {a little} change.)

  • LaraB

    Your party was fantastic and your photo’s show how much fun everyone had. i loved reading all about it, brought back lots of memories of my kids birthdays…. i smile through the whole post!

    Mostly i loved that you looked so happy…. and relaxed… What a memory you created… cant wait to see what you do for a 4th birthday!

  • Shalee

    It’s official, your superwoman! Great ideas and great attention to detail. I would be up for weeks planning this let alone make everthing and even attemp for it to look at good.

  • http://www.melissaloh.com Melissa Loh

    You and Ben are the most awesome parents! Andrew looks like he had a blast and the party sounds like it was a huge success. Good on you for creating such an amazing memory for him.

  • http://www.partyfrosting.com Kim

    super adorable! I love all the details, but the clever games are my fav part!

    hugs! Kim

  • Petra

    I’m not sure if this has already been asked but there was sooo many comments…
    Q:How did you make the streamer backdrop? Like what was it attached and hung?

    Thanks and you did a WONDERFUL job!

  • Annie

    It’s just streamers and tape on the wall. That’s it ;)

  • Mb

    This is absolutlely amazing. I envy your creativity so much. Looking forward to the soft soft frosted sugar cookie recipe, they are my favorite!

  • http://www.becca-bakes.com Becca Goldring

    this is the cutest thing I have ever seen in my entire ilfe

  • Jaimie

    I love this theme…as I’m doing this for my daughters 2nd birthday. I already purchased the wrapping paper from Target but couldn’t find the table cloths or bowls. I might just have to use solid colors. We’ll be having older kids ages 5-9 at her party as well, can you suggest any games for all ages?

  • Neta

    That looks like the most awesome party EVER!
    I have my 23rd B-day in about a week or so, and I wish I could have a party like Andrew’s ;)
    You are the best, very well done!

  • Jessica

    I love this!! I am just starting to think about my son’s second birthday party and he adores Sesame Street and I stumbled upon your blog! I love the game ideas, fantastic and I love your decor. I bought the polka dot wall paper today :) I would love a post about those cupcakes!! They are perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amanda

    I’d love to see the caprese pasta salad “recipe” :) Please do a post on it.

    The party you threw together looked like so much fun! I loved the cookie table, and the Oscar trash can game. It’s so cute!

  • Shelly

    Hi Annie- awesome party! My kids love Seasme Street too – would love to make the Cookie Monster and Elmo cupcakes for my son’s 2nd birthday party, what did you use/where did you get the eyes? Thanks!

  • Annie

    I will be posting instructions for these in a future post in the next couple of weeks.

  • Shelly

    Fabulous – thanks! Can’t wait!

  • Chris

    I would love the ingredients you used in the pasta salad you served at the birthday party. It looks delicious.

  • Lorina

    I too cant wait for the recipe for the soft sugar cookies and like Amy have been stalking your site!! Cant wait for it! All of the treats are amazing! :)

  • Kristin

    Such an amazing party. Love it!

  • annie

    This birthday party looks pretty amazing. I know you’re always concerned about the environmental impacts of your cooking etc. I really enjoyed your earth day post. How did you do that for this birthday party? Did you use recycled paper, streamers, and cups, etc.?

  • Annie

    As much as possible I tried to look for recycled materials, etc. and use companies that specialize in those products. Unfortunately there just aren’t a lot of eco-friendly party supplies out there.

  • http://bigflavors.blogspot.com Ashley

    OMG! This is too adorable! You did an amazing job! I can’t wait till my little one comes in November so I can have fun throwing parties like this :)

  • Melody

    Any chance you will be posting the cupcake decorating instructions soon? My daughter’s 2nd birthday is coming up in two weeks, and I’m hoping to use them! I had a Sesame Street party for my 2nd birthday, and she’s going to have one for hers too :-)

  • Annie

    Next week!

  • Gessica

    Annie this all looks amazing! I was wondering if you were going to share the recipe for the caprese salad? It look wonderful! Thank you!

  • Annie

    Yes, I’m planning on it.

  • Melody

    Yay! Thanks!

  • http://megseverydayindulgence.wordpress.com Meghan

    You are so creative and I bet your son had such a great time! I came across this post a few weeks before my son’s 1st birthday which was Elmo themed. I just loved the crepe paper streamers behind your food table and totally stole the idea! It turned out great…thanks for the inspiration! Here’s my post for my son’s 1st birthday: http://megseverydayindulgence.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/noahs-1st-birthday/

  • Amanda Gibbs

    I would also love to see the instructions for making these cupcakes!!! My daughter’s 2nd birthday is in three weeks, and we are also having a Sesame Street theme. I just ordered cupcakes from a bakery and they are going to be $60 for two dozen! I am thinking they could definitely be made for less! I would love to see if I could just make them myself:) Hoping to see your instructions soon! Thanks!!!!

  • Jessica Fregoso

    I love how creative you are!! I lack that talent! I plan on throwing my son a Sesame Street birthday party and I think I am just going to have to borrow all your ideas! You did all the hard work for me! Hope you don’t mind!

  • Jenna

    These cupcakes look AMAZING!!! Have you posted the tutorial on how to make them yet? I wasn’t able to find it. Wondering if you used buttercream frosting and what tips for the character fur?

    Very inspriring!!

  • Annie

    They are on the home page today, posted this morning :)

  • kia

    this party rocked!

  • Lori

    I don’t know how I missed this post, but this is all amazing! I don’t know how you do it all (especially having a new baby at home!) but you are definitely an inspiration!

  • Jenna

    Great! :)

  • Jamie Hallberg

    I just wanted to say how absolutely adorable everything is! I have tried many of your recipes before and loved them, but those sesame street cupcakes are so fantastic! I am starting my first year of teaching this fall and will be attempting to make those for my kindergartners first day! Thanks for all your sharing!

  • Caroline

    What size tier did you use for the cake on the top? Is it two cakes or one cake that has been split? Thanks!

  • April

    What a great party! Would you possibly be looking to sell any of your party decorations? Sooo very cute, I am planning on a sesame street party for my son’s 2nd birthday In September.

  • Annie

    Not really and anyway, none of them are really Sesame Street specific other than the stuffed characters :) Have fun with your party!

  • Annie

    Two six-inch layers.

  • elizabeth

    i was going to through my son a sesame street biethday party as well he will be one and now that i seen all your great ideas you really helped me with everything i was stressing out alittle i want everything to be perfect,,,so thanks for the great ideas love them

  • jessica

    Do you have the recipe for the cupcakes yet. planning a first birthday for my daughter and would love to make those. thanks.

  • Annie

    Yes, just use the search bar on the right hand side. Enjoy!

  • Josi

    Annie! How talented are you!! WOW :) I have a couple questions. How did you get the crepe paper background to stay twisted? I know you say you got the table cloths from target but I wonder if you could share a link? Or do you think they don’t carry them anymore. Thank you so much for the inspiration. My son’s 1st birthday is in a couple weeks and I would love to use some of your ideas!

    Josi

  • Annie

    I just used tape. Not sure if you’re looking for more details than that. I don’t think Target carries those items anymore, they were seasonal. Have a fun party!

  • Josi

    Annie,
    Did you use tape on the area you twirled (so like 5 sections per crepe paper?_, or did you use tape to tape it on the floor as well as the ceiling to keep it twirled? I just think this idea for a background is amazing! It’s such a great way to add color into a room :)

  • Annie

    Just at the top and bottom.

  • anna maria

    Hi Annie!

    This party is truly AMAZING. I’m sure Andrew loved every minute of it :) I’m now going to use TomKat studios for a banner and party decorations for a Bachelorette party I’m hosting. Thanks for the great party planning tips and suggestions!

    One question about the fruit skewers and magic banana wands – did you just cover a cardboard box with wrapping paper and poke holes in it? I tried searching the previous comments and your blog and couldn’t find any info about how you did that part.

    Love your blog!

  • Annie

    Hi Anna Maria, awesome! You will love TomKat studios, they are so awesome. I plan to use them frequently in the future! (Please tell them I sent you :) ) I used styrofoam blocks and wrapped them with paper. It would probably work with a box too, but the styrofoam is so easy to poke.

  • Courtney

    Just wanted to thank you for the great recipes! I made the pineapple chicken salad, spinach feta dip and vanilla cupcakes for my daughter’s 2nd birthday. They were all fabulous! I only wish I would have doubled the recipes as my family gobbled everything up very quickly. :)

  • http://idbeesley.blogspot.com Sarah

    I may steal every little last bit of this party and do it for my own son. He’s turning 2 in December and is MAD about Elmo & Ernie – I think he would love every bit of this party. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • http://rachelsvittles.wordpress.com Rachel

    You have inspired me in so many ways! I was amazed at the detail and creativity that you put into your son’s party. I wanted to try to do something as great for my daughter. She loves Elmo and your ideas just seemed perfect! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for giving me the ideas that helped turn her Gracie’s party from good to great! I would love to share the pictures with you! It really was neat, coming from a less-than crafty person.

    With gratitude,
    Rachel

  • http://erinkristine.blogspot.com Erin

    Hi Annie – I was just coming back to this post to check the cookie platter for ideas, and it looks like a few of the pics aren’t showing up – just a flickr logo shows “This photo is currently unavailable” – I checked in Firefox and IE. Just letting you know!

  • Annie

    Thanks for the heads up. I can’t fix them from work, but I’ll get it corrected this evening.

  • Kasie

    Wow! This is unbelievable and a great inspiration for my daughter’s upcoming 3rd birthday! So creative and full of homemade wonder! Every detail is perfection! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to try! I may have to hit the bakery for the cupcakes-they look hard, were they?! PS Where did you get your cookie server?! Thanks again for sharing!

  • http://www.ourpeacefulhome.com Becky @ Our Peaceful Home

    Wow, this party must have cost a fortune! It is absolutely beautiful! I am sure your little guy had a blast.

  • Annie

    Haha, not at all. Doing everything homemade is much cheaper!

  • laura hobson

    This party is perfectly planned!

  • Gina

    I LOVE this party. After I saw some of your party ideas on Pinterest, I decided to do my son’s 2nd birthday the same way. I can’t wait! I have the Sesame Street Cricut cartridge, so I have been cutting away and making some fantastic things for the party! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

  • Rivka

    hi Annie i am planing my son birthday and come to you for inspiration.. i wanted to know please how you make the chocolate for dipping? your’s look very good. i want to do the same just with marshmelo instead banana you think it could work? can i freeze it for keep it? thanks a lot!!

  • Heidi

    I think we have that same exact couch :)

  • Jennifer

    Hello! I love this party and we are planing one very similar! I was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased the wraping paper you used to wrap the count with the Count board and a few of the other things in the photos. Thanks!

  • Annie

    The wrapping paper is from Target.

  • carlee

    I was researching sesame st. birthdays and your blog popped up…I loved the ideas so much I used them for my son’s 2nd this past weekend! Just wanted to say thanks for the ideas it went great!

  • Jessica

    Where did u get your cup cake stand from? Love everything u do!!

  • Annie

    I made it.

  • Jessica

    And, where is the table cloth from because it matches so perfectly? Did you get that from?

  • Annie

    All resources and vendors are listed at the bottom of the post.

  • Annie

    I just melt chocolate and dip – no special secrets!

  • Lori

    Hi Annie, not sure what happened to my post yesterday but I had a silly question…how did you get the streamers to stay twisted?

    TIA

  • Annie

    Tape.

  • stacey shapiro

    hi there,
    this is a beautiful party! i’m doing something very similar for my son for his first. but my question is how on earth did you get those ducks to float? I just bought a bunch of them from party city and they keep falling flat on their bills! lol i think i have to fill them with water and not put a lot of water in bowl to keep them balanced! maybe the duckies i found just don’t float.

    anyway curious if you had a problem w/ that too.

    thanks!

    stacey

  • Annie

    Mine just floated. I would guess it has to do with the ducks you bought.

  • Emily V

    WhAt did you use to print everything from tomkatstudio??? I’m just wondering what type of paper to buy and if I will be able to print it all at home?

  • Anonymous

    I printed it all on white card stock.

  • Faith McQuinn

    This is a wonderful party! I’m having a Sesame Street themed party for my soon-to-be 2-year olds, so I’m definitely going to be inspired.

  • Faith McQuinn

    This is a wonderful party! I’m having a Sesame Street themed party for my soon-to-be 2-year old daughters. This will definitely be inspiring!

  • Meg

    Can you tell me where you purchased your cupcake tier? or did you make it yourself? If so, what supplies did you use?

  • Anonymous

    It’s linked within the post, right under the picture of the cupcake tower.

  • Guest

    You did such a great job and put a lot of hard work into your son’s birthday party. I am planning my son’s first birthday party and we are doing the Elmo theme. I love the design of the invitations. Once I click on Second Street Creative where might I find them?

  • Anonymous

    They aren’t for sale through his site. He is my graphic designer and art director for the blog, and created them as a custom job for me.

  • MomTo2

    Great job. Awesome decoration and planning!

    What size was your banner? And how did you make the letters?

  • Anonymous

    Those were part of the party printables from TomKat Studio (list of vendors at the bottom of the post).

  • HB

    Love it all! Just seeing if you ever posted the caprese pasta…

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t, but I haven’t forgotten either! Just too many other things to post. It will be up eventually.

  • Anne Marie Messmer

    Adorable. Love ALL of it! Such cute ideas! My daughter’s only 3 months old…but I’m looking forward to throwing parties like this in the future. :o)

  • Ana

    Hi annie,
    let me first say that i love your ideas, everything is so adorable your kids are so lucky to have you, i never been a big party person, i would bake here and there but seeing the way you have done your son party, it has really inspire me to be fearless and try new things because you have helped me realize that if i take the time to make things homemade it gets appreciated by your loved ones much more and with that being said, i’m going to do a little something for my little girl she turns 3 years old on the 3rd of February with the sesame street theme but i’m trying to find the basket that you used to put the party favors in for the duck game. Please keep me update Thank you :)

  • Anonymous

    The bucket for the ducks was from Target, but they wouldn’t have it anymore. I don’t think you need that specifically though, many things would work. Have fun!

  • HB

    Hi Annie,
    Question about the veggie cups… Says they’re reusable — did your guests toss or did you save to reuse? Hate to waste them but seems like most guests would automatically throw them away! Ugh! Also, any memory if u used 2.5 oz or 4 oz. I can use these for so many things plus love that they’re non-ceramic/glass for kids!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think my guests mostly asked if they should save them or toss them, and we saved them. I believe it was the smaller size but I’m not for sure on that.

  • Laura_w

    My son Loves Sesame Street and I came across your post and Love your ideas. Love especially the streamer look and how you made most everything by hand. I plsn to make most of his 2nd bday things by hand as well. Did you have a link for the cake,cupcakes and tier? With your post, printable graphics n ideas here n from etsy ill be set! You did an awesome job!! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Instructions on the cupcake tower are linked within the post. I have a separate Sesame Street cupcake tutorial which you can find via the search bar. Hope that helps!

  • Martha4310th

    Hi Annie,
    I was wondering when are you going to post the recipe for the soft frosted sugar cookies?

  • Anonymous

    It’s posted. You can find it via the search function.

  • TwinMama

    Love your ideas and the look of the party! I am planning on doing the same theme but on a much smaller scale just for our twins and family (adults). I just love how cute everything is! Where did you get Andrew’s shirt? Love it! I have goldfish shirts for my girls with the number 2 on it but would love to get another shirt similar to the one you had for Andrew. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    Please see the list of vendors at the bottom of the post. Thanks!

  • http://cupcakesandcoffee.blogspot.com/ cat

    This party is AMAZING!! I might have to borrow your ideas for my little one. Thanks for sharing and everything is so beautiful and looks like a fun party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crissy.whitesides Crissy Whitesides

    Wow! You did an amazing job! Completely jealous!!

  • Sunshine

    Hi Annie,
    I am a event planner, wellness consultant and a proud mother of three boys…I have no idea what you do as a living my dear, however this is your passion and you shine! This was a wonderful party and the best part was when he ate his last cupcake with mommy and you said you loved him so much! Being a mom of three boys, it can be challenging…Yet I love these boys to pieces and each special moment!! Keep making special moments and thanks for sharing them! YOU ROCK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=632085110 Allyson H.

    Your ideas are awesome! Where did you get the trash can for the trash toss?? Didn’t see it under vendors, and i can’t find that style. Love it!

  • Anonymous

    We already had it in our garage. It might be from Lowes.

  • Care

    This is fabulous! I checked out the rest of your blog, too, and am very impressed. I don’t know how you have time for all this – during my residency, I could barely find time to arrange a party for my daughter so we had it at the zoo so I wouldn’t have to worry about decorations or cooking! I wish you lived in NC – I’d hire you as my kids’ party planner. :-)

  • Tiffany

    LOVE THIS!!!! My Daughters first birthday party is going to be Fun with Elmo and Abby! Wonderful IDEAS!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Nicolemgiven

    SO cute! What did you use as your base for the fruit pops? :o)

  • Anonymous

    Styrofoam block wrapped in wrapping paper.

  • Anonymous

    Why, thank you!

  • Sara L

    Wow! I found this blog after I started searching for ideas for my son’s 1st birthday, which is going to be Cookie Monster themed! I’m really inspired by your sweet table, the backdrop with the streamers looks beautiful. Was that difficult to do? Did you just tape the top and bottom to the wall? Great job, he’s a very lucky boy :)

  • Anonymous

    Yes, just tape :)

  • mel

    GREAT GREAT party ideas! my son is turning two in a week and i’m trying to get last minute ideas for his sesame street party. Your son is a very lucky boy!!

  • Micaela Stein

    where did you find the font for all your signs? its SOO cute! i would love to use it!

  • Anonymous

    The signs were provided by TomKat Studio (linked in the vendors at the bottom of the post).

  • Micaela Stein

    I saw that AFTER i asked! sorry! So do you just tell them what kind of signs your want? i went to their website and was a little confused

  • CHEVYSURFCHICK

    I LOVE THIS!!! WHERE DID YOU FIND THE POLKA DOT PAPER, TABLE CLOTH AND POP CORN CONTAINERS?

  • CHEVYSURFCHICK

    HAHA! NEVERMIND JUST SAW WHERE YOU GOT IT ALL…THANKS!

  • Fionabkennedy77

    Hi Annie,

    Wow you did an amazing job on your son’s birthday party. Where did you get the Cookie Monster tshirt?

  • annieseats

    Please see the vendor list at the bottom of the post.

  • Stingfan8

    Hi Annie! You are so talented! I can’t wait to make these cupcakes for my sons 2nd bday party. How much frosting should I allot per character if I’m making 24 cupcakes (6 of each)? Thanks!

  • annieseats

    Oh, I don’t know an exact amount for each. I just kind of eyeball it and make more if needed. Enjoy!

  • Aortizrod

    Hi Annie, Your party ideas are amazing! Hats off to you and your friends that helped. I was wondering what size the veggie cups were. I see a 2.5 oz and a 4 oz on the website you listed. I want to make sure I have the right size to make them just perfect. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    I can’t remember off the top of my head, but I’m pretty sure I answered that question in the previous comments so you could check there. Hope that helps!

  • STH

    I saw in her previous post she use the 4oz cups.
    http://www.smartyhadaparty.com/4-oz-Slanted-Sampler-Flute-i8738.aspx

  • http://lifes-greatest-blessings.blogspot.com/ MeB

    Thank you! Love the party! I linked to it from my blog:

    http://lifes-greatest-blessings.blogspot.com/2012/03/party-sesame-street-style.html

    Hope that is ok!!

  • Rizla

    FANTSASTIC…

  • Tblessing10

    How did you get your signs to stand?

  • annieseats

    I used card stock scraps to make little stands.

  • Tblessing10

    Thank you :)

  • MB

    Hi Annie!
    How did you attach the letters to the ribbon for the “Happy Birthday Andrew” banner?? Also, what type of ribbon did you use??

    Thanks!!

  • annieseats

    I think I used sticky squares to attach it to the ribbon. I don’t think the type of ribbon matters at all. I just used whatever I found in my house that matched.

  • Snow4colmar

    love, love, love your ideas! sooooo creative! keep them coming!

  • Sadie Mcnutt

    Did you ever post the tutorial on how to decorate the cupcakes?

  • annieseats

    Yes, you can find it via the search bar. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Guadalupe-Alibario-Coronado/100002541505955 Guadalupe Alibario Coronado

    perfect party! :)

  • Jen

    What a perfect party & an adorable son!

  • http://theoregontail.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    Oh my gosh! I pinned your cupcakes because I couldn’t wait to make them for her birthday party…and I can’t believe my luck in discovering this post with all of your great birthday party activities! You are very talented and thank you so much for sharing your great ideas.

  • Fd_salian

    I sooo liked your son’s birthday party!!! congratulations for a job well done! the food and decors are great and your son is just too cute!

  • Bella_cyndi

    Such a perfect party!! You have some really grea ideas :)

  • Tini_casey

    wow u went all out for ur sons bday i love the ideas :D

  • Kim

    I am trying o plan for my son andrew’s 3rd bday party, and I found this on Pinterest. He and I looked at this and he couldn’t stop pointing at the screen with excitement at every picture!! I think we’ve settled on a theme!! SOO well done!!

  • allyson

    I love everything you did! I have searched tons of blogs for my daughter’s second birthday party, your’s is my favorite!! I will be using many of your ideas….thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Rtodaro84

    Hello I love all your decorations.. I am currently planning my son’s first birthday party, and I was wondering where did you get the pattern paper, the striped one and the one with the dots? i have been looking online like crazy and i cant seem to find the store!. Thanks for your help..and thanks for sharing these ideas

  • annieseats

    All vendors are listed at the bottom of the post.

  • Lisamdempsey

    This is such a cute party! Do you know what font was used on all of the food cards?

  • annieseats

    I didn’t make them so I’m not sure what the font was. Sorry!

  • Maxsmommy9409

    Omg I love this idea!! Im looking around for ideas for my sons 3rd birthday and he loves Sesame Street. I even did his 2nd birthday in Elmo. I cant wait to plan his party!!!

  • Jocelyn

    you can get it at dafont.com and it’s called “budmo jiggler”
    that’s the one that has the white circles within the letters… i’m not really sure what the other font is…

  • Julie

    Hi Annie, would love to see the recipe for the pasta caprese salad if possible. I didn’t see it posted. Thanks so much!!

  • Jaxsmommy

    What kind of boxes did you use to hold the fruit skewers and banana pops? I would love to know how you got them to stand up in the boxes. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    It is styrofoam.

  • SarahBeara

    You are a genius

  • Lora

    This is wonderful! Thank you so much for helping the not so creative types such as myself. Phew! I feel much better now. ;-)

  • Winniewalkow

    OMG i love it!! Where did you find the plastic cups to hold the veggies?

  • annieseats

    Please see the vendor list at the bottom of the post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1765056191 Robin York

    i just found this blog though a google search on sesame street parties- this is so super cool and creative! I was wondering if there is a post on your blog with the tutorial on cupcake decorating? Those are fantastic!

  • casey

    The icing that you used on your cookies for the 3 and the A… is that Royal icing as well?

  • annieseats

    Yep!

  • annieseats

    Yes, just search “sesame street cupcakes” in the search bar. Enjoy!

  • Stephanieestes81

    I really like all of your great ideas. My baby is getting ready to turn 1 and im so excited to plan her 1st birthday.

  • Neelam Ahuja Sf

    Hi Annie,

    Do you have a recipe for the banana wands?

  • annieseats

    Freeze bananas. Dip in chocolate and toppings. Freeze again. Enjoy!

  • TT

    Hi< Im from the UK and have triplet girls, I get creative on a grand scale every year for their b'day and trawl for ideas, I have to say I think you have created a wonderful party with simple highly effective clever ideas I will be copying, only wish I had spotted them before now…I rarely post comments so thanks for the inspiration!

  • Telanne

    Hi Annie. After you dipped the frozen bananas in chocolate, how did you store them in the freezer after? Thanks!

  • annieseats

    Any way you like, really. Probably in a plastic bag or something. Hope that helps!

  • Emily

    LOVE your ideas. Beautiful party & I am able to use a lot of it! Thank you!! What did you use for Big Birds beak on the cupcakes?

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  • Lisa

    I Love your idea’s. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenny

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU… whoever posted the name of that font! I’ve been looking all over for it! :)

  • disqus_QQWJIYBLds

    Love this!!!! Great job ~ Will surely be using some ideas!!

  • Marian Todd

    I love this theme and how you put it together! I just cannot find the bright colorful multi-colored striped table cloths anywhere :-(

  • http://www.facebook.com/EAshleyLadner Elizabeth Ashley Issa

    This was one of the cutest parties I have ever seen. Kudos!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.holbein Michelle Staich Holbein

    I love the Count board! What did you use for the board? And the banana wands are such a great idea. What is the platform made of-is it a box or styrofoam? Did you just use candy sticks? I’m doing the same theme for my daughter’s third birthday party and I love your ideas!

  • annieseats

    It’s just a piece of foam board for the Count board. And yes, the banana wands are on lollipop sticks and poked into a wrapped piece of styrofoam. Have fun!

  • June

    I am wanting the invitations you made. Do you make them to sell? If so how much would it be? Thanks!

  • annieseats

    No, sorry! I’m sure you could make something similar though. Good luck!

  • Sheree wilkey

    Hi just wondering if you have the recipe for the dip in the vegetable cups? :)

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  • Maria Noto Ferrari

    Hello. Amazing job. I was wondering where you got the crayon packets at?

  • annieseats

    I think Target. It’s been a while!

  • Merly Iacono

    great party! I am planning a cookie monster party for my little boy who turns 3 in October…