To celebrate our baby girl’s first birthday I wanted to do something Sarah was interested in. After all it was her special day. Hubby mentioned how much she’s been enjoying watching Sesame Street and how she smiles in delight when sees the main characters in plush.
With the show in mind, Sarah’s 1st birthday party was in the works.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted the party centered around Sarah’s 3rd word and main character, Aa-ee (Abby) or the full cast. After some Pinterest searching I came up with a theme. The theme would be based on Elmo and friends but Elmo would be the focus.
The Venue and Decorations
Being that our place is small and the month of March has unpredictable weather we were in search for an indoor facility. After talking to some of my mommy friends, I found a clubhouse for rent. Since my friend Erin had also decided to rent out the club house the day before me, we were given a great discount. Score!
To bring a boring clubhouse to life I brought some of our things from home. I brought Sarah’s foam floor mat and a few toys for the kids to play with.
Then I filled a plastic pool with balls for a homemade ball pit for the kids (thanks for letting us borrow your stuff, Erin!).
I made a banner of Sarah’s monthly pictures.
I made a welcome sign that consisted of foam letters and foam sheets from the Dollar Tree.
To add color to the room and decorate the tables at the same time, I made each table a different character. Some of the tables even had activities to for the kids to do.
What’s a first birthday party with out a smash cake? Here are the decorations before her high chair arrived.
If I learned one thing from Pinterest, it’s that the food table is like a piece of decoration. Here is my version.
The table consisted of cupcakes with Elmo picks, giant whoopie pies with colorful sprinkles, goldfish in mini cups, Sarah’s smash cake and 3 fruit and veggie character platters.
The other table consisted of decorate your own cookie station, Sesame Street brand toddler snacks (granola bars and cookies) and drinks.
For dinner we served pizza from Pizza Nosh.
The cake was a labor of love. A few months before her birthday I decided I wanted to make her cake. To accomplish this task, I signed up for a class at Michael’s. Wilton was offering a basic 2 week cake decorating class. After completing the class I was much more confident with the idea of making her cake. Here was the process.
I’m not a pro to say the least, but it was fun making her smash cake.
I kept the favors simple. First hubby bought personalized stickers on eBay. Then I adhered each sticker to chocolate kisses and peanut butter cups. The boxes came from my friend Chana gave who had some extra after her event. Then I used stencil to personalized each box with the kids name. Along with the kisses I added bubbles to each box. I placed the boxes near the handmade wooden Sesame Street sign my hubby friend’s Matt made and voila my table was completed.
The party was a lot of fun! As a first time mom I learned a lot about birthday party planning that day.
Here are some of our memorable moments from the day.
Sarah’s first bite of cheese pizza.
Checking out her cake!
A little water break after all that sugar.
Happy 1st birthday my love! Love you, ema and daddy!