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Elmo Birthday Party Theme for a Budget – With TONS of Free Downloads!

August 26, 2011

Note: I have added NEW PDF versions of some of the files where you can edit the text (for example the invitation. Coming soon: editable favor bag labels, cupcake toppers and more)!

Also, please add pictures of your elmo party to my photo group on flickr:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/1854236@N22/

WELCOME to my elmo party idea page!

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Elmo party galore!

For R’s second birthday party, I did an Elmo themed party, since she, like most kids, is on love with the little red monster.
I spent a TON of time researching and going to many different stores to find all the perfect yet inexpensive products for the party, as well as making many customizable products to give the party that extra special touch!

In this blog post you will find all sorts of ideas for decorations, cakes, cupcakes, personalized party favors and more with TONS of free downloads to make your own party!  If you have other ideas for Elmo parties, please share them or post pictures on my flickr group and let us know in the comments!

elmo party hat for a sesame street elmo party theme

Decorations:

I bought most of my decorations from the dollar store, where you can find TONS of cute stuff – from banners, to cupcake stands, to all kinds of other things you can hang on the walls. Add some elmo balloons and you are set!

happy birthday banner for elmo party theme decorations

I bought a zillion of these Elmo balloons from the DOLLAR store! Yes, the dollar store! They were awesome, and they actually lasted for weeks! Since they were only a dollar, i literally bought about 20 and put them up all over the house.

I bought this elmo basket from Target – can’t remember how much it was, but it wasn’t bad – I think around $10.

elmo basket to use as decoration or candy holder for elmo party theme

Perfect for holding cute elmo candies!

…and for halloween too!

personalized elmo candy bar wrappers for a sesame street elmo party theme

These are the labels I made to wrap around little candy bars. I specifically sized these to Hershey Miniature candy bars.

Click on each image, then right click and save the larger image that comes up. Or click here to download a PDF of these ready to print onto letter size label paper. Then cut them out and wrap around your bars!

hershey mini candy bar label for elmo party theme hershey mini candy bar label for elmo party theme

What party would be complete without your themed paper products! I personally went to about 4-5 different stores to get the best but least expensive paper products, and ultimately came up with these:

Elmo theme paper cups, plates, napkins and streamers for a sesame street elmo party

Cups: The dollar store

Plates and Napkins: Party City (I just didn’t like the ones at the dollar store as much)

Streamers and hats: Party City

Note: To save on the number of these I had to buy, I also bought plain red and yellow plates, napkins and all my utensils from dollar store. It ends up being significantly cheaper than buying them from Party City or Target!

Sesame Street Juice Boxes

I found these really cute juice boxes for the party which work great!  You can buy small packs at wholefoods, but I found a big multi pack at BJs!  There were (and still are) a hit!

Cake and Cupcakes!

elmo cake and cupcakes for elmo party theme

I hadn’t intended on going so overboard with this whole party…but once I got started, I couldn’t help myself!

So, for the cake, I took inspiration from a good friend of mine who is AWESOME at making and decorating cakes, and thought I would try my hand at it.  This is the first time I’ve made a cake other than a simple round or square cake, and definitely the first time I’ve ever decorated.  So hopefully that will give you confidence – it really wasn’t that bad!  I bought my baking supplies mainly from Michaels – with a couple of things that I found in larger bulk from Walmart.

For the CAKE:

1) Buy the mix (I used German chocolate cake by betty crocker) or make it form scratch

2) Buy a cake pan – I bought the cake pan from Michaels as well.  You will need shortening to coat the pan as well

3) You need supplies for icing.  There are tons available for this.  I bought most of it from Michaels again – i bought the bags, and the tips – I think I just bought 1 tip – the star, and used that for everything.  I also bought a spatula to spread the icing.

4) You need icing and color.  I bought large bottles of cream cheese icing form walmart as well as the red icing color from there.  I would buy 2 bottles of icing color, because you need to add a lot to get the red color – otherwise it will just look pink.  I also bought ready to use orange icing for the nose, and black icing decoration for the eyes.

5) Melt-able chocolate candy (also in the cake section) for the mouth.

Once you have everything, you make the cake mix, prepare the cake pan as instructed, and bake your cake.  I turned it over onto a cutting board with aluminum foil.  There were pieces that broke, like the nose, but I just placed it back on, and it was fine once I put the icing on.  Then you start decorating!

I first tried to use a spatula to cover the cake with icing, thinking it would be faster, but it was a disaster.  Little cake crumbs got all mixed in with the icing and I had to start over.  SO I switched to using the icing bag and star tip, and made the little dollops to cover the whole cake, and it worked like a charm!  The only different thing I did was make concentric circles instead of dollops for the nose – just to make it look a little bit different.

handmade elmo cake

For the mouth, you just melt the chocolate in the microwave as directed, and then I poured it into the mouth opening.  Then when you do the red icing for the face, you overlap the edges of the mouth to cover it up (I wish I had pictures to show you!  But I wasn’t blogging back then, so wasn’t thinking of taking pix!).

As far as order, I would do eyes, then mouth, then red face, then orange nose.

For the CUPCAKES:

I used red velvet mix to give the non-chocolate eaters an options.  I made cupcakes just like you usually do, then ultimately used the spatula to top them with icing.  Below you can see all the different renditions I came up with.  I made some with spirals using the star tip with the icing topper, and some with the spatula – i found the spatula to be faster.  I experimented with different products for the eyes and nose, and ultimately settled on marshmallows for the eyes, and a third of a candied orange slice for the nose.  Then I used black, glittery icing decoration for the pupils and the mouth.  They were a hit!

BROWNIE BITES:

I made some totally peanut/nut free options for some friends, and used regular brownie mix (my favorite is Duncan Hines Family Style made with pasteurized egg whites, and cooked at a slightly lower temperature than recommended and for significantly less time).  I used a baking pan that had 1 inch squares and poured the batter in there.  Then I used a spatula to spread white icing on the tops and then used ready made elmo cupcake toppers to decorate them!

You can find lots of different cupcake liners and toppers at Michaels and AC Moore.

elmo cupcake toppers and liners available at michaels and ac moore

Elmo cupcake toppers and liners available at michaels and ac moore. The baking pan for the elmo cake is available at those stores as well.

Many people have been looking for elmo cupcake toppers, so I figured I’d make some for you!

cute diy elmo cupcake topper

They are 1 inch circles, red with elmo’s face.  Print them on an 8.5 x 11 page or LABEL paper (you can buy this at any office supply store, or buy in bulk from planetlabel.com), and then use a 1 inch circle or scalloped circle punch to punch out your toppers.  Then stick a toothpick to the back of one sticker, and put another sticker behind it.  And viola! You have your very own DIY Elmo cupcake topper! Yay!

Invitations & Return Address Labels

I spent quite a bit of time making these invitations – hopefully you can benefit from it as wel!

You can download the invitation and fill in your child’s name and age – either using photoshop or word, and then print them on a letter size paper – 4 to a page.  There is blank space also to add the date, time, location and RSVP info to the invitation.

The font I used is “teenage angst”

elmo party theme invitation free download

Click on this image to get a larger version of it, then right click and save it to make your own elmo party invitations. You can add the date, time and location as well as other details to the invitation in the blank space on the bottom.

Here is a version of the invitation without the lines (click on the image first, THEN right-click and save):

personalizable elmo invitation diy

NEW (added 4/17/2013):

Here is a PDF of the invitation that has editable fields in it, so you can customize your elmo invitation to your party!

elmo invtation-genericeditable elmo invitation

NEW (added 4/17/2013):

And a completely blank invitation (right click to save the image and then add whatever text you would like):

Blank elmo invitation free download

And the same blank invitation with 4 on a page:

blank invitation-elmo

A tip for all the printing mentioned here:

You can print all of these items either on your own printer at home, or you could get them printed at a local office store such as FedEx Office or Staples.  The bulk of the cost usually comes from the cutting, so you could invest $25 in a paper cutter and cut everything yourself (that’s what I did!).

Personalized Elmo Return Address Labels or other All Purpose Sticker

square cute elmo sticker free download

Click on this image to get the full resolution version, then right click and save it to make a personalized return address label for your birthday boy or girl that can be used on invitations and thank you notes. You can also use this as a general all purpose sticker to label food and other items at the party!  Just make sure to print it onto label paper if you want to use it for stickers.  At 2×2, you should be able to arrange the stickers so that you can print 20 per letter size page.

Elmo Party Activity #1: Build Your Own Elmo!

Sadly I can’t remember where I got this idea from, but I made a “Build Your Own Elmo” activity for the party.

activity bag for a sesame street elmo party theme

I basically made pieces of elmo out of construction paper, and put them, along with 2 googly eyes, a nose and fasteners into a party bag for each kid.    Then at the party I laid out a sheet, gave each kid a bag, and put out tons of foam stickers and let everyone go to town!

build your own elmo activity for a sesame street elmo birthday party theme

Most fasteners I found were the regular old silver or gold circles.  But for a little more money, you can find all sorts of cute flowers and colored circles etc in the scrap booking section of AC Moore or Michaels!  Just remember that the fasteners are a choking hazard for younger kids.  So depending on how old your kids are at the party, you may want to put the fasteners in their own plastic bag (that’s what i did) and make sure that a parent is with each child when they make these.  And most importantly, make sure the parents are aware of the choking hazard so they can keep a close eye on the kids!

cute flower fasteners to attach limbs of build your elmo for elmo party theme activity

I found the googly eyes in multi-size packs at the dollar store.  I just had to buy 3 packs so I would have enough of the large ones for each child.  For the noses, I used a 1.5 inch scalloped circle paper punch with orange cardstock to cut out noses.

googly eyes and scalloped nose for build your own elmo

Then I added a small sticky foam square to the back of each that the guests could simple remove the backing from and stick onto elmo!

googly eye and nose foam stick ons for elmo party theme activity

Here are a couple of beautiful Elmos that were created at the party!

build your own elmo activity for elmo party theme

You can download the printable build your elmo pattern that you see below.

build your own elmo activity printout free download

Click on this image to get a larger version of it, then right click and save that version. You can then print the image on a letter size paper, roughly cut out the pieces, and use for the build your own elmo activity described above!  I printed this onto red construction paper (which required manually feeding each sheet) – but white paper would work just as well, and then the kids can color them too!

Elmo Party Activity #2: Pin the nose on Elmo!

On a big red poster board, I drew this elmo (i know, not perfect, but it works!) and then added the eyes using regular paper and construction paper.

pin the nose on elmo activity for elmo party theme

Lastly, I made the noses.  I used orange foam because that’s what I had, but I would just use orange card stock if I were doing it again.  I used a 3 inch scalloped circle paper punch to cut out the noses, and then attached a medium sized square double sided sticky foam to the back of each one.  Then the kids were able to just take one, peel off the backing and pin the nose on Elmo!  Depending on how old your kids are, you may or may not want to spin them around first with a blindfold on. =)

scalloped noses for pin the nose on elmo

foam sticky for scalloped noses for pin the nose on elmo

Elmo & Big Bird Party Favor Bags & Labels

elmo party theme gift bags with elmo and big bird picture

I bought regular red and yellow gift bags from the dollar store, and then put these big bird and elmo face stickers on them for a special touch.

gift bag ideas for sesame street elmo party theme with coloring book, stickers, and fruit snacks

As far as what to put in them, here’s what I did:

1) A personalized elmo coloring book (see below)

2) Small box of crayons – you can buy packs of 40 from Party City – also available at Walmart

3) Elmo stickers – The Dollar Store

3) Cute animal snack cups with gummy fruit inside – both from The Dollar Store or Deals (another type of dollar store)

cute panda bear snack cups with fruit snacks inside for party favor bag

Personalized Elmo Coloring Book for your party gift bags!

Below you will find the front and back covers that I made for the coloring books, which you can personalize.  As well as a PDF of all the coloring book pages that I collected to include inside!

 personalized elmo coloring book cover
This is the front cover of the coloring book. It is meant to be print along with the back image (next one down) on one letter size paper that you can put around your coloring book and then staple down the middle.
This is the back cover of the coloring book. As I wrote above, print this on the same page as the front cover on a letter size sheet of paper.

Here is the coloring book outer cover with the front and back put together.  You just need to personalize the names!

Personalizable elmo coloring book cover for an elmo party theme

Print this image on a letter size sheet of paper for the full front and back cover of a personalized coloring book. For this link, do NOT right click and save the image. Instead, click on it and you can download the PDF.

Coloring book pages:

free download of 16 pages of an elmo coloring book for an elmo themed party

Click on this image to download a PDF to print 16 pages of elmo coloring book pages. These should be printed double sided on letter size paper. Once they are printed, put the cover page on top, and fold the entire thing in half. Then you can either stable down the middle or put a ribbon down the middle.

The following labels can be printed and put on red or yellow gift bags, respectively, to make cute Elmo and big bird party favor bags like I show above!

elmo face on red background sticker for party favor bags

This one is personalizable
elmo face on red background sticker for party favor bags

big bird face on red background sticker for party favor bags - personalizable

Here are links for full page PDFs of these stickers that are ready to print.  Click on the image below, and then you can download a PDF that can be printed on a letter size sheet of paper.

big bird face sticker for party bag


Elmo Graphics

Here are several images of elmo that you can use to spruce up your party decorations. Click on each image to get the larger version of it, then right click and download it.

full length elmo graphic good resolution
elmo face on white background happy elmo graphic

elmo face on red background good quality

Well that’s it!

I hope you find stuff here you can use and please spread the word!  I spent SO much time putting all this together for my little one – hopefuly others don’t have to spend so much time!

And please leave other ideas if you have them!

Thanks!

 

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  1. August 28, 2011 8:59 PM

    Gosh !! U have put in soo much of effort !!! Everything is just wonderful !! R would have surely had the perfect birthday :D God Bless her :) :)

  2. AGM permalink
    October 24, 2011 9:22 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I will defiantly be using your ideas for my son’s 2nd birthday coming up. we are on a budget so these are great! Thank you again!

    • October 24, 2011 10:15 AM

      My pleasure – I’m glad you could use them!

  3. Ash permalink
    November 9, 2011 10:06 PM

    This is a wonderful and helpful site makes me wish my son was into elmo but hes a thomas fan great ideas tho

    • November 11, 2011 11:50 AM

      thanks! maybe he’ll be into it for his nxt birthday… =) And maybe I’ll put together some Thomas stuff soon!

  4. November 10, 2011 2:36 PM

    You are the best, I have been looking for Elmo decoration all over and you have compiled it beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

    • November 11, 2011 11:50 AM

      thanks! i’m so glad you like it and that you are getting use out of the elmo downloads!

  5. claudia permalink
    November 10, 2011 8:48 PM

    Hi,

    Wow your blog is GREAT! I would like to know which dollar store you purchased all your elmo goodies from cause the dollar stores around my area doesnt sell elmo stuff.

    thanks

    • November 11, 2011 11:49 AM

      thanks I’m glad you like it! I went to several dollar stoes around here – the “dollar general” didn’t have any, but ther eis a dollar store here called “$eals” (the $ is like a D) =) and they had the elmo stuff. there are 2 near me, both of them had some elmo and party gear, but one was definitely bigger than the other. they both had the balloons which were awesome! hope that helps!

  6. Jimena permalink
    November 16, 2011 8:49 AM

    thank you for sharing this…!!! My son is turning two very soon and I’ll be using many of your ideas.. Thank you!!!

  7. Jennifer permalink
    November 25, 2011 6:48 PM

    Thanks so much for putting this together, I sure your child loved this as I know mine will Thanks again! very awesome!

    • November 29, 2011 3:43 PM

      my pleasure – i’m glad you could get some use out of it!

  8. Priya permalink
    December 5, 2011 5:01 PM

    Hi there!,

    You have a great site and awesome templates here. I am planning to do an Elmo Birthday for my son.

    I just had a question: I see that you have mini Hersheys wrappers in here; I was thinking of giving the big Hershey’s chocolate as favors to adults; is it possible to use the same template that you have in here for the mini chocolate? Thanks in advance!

  9. Samantha Attwood permalink
    January 11, 2012 10:24 AM

    Oh My goodness thank you sooooo much! My son is gonna love this!

    • January 11, 2012 12:29 PM

      thanks i’m glad you like it! hope you guys have lots of fun!

  10. Claudia permalink
    January 12, 2012 1:55 AM

    I want to congratulate You once again for the hard work! I am also doing a party for my son Elmo theme I made handmade invites and paper bag goodie bags but I made way too many. If anyone is interested in getting these off my hands for a prize I will be happy to talk to you. Just request me my email!

    • adrienne permalink
      February 14, 2012 12:55 AM

      Hi,

      Do you still have some elmo goodies? Please email me. Its for my sons first birthday party.
      Thanks!

    • Veronica permalink
      September 2, 2013 11:53 PM

      Hi I would be interested can you send me a pic?

      • September 9, 2013 10:36 AM

        sorry im’ not sure what you are referring to?

  11. Margaret permalink
    January 13, 2012 11:35 AM

    WOW!!! I have been looking for unique diy ideas for my sons 2nd Birthday which ofcourse is Elmo & this is the best by far. I really appreciate you taking the time to add the free downloads & templates. I am so excited I will definetly be using your ideas for my sons birthday thank you so so much !!

    • January 13, 2012 1:38 PM

      Thanks so much for your nice comment – and im glad you found stuff you can use! Please leave some pictures in our Flickr group

  12. Renuka permalink
    January 20, 2012 10:26 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this info. We are celebrating my son’s second bday and we decided ELMO as his theme and I have all the information to make this party a good one :)

  13. Jeanine permalink
    January 22, 2012 1:22 AM

    This is great. I am sending the information to my daughter-in-law for my grandson’s 2nd birthday. He absolutely loves Elmo.

  14. patsy permalink
    February 2, 2012 2:35 AM

    hello i was wondering what dollar store your looking at Im in california and cant find much of anything at the dollar store and Ive looked at quite a few

    • February 3, 2012 7:49 PM

      hi sorry for the delay – the dollar stores I went to around ere are “Deals” and “Dollar Tree”
      I usually go and just walk through all the isles to see what I find and what i can use for the parties. I usually end up with a fair amount of stuff that i wasn’t planning on but could substitute for what I was looking for. hope that helps!

  15. Meghan permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:11 PM

    Thank you for having so many printables! It helped me out SO much! I am having an Elmo party for my daughter next month and I was having a hard time finding printables at first until I came across your site

  16. Darytzita permalink
    February 18, 2012 1:05 AM

    Wow I found this to be so useful and great. Thank you so very much

    • February 21, 2012 10:34 AM

      that’s great!! thanks for letting me know – I’m glad it helped you out!

  17. Julie Saunders permalink
    March 21, 2012 1:17 PM

    Thank you – Thank you – Thank you…..for all the wonderful ideas! My son turns 2 next month and LOVES Elmo. I’ve already printed the candy bar wrappers and the “thank you” stickers for gift bags. I do have a question — how can I edit the invitation and the coloring book cover? I am able to save, but have been unable to edit the information.

    Again – thank you so much – my son will have a blast at his Elmo party. Oh – I’ve decided to have a “fish” bar — different flavors of goldfish in fishbowls to celebrate Dorothy, Elmo’s goldfish…..

    • March 26, 2012 5:33 AM

      Hi julie

      Thank you for your comments – I’m so glad I could help get ready for your son’s party! Sorry for the delay in replying – I was prepairing to go to the hospital to have my son when U wrote! I am up feeding him so I can’t check right now whether those files are jpgs or PDFs – but if they are jpgs u should be able to open them in various different programs and add a text box where the name would go. For example – PowerPoint, word, or any photo editing software that lets u add text to pictures (example: photoshop). Let me know if that doesn’t work!

      I LOVE your fish bar idea by the way! That is perfect! You can also get rainbow goldfish which might be fun! I actually had several different types of goldfish but didn’t think about relating it to Dorothy. Brilliant!!

      Enjoy the party and congrats to your son turning two!
      Subha

  18. Cindy permalink
    March 30, 2012 12:01 AM

    I’m so excited to have found this info!! My daughter is having an Elmo party next month and this stuff is wonderful!! Thank you!!

  19. Rose permalink
    April 2, 2012 1:53 AM

    So Awesome!! Exactly what I was looking for- thank you so much for sharing and helping many other mothers save their precious time!

    • April 2, 2012 5:52 AM

      My pleasure! Glad to help another mother out!

  20. Len B permalink
    April 6, 2012 11:53 PM

    Hi! thank you for your blog, it is very helpful. I am now preparing for my son’s 2nd birthday and I am very glad to find your blog. Promise I will upload our pics… and I decided to add some idea like my guests will wear silly hats instead of the usual party hats because anyway, sesame street is a world of monsters so we will pretend we are monsters. Hope this will work.

    • April 6, 2012 11:56 PM

      great idea for the hats! cant wait to see pictures – good luck on the party!

  21. Yvonne B permalink
    May 14, 2012 5:00 PM

    Thank you so much for all the great ideas! I can’t wait to upload my pictures!

  22. Belen permalink
    May 21, 2012 11:52 AM

    WOW!! That’s all I can say!! My little one’s 2nd bday party is this coming weekend & I’m so psyched to get started on all the awesome ideas you have here!!! You’ve done an amazing job!

  23. Johanny permalink
    June 5, 2012 12:13 AM

    First, I would like to thank you for posting all of this great stuff. I used your Elmo invitations for my son’s party for this weekend. I was wondering if you could tell me where you found the pic because I wanted to use the same pic but change it into thank you cards. I tried to do that with the one you provided but I couldn’t. I’m not sure if it’s possible but I just don’t know how to do it.
    thanks for all of your help and suggestions

  24. stephanie permalink
    June 5, 2012 9:19 PM

    thanks sooooo much!! i have desperately been looking for Elmo themed party stuff without spending money and if i did very little. yet i wanted to make my little girls day super special. you are so talented thanks so much!

  25. Ashley G permalink
    June 20, 2012 10:35 PM

    Your stuff is amazing! i am doing an elmo themed party and cant wait to use some of your ideas. A quick question for you. Is there a way i can type in the personaliation on any of your items? I click on them and it directs me right to the pdf Im not sure how to edit them. Any help would be great!

    • June 24, 2012 1:26 AM

      Hi there. Thanks / I’m glad u like everything! The PDFs are actually not editable (didn’t know how to do that back then!). So u can either handweite them in, or use a program like photoshop to open the PDF and put a text box on top of the image with your text in it. I hope that helps!

      • November 9, 2012 11:05 PM

        Can you please share what font you used on the invites? Thank you for sharing these!

      • November 25, 2012 8:28 PM

        Hi, sure. the font is called “teenage angst”

        hope that helps!
        thanks
        subha

  26. darislen belyeu permalink
    July 20, 2012 4:39 PM

    hi my son is having his first birthday on August the 20th and I am really on a budget and I really really appreciate you sharing your ideas. He really loves elmo.. thank you so much.. I was just wondering do you know how to create elmo party bags?

    • July 22, 2012 9:48 PM

      Hi Darislen,

      THanks for your comment – i’m glad this is helping you! If you look a little farther up on the post, there are images (a red one of elmo’s face and a yellow one of big bird’s face) that you can print on sticker/label paper to put on favor bags. Just get red and yellow favor bags and put those stickers on! Hope that helps!

  27. carol ehrlich permalink
    July 22, 2012 4:09 PM

    FABULOUS! Your very creative!!! My grandson is having his first and these ideas will truly help. !!

  28. Alicia permalink
    July 30, 2012 12:07 AM

    OMG!! thank u soo very much, my son 2nd bday is in 2weeks. I still need everything, this was very helpful to me. ThankU!

    • August 6, 2012 11:09 AM

      You are very welcome – i hope your son has lots of fun!

  29. Veena permalink
    August 4, 2012 5:48 PM

    You are just so creative!! I loved the decorations and activities you have created. I am using some of your awesome invitation templates and goody bag label templates. Thanks a lot!!!

    • August 6, 2012 11:08 AM

      thank you – i’m glad to be able to help you out! hope the party is a blast!

  30. mommybelinda permalink
    August 5, 2012 3:33 AM

    How come I can’t print the elmo coloring book?

    • August 6, 2012 11:09 AM

      Hi – I’m sorry you are having trouble. What is happening when you try to print the book?

  31. Becky Jo permalink
    August 26, 2012 6:14 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing these party items. I am in the process of getting a 2nd birthday party ready for my granddaughter, Tessa. I am so thrilled to find your site when I searched for Elmo images. I can do all this stuff myself, but what a time saver this is for me! You are very talented and have made some wonderful things!! Thanks again – Big Hugs!!!!

  32. September 10, 2012 8:34 PM

    Hi I was looking for anyrthing DIY Elmo to make for my son birthday next month. I bumped into your blog clicking on the Elmo pictures sent me to your blog. I said oh yes, love it, thank you for sharing and not being so secretive. I love your blog it seems that you spent a lot of time doing the Elmo party . It is so beautiful , I know your daughter was happy. I will be following you on pinterest also. Will send you the link to my blog when iam finish. Also I will share my son pics with you to show you how all the DIY elmo came out and if I also have any DIY I will be glady to share them with you. Thank you a lot this elmo DIY party you shared really helped me a lot and to save money. :0)

    • September 16, 2012 11:44 PM

      thanks Sylvie – I’m glad you liked the post! I would definitely love to see your pictures!

  33. Meghan Toth permalink
    September 16, 2012 8:48 AM

    So wonderful! I bet all your time spent doing this was SO much appreciated by your child. Thank you for sharing this!

    • September 16, 2012 11:43 PM

      Thanks Meghan! I would like to think she appreciate it…but not sure! She did have fun though =)

  34. Veronica permalink
    September 17, 2012 11:43 PM

    I love your page and definatly got so many ideas for my son’s 2nd Birthday party, very helpful, inspirational and creative I even bookmarked it:)

  35. chelsea permalink
    October 9, 2012 8:48 PM

    I just wanted to let you know that so many moms appreciate someone who is willing to lend a hand especially when a budget is in motion. I too will be following your page for more wonderful ideas. Just think.. You are an inspiration to others who are trying to give there children a memorable birthday on a tight cash flow and even for those of us who just want to be able to be creative and to think outside of the box rather than giving in to the marketing attempts that lead many to believe that they must buy more for a “bigger “better” experience!!

    • October 9, 2012 10:12 PM

      Hi Chelsea,

      Thank you SOO much for your incredibly kind and thoughtful comment. It was really so nice to receive and read – it made my week! It is so great to read comments like yours, because it makes me feel like all the crazy “work” i put into putting my daughter’s party together wasn’t just for her, it was for all the other little kiddos that are benefitting as well. So I’m SO glad to have been able to help!

      thanks again!
      subha

  36. nazia permalink
    October 11, 2012 2:10 PM

    it’s my nephew’s 3rd birthday at school..and you just saved my sister and me a ton of time! :)

  37. October 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    Wow
    That’s amazing and the cake looks so good
    And the cupacles
    We’re the cupcakes hard to make

  38. karla permalink
    November 10, 2012 8:10 PM

    Omg i love ur ideas..my daughter 2nd birthday is next month n your ideas will be great for her bday..thank u for sharing

  39. Marie permalink
    November 16, 2012 3:38 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I was half half about having Elmo as a theme for my daughter’s birthday but seeing this has inspired me all the way =)

    • November 19, 2012 10:45 AM

      thanks for the comment – I’m happy to help. hope your daughter has a blast!

  40. SHAMAR permalink
    November 25, 2012 12:58 PM

    WHAT TEXT, FONT & SIZE IS THE INVITATIONS

    • November 25, 2012 8:28 PM

      the font is “teenage angst” size 20pt
      the invitations are 5.5 x 4

      hope that helps!
      thanks
      subha

  41. Nora Al Hussayni permalink
    November 29, 2012 11:47 AM

    These are all awesome ideas, I used a lot of them for my son’s 2 year old birthday and it was great! thanks a lot!

    • November 29, 2012 10:16 PM

      that’s great! i’m glad the party was a hit! thanks for leaving a comment!

  42. lindsay permalink
    December 5, 2012 9:44 AM

    how do i get the coloring book pages to stay together?

    • December 6, 2012 4:23 PM

      Hi – I folded them in half and used a thin yarn to tie around the center. I wanted to avoid using staples!

  43. Shalini permalink
    December 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    Brilliant work!!! My son just turned 1, couple of days back. I did a jungle animals/ lion king theme…which turned out pretty well. He has a lot of Sesame Street books, so was browsing to get some ideas and bumped into your blog. Though it’s another year to go for his 2nd birthday, i think I hv hit the jackpot here for the birthday ideas :) . Thanks a ton for sharing the ideas.

    • December 6, 2012 4:23 PM

      Thanks Shalini! Your party sounds like it was a lot of fun. I hope this page helps you out!

  44. Melinda permalink
    December 10, 2012 8:58 PM

    Thanks so much for these wonderful ideas! My soon to be 2 year old is is obcessed with Elmo and I’d already decided to be crafty with decorations, invitations, cake, etc, but your blog has given me many more ideas! Hope my party turns out as fabulous as yours did. :) Thank again!

    • January 18, 2013 6:31 PM

      my pleasure, i’m glad you found stuff you liked! have fun!

  45. Mari Mariano permalink
    December 16, 2012 7:20 PM

    Thank you so much for posting this information! I used a lot of it for my daughters second birthday today and she had a ball! And my first time EVER baking a cake like this i NAILED the ELMO! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

    • January 18, 2013 6:31 PM

      Awesome!! good job on the cake – it is actually fun to make, right?? I’m glad to help!

  46. Jessica permalink
    January 2, 2013 11:09 AM

    MUCHAS GRACIAS!!! I really had a tight budget for his bday due to losing my job earlier this year. I was about to try to make my own but I did not know where to start. I fee like i just won the lottery with this find. You were very kind to share. Gracias!!!

    • January 18, 2013 6:31 PM

      oh no i’m so sorry to hear about your job! I’m SO happy to be able to help make something easier for you! I hope it all went well =)

  47. Amber Smith permalink
    January 17, 2013 6:26 PM

    You rock! Thanks for making all these great ideas available for free!! My son is going to love his Elmo birthday!

    • January 18, 2013 6:28 PM

      thanks! it’s my pleasure – hope the party is tons of fun!

  48. Barbara permalink
    January 21, 2013 11:37 AM

    Thank you SO much for this site! My daughter is obsessed with Elmo and I am getting ready for her 2nd Birthday party, thanks to you it will be much easier!!

  49. January 28, 2013 1:23 PM

    Thank you SOOOO much for sharing – I am really bad with crafting but want to make my little one’s Elmo party spectacular!

  50. bijal permalink
    February 2, 2013 6:59 PM

    Wow! This has everything I was looking for! You are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  51. Nicole permalink
    February 9, 2013 4:27 PM

    Amazing ideas! Thank you for sharing! An even bigger thank-you for making your printables available for free!! We all want our kiddos to have amazing birthday parties but don’t want to break the bank doing it.

  52. February 18, 2013 4:02 PM

    Thank you!! I’m so excited to use these for my daughter’s 2nd birthday next month.

  53. Janella Eck permalink
    February 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    May I ask what font is used in the birthday invites Thankyou in advance

  54. March 7, 2013 6:44 AM

    Thankyou for sharing, it is my son’s 1st birthday next week and I have just printed your cupcake toppers. Unfortunately the $1 shops where I live (Australia) don’t carry the wonderful items you have found but you have given me some ideas.

  55. March 11, 2013 3:56 PM

    OMG this is so awesome!!!! You just made my day!!!

    • April 8, 2013 9:42 PM

      Thanks, I’m glad it was helpful for you!

  56. marge permalink
    March 19, 2013 11:42 AM

    really love it.. hope you had a sesame street themed party posted…but like it just the same…

  57. Savanna permalink
    April 6, 2013 10:27 PM

    Thank you so much! I have been struggling financially and you just helped me out sooo much! I appreciate it! Love your website! It was great! I made my own invites, but I really like your ideas! I was gonna purchase the rights to a coloring book and then print it out, but you just saved me so much money! Thank you!

    • April 8, 2013 9:42 PM

      Savanna – thanks for your comment. THat really made my day! I’m gad I could help you in any way!

  58. Molly@mentges.net permalink
    April 17, 2013 10:00 PM

    I love this! My daughter is doing Elmo for her 2nd birthday. I am heading to the Dollar store tomorrow to check if they have the Elmo balloons!
    What program did you use to make the Elmo invitation? Do you have a copy of the invitation without the words? I’d like to add my own but love the graphics and colors you used. Let me know. Thanks so much.
    Molly

    • April 17, 2013 11:07 PM

      thanks molly, that is so nice to hear! I am adding a blank jpg of the invitation to the blog post right now, as well as a PDF version where you can edit some of the text. i hope that is helpful!

      • Molly@mentges.net permalink
        April 18, 2013 6:31 PM

        Could you also post a file with the 4 blank invitations? What font did you use on yours?

      • April 21, 2013 9:07 PM

        just added. hope that helps =)

      • Molly@mentges.net permalink
        April 21, 2013 9:08 PM

        Thank you so much! I made a trial run of the elmo cake and it was a success! Your site is the best!!!

      • May 3, 2013 9:07 PM

        that’s awesome molly! I’m glad it worked out. thanks for the kind comment!

  59. Angela permalink
    April 18, 2013 3:05 PM

    I’ve been researching Elmo craft ideas for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party and found your website – I can’t wait to use some of your templates. Thanks so much for all the hard work you’ve put in to making these great projects!

  60. Juanita permalink
    May 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    This is great I’m from Malta, Europe where most people hardly know about Elmo so I couldn’t find anything relating to Elmo for my daughters birthday party as she’s a huge fan. Thanks to you she’s getting her Elmo Themed party thank you very much! :)

    • May 3, 2013 9:07 PM

      Thanks juanita – i’m so glad I could help you out!

  61. Carmen Davis permalink
    May 15, 2013 6:37 PM

    God bless you for being so gracious in sharing all your hard work with us. My granddaughter turns two in September and Elmo is the theme of her party. You have made it so exciting and affordable to do what my daughter wanted to create. Thank you again.

    • May 15, 2013 11:48 PM

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Carmen! It’s stories like yours that the time I spent putting this all together worth while! I hope your granddaughter thoroughly enjoys the party! Also check back soon – I will be putting up some new downloads where you can enter in your own text!

  62. Matty permalink
    May 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Hi… thanks for the most generous effort you have spend.. i am planning to do elmo party for my twin boys and happy that i found your site… I have a question regarding the candy wrap. How do i add names of my kids to it? Can you please help me on that. Once again, thanks for all your effort, its just beautiful!

    • Matty permalink
      June 6, 2013 4:18 PM

      It would be really appreciated if you can help me out… I couldn’t add kids name to it :( I am doing everything you mentioned, dont want to miss any personalization… please help me…

      • June 8, 2013 8:58 AM

        What are you trying? I would open the jpg in a program like photoshop or even word and the put a text box on top for the names.

  63. Liz permalink
    May 26, 2013 10:27 PM

    Thank you so much for this information and all the printables. I am planning my son’s 2nd birthday. Again thanks for all this effort. THe ideas are great.

  64. Kara permalink
    May 27, 2013 7:48 PM

    Thank you for being so generous with your ideas!!!! I will definitely be using a lot of your ideas for my daughter 2nd birthday party!!

  65. Lindsey permalink
    June 4, 2013 11:21 PM

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas and free printables!! I cant wait to use them for my son’s birthday party this weekend!! I had a quick question regarding the candy bar wrappers. I was wondering if you knew what size labels you used for them? I went to Walmart tonight and there were quite a few different ones I was confused! Thanks :)

    • June 8, 2013 8:59 AM

      Sorry for the delay! I used full sheets of 7.5×11 label paper and then cut them! I thought it was faster than trying to match a certain size….

  66. Mms permalink
    June 7, 2013 4:06 AM

    Hey great ideas !! I just developed a cookie monster game.. I wil have a huge cookie monster face (hanging from d ceiling) with d mouth cut out and ask the children to toss cardboard cookies into his mouth and for their efforts thy get gifts! U hve made my job so much easier mmmuuaah!

    • June 8, 2013 8:58 AM

      That sounds awesome!!! I’m sure they will love it! Thanks for sharing :)

  67. Laura permalink
    June 8, 2013 3:53 AM

    Is there a way to replace the primary green background with the teal green? (The same color as the circles.)

    • June 8, 2013 8:57 AM

      I think the best way would be to use the “replace color” option in photoshop. Hope that works for you!

  68. Jennifer C. permalink
    June 21, 2013 9:15 PM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME TO DO THIS! YOU ROCK!

  69. kat permalink
    June 25, 2013 11:56 AM

    This is so perfect for my son’s 2nd birthday!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!! You’re such a blessing! <3 <<3

    • kat permalink
      July 9, 2013 6:14 PM

      I forgot to ask.. is there a way to customize the candy bar wrappers? Just want to include my son’s name in it. How do I go about it?

      • September 9, 2013 10:38 AM

        sorry for the delay! I would use adobe acrobat, or photoshop/word/powerpoint. just bring the file in there, and then put your son’s name on it like a new text box

        hope that helps
        subha

  70. Bee permalink
    July 17, 2013 2:11 AM

    Thanks so much! I’ve been searching for FREE Elmo related stuff for my daughter’s birthday and it’s so hard to find good stuff! I appreciate you allowing us all to use your ideas and free printables! =)

  71. Madhavi permalink
    July 19, 2013 4:00 AM

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. It’s really helpful.
    Can you please explain where and how to print on label paper?

    • September 9, 2013 10:37 AM

      sorry for the delay. you can buy letter sized label paper from many office supply stores, and then you print on it just like you would regular paper on your printer. then you cut out what you print. hope that helps!

  72. Baf permalink
    July 21, 2013 2:21 PM

    Omg I have been searching a ton on pinterest and wasn’t really seeing anything I liked and stumbled upon your site. This is amazing. Thank you SO much for sharing all this. I will be using a lot of your ideas for my daughters first bday!

    • September 9, 2013 11:22 PM

      my pleasure, i’m glad you found things that are useful for you! I hope you had a great party!

  73. Thu permalink
    July 27, 2013 12:06 AM

    This is amazing, I will be using your ideas for my daughters 2nd birthday

  74. Tara permalink
    August 2, 2013 8:59 PM

    Wonderful stuff on here – thank you! The dollar store is the BEST place to buy things for parties. The prices cannot be beat compared with Target, Party City or Wal-Mart. So glad to see another mom shopping there. Wonderful post. Hosting our second Elmo party in two weeks and gathering ideas. (Younger daughter turning two. Big sister also had an Elmo party two years ago when she turned two). Kudos for a great site.

  75. August 6, 2013 8:01 PM

    Thank you so much for the ideas and inspiration!

  76. simone permalink
    August 15, 2013 9:13 PM

    Omg……. Dis is totally it bcuz I’ve got an elmo fan and she’s turning 1 next month perfect time 2 start my planning and dis was super helpful……. Thank you soooo much add me on fb for pics and feed back from her bday party and with these tips its gonna be great

  77. Susan permalink
    September 6, 2013 5:38 PM

    Hi SAJ, thank you so much for providing this wonderful service!
    I tried to download the “personalizable” elmo template (“Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me!! Love, “) but the site is redirected to another site I think inadvertently. If that is the case do you know when it might be fixed? I would love to use this template for my son’s birthday party favor bags.

    Thank you so much!

    Susan

    • September 9, 2013 11:21 PM

      hi there, i fixed the link – sorry about that – it was taking you to my photography website instead! let me know if you are having any other problems.

      thanks!
      subha

  78. edgar permalink
    September 11, 2013 1:45 AM

    Excelente el sitio!! me sirvió de mucho, porque en 2 semanas celebraremos el cumple número 2 de mi sobrino y ahijado y quieren la fiesta de Elmo!!! thnx a lot!! greetings from México!!

  79. Justina permalink
    September 13, 2013 10:28 PM

    Thanks you so much for sharing! You have some great ideas and things I will be using for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

    Thanks,
    Justina

  80. Izzy permalink
    September 16, 2013 2:37 AM

    Hi. My sons 1st birthday is next Saturday and love the idea bout printing the coloring pages. But I am clicking on the picture and nothing is happening. Am I doing something wrong?

    Thx

    • January 27, 2014 10:57 AM

      Hi, i’m sorry for the late reply. Were you able to get this to work? You should be able to “right” click on the link or the image and choose “save link as” or “save target as” and it should download the file. Let me know if it doesn’t work!

      Thanks
      Subha

  81. Kathy permalink
    September 22, 2013 7:44 PM

    Hi, I’m in Australia and have just found your blog. LOVE IT! I’m planning my sons first birthday party which is Sesame Street themed. I’m wondering if you have the favour bag stickers as plain black and white so that I can print onto coloured paper rather then having to use coloured ink.

    • January 27, 2014 10:56 AM

      Hi, sorry for the late reply, we have been traveling. I don’t have them on a pain background, sorry! Were you able to make it work for you? I could make it plain, but I can’t commit to that right now as I have a TON on my plate for work. Sorry!

  82. Dominique permalink
    October 6, 2013 8:17 PM

    Wow! This is so wonderfull! My daughter is turning one and she is in LOVE with Elmo and Sesame Street, this is helping me plan her birthday party… which is in less than a month from now!
    Thanks a bunch for sharing :)

  83. October 11, 2013 12:07 PM

    Thank you so much for all of this! I will be using a lot of these print outs and ideas for my sons 2nd birthday in December! You really made my life much simplier! :)

  84. October 15, 2013 7:42 PM

    Thank you for such a comprehensive and detailed post! It really helped!

  85. Sandy permalink
    October 26, 2013 11:06 AM

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful ideas and crafts! Im in Canada and no dollar stores here have anything licenced for kiddie party’s so I’m stuck with Party city but all the other ideas were awesome and used them all for my sons 1st birthday all the kiddies had a blast and were having fun coloring and making there Elmo’s and pinning the nose on the Elmo! Thank you so much keep up the good work!!!!

  86. ric permalink
    January 12, 2014 11:22 PM

    I loved ur ideas.can u plz let me know frm where to buy those orange nose foam paper and little white stickers/glue behind it.

    • January 27, 2014 10:52 AM

      I made the orange foam noses for the elmo game. I bought a scalloped paper punch, and punched them out of a large piece of orange foam that I bought from a craft store. Then I bought a pack of double sided glue squares and put them on the back. that’s it! Hope that helps!

      • ric permalink
        February 5, 2014 12:29 AM

        Thanks;I am new here and can’t understand many terms used in craft. I’m planning to cut noses from orange construction sheet and put double sided glue squares ( hope I can find them in dollar tree or walmart).as im familiar with these two shops and target etc . ur blog is full of wonderful ideas; very well explained.

  87. Anabelle permalink
    January 13, 2014 7:56 AM

    You are incredible. Thank you.

  88. Angela permalink
    January 30, 2014 4:56 PM

    This is so wonderful!!! Thank you soooo much. I have been stressing about ideas and all of these are so great! Thank you!

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