party {elmo 2nd birthday}

our dear friends & neighbors hosted an adorable elmo themed second birthday party for their son colton (born 2.5 weeks before our coleman). in years past (particularly in relation to spencer's birthday parties) i've been against using "character" themes. after seeing this awesome party, i realized that you can make cuteness out of anything!! it was around this time that i was sad coleman didn't fall for mickey mouse a little earlier (so i could've done that as his theme).

so, let's take a look at the elmo party...

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primary colors were perfect for a toddler's celebration!

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this decal served as decoration, but also doubled as a "pin the nose on elmo" game.
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since the birthday boy loved elmo, themed toys & books were set out for guests to play with.
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fantastic frugal decor idea: use a plastic tablecloth as a "swag".
the elmo visors were a huge hit with my toddler!
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choosing a character theme lends itself to some awesome goody bag options. these kiddos racked up with stickers, coloring books, handmade crayon rolls and more!
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cupcakes + sprinkles = pure delight.
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festive food display
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again...character themes really increase how much matching stuff is possible! loved that she was able to find coordinating juice boxes and sippy cups.
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my little tot loving the balloons (from the dollar tree!!)
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coloring books & crayons set out on kid-sized tables provided great entertainment.
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the birthday boy (in the white shirt) playing "pin the nose on elmo". (and yes, that's a 12 year old in the middle of the action!).

custom paper elements were designed by design girl 16

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