When I asked my husband and brother-in-law to move the couch and the love seat out of the house and into the garage I think they thought I had gone a little overboard. Maybe I had, but it was totally worth it. I wanted to open up space for Charlotte and her friends to run around and be 2-year-olds. I got a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and other bloggers, but I really wanted to make this special and personal for Charlotte.
The fabulous Brooke from Brooke Wolfe Photography took these pictures for me. Check her out here and here.
I wanted a line from the Sesame Street theme song on the front door. I chose “On my way to where the air is sweet” to greet guests as they walked in the door. Grover made sure they had a spot to drop their gifts.
Charlotte was ready to party!
The party was brought to you by the letter “C” and the number “2″. I tried to include “C’s” and “2′s” everywhere. We had pizza along with the veggie and fruit heads of Oscar and Cookie Monster, goldfish, juice, and cupcakes.
I found a lot of my supplies for the party at our local dollar store and Michael’s. Take a look at the bottom of my china cabinet. I covered our open fireplace, the lower part of our china cabinet, and bar with Sesame Street wrapping paper to block out little hands.
All around the room I had toddler friendly activities to keep the kids busy. I think Big Bird’s “nest” was the most popular attraction.
Elmo’s station was coloring “C” and “2″ coloring sheets I printed online. Cookie Monster’s station was playing with cookie “doh”. Every kid got an Abby Cadabby wand.
I used some of Charlotte’s blocks so the kids could build a “Flying Fairy School” and they tossed paper into “Oscar’s Trash Can”.
Elmo brought the house down when he danced through the door. (Actually, he had to walk very carefully since he really couldn’t see anything.) He did bust out “The Robot” once he got inside. (It was my brother-in-law, Kevin in the costume. Shhh!) Kids either came to Elmo running, or ran away in fear. I expect some parents will be sending their therapy bills our way. My sister Julie had a friend who happened to have this costume that we could borrow.
If you couldn’t tell already by the Elmo suit, Kevin was the biggest kid at the party. I love him! He’s so awesome. I love the picture of Greyson holding up Charlotte to Big Bird. When she saw that plastic backdrop I got for like $6.00, she went crazy and had to kiss all of them. That backdrop was by far her favorite thing. She was all like, “I’ve been telling ya’ll to decorate like this for 2 years!”
We got a family shot in front of the backdrop. Greyson and I also rocked our SS apparel. If you’ll notice from Greyson’s shirt, Governor Romney did not fire Big Bird from our party. Ha! (Don’t hate, the party was just a few days before the election.) Charlotte had a custom “2″ Elmo shirt I found on Etsy.
Our party girl was wiped by the end. She almost fell asleep in the nest with her wand. This shot is proof of a good party.