Sometimes life gets busy. Other times the thought of a home-made, hand-crafted party is just unappealing. What ever your motivation (or lack of motivation), you can throw a Sesame Street party that feels home-made.
Let’s start with the cake. The centerpiece of any party. A friend of mine and I forged our friendship on a mutual love of baking. We swap recipes and ideas. Indulge in more than our fair share of sweets. Yet for our children’s 2nd birthday (held 4 years part) neither of us baked. Instead we took our ideas to our favorite bakery and let them put our concept into play.
I asked the bakery to add the alphabet to the sides of a 1/4 sheet cake. The baker left the top of the cake unadorned so I could add our figurines. This is more personal and less expensive than the licensed version.
I thought Jen had a great idea too. Who doesn’t love the drama and pageantry of a two layer cake?
The bakery baked, iced and assembled the cake. Jen added the marshmallow and chocolate chip eyes.
D.I.Y decorating is more sophisticated since Ava’s 2nd birthday in 2009. I hope the ideas stand the test of time even if the methods don’t.
Not pictured: We used Sesame Street books, figurines and plush toys to accessorize the party. Nestle your characters near a lamp or replace table frames with a book.
If the party is a family affair add to the fun with a game or two for the adults.
During the gift opening ask the adults to test their knowledge of Sesame Street Trivia. This link will bring you to a host of fun facts about the show. Add a bonus question: Who are the hosts’ favorite Muppets?
Jen had a scavenger hunt for the Letter S and the Number 2 at her daughter Stella’s party. We searched for Ernie’s lost rubber duckies.
Our kids are only young once. Why not indulge in great party clothes for the day? Our daughter Grace and her friend Reese molded these costumes hand-made by Faith Nesselhauf of The Dancing Tutu. They would have been a hit at the party!
From time to time Target will have Sesame Street items in their dollar bins. They make great favors. I also added Cookie Monster’s Famous Cookie Dough Recipe to the loot. The recipe comes from Big Bird’s Busy Book from the 70’s. This was the first and only roll out cookie recipe I have ever used. (a printable version follows)
That’s it. An almost-homemade Sesame Street Party. Have fun, keep it easy!
- ¾ cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Put ¾ cup of butter or margarine (that’s a stick and a half) into your mixing bowl.
- Measure 1 cup of sugar.
- Pour sugar over butter.
- Use a fork to squash butter and sugar until blended
- Crack open two eggs and pour eggs over mixture in bowl.
- Measure 1 teaspoon vanilla and pour over mixture.
- With fork, blend everything in the bowl together.
- Measure 2½ cups all-purpose flour and pour over mixture in bowl.
- Measure 1 teaspoon baking powder and sprinkle over flour.
- Measure 1 teaspoon of salt and sprinkle over flour and baking powder.
- Mix everything together either with the fork or with your hands.
- Put dough in icebox to chill (at least one hour).
- Bake 400 degrees 10-12 minutes