Elmo Themed First Birthday Party: DIY-Style

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Hey guys!  So last weekend was my little baby boy’s first birthday party!  His actual birthday is Thursday the 11th, so I will save the cheese until then 😉 Anyway, I wanted to share some of the DIY projects and other cuteness just in case you wanted to throw an Elmo-themed birthday party in the future.

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So, without further ado…

FOOD:

Elmo Veggie tray:

Cherry tomatoes, carrots for nose, olives for mouth, ranch dip for eyes (with an olive pupil)

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Elmo Fruit Tray:

Strawberries, mandarin orange nose, blueberry mouth, vanilla yogurt dip for eyes (with blueberry pupil)

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Elmo Oreos for the chocolate lovers:

I had leftover Elmo icing pieces (from Party City) so I glued them to oreos with icing. Easy peasy and cute!

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Elmo cupcakes:

Red icing with “furry” tip, marshmallow eyes (I cut in half), reeces pieces pupil glued on with icing, orange gum ball nose, black icing mouth

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Cupcake Tower (Party City again)

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Red Candy Bar 

Twizzlers, Tootsie Pops, Swedish Fish, Gummy Bears, Candy swirl sticks, Hot Tamales, Peanut Chews, Kit Kats, M&Ms

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Zachary’s “smash cake”

Yea, so I’m kind of a nut, and didn’t want to give him red dye, so I tried to dye the buttercream frosting I made (to top a natural vanilla cake I made) with pomegranate juice.  The result was a pink Elmo. Eh, whatever 😉

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For the “real food” I made a beef/bean chili, pulled pork sandwiches, and we had red chips (Doritos, BBQ chips) and veggie sandwiches.  My mom made cole slaw too.  YUM!

DECORATIONS

Elmo Lanterns: huge google eyes, orange pom pom, black construction paper, red lanterns (all from Party City)

Elmo Cups: red plastic cups, googly eyes, orange pom pom, black sharpie mouths

Zachary Name Banner: Story behind this is I knew I wanted one to go over the fireplace.  I looked online to buy one (ex: Etsy) but they were insanely expensive, like $35!  So I decided to make one.  I bought (from Party City) vinyl letters, scrapbook paper and red card stock (all on sale) and got to work.  It was much harder than it looked as I was anal retentive about the symmetry.

All of this for the cutest boy EVER!

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