(I soon started referring to it as a Sesame Street Pom Pom party though, once I began gravitating towards fluffy, pom-pom-like decor. Turns out, primary-colored pom poms totally remind me of the Sesame characters--go figure.)
It was a relatively small party (just family and a few close friends--much smaller than his first birthday bash), so I tried not to go too, too crazy. I used some Sesame Street toys that we already owned as decor (that Elmo on the top of the cupcake stand is a well-loved bath toy!), and recycled this gold glitter Happy Birthday sign from my daughter's mermaid party by adding a few pom poms to it.
I found these adorable Sesame poms on Etsy and they basically made the party. The fondant cake and cupcake toppers were Etsy finds, too--and they totally transformed the cupcakes, as well as the plain-white-on-the-outside cake (the inside was rainbow tie-dye!) that my mom made.
My biggest accomplishment though, was probably the outside decor. I cut Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird feet out of construction paper (I got the idea and the pattern here), and put them on our front steps.
And the piece de resistance: the pom pom wreath that I actually DIY'd myself! It came about after I saw a Sesame Street balloon wreath on Etsy that I liked, but thought was kind of expensive. I figured it would look cuter done with pom poms anyway, and that I could probably make it. (Turns out I could make it. And I did! But it took forevvvvver. There are hundreds of poms on there!) The "Nate Street" sign was a printable that I ordered here.
I loved the plastic Elmo and Cookie Monster cups, too; we served Grady's Cold Brew coffee out of them for the adults. (Yum!)
After he blew out his candle, the afternoon ended with a dance party. (Taylor Swift-heavy soundtrack chosen by my daughter, natch.) My little guy danced his heart out, and then suddenly, before he even opened his presents, he was passed out on the floor. Presents would wait until the morning when he padded downstairs in his little Cookie Monster pjs to open them. (And let the record show: He is now a big fan of presents!)
So, this is two. Happy Birthday, Nate. I love you.
Fondant cupcake toppers: Mama Mias Cupcakes
Fondant cake toppers: Peace Love and Cake NY
Water bottle label printables: Maxine Renee Designs
"Nate Street" printables: Invite Unlimited
Sesame Street poms: Pom Pom Momma
Elmo and Cookie Monster plastic cups: Hello Faith
Printable crayon box wraps: Wendy's Printable Party
Glitter Happy Birthday sign (pom poms added later by me): The Bannerie
Giant Big Bird balloon: Amazon
Sesame Street napkins: Amazon
Sparkly pom pom food picks: Amazon (similar)