October 21, 2011, my beautiful bundle of joy made her way into the world. Two years later, her Daddy and I are completely wrapped around her finger. She is very easy to please, but she certainly has her favorites. Number one being Elmo. So it went without question that I would be throwing her an Elmo themed birthday party. It was a wonderful success! The birthday girl was ecstatic to see Elmo everywhere, and just to enjoy the company of our family and friends.
I kept the decor fairly simple. I had a $100 budget for the entire party. I think I managed pretty well.
Last year, I made two banners to display. Each banner featured 12 photos- one for every month. I decided to make this a tradition, and display the banners from each previous year. Everyone loved it.
I made this “all about Lyla” chalkboard to remember a few of Lyla’s favorite things.
Now….about the refreshments.
My husband and I are the only ones in my family who eat Paleo. And because I take after my mother, I am a people-pleaser. I wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of. So I decided to go with a taco bar. Those who wanted tortillas and taco shells could indulge to their hearts delight. And those who wanted to take the healthy route had the option of a taco salad. Cheap, easy, and who doesn’t love tacos?
Of course there was an abundance of fruit…
There were also a few non-paleo goodies for the children….or whoever wanted some.
I made “dorothy bowls” with blue jello and swedish fish.
And Dorothy oversaw the goldfish bar. The little scoops came from Michaels.
Drinks were served in mason jars with cupcake liners used as lids. I got the cute straws from Hobby Lobby.
And finally, the cake!
My mom did an incredible job. I told her what I wanted, and like always, she amazed me with her talent.
The backdrop was just two colors of streamers layered together and twisted. The streamers, tablecloths, plates, napkins, and plastic ware all came from Walmart.
The Elmo dress was purchased here.
Lyla loved her Dorothy. Here she is giving her a hug.
( We were going to a fall festival after the party, if you are wondering why she changed into a pirate.)
I had a few games for the kids (not pictured) that they all enjoyed. I filled up a small inflatable pool with balls to create a ball pit. I filled Lyla’s water table with water and tiny rubber duckies (from walmart) that the kiddos got to take home with them. We also had a “feed the monster” cornhole game that my husband and I made for Lyla’s first birthday party.
The party favors were crayons and goldfish that I divided into separate Ziploc snack baggies, and stapled together with a little note.
There you have it! Another successful birthday party under our belt! I hope my photos inspire you to have a little fun with your child’s next party!