I love small, detailed, DIY birthday parties.
For me, the fun is not just in the executing, but also in the planning.
Gelli has expressed a serious fondness for her buddy Elmo recently, so this birthday despite the popularity of Princess Sofia and Doc McStuffins, we opted for a classic DIY Sesame Street Birthday Party for her celebration in school.
I also opted for this themed celebration because I just LOVE IT SO. Gia’s first birthday party theme was Sesame Street themed and I had tons of fun planning for that one too! This also meant I got to use my Sesame Street chocolate molds again after all these years. I have kept them all this time with the hope that I would be able to put them to good use again.
And I’m so glad that I did.
I love Pinterest for sourcing ideas and putting together inspiration boards. I found an invitation that I liked, which was simple enough, that Gelli would give her classmates (and their mommies) an idea that Gelli would be celebrating in school.
I emailed the design of the invitation to my local print shop and was able to have the invites printed for only P300.
I also found these cupcake toppers which would be perfect for the Magnolia Vanilla Cupcakes that I would make for the little ones as a treat to take home. The toppers are a steal at P60 for 6 pcs. Since Gelli only has 5 classmates on a full day, we were able to just buy two packs of these so that even the teachers would receive a cupcake to take home as well.
While thinking of a give away for the little girls, I remembered my friend Angel over at Keishables had Sesame Street Ribbon. I remembered this, because I wanted to make these ribbons for Gelli BEFORE! I just never got around to ordering the supplies from her. After I contacted her we were able to meet up in ATC a day or two after so I could get cracking on the ribbons for the girls. Angel said she could make necklaces for the boys with an Elmo face, so that helped me square their favors away and I didn’t have to worry about it anymore.
My friends over at The Bento Mommas have been a source for inspiration for me for some time now. Even before we were friends, I would stalk their IG feed for ideas on how to creatively pack a nutritious lunch for my kiddos. (This was before Gelli was even in preschool!)
Well, the newest and hottest thing for children’s party is to pack these bentos for the guests. It leaves very little to waste (I hate the waste that goes on when the nanny’s take too much food for the kids.) Because I knew I only had to pack 6 bentos, I sought the advice of my friend Kaye and she encouraged me to give it a try. She even lent me some of her personal stash of sandwich cutters if I needed to use them.
I included some silicon cups in the boxes and some reusable picks as well. All the mommas can reuse them in the lunch boxes if they would like. All they have to to do is make sure to wash after each use.
Teacher Boom also let me know that I could plan for a game or an activity for the kids to do together since I would have a little more than an hour to celebrate for Gelli’s party. I thought it would be a great idea to decorate some cookies with the kids. And since our theme was Sesame Street, I knew I could use cookie cutters for each of the kids’ first initials in their name. This would also reinforce what Teacher has been teaching them on a daily basis.
I was so happy that Gia and I finally figured out how to package the icing for these kits so that it was the perfect size for little hands. It also made it easier for us that I have this machine that seals these little cellophane and plastic bags with little effort.
While I was planning for the party, I saw that Gourdo’s had some scrapbooking items on sale in ATC. I snatched up a pack of these embellishments knowing that I could somehow put them to use for her party. In hindsight, I should have put them on each of the bento boxes as well, because the kids couldn’t finish all the food I prepared for them.
This celebration was an action packed hour filled with fun things for the kids to do, nutritious snacks for the kids to eat, and games that were facilitated by Teacher Boom. There were a few moments that I was very emotional…but emotional in a good way. I know that Gelli will meet challenges as she attends school, makes friends, and tries to find her way in this world. This much I know to be true. But because I’m her Momma, I also know that it is my job to try and help her in anyway I can to be all that she is supposed to be.
And on her birthday….She is supposed to be happy…She is supposed to be very happy…