Sesame Street Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

Sunny days are sweeping the clouds away and revealing a rainbow colored Sesame Street birthday party for your little one. Toddlers are drawn to the classic characters from this PBS series so feature them throughout the party displays to bright their day. Serve foods featuring the faces of Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird or create your own food offerings filled with healthy treats for our growing tots! Keep the Sesame Street party games age appropriate and gift them colorful activities to enjoy at home.


If you don’t have time to craft up your own Elmo themed invitation designs, you can always go with the tried and true classic invitations featuring all of the favorite characters from this beloved PBS series.


Each episode of Sesame Street is sponsored by a letter of the alphabet and a number between 1-20.  Use the trendy chalkboard or letter board approach to declare what letters and numbers are sponsoring your party with the birthday girl or boy’s first initial and age. Mylar number balloons are a great way to reiterate this, as well as, great props for a party photoshoot

Choose from our list of decorating ideas to make your party area look like the real Sesame Street. Try just a few ideas, or go all out!

  • Draw Big Bird's footprints with yellow chalk on the driveway to lead guests to your door.
  • Choose the colors red, yellow and green for streamers, balloons, and table covers.
  • Use all the Sesame Street toys you already own to decorate the party space.
  • Place lots of letters and numbers on the doors and walls. You may already have foam letters as a bathtub toy, or magnetic letters on your refrigerator.
  • Make a few large alphabet blocks from cardboard boxes. Cover the boxes with solid colored wrapping paper and draw one letter on each side.
  • Make your own Sesame Street sign from yellow and green foam board. Add white letters to spell out "Sesame Street" and the numbers "123" on the top.
  • Ask an older child or adult to make balloon animals for the children. Use one of our easy balloon kits that include an instruction book, balloons, and balloon pump.
  • Make a banner that says "Welcome to Sesame Street!" and hang it near the party entrance. See our selection of Sesame Street banners and let us do the work for you!

Besides teaching the ABCs and 123s, Sesame Street is known for their use of primary colors. Make a rainbow look wherever you can, including a rainbow garland hung in the front of your food table. For a backdrop, hang a brick wall setter backdrop to mimic the brickwork of the Sesame Street neighborhood and transform mini paper fans into Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and Oscar himself with the help of some free printables!

Set the table with fun Sesame Street tableware featuring Elmo and friends. Elmo party hats are the perfect accessory to get everyone in the birthday spirit! Or, consider passing out some party favors early and gift everyone a Big Bird, Elmo or Cookie Monster headband to wear!


While most parties are usually filled with lots of sugary treats, we all know what that does to a group of toddlers. Try to even out your food display with some healthier food options that still fit the colorful palette of Elmo’s neighborhood so you don’t put these young tots in a sugar high.  

Start with the easy approach. Shop the kids snack aisle at your local grocery store and see what kid friendly packaged foods include the beloved characters. Yogurt smoothies, fruit bars and juice boxes can be found with Sesame Street package designs.

Fill up treat cups with personal portions of ABC crackers or graham cookies and let them dig in and start spelling!

C is for cookie but it’s also for cupcake! Create a special birthday treat that features both, and help wish the birthday girl a special day with the classic number candle front and center.  Or if Elmo is more her main man, use OREO cookies and candy eyes to make a cupcake featuring his smiling face!

Ernie claims rubber ducky is the one so use a mini version of his beloved bath toy as a topper for blue jello cups!


Let’s face it. The toddler phase has very little sitting still and lots of movement needed. Be prepared with plenty of activities that getand keep them moving!

  • Take turns trying to pin the party hat on Elmo’s head in this fun party game 
  • Toss crumbled up paper aka “trash” into a Oscar’s garbage can.
  • Create a sensory bin full of Big Bird’s bird seed and hide prizes inside so guests can dig around and play.


Thank your guests with memorable party favors!  Toddler parents will welcome your careful thought to age appropriate party favors. Stuff this crayon favor box full of gifts any toddler would love including play dough, bubbles and crayons. Or try here are some extra suggestions.

  • Sesame Street activity books
  • Chunky board books
  • Sesame Street sticker books
  • Party games for toddlers
  • Punching balloon
  • Shaped rubber bands
  • Fun colorful and lollipops
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.

Tara from Spot of Tea Designs makes party planning as easy as A, B, C! This post was written, shot and styled by her. Wander over over to her blog for more tips about planning parties and everyday family life.

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