Name: Dylan, 2
Location: At Home
Dylan's second birthday party was a labor of love. The theme was Rainbows on Sesame Street. He adores every character on Sesame Street, so we tried to accomodate. My oldest had an Elmo second birthday party. But we realized after the fact we missed a great opportunity. We have about seven million Sesame Street items that could have been used to supplement our decorations. So we've been waiting 2 1/2 years for this party!
We had a house full of family and a few close friends, which was perfect for a second birthday. There was a lot of love, and Dylan was the center of attention. He may not understand it was his birthday, but he sure giggled when we sang to him. A special thanks to Nana for the jumpy house gift we can now blow up in the yard any time we want to jump!
We definitely utilized Etsy. That's where I found the birthday banner, the Sesame Street cookies (I have no patience for Royal icing), and the printable signs. Also, the Elmo crown on the birthday boy was first purchased on Etsy for my oldest son's second birthday party. I did make a pennant banner using some neat Sesame fabric, some very sharp scissors, ric rac, and some iron on backing with fabric. Dylan loves seeing it in his toy room now that the party's over.
My husband made tasty barbeque sandwiches, chicken skewers, and maple meatballs. But the centerpiece of the party was the dessert buffet. We made chocolate cake balls covered in rainbow colors, Trix treats (like Rice Krispy treats), vanilla candies from Sesame Street molds, and had jars with rainbow suckers and skittles. In honor of Cookie Monster we had carmelitas, chocolate chip cookies, and mini s'mores. But the crowning jewel was the cake. I chose to make a seven layer rainbow cake (so many people leave out one of the colors of the rainbow) with buttercream frosting in between the layers. My husband made the fondant to cover the cake and designed and cut out a Sesame Street sign, Dylan's name, and made the little balls around the base of the cake. This was our first attempt at fondant, and we were very pleased with how it turned out. But one of my favorite moments was the collective gasp from the guests as we cut the cake. It was gorgeous inside (thank you AmeriColor food coloring)! It was also pretty tasty. We did, however, realize that seven-layer cakes do not fit well on small dessert plates!
The guests took home little Sesame Street cups with a straw, a figure, and some chocolate inside. Everyone had a wonderful time! And Dylan never stopped partying! Now we have to somehow manage to equal or top that for my son's 5th birthday party in April. Only six months to plan an amazing Avengers party!
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