Elmo First Birthday Party Ideas



You know an Elmo first birthday party is what you need when your baby laughs and giggles every time they see their favorite Sesame Street character Elmo. Here you will find all the free Elmo birthday party ideas you will need to throw the perfect party.

We have the best ideas for invitations, decorations, games, and where to find the best and cheapest party supplies, to give your baby the greatest Elmo 1st birthday party ever.

*Important money saving tip: Your Elmo party supplies can be up to three times cheaper if purchased online.

Before we get into our amazing Elmo first birthday party ideas you should check out these fun and inexpensive Elmo birthday party supplies and party packs.




Elmo Birthday Invitations


You can choose to purchase your Elmo invitations online, from a party supply store, or you can use our fun and simple first birthday invitation ideas. If you want high quality inexpensive invitations, check out these Sesame Street invitations.

Keep in mind, it is best to mail your party invitations three to four weeks before the party. Remember to put the address, party time, and what phone number and date to RSVP by on the back of all of your first birthday invitations.

Elmo Invitations

For this first birthday invitation, you will need red cardstock paper, and orange, black and white construction paper. Take the red cardstock paper and cut it into an oval shape, this will be Elmo's head. Next, cut the white construction paper into smaller circles, these will be Elmo's eyes, and cut the black construction paper into dime sized circles for the pupils of the eyes.

Cut the orange construction paper in to smaller ovals for Elmo's nose and cut the black construction paper into the shape of Elmo's mouth. Finally, to finish off your Elmo birthday invitations put your party information on the back of the card.

Elmo's Goldfish Invitation

Take either an enlarged picture of a goldfish or a picture of a goldfish in a bowl. Then print it onto white cardstock, and cut out the background so all that is left is the shape of the picture. Finally, put your Elmo birthday party information on the back. On the picture you can add, "Come join me at (your child's name) Elmo First Birthday Party".

3-D Invitations

You can purchase small Sesame Street and Elmo toys or mini theme related stuffed animals and attach small cards with your baby's first birthday party information on them.

Baby Elmo

Dress your baby up in an Elmo costume and take their picture. Print the picture out on white card stock and add, "Come join Baby Elmo (child's name) for a very special Elmo first birthday party". Then add your party information on the back.




Elmo Costume


If you are looking for the perfect Elmo birthday party look you can use a baby or toddler Elmo costume to make your child feel special. If you are using a costume for invitation pictures, you can use face paint to paint your baby’s face red and nose orange. Just be sure to keep an eye on your baby while wearing the face paint and remove it after the pictures have been taken, to avoid them accidentally eating it or rubbing it into their eyes.




Elmo Party Decorations


The best colors for streamers and balloons to use at your Elmo first birthday party are bright red, orange, yellow, blue, and green. Use Sesame Street Plastic Tablecovers and set the tables with Elmo Beverage Napkins, Elmo Lunch Napkins, Elmo Square Banquet Dinner Plates, Elmo Square Dessert Plates, Sesame Street 9 oz. Paper Cups, Sesame Street Centerpieces and Sesame Street Confetti.

Elmo Table wear like these plates, napkins and cups to give the party some extra flair. You can also go to a copy shop like Kinko's and have an Elmo picture or pictures of your child enlarged and laminated to use as placemats for the tables.

You can choose to purchase Elmo first birthday party centerpieces for your tables or you can make your own Elmo centerpieces. You can do this by taking helium filled Mylar balloons or theme colored balloons and attach them to Elmo stuffed animals with theme colored ribbon. Mylar balloons are great for an Elmo first birthday party, as they are safer for young children and are harder to pop. (The Elmo stuffed animals may need weighed down depending on their size and the amount of balloons attached.) If you want great looking Sesame Street character Mylar balloons then check these out.

Tie balloons to your mailbox to help guests find your house. Hang Sesame Street 1st - Swirl Decorations and Sesame Street Paper Lantern Garland decorations around your party. You can place enlarged laminated Elmo themed pictures on the ground from the parking area to the front door or back yard depending on where your party is being held. You can attach helium balloons to the backs of chairs, the corners of tables, even on a few of the presents. If you want to add a helium balloon somewhere, but there is nothing to tie it to use balloon weights.

If older children will be attending the party you can use different colored balloons to designate different play areas for different the age groups, this is a great way to keep the younger children safe since older kids tend to be more active.

You can take laminated pictures of Elmo, goldfish (Elmo's pet), pianos (Elmo's favorite hobby), Zoe (Elmo's best friend), and other Sesame Street characters and tape them all over your party area. You can tape them on the backs and seats of chairs, walls, doors, trees, fences, table umbrellas, and coolers. If you would like better looking party wall decorations you can use Giant Elmo Peel and Stick Wall Decals or a huge Sesame Street Scene Setter Decoration Set.

Hang a Elmo 1st Birthday Party Banner. The best places to put a banner are at the entrance of your first birthday party, above the gift table, and at the main party area.

Play Sesame Street party music in the background, and when the children arrive to the party, decorate them with an amazing Elmo party hat.

You can also decorate with some of your child's Sesame Street and Elmo toys, put them out where they can be seen and played with. Here is a list of toys you can place around the party for decoration and play:

  • Elmo games
  • Related stuffed animals
  • Elmo toys
  • Elmo books
  • Blocks with numbers and letters
  • Learning toys


(Make sure that all items placed within reach of small children are large enough and age appropriate, to avoid choking hazards.)

Do you want life-size Elmo and Sesame Street first birthday party cutouts? It's easy; Click here to find out how: Do It Yourself Life Size Cardboard Cutouts




Elmo Party Icebreaker Activities


Elmo Coloring Pages: Provide kids with crayons and markers, and give them pages out of an Elmo Jumbo Coloring Book while they wait for the party to begin. To help keep this Elmo first birthday party as mess-free as possible use Crayola Color Wonders finger-paints and markers. Make sure that there is an adult always present while young children are coloring and finger painting, since children tend to want to mark on everything in the room. Also remember marker lids and broken crayons are choking hazards.

Elmo Loves Bubbles: Children everywhere love bubbles just as much as Elmo. Though you can blow them yourself, it will be easier and save you valuable party time to use a Bubble Machine. If the children are blowing their own bubbles have them use spill proof bottles and wands. If the children will be crawling and running around chasing the bubbles, it is an excellent idea to have some Elmo party music playing in the background.

Have you ever tried to make your own bubble mixture at home and it didn't work? Here's the formula for making the perfect homemade bubble mixture. Homemade Bubble Recipes

Baby Playdough: Playdough is a fun 1st birthday party icebreaker activity to do at your infant's Elmo birthday party; it will spark creativity in your baby and guests. Give your birthday baby and little guests plastic letter and number cookie cutters and some Playdough. If they choose not to use the cookie cutter, that's ok, just let them play and explore at their own pace, the cookie cutters can be sent home with your guests as a party favor.

Do you want to make your own homemade playdough for your baby's Elmo first birthday party? Here are some Homemade Playdough Recipes, there are non-edible and edible playdough recipes to help take away that worry of "what will happen if my child ate some of it?"

Elmo DVD's: You can play your kid's favorite Elmo DVD as guests arrive until the Elmo first birthday party activities begin.




First Birthday Party Food and Drink


Elmo Birthday Cakes

Elmo Cake #1

You can purchase an Elmo Cake Pan, these character cake pans typically come with complete decorating instructions. That way, even you can make a professional looking cake from home. Then to finish it off you can add some Elmo Cake Toppers and Sesame Street Molded Candle Set as your Elmo cake decorations.

Elmo cake #2

For this Elmo birthday cake, you will need an oval cake pan and a cupcake pan. First cook the cake in the oval cake pan as directed on the cake mix box, you will also need to make three cupcakes with the same cake mix. Take a container of any white ready-made frosting and frost two of the cupcakes white. Now take out enough of the frosting to ice the last cupcake and dye the amount that is left bright red with food coloring, ice the entire cake with the red frosting. Now take the remaining white frosting and dye it orange with orange food coloring, and ice the last cupcake orange.

Cut the iced tops off the cupcakes and place them on the cake they will be the eyes, and the orange cupcake top will be his nose. For the pupils of the eyes you can use Hershey Kisses, and add orange jellybeans cut in half over the orange nose. Finally, take a couple plain chocolate Hershey bars and cut them out into the shape of Elmo's mouth, and then put them on the cake. Now you have a great looking Elmo cake for your child's Elmo first birthday.

Elmo Cupcakes

Make your cupcakes and ice them with red frosting, which you can make by using red food coloring to dye any white frosting. Now take small globs of marshmallow fluff (big enough to make the eyes) and roll them in powdered sugar until they are no longer sticky and place them on the cupcakes. Use small semi-sweet chocolate chips for the pupils, orange jellybeans for the nose, and cut chocolate bar sections for the mouth. When your cupcakes are ready, present them to your guests on an Elmo Cupcake Stand.

1st Birthday Food

When choosing foods for your baby's first birthday party menu their are two different groups of guests that you have to feed, the babies at the birthday party who will probably not be eating solid foods yet, and the older kids and parents. Before deciding on any food to be on your party menu, it's a good idea to call the parents of the children that were invited to the party to see if their children have any food or drink allergies.

For the babies that are still eating Stage 3 jarred food, Gerber has a wide assortment jar foods that will be great for your Elmo first birthday theme. You can have the babies snack on Gerber's Biter Biscuits and Zwieback Toast. They are ideal for babies who are learning to feed themselves.

Here are some soft and easy to chew foods that may be easy for the children at the party who have started eating solid foods and have teeth, these are typically babies between 12 - 24 months old and they are:

  • Green Beans
  • Soft Fruits
  • French Fries
  • Baked Beans
  • Bananas
  • Potato Salad
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Macaroni Salad

You can have them snack on Gerber's Wagon Wheels and Veggie and Fruit Puffs.

For the adults and older kids any party foods will fit your Elmo first birthday theme perfectly, you can serve, vegetables and dip, cheeseburgers, chicken, fruit kabobs, pizza, chips, etc.

1st Birthday Drinks

Some popular Elmo party drinks are white and strawberry milk, Juicy Juice - Harvest Surprise (one serving of Harvest Surprise contains 2 of the recommended servings of fruit & vegetables in a day). Another great tasting and great for kids drink is Capri Sun fruit-flavored Roarin' Waters.

Elmo Ice: Fill 3 ice trays with any red Kool-Aid flavors and 3 more ice trays with orange Kool-Aid. When the party starts you can either put the ice cubes in a large punch bowl with a light colored beverage or you can mix them all together in an ice bucket and store them in your freezer until they are needed. Now your party ice will be the same colors as Elmo.




Elmo Party Favors


Giving party favors is the perfect way to thank your guests for attending your baby's Elmo first birthday party. Simple favors are all you need as little children can be amused by simple toys, and make sure that the favors you buy are safe for small children. You have two choices when it comes to party favors and those are to buy already made Elmo Party Favor Boxes or to make your own party favor packs in these Elmo Treat Bags. Avoid favors that break easily, are small, have pointed edges, or have small parts.

Here is a list of the most popular Elmo party favors:




First Birthday Elmo Games and Activities


Looking for the perfect Elmo party games? You can use this Elmo Party Game or you can use these cool Elmo birthday party games.

Elmo Pinata: No party is complete without a Pinata so make sure your guests have fun with this 21" Pull-String Elmo Pinata.

Puppet Show: Purchase or borrow some Sesame Street Puppets and have some energetic and imaginative friends put together a puppet show, they can get themed birthday party ideas from various Elmo and Sesame Street DVD’s.

Bouncy Bounce: This Elmo first birthday activity requires a wide-open space, get a whole bunch of different sized and colored bouncy balls and let the babies push and bounce them around. Encourage the children to play together. (Be sure to avoid any balls smaller than 2” in diameter as they are a safety concern)

Sing Songs: Sing simple fun upbeat children's songs that involve silly sounds and body movement. Many children around this age have a favorite song.

Elmo Handprints: You can purchase or make your own plaster or clay handprint kits. When mixing the plaster/clay add red food coloring so when it dries the plaster/clay will be red. Then before the children do their hand prints cover their hands in an orange non-toxic paint, so that when it is finished it will be red like Elmo's fur and orange like his nose. At the end of the party let your guests take them home as a keepsake of your baby's Elmo first birthday party.


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