Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cookie Monster 2 Year Old Birthday Party



Hi again, thanks for coming back! This post is prompted by an e-mail I received from a birthday blogger at www.thebirthdayblog.net who is featuring my post about Kerrick's Cars party on her site on March 12th. Wow, that is exciting for me! It's cool to have someone appreciate your ideas enough to want to share them with others. I had told her about the Cookie Monster and ladybug parties I have also had and said I would work on new posts for those to send to her. So here is the Cookie Monster Party I threw for Krisalyn's 2nd Birthday.

I made the invitations, I folded blue card stock in half and then cut out a circle but didn't cut all the way so the fold was still on the top. This made a circle that opened on the fold.  I typed the inside of the invitation onto brown card stock and cut out a circle the same way around the words. I glued the brown circle inside the blue one. I glued large googly eyes on the outside top of the circle, and cut out a black mouth from card stock and glued that on. And thus you have Cookie Monster with a cookie in his mouth! 



I decided to make a Tutu for Krisalyn to wear.  From the tutu stemmed a shirt, and pigtail holders to match. For the shirt I cut out a Cookie Monster shaped head from blue fabric, and painted with fabric paint a black mouth, and glued on with fabric glue 2 large googly eyes. My great neighbor did the actual sewing, I haven't gotten into my sewing machine yet, but plan too in the near future when time allows! Here is the complete outfit.



When I decided on the Cookie Monster theme I wasn't aware that finding just C. Monster decorations was going to be so hard. I found lots of decor out there with other characters on it, but I wanted just Cookie.  I started with blue and white for the table coverings, cups and napkins. Then I searched Etsy, and found a few die cut decorations. However, they are expensive when you buy them there, how I wished at that point that I had a machine to cut out my own.  I found the cheapest ones I could and purchased those. For other decorations I bought a package of blue paper in different hues. I then looked for coloring pages online and printed out the coloring pages with C. Monster onto the blue paper.  I cut out the C. Monsters and glued googly eyes onto them.  They came out super cute and were inexpensive, and easy to make.  I made a Happy 2nd Birthday Krisalyn Banner, and a chocolate chip cookie banner. I hung the cookie banner across the mantle, and put wooden alphabet blocks we had on the mantle with Krisalyn spelled out with the blocks, then placed piles of the blocks around for extra decor.  On the front door as guests were coming in I had a 123 Sesame Street sign that I got on Etsy. As you know every episode of Sesame Street is brought to you by a letter and a number.  On the inside of the door I had 2 signs for when people were leaving that said Today's party was brought to you by the Letter K (for Krisalyn) and the number 2 since she was turning 2. Again just coloring pages printed onto colored paper. I splurged and bought one big C Monster balloon a few latex blue and white ones, and then the dollar store had white and blue mylar star balloons. Here are the decorations!





These decorations were the printable coloring pages! Cut them out and add goggly eyes!




The activities for the kids I came up with were to paint cookies, and make C. Monster puppets on popsicle sticks. I had come across the painting idea in one of my cookie cookbooks and had thought what a cool birthday party activity. Each kid got one C Monster shaped cookie and another shape to paint. The kids had fun doing them.  I had the cookies frosted with a  white glaze that is great for painting on, and used food coloring for the paint. I think next time I would water it down though as when the kids ate the cookies their mouths turned all sorts of weird colors! The C Monster puppets were just a C Monster head shape cut out of blue card stock that I drew the black mouth shape onto, and blue and black tissue paper strips that the kids crumpled up and glued onto the appropriate area of the blue head. I had the heads glued onto the sticks already with each kids name written on the backs of the sticks. I had the tissue paper strips and 2 googly eyes along with the popsicle stick in ziploc bags for each child ready to go.  We also played pin the chocolate chip on the cookie game. I got a brown round tablecloth and taped it to the wall, we drew a circle into the middle of it and whoever got it closest to the circle won. By the end it looked like a huge chocolate chip cookie! Here is that fun!




My husband would say you can never have too many cookies, and since the party was from 2-4 I knew  I didn't have to serve a meal. So we went with just cookies, and cake pops! I wanted cookies for the different characters on the show. I found a C. Monster cookbook that had a couple of good options, but I added more.  Here are the different kinds of cookies I came up with. My Mother-in-law made the signs for each type of cookie using stickers and markers! We also had blue punch, and blue popcorn too! Instead of a cake, you guessed it, we had a giant cookie cake. I freehanded a C. Monster onto the cake and used the Wilton tip #233 to make him look furry, gave him big globs of white frosting eyes, and black goggly spots!

I love making red velvet cookies, these are made with a cake mix, butter, 2 eggs,  and white chocolate chips!
This one was in the cookbook.
I got this recipe a long time ago for K-bars and thought they matched our K-girls theme nicely!
My husband's favorite cookie is the spritz cookie, so I tinted the dough blue for Grover!

These cute nest cookies were in a cookie book I had and I thought they were perfect for Big Bird's nest!
These carrot cake cookies were in the cookbook, but I added The Count's name to them.

Just Blue Hawaiian Punch, lime sherbet and ginger ale


I happened to be walking into Michael's one day and noticed some blue plastic sand buckets and sand toys that were on clearance! I snagged all I could find! I knew I would use these for the favors. I painted acrylic paint C. Monster faces onto them. Each kid's name was painted on the back of the sand bucket.  I filled them with mostly things from the dollar store, and anything blue I could find, Sesame Street coloring books, great pinwheels that were 3 for a dollar, a blue airhead, a blue old fashioned candy stick, a blue pixie stick, Rice Krispy Treats, blue glow bracelets, and Welch's fruit snacks (cause they are in blue packaging.) Each kid also got a sand toy (.60 each) It was a really fun favor for me to make and I think the kids liked them a lot!




I have been to parties before where kids didn't really want to wear party hats, but I think a bunch of munchkins sitting around a table with corny hats on is adorable! I took a package from Party City of different colored hats, and realized that they all corresponded to a character on Sesame Street.  If I could have found all blue I would have gotten them. Realizing the correspondence got me painting them to look like those characters. I used left over googly eyes for them.  Can I just say the kids wore these for most of the party and some kids even left with them still on.  They LOVED them!


I knew this post would be a long one, I just had so many fun ideas for this party! Thanks for sticking with me through it! A SUPER BIG thanks to my Mother-in-law who helped me with the last minute details the night before and helped decorate the house. I hope if you were thinking about a Cookie Monster party, that this inspired you! If you want any of the recipes for any of the cookies leave a comment and I will get it to you! Have a fun filled day!



39 comments:

  1. I loved your Blog. It was s wonderful party!


    Karen

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  2. This looks like it was such a fun party! I'm also doing a cookie monster theme for my son's 2nd birthday and I'm going to use a lot of your ideas! I was wondering if I could get the recipe for the glaze you used for the cookie painting? Also, how did you make the popcorn blue?? Thanks for the great ideas! :)

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    1. Hi, thanks for reading the blog and liking my ideas. It was a super fun party. I am on vacation in the Bahamas right now so my recipe for the glaze is at home, when is your party? I will be back late on Saturday night the 30th. It is a simple glaze of confectionery sugar and milk. I believe it is 4 cups of confectionery sugar and 2 Tbs of milk, but I always have to add more milk. Basically you add milk to the 4 cups of confectionery sugar until it becomes a medium thick pourable glaze. Put it on the cookies and let them harden overnight on a cookie sheet, if you stack them put wax paper between the layers. We used food coloring for the painting of the cookies, I would water it down though to do it as the straight up food coloring colored the kids mouths for a LONG time. The popcorn I bought blue, but I have a recipe at home for popcorn that you can turn blue with jello if your party isn't this weekend I can send that to you when I get back. Thanks again.

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    2. Hi! I posted that comment and then went on vacation myself! Haha! My party is this Sunday (July 22) so I would definitely like that recipe.

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  3. Hi, hope you had a great vacation!
    The glaze recipe is 4 cups of powdered sugar and 4 Tbsp of milk, I always add more to make a medium thick pourble glaze. Then I just use a decorator spatula to put it on the cookies and use it to scrape off around the cookie as the glaze will run off the sides and then hardens on the cookies.

    Jello Glazed popcorn

    8 cups popped popcorn
    1 cup salted peanuts or cashews (optional)
    1/4 cup butter or margarine
    3 Tbsp light corn syrup
    1/2 cup packed light brown sugar or granulated sugar
    1 pkg (4 serving size) Jello brand gelatin, any flavor

    Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 15x10x1-inch pan with foil or wax paper. Place popcorn and nuts in large bowl.

    Heat butter and corn syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar and gelatin; bring to a boil on medium heat. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Immediately pour syrup over popcorn, tossing to coat well.

    Spread popcorn in prepared pan, using 2 forks to spread evenly. Bake 10 minutes. Cool. Remove from pan and break into small pieces.

    Prep time is 10 minutes, cook time 15 minutes

    Have a fabulously fun-filled cookie party!!

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