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In about one week it will be my oldest, C’s 9th birthday! I can’t believe it! I WILL HAVE A 9-YEAR-OLD!
Okay, I’ll stop yelling. But seriously! When he was born our lives were changed forever. With all of his challenges and all that he’s overcome I truly believe he has changed our lives for the better.
I love to celebrate my children’s birthdays. It makes them feel special and it reminds me that “I did it!”. I made it another year…with children! Haha!
I also love to plan, organize and host birthday parties. It is a lot of fun for me to put it all together.
I want to share with you one of the birthday party’s that I had done for C.
Here’s a little background… When he was little and we didn’t have a diagnosis, I would plan these birthday parties and invite all the cousins (we have a lot). As he got older, we got a diagnosis, and he became harder to handle, I plan birthdays at indoor playground/ jump house type venues with only his closest cousins and friends. Honestly, it’s just easier that way.
Elmo Birthday Party
This particular birthday party was Elmo themed, C was turning 3 years old.
I want to share with you some of the details.
How cute are these cupcakes?!
These day’s you can put in “Elmo Birthday Party” into your Pinterest search and get a ton of results. When C was turning 3 I didn’t have that option. Either Pinterest wasn’t very popular or I didn’t have an account yet. I used good ‘ol Google and found some ideas.
All the things I used to make the cupcakes you can find at your local grocery store. For your convenience, I will include links to Amazon where you can find practically anything. These links are affiliate links. Which mean if you click on the link and end up buying what I recommend I will receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost anything extra for you. And like I said, all of these are available at your local grocery store.
For the cake, I just made half of the cupcakes vanilla and the other half chocolate. I made these from scratch but a boxed cake mix will work just as well. I frosted them with a buttercream frosting. I may have made it from scratch as well but again, a container of store-bought frosting will work.
Roll each cupcake in red sprinkles or red sugar. Then add marshmallow eyes with Hershey-ets. I couldn’t find the exact ones I used. You can substitute with chocolate chips.The noses are dried apricots.
The Elmo doll was a gift and I believe I got it at Walmart. Here it is on Amazon.
*I would like to mention that when C was 3 I didn’t know anything about ADHD or Autism. I had not altered his diet to eliminate artificial colors or flavors. If you are avoiding artificial ingredients I would recommend staying away from store bought premade cake mixes and frosting. They tend to have artificial ingredients.
For the dessert/ party favors, I had a candy bar. Lots of beautiful jelly beans displayed in jars. The kids got to fill up a cute party bag with candy and take it home…or eat it!
The candy I bought from my local grocery store that had Jelly Belly jelly beans in bulk bins. And of course, there were jars of MnM’s and skittles. Kids loved the candy bar!
I bought the decorations, plates, cups, utensils, napkins, and invitations at my local party store Party City. Check if you have one near you. They have some amazing stuff and a great variety.
I hope you got some ideas and inspirations for your celebration.
I cannot wait to celebrate my sweet boy on his 9th birthday!