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Barrett’s Second Birthday: A Simple Elmo Themed Poolside Party

I can’t believe we’re 2 weeks out from Barrett’s second birthday party! Time is truly flying, but also, we’re in a pandemic and what is time?? We’re pretty sure we’re living in a time warp.

I wanted to make sure I documented Barrett’s sweet second birthday before it got away from me, so here we are! First off, can we believe he is even TWO to begin with? Like what in the world?! For his party theme, we went back and forth over what to do, but ultimately decided on Elmo. He has LOVED Elmo for months and months and dearly refers to him as “Mo Mo.” TBH we joked about having a Home Depot themed party because it feels like we lived there this spring, but alas an Elmo party won out.

Because of the pandemic, and for making sure we safely social distanced, we opted against having a party in our home. While we would have loved to have invited all our friends, we just didn’t feel like it would be safe, or smart. 2020 simply isn’t the year to go big on birthday parties, so we opted for something smaller and more intimate. We had a simple family-only poolside morning donut brunch and it turned out perfectly.

Since it was poolside under my in-laws pergola, we also decided not to try and do a big tablescape. If you’ve been reading this blog very long, then you’ll know I LOVE a good tablescape and have always gone big for the kiddos. Instead, we dialed it down to just the essentials. We used balloons, party hats, a simple Sesame Street banner from Amazon, and donuts on a 3-tier display and it couldn’t have been sweeter. For his “cake”, we used two blueberry donuts with frosting in-between, and an Elmo cake topper. Keeping in line with his breakfast food cakes, of course. (Remember last year’s waffle cake? Ha!)

My SIL surprised Barrett with this life size Elmo balloon and it truly made the party. In fact, two weeks later life size Elmo is still floating (lurking) around our house!

The lighting isn’t that great in these pictures from the sun, but look at that sweet birthday boy! He was SO excited to wear his Elmo shirt to his party, and I cannot believe he tolerated a party hat. What a trooper!

Aside from donuts, we had watermelon and juice, and after he opened his presents the kids all jumped in the pool. I’ll never his “whoaaaa!” when he opened up his very own blue scooter as well as his Thomas the Train train track. He was so happy!

It truly was the perfect pandemic birthday party – one we’ll never forget. Our Bear was celebrated and spoiled rotten, and after he swam we headed home where he crashed HARD for a birthday nap.

Thanks again for following along with our little family through the years! We are blessed to know you – even from afar!


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    Shaun kinnair
    August 26, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Elmo… I used to love him too when i was a kid. I grew up with Sesame Street too, I use to love the two grumpy old men in the audience and the drummer too. I never did get a Sesame Street party like Barrett though what great parents. Sweet post Sarah.

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    August 26, 2020 at 6:18 am

    This article is very awesome ,excellent and very helpful.

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    falak meraj
    August 27, 2020 at 6:16 am

    Elmo…is so cute and this party looks great. It organized in such a way that everyone will just love attending this type of events. Thanks for sharing your new idea with us.

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    Florian Ehrlichmann
    September 8, 2020 at 4:42 am

    Whis him happy birth day from me and this party look so awesome

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