Written by:  Leslie Means

Birthdays are a big deal in our home. I mean BIG. DEAL. It’s not like we go all out and rent ponies or swimming pools, but we make sure the girls feel special. And after this disaster last year for my Gracie’s first birthday (yes, the head fell off after a few hours :(…







I am even more determined to make her cake extra special. 😉

My almost 2 year old LOVES Elmo and after a quick google search I found this site with the perfect Elmo theme party!


Yea. She went ALL out! While I won’t go THIS extreme (even though I love it) I will use a few of  her ideas, starting with the color theme.

I love the orange, red, pink and yellow she used throughout the decorations. Last year I purchased these straws for my girls’ summer birthdays and they loved them. I’ll do that again this year!

bake it pretty

I loved her idea of making Elmo cookies and cake pops as well. But instead of making those (obviously I’ll have my hands full trying to make up for her cake from last year!) I will call in a few local experts; starting with Outrageous Cakes!

Remember this post? Yes, Heather makes amazing treats. Plus – it will save me a headache! I think I’ll have her make them like this..


with my Gracie’s name on them of course. Next stop will be Eileen’s cookies for a Sesame Street theme cookie shop!

She started locally in Hastings, Nebraska and has since branched out across the U.S.

Awesome cookies – they are a must have for sure!!

I’m still searching for an Elmo cake. I have a feeling I will copy create my own version of this one…


seriously?! SO cute! I’ll keep you updated on the progress! Her birthday is about a month away!!

Looking for a few more birthday theme ideas? I follow several ‘crafty bloggers’ mostly because I want to be like them. OK – that’s extreme, but I do love their ideas and copying is the greatest form of flattery ~ right? If you’d like to do the same, check out these sites!

My Job Is AmusingTraci is an ‘old’ Gamma Phi from back in my college days. Last summer she had the CUTEST nautical themed birthday party for her little girl. Loved it! (Plus, I stole  borrowed a ton of ideas off this one too. ;))


I just stumbled across this site too. Gorgeous! I don’t know her – but I really wish she would come to my house and do this for my girls! 😉

Kelly BeansI met Kelly WAY back in the day during my first television internship. She had a really cute pirate party for her little boy.


and I have a feeling our feature writer over at Our Dream Foreclosure will have an incredibly cute first birthday party for her little boy too! Um, have you seen her little ones room?? If not, check out this post!!

Yea – she’s into fancy things. I bet her son’s cake won’t look like my Gracie’s from last year.

I mean really. The camera didn’t even want to take a clear picture! I have a sneaky feeling that my Gracie didn’t mind.

What have you done for birthday party themes?! I would love to hear about your ideas!!

P.S. – I will share a VERY tasty semi-homemade birthday cake recipe with you soon!

Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.