Elmo’s been making kids smile since 1980 — yes, you’re officially old. But that’s okay. Because now, you get to share these Elmo party ideas and your favorite monster on Sesame Street with your little one — who loves him just as much as you did. And if you’re looking for ideas to bring some Elmo-inspired fun to your child’s next birthday party, you’re in the right place.
Speaking of the right place, a good party venue is crucial to the success of your kid’s party. Luckily, we have you covered there, too! Peerspace is the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals and strives to connect you with the party-perfect venue of your dreams. Simply head to our homepage and start your search.
Below, you’ll find 11 fun Elmo party ideas and Peerspace venue suggestions sure to delight your little one. And maybe some of the grown-ups, too. No judgment.
1. Customize your invites
First things first, you’ll need to get the word out about your child’s Elmo birthday party. You can easily find printable invitations online that you fill out and send. Elmo even learned how the mail system worked recently, so sending invites through the mail can be a fun educational opportunity.
2. Pool party
Mr. Noodle might not have grasped the concept of swimming in water. But if your little one’s been practicing their swimming skills, now’s the time to put them to good use with an Elmo-inspired pool party!
If you don’t have a pool in your own backyard, you can find many amazing venues complete with pools on Peerspace to do the trick. For instance, this spacious heated backyard pool in Los Angeles, CA is perfect for kids’ birthday parties. Along with the pool, it offers you the use of an outdoor lounge, a fire pit, and a smart TV.
In the words of a Peerspace reviewer: “We have held our daughter’s birthday party here two years in a row and had a blast! Hosts were friendly and communicative and everything was a shown on the listing. Would definitely rent again!”
3. Elmo treasure hunt
Elmo helped host a special virtual scavenger hunt in 2020. So now that you can party in person, why not recreate your own Elmo-inspired scavenger hunt for the occasion? Scatter a trail of clues from “Elmo” across your venue, then let your child follow the trail.
To make your scavenger hunt even more interactive, hide some craft supplies, then use them to make an Elmo-inspired project together!
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4. Make Elmo crafts
Elmo-inspired crafts are all over the internet. And if you’re looking for an excuse to put your Pinterest board full of Sesame Street craft ideas to good use, now’s your chance!
You can even put ideas from Elmo himself to good use. Your favorite red muppet has made DIY craft videos with ideas kids can recreate at home! You don’t even need anything fancy to make them, either. All you need are common household items that you can gather beforehand, like toilet paper rolls and yarn.
If you want to book a special venue to bring your arts and crafts to life, consider booking a maker space on Peerspace. For instance, our friends in the PNW can book this artistic workshop space in Kirkland, WA. It provides crafting supplies as well as oversized workshop tables for the kids to gather and get creative together.
5. Put on your own puppet show
Here’s another great DIY Elmo party idea. Have your child create their very own DIY muppets beforehand, then let them put on a puppet show with their friends during the party! Just make sure you’ve got your phone ready to record. Who knows, they could end up puppeteering the next Elmo. This is the footage they’ll play during the documentary when your child’s a famous Muppeteer.
6. Pin the nose on Elmo
Looking for more party games your little one can play? Try playing “pin the nose on Elmo” instead of pin the tail on the donkey. You can find a printable template for this party game online, making this an easy and free game to entertain your child and their friends.
7. Play on the playground
Elmo loves hanging out on the playground. And what better place to stage a birthday party than your local playground? If you want something a bit more exclusive than what you’d find at the local park, check out Peerspace playgrounds.
Just look for the ideal spot in your area, like this unique private playground in San Francisco, with plenty of play equipment and open spaces for kids to run.
According to a Peerspace reviewer: “We rented this space for our daughter’s 3rd birthday party and it was wonderful! We hosted a sports/movement class for 15+ kids and there was plenty of room. The space is well laid out, has tons of interesting toys, and easy access to outdoor space. Peter was easy to work with and communicative. He met us at the space before the party and walked us through everything (wifi, speakers, outdoor toys, entrance, etc). Would highly recommend this space!”
8. Bake Elmo desserts
We’re taking a queue from Cookie Monster with this Elmo party idea. Put an Elmo-inspired spin on your party treats by breaking out the red frosting — and maybe some edible eyes.
Some ideas you could try out for your snack spread include:
- Elmo fruit tray: Cut up some red fruit, like watermelon cubes or sliced strawberries, then arrange them in the shape of Elmo’s face. You could use an orange for his nose and circular cantaloupe slices for his eyes! Some darker fruit, like blueberries, would be perfect to create his pupils or smile.
- Elmo cake pops: Create some mini cake pops in the shape of Elmo’s face. He’s round and adorable, so the shape is easy!
- Elmo cookies: Cookie Monsters rejoice! Grab some red cookie frosting and decorate sugar cookies to look like Elmo’s face.
If you don’t have a ton of cooking space at home, try renting a Peerspace home with a gourmet kitchen to do the trick.
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9. Make Elmo-inspired pizza
Elmo’s been known to deliver pizza in space these days. But while it’s a little tough to swing intergalactic pizza delivery from a fuzzy red monster, it’s pretty easy to get regular earth pizza for your Elmo party!
You can add a customized element by letting your child choose their own pizza toppings for the occasion. You can even rent pizza restaurants on Peerspace that include catering for you, so all you have to do is kick back and relax.
10. Watch your favorite movie
Your little one might have missed The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland’s original run in theaters. But you can still give them a cinematic experience by watching the movie with them at a Peerspace home theater!
Grab your popcorn, set up the movie on a digital projector, and let your child enjoy the special one-time screening with their friends. It’s an Oscar-worthy Elmo party idea… Get it? Oscar-worthy? Like, Oscar the grouch… yeah, you get it.
11. Hire an Elmo costumed performer
Time to bring out the biggest trick up your sleeve — a visit from the big red monster himself.
Try hiring a costumed Elmo performer to come and hang out with your child for their birthday. They’re sure to love this addition of a final surprise party guest. It’s the ultimate Elmo party idea to pull out all the stops!
Elmo party ideas: conclusion
How cute are these Elmo party ideas? Make it the event to remember by booking a suitable Peerspace venue. That way, your child and their friends can gather in a spacious, well-equipped venue designed for fun. Plus, you’ll get the full support of your chosen venue’s host. It’s definitely a win-win situation!