Elmo Videos and Party Ideas
Elmo Videos and Party Ideas
Elmo holds a special place in my heart. I grew up with him. I grew up with all of the characters of Sesame Street. There is something about that little red monster that children gravitate to. To honor Elmo and the children who love him, this lens is loaded with Elmo videos and Elmo themed party ideas.
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Elmo is self-described as three-and-a-half years old and characteristically avoids pronouns, referring to himself in the third person (e.g. "Elmo has a question" rather than, "I have a question"). Sesame Street staff writer Nancy Sans once described Elmo's origins: "There was this extra red puppet lying around and the cast would pick him up sometimes and try to create a personality, but nothing seemed to materialize." The puppet was performed by Caroll Spinney in the early 1970s, Brian Muehl from 1979 to 1981, and the late Richard Hunt from 1981 to 1984. Sans continues that "...one day [in 1984], Kevin Clash, a talented puppeteer, raised him up and brought energy and life into Elmo and from that day forward we would all write for Elmo. Kevin's performance inspired the writers to develop Elmo's character". John Tartaglia, Matt Vogel, and Jim Martin have all been secondary performers for the character, providing movement for Elmo's arms and legs, particularly in green-screen shots.
After becoming a regular guest on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Elmo began touring the talk-show circuit. He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living and Martha, The Tony Danza Show, Rove Live, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, and The View. Elmo and a developmental expert gave babysitting tips on the June 18, 2005 episode of Teen Kids News. He has also appeared on Emeril Live, helping Emeril make (non-alcoholic) eggnog during a Holiday Special shown in December 2008. Kevin Clash and Aaron Neville were also guests on this show. On a special episode of Oprah called "The Faces Behind The Famous Names," Kevin Clash and Elmo appeared at the same time.
Elmo was the star of the 1999 full-length, theatrically released motion picture Elmo in Grouchland. He also starred in the film Elmo Saves Christmas.
Elmo also appeared in a fifth season episode of The West Wing along with his friends Zoe and Big Bird. In that episode, Elmo receives a medical checkup from Abbey Bartlet, the First Lady (who is making a guest appearance on Sesame Street), and cheekily questions her about the validity of her medical license.
Elmo is the only non-human or puppet ever to testify before the U.S. Congress. At the request and with the assistance of Rep. Duke Cunningham, he testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education in April 2002, urging support for increased funding in music education.
Emeril and Elmo's Healthy Start was a special featuring Elmo and Emeril Lagasse that aired on November 4, 2005 at 8 p.m. as part of the Food Network's second annual "Cook With Your Kids Week". The special was produced in conjunction with Sesame Workshop's Healthy Habits for Life program.
Elmo Party Supplies
Elmo Party Ideas
Create Elmo’s signature fuzz on cupcakes like Stephanie’s from www.thesmartbaker.com. Bake cupcakes and frost them with a multi-opening piping tip (try Wilton tip #233 that’s usually used for grass). Finish it off with white Candy Melts for eyes, black frosting for the pupils and mouth and an orange Jelly Belly for his nose.
Red foam visors from Michaels make an adorable and affordable favor for a sunny outside party. Cut the noses and eyes out of colored foam and glue them on with tacky glue.
Only three simple ingredients need for the best Oreo invention since Double Stuffed: Oreos, Elmo icing decorations, and melted chocolate chips to act as the “glue” to adhere the edible Elmo candies.
Give kids a break from the party with a drawing and reading station stocked with Elmo books and crayons!
Elmo and the Ducks
Elmos Got the Moves
Elmo and The Sky
Elmo Party Ideas
Birthday in a Box
What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Elmo party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Elmo party:
An Elmo Movie, such as “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland”, “Elmo & Friends – Tales of Adventure”, or “Sesame Street – Elmo Loves You!”
A chalkboard and chalk
“Sesame Street – The Best of Elmo” CD
Blocks, stuffed animals, and other toddler-friendly toys
Elmo Party Invitation Ideas
If you have the time to make your own invitations, here are a few ideas to consider for your Elmo birthday party:
Cut a circle out of red construction paper to serve as Elmo’s head. Use colored construction paper for the details – black for a mouth, orange for a nose, and white for eyes. Write your party details in silver marker on the back.
Have Elmo’s pet fish Dorothy give your guests the party details! Cut the shape of a fish bowl out of blue construction paper. Draw pebbles and plants on the bottom. Paste a goldfish cutout in the middle, with a bubble coming out of her mouth that includes all the party details.
Punch a hole in the corner of a card-style invitation and attach it to an zipper pull as a special gift to get your guests excited.
Cut three circles out of colored construction paper. Glue them together so they overlap a bit. Punch a hole in the bottom of each circle and attach a small strand of ribbon. The finished product will resemble balloons. Decorate the two outer balloons with Elmo stickers and include the party details on the middle balloon.
Include creative wording for your party details, such as:
On Sesame Street lives a friendly monster,
He likes to giggle and has lots of red fur.
Who is it? Elmo of course! And he wants to say,
We hope you can make it to Sammy’s birthday!
If you would rather not make your own invitations, but would still like a personalized touch, consider our Fuzzy Friend Personalized Invitations, which include all the party details for you!
Decorating & Food Ideas
Elmo Party Decoration Ideas
Make your little guests giggle with glee by using decorations that fit your theme! Here are a few Elmo party ideas:
Use primary colors (blue, red, yellow) for your traditional party decorations such as streamers and balloons. Tie three to five balloons together to place around the party area.
Add Mylar balloons to some of your balloon groups.
Create a large “Sesame Street” sign out of green butcher paper. Stencil on the letters and hang it on one wall of your party area.
Hang a banner above the entrance to the party area that reads “Yippee!! Hooray!! You Came to [birthday child]’s Birthday!” Take a look at our banners and let us do the work for you!
Cut large letters and numbers out of brightly-colored construction paper to hang from the ceiling.
Fill a fish bowl with water, paste a label to the front that says “Dorothy,” and add a plastic goldfish.
Play the “Sesame Street – The Best of Elmo” CD as background music.
Place a group of stuffed animals on a large blanket where the children can sit during playtime.
Set a bubble machine in one corner of the room.
Elmo Party Food Ideas
It can be fun for the host and the guests to include theme-specific treats during the party. For an Elmo birthday party, consider the following ideas:
Use a cookie cutter in the shape of the age your child is turning to cut peanut butter sandwiches, cheese slices, and deli meat slices.
Make homemade pretzels in the shape of an E, L, M, and O. Sprinkle them with parmesan cheese, or cinnamon and sugar.
For very young guests, set out a selection of teething biscuits and dry cereal in bright-colored bowls.
Serve goldfish crackers with a little tent card that reads “Dorothy Snacks!”
Serve water, juice and milk with silly straws. For a special treat, serve Jazzed Up Juice!
Individual cupcakes, instead of a full cake, can be fun and more manageable for a toddler party. Frost the cupcakes in red frosting, and add mini marshmallow eyes, an orange gumdrop nose and a black licorice mouth. Place chocolate chips on top of the mini marshmallows to look like eyeballs.