Hudson's Birthday: The Party Set-Up

Hudson is absolutely obsessed with Sesame Street, so we threw him a Sesame Street birthday party this year. He loves all of the characters and just stops whatever he is doing if he sees anyone in a store who lives on Sesame Street.

Because I knew I’d have a one-month-old, I decided to have Hudson’s party at one of his favorite places, The Little Gym. The Little Gym staff does all of the set up and clean up, they keep track of who gave presents (for thank you note purposes), and provide drinks, napkins, plates, and forks.

The staff was so helpful to us and I am so happy we had the party there. They also took care of all of the activities for the kids– something that is hard to do for toddlers.

I did choose to get our own decorations and favors (Little Gym provides a balloon) to bring more of Hudson’s favorite Sesame Street characters to the party. I loved the balance of low key and easy party and still being able to decorate a bit.

The food and favor spread

Party circles/centerpieces and Sesame Street character favor bags

We put goldfish (also known as Dorothy from Elmo’s World) in little Chinese take out boxes

(Not sure why this picture is so blurry)

Cookie favors from A Dozen Eggs with character tags and “Hudson Street”

More favor bags and the yummy Publix cupcakes. Publix makes the best cupcakes!

Cups for the kids from Kelley Cards

Gummy worms for Oscar’s Pet Worm “Slimey.” Hudson was so excited about the gummy worms!

Rubber duckies for all the kids just like Ernie’s Rubber Duckie.

All of Hudson’s Sesame Street “friends” were at the party, too!

The plates and party hats are also from Kelley Creations. They are SO cute!

Vendor Information

Paper Stuff

My sweet friends atΒ Sweet Birdie’s Nest created all of the paper stuff for us like the cupcake toppers, the circle centerpieces, the table confetti with Sesame Street characters, the favor tags, water bottle labels, banner, stickers, and food labels. It all turned out perfectly! They are so easy to work with and really helped me out this year! They also made Hudson’s invitations that I’ll show you later. I highly recommend them for all of your birthday party needs.

Cookie Favors

A Dozen Eggs creates the most delicious, most creative, and most adorable cookie favors! We used them last year for Hudson’s green ham cookies (for Green Eggs and Ham) and they made some adorable “Hudson Street” cookies. The toppers were our favorite part– after the taste!

Plates, Party Hats, Favor Bags, Bubbles, Play Dough, and Cups

Kelley Creations created all of these adorable items by hand! By hand! I am just so impressed with what they do and their creativity really made some adorable favors for Hudson’s friends.

Each favor bag included a bottle of Sesame Street bubbles, Sesame Street play dough, and a lollipop. And each guest also took him a Sesame Street cup, a rubber duckie, and a Hudson Street cookie.

(The paddle ball game and frisbee are shown in the photo and we didn’t order those)


Publix is our go-to place for delicious cupcakes!

Rubber Duckies and Lollipops

These are from the always inexpensive and always easy Oriental Trading

Pictures of the birthday boy tomorrow!!

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  1. says

    What a fun party! Great details! You did a great job, E and so did all the vendors!! Can’t wait to see the birthday boy tomorrow.

  2. says

    cute.cute.cute! You seriously thought of EVERYTHING!! I am sure that Hudson had the best time! I want to copy everything for Maddie’s Bday….if she becomes a fan of Sesame Street…which I am sure she will πŸ˜‰ Great Job!

  3. says

    OMG I feel like I JUST looked at his 1st bday pics and here’s his 2nd! So cute and I love how you incorporated the characters favorite things into the party! TOO CUTE!

  4. says

    Erin, this is SO CUTE!!! The cookies are my favorite part. Even though you went low-key and easy, it was still personalized and so creative. Love it…and I have no doubt Hudson did as well!! πŸ™‚ You’re a wonderful Mama.

  5. says

    SO cute!! My little girl only turned one two weeks ago, but I’ve already started thinking about her second birthday and she is already showing a fascination with Elmo so these would be fabulous! BTW, I am BEYOND impressed that you managed all of this with a 1 month old baby? Has anyone ever told you that you seem to be a super mom? ; )

  6. says

    Hey Girl!!! Sorry its been so long since I’ve been in touch! Going through the kidney surgery was tough, I’m telling ya! But the Lord is so good and He has helped me. The bad news is that it looked like I may already have another tumor started on the left side of my body in the pelvic area, with that and the tumors in my bladder which went from being 2 that we could have removed now a dozen or more! SCARY!! SO the doctor said I really need to do at least 3 cycles of chemo..and I am starting cycle 2 tomorrow. PLEASE be praying! So far the Lord has been so good. I have only had one bad day of nausea and no vomiting..but they say its accumulative..ugh! Its at 2pm tomorrow. I just adore baby Hayes ..he is such a cutie..and I can’t believe how much Hudson is growing up! His birthday party was fantastic, girl! What great ideas and everything just looked lovely. If you would like to send me an invite to pinterest I would be glad to accept! Love to you! I’ll be trying to keep read up on what;s happening, but not sure how often I’ll feel up to writing.. This last cycle, I slept a good part of it through..which I guess is merciful.. His love to you! God bless! Lynn W.

  7. Sarah says

    What a cute party! I love all the details you thought of for the celebration. Happy Birthday to Hudson!

  8. says

    Oh, i looove this party! I wish my 2 year old would focus on starting to like sesame street this year so i can copy you! Very darling party!!!

  9. says

    I do not have to tell you that you have a gift, because you should know it honey!! This is fabulous!! Thanks for all the links. I will be planning a party soon and you work with some talented vendors. I know Hudson had a great time!!

  10. says

    Thank you so much Erin for sharing our info with your blog readers. We so loved doing the Sesame Street party decorations for Hudson. We have added new items since you order including pail favor buckets and crayons/sidewalk chalk combo favors! Cannot get enough of the Sesame Street gang! Anyone who orders and mentions that they found us through Blue Eyed Bride will get a 10 percent discount!! Visit us at:, or All 3 sites are the same vendor!

    Thanks again Erin for sharing us with your blog followers!!

    Kim and Kelley

  11. says

    Erin, Hudson’s party looks so cute! It does sound like a great balance to have the party at such a fun place, but you still get to do some decorating and have a creative hand in it. I can’t wait to see pictures of the birthday boy! Thanks, too, for your sweet words about Sweet Birdie’s Nest. We *loved* creating the products for you.

  12. says

    What an adorable birthday party. I work in weddings like I believe you mentioned you did before starting a family. Needless to say, I hope I can maintain my party planning know-how when I start a family and plan themed birthday celebrations just like this one for my own kids someday. Again, so adorable!!!

  13. says

    What an adorable Sesame Street party for Hudson! I think it was a great idea to have it at Little Gym given the recent arrival of Hayes, and you were still able to put your touch on it and make it extra special. It all came together perfectly.

  14. Lynds says

    my friend, you can throw one HECK OF A PARTY! I mean wow. This is awesome. And since we are big ‘Mo fans over here I am in love with everything! You are talented and so ceative! LOVE IT ALL!

  15. Nichole says

    I found your party link on my search on Pinterest for Sesame Street parties and I have to say I LOVE your party, but the funny thing is I am looking for ideas for my son Hudson’s 1st birthday party! What a perfect name! πŸ™‚

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