It seems like every little tyke goes through an Elmo phase, and blogger Stacia’s son, EZ, is no exception. So, for the perfect 2nd birthday celebration, Stacia, from Dried-On Milk, used some cartoon inspiration to throw a Sesame Street soiree with a surprise twist: painting! Complete with brushes, colors, and smocks galore, plus tons of room to paint their creations, Stacia combined her son’s love of all things Elmo with an awesomely artistic theme that let the kiddos unleash their creativity. Click through the slide show to see how EZ and his friends got down and dirty to paint the day away.

To set the scene with tons of cartoon decor, Stacia went crazy for all things Elmo. She purchased tons of mylar Elmo balloons, red streamers, and made red "Happy Birthday" signage for the perfect wall decorations. She even recruited five-year-old daughter Ava to help by drawing a bunch of different Elmo portraits to hang...after all, it was a painting party!

– Claire Schillings

Photos courtesy of Dried-On Milk

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