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.

Stacia went with low-key food and beverages for the party so she could focus on all the awesome activities! She purchased lots of easy-to-eat snacks from Costco but decided to try out these Elmo cupcakes to fit the party's theme. Using homemade cream cheese frosting and blueberries, mandarin oranges, and strawberries, Stacia's Elmo-faced cupcakes were a total hit.

– Claire Schillings

Photos courtesy of Dried-On Milk

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