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.

In order to create the perfect paint-filled afternoon for her little artists, Stacia purchased three gallons of washable paint in red, yellow, and blue so the kids could practice their color mixing capabilities. She also provided paint brushes and smocks, so they could have some messy fun (parents were warned before the party to bring a change of clothes).

– Claire Schillings

Photos courtesy of Dried-On Milk

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