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 recruited some of the parents to help fill up water balloons and squirt guns for a fun and easy way to clean up those paint-covered kids! The rugrats had a total blast washing up after all that painting, and the water fight made for an exciting end to a fun-filled day.

– Claire Schillings

Photos courtesy of Dried-On Milk

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