The invitations set the scene. Each child invited to the party received a package that looked like it was run over by a truck. I crumbled up brown package paper, used inks to distress it and stamped it with the bottom of a tennis shoe. Inside this "disgusting" packaging was a green and "dirty" t-shirt (dyed white t's) and a "garbage can lid hat" (made from a pie tin and hot glued foil handle). It was tied together with twine and labeled with a GROUCHKETEERANNUAL MEETING INVITATION. Of course the invitation had "gone through the trash compactor" before it was sent. (NOTE: When I post this picture it lost its quality)
Oscar's house sat next to our building. I propped a new metal garbage can ($10 from the hardware store) next to old milk crates and old wooden crates. I draped a drop cloth and a burlap bag to "accessorize". Slimey the Worm was made from foam.
Big Bird's nest ended up to be very last minute, but I LOVE how it turned out. I went into the woods and found a fallen tree. I hacked at its branches. Then I made a crescent with the twigs. When it was perfect I used twine to tie it in place and I added foliage from silk Flowers for greenery.
Miss.-3yr-old had an Ernie obsession. I think it might have something to do with orange being her favorite color. So I had to include his bathtub and rubber ducky. I have a 4 1/2 ft roll of tag board, so I was able to make a tub cutout. We took picture while we blew bubbles. Don't forget to have rubber ducky on hand!
The cupcakes were posted on www.hwtm.com by Stephanie Stach.
Each child left with a sesame street coloring book, bubbles, a colorful floppy plastic CD case with a giant cookie in it (sticker reads RYLEE'S PARTY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER R AND THE NUMBER 2.) and of course the Grouchketeer shirt and lid.