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4 Edible Sesame Street Centerpieces for a Kids Birthday Party

Inspired by one of my son’s favorite Sesame Street books on Healthy Foods, Funny Food Faces by Laurent Linn and John E. Barrett, we made these colorful centerpieces for his Sesame Street themed birthday party. 

All of these edible party projects were easy and fun to assemble together.


Edible Bert


  • 1/2 yellow squash, cut lengthwise
  • 1 black olive cut in half
  • 1 new potato (raw) cut in half
  • Black and red Licorice
  • 1 lemon slice, cut in half
  • 1/2 artichoke, cut lengthwise
  • Can of white frosting
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • Toothpicks

Step 1: Use ready-made white frosting to create a paste.

Step 2: Set squash to base, leaving enough room for artichoke.

Step 3: Set artichoke to base followed by lemons.

Step 4: Cut toothpicks in half and assemble nose, eyebrows and mouth.

Step 5: For eyes, use a small bit of frosting to and attach new potatoes squash, add olives and secure both with a toothpick.


Edible Cookie Monster


  • Box of Fruit Loops
  • White frosting
  • Blue food coloring
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Black olives

Step 1: Separate all the blue loops out of the cereal box.

Step 2: Dye a small amount of frosting blue.

Step 3: Spread blue frosting on base in the shape of a gum ball machine.

Step 4: Attach loops to frosting leaving a half circle for the mouth.

Step 5: Fill the half circle with raisins.

Step 6: Add two circles of white frosting to head for eyes, add black olives, one olive looking up and one looking down.

Step 7: Put random dots of white frosting on base and attach cookies in a random pattern.


Edible Elmo


  • Fresh strawberries, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 raw new potato, sliced in half
  • 1 black olive, sliced in half
  • White frosting
  • Red food dye
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • Raisins
  • Toothpicks

Step 1: Dye frosting red

Step 2: Spread in a circle on base

Step 3: Attach strawberries leaving space for mouth, nose and eyes

Step 4: For mouth, fill half circle with raisins

Step 5: For eyes, attached potato to frosting and secure olives with toothpicks

Step 6: Attach nose to frosting


Edible Ernie Centerpiece


  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 lemon slice cut in half
  • Red and black licorice
  • 1 raw new potato, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 black olive cut in half
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • White frosting
  • Toothpicks

Step 1: Spread frosting on base in shape of a gum ball machine.

Step 2: Place half grapefruit face down.

Step 3: Alternate red and black licorice for shirt.

Step 4: Cut different lengths of black licorice for hair.

Step 5: Apply lemons for ears.

Step 6: Attach tomato with toothpick.

Step 7: Attach eyes with toothpick to secure potato and olive.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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