The first-time mom is planning on balloons, bubbles, Grandma, Grandpa and Elmo (of course!) for her daughter Charlotte's birthday

By peoplestaff225
Updated December 03, 2020 03:16 AM

If over-the-top kiddie birthday bashes for the rich and famous are a thing, count Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky as off-trend.

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, 35, says her baby girl’s first birthday party on Sept. 26 will be just a small celebration with friends and family at home in New York.

“There will be lots of Sesame Street-themed balloons,” Clinton tells PEOPLE in an interview for the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. “And bubbles will definitely be involved because she really likes bubbles. And our family and friends and maybe her first bite of cake.”

Chelsea Clinton daughter Charlotte birthday party

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And perhaps Charlotte’s first steps as well? After all, the little girl was crawling back in May and, at the start of September, added standing to her repertoire, Clinton says.

“She promptly falls over. But she can get up and stand, which is very exciting. And standing against a chair or pulling herself up in her crib, she’ll then clap, which is really cute. She claps. And then she falls over.”

Clinton’s first book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, is a primer for middle-schoolers on issues like poverty, health care and wildlife conservation — and how they can get involved in making a difference in the world. The book hits shelves on Tuesday.

Fittingly, then, it’s through books — not TV — that Charlotte fell in love with the Sesame Street regulars who will grace her birthday festivities.

Following her pediatrician’s orders, Charlotte has not yet logged any screen time in front of a TV or iPad (except for FaceTime, when Mom or Dad is traveling), Clinton says.

“She’s never seen Sesame Street. She just resonates on some instinctual level with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Grover. We have these wonderful books — like Hug Me Elmo or There’s a Monster at the End of this Book, which is one of our favorite books to read about Grover,” she shares.

“Or her Elmo doll. There is something in the proportions or the colors or just the happiness and the cheerfulness that comes through — even though it’s not through a screen.”

— Sandra Sobieraj Westfall