Thursday, June 6, 2019

Host a Children's Book Themed Baby Shower

I love to throw a good themed party! Although I love hosting parties for my kids and their friends, one of my favorite things to celebrate is the birth of new little babies! I think that each baby that is born deserves a celebration... whether it is a parent's first baby or third!

I love children's books and so does one of my favorite friends! When her first daughter was about to arrive, I teamed up with a few friends to throw her a children's book themed baby shower.

Today I'm going to share how we put together this simple children's book themed baby shower!

Using a children's book theme is such a fun idea for a baby shower!

Here's what you need to do to get started planning your awesome children's book themed shower:

  • Brainstorm which books you want to feature at the shower. There are so many great children's books that tie well with food!
  • Decide what time of day the shower will happen! That will help you decide whether you want a meal or just snacks or desserts for the food.
  • Gather the children's books you want to feature. You can borrow these from the library, your own collection, or you can purchase a copy of each book for the guest of honor!
  • Select the food item that will go with each book!
  • Send out invitations.
  • Set everything up with the book next to the featured food item.
  • Enjoy the party and get eating!

Here are some of the children's books we featured along with the food item they were paired with:

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Food: Taco bar! (shredded chicken, chips, cheese, lettuce, salsa, guac, sour cream)

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Food: Caterpillar shaped fruit platter 

Book: Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

Food: Pink macarons and Pink Sugar Cookie Bars (recipe here)

Book: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff

Food: Cupcakes (you can keep this one easy by buying these at the store)

Book: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Food: Madelines! These were also store bought.

Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Food: Homemade Chocolate chip cookies!

Food: Chocolate eclairs

For decor, we put stacks of children's books around the house and put some vases of flowers on them or nearby to them.

Party favors aren't required, but I think they are fun to do! For the party favor I love giving out hand sanitizer or chapstick or other useful items for soon to be new-moms. You could also give out bookmarks or small board books to guests to keep with the book theme. 

Have you ever hosted a children's book themed baby shower or even a book themed party?

What is your favorite book and what snack or treat would you tie with it?

** Don't forget to tell your guests about the theme and encourage them to bring a children's book for the new mama in addition to any other gift they want to bring. 

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